It was lovely visiting Tylney Hall Hotel at the end of a very busy working week. Built in 1700, it is independently owned and one of a small group of four establishments in the Elite Hotels group. This lovely venue is located in an idyllic setting in the village of Rotherwick, Hook in Hampshire. It has a wealth of history and during the First World War served as a hospital and later in 1948 became a boys’ school until 1984 when it closed, re-opening officially in 1986 as a hotel and restaurant.
On arrival, our initial comments were about the stunning grandeur of the courtyard entrance within this magnificent Grade II listed building. We soon found out that this wonderful establishment is set in over 66 acres of beautiful grounds and historic gardens, woodland and lakes. It is used as a wedding venue offering silver, gold and platinum packages in their Tylney, Newnham and Hampshire suites which are licensed for civil ceremonies. There are also excellent facilities for business meetings and conferences, private functions and parties and, of course, leisure breaks. A perfect venue and only a 60-minute drive from London.
We decided to relax and enjoy a light lunch in the Italian or Grey Lounge, with a beautiful fireplace, where you can sit cozily in the winter, and stunning views over the grounds. Here you can enjoy sandwiches, salads and snacks throughout the day and afternoon tea from 3pm. We were joined for the afternoon by a very dear family friend and were thrilled with the whole experience. We spent a pleasant few hours in this lovely lounge with its attractive furnishings and later joined a tour of the hotel and the leisure facilities.
The leisure complex consists of a temperature controlled indoor swimming pool, along with a fully equipped gymnasium, whirlpool, saunas and a snooker room. For that extra pampering a Health and Beauty Suite, consisting of five treatment rooms, a manicure and pedicure studio, offers an extensive range of facial, body and beauty therapies. Venturing outside the complex you will find a delightful outdoor pool screened by vines in the summer months recently voted one of the top outdoor pools by the Sunday Times newspaper, and walled gardens. Other outdoor facilities include all-weather tennis courts and croquet lawn, and an 18-hole golf course that adjoins the hotel.
After our tour we checked into our delightful suite on the first floor with our own lounge, large bedroom and beautifully equipped bathroom with stunning views over a raised balcony to the grounds and lake.
Just when we thought this experience could not get any better we went to The Oak Room Restaurant for dinner, which boasts the RAC Three Ribbon Dining Award and two AA rosettes and which apparently got its name from the rich oak wall panelling. The dining experience is headed up by the excellent Head Chef Stephen Hine, who has been at Tylney Hall for 20 years and is responsible for the excellent cuisine. After spending some time checking out the menu choices, for starters we decided to share the Goats Cheese with beetroot and the Mackerel! And then for the main course I opted for the Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding, winter vegetables and horseradish. The beef was cooked to perfection, on the rarer side, and was delicious. My colleague opted for the Fillet Steak with spinach and mashed potatoes. Our dinner was accompanied by a glass of the house Champagne.
Our meal was superb, first class, Michelin-starred quality – huge compliments to Stephen and his team!
To summarise: Tylney Hall is an excellent choice of venue for all occasions and I cannot wait to visit again very soon.
by Janine Connolly