Set within the beautiful British countryside, the Tylney Hall Hotel is an idyllic retreat from busy city life…
Words Sabrina Nunez
Your Guide to a Tylney Hall Getaway
Tylney Hall’s landscaped Dutch and Italian gardens are picturesque and create the perfect setting for a leisurely stroll. By following the paths, you’ll find yourself surrounded by a collection of trees that make up the estate’s woodlands. Here you’ll also find a perfect snapshot of the lake laid before the mansion’s exterior. The grounds are home to towering redwoods, a golf course, heated indoor and outdoor pools, hard tennis courts and one of the longest uninterrupted views of Hampshire.
With a terrace overlooking the gardens, two lounges and the Oak Room Restaurant, choosing where to dine is the first hurdle to cross, and the second is making a selection from the menu.
Completely undecided about what to order, we trailed the scent coming from the Sunday roast served from a carving trolley, but opted for a slightly lighter offering instead. This included a poached fillet of buttery sea trout on a bed of browned butter hollandaise, artichoke, spinach and watercress accompanied by four large, delightful pockets of potato gnocchi and a vegetarian version of the gnocchi with pea and tarragon puree, radish and spring onions.
From the deluxe bedrooms to the master suites, each of the nine types of rooms at the Tylney Hall Hotel are luxury epitomised. Our mansion junior suite situated in the Mansion House was like stepping back in time with its period decor, but we were brought back to modernity with the convenience of our own Nespresso machine.
WHAT TO DO
Serving as her home and the inspiration for much of her work, Jane Austen’s depictions of Hampshire have made the area a pilgrimage site for fans of her novels. To mark 200 years since Austen’s death, the Tylney Hall Hotel is running the Jane Austen 200 Break. While the grounds and grandeur of the hotel are a natural fit for celebrating Austen, the hotel is going further by offering a chance to watch authentic performances by the Hampshire Regency Dancers accompanied by a traditional afternoon tea. Each dance is preceded by historical anecdotes about Austen, soldiers and the war, the royals and social behaviour common of the period. Lessons are offered for those interested in full Regency immersion. A stroll through the gardens followed by a drink in one of the lounges is the perfect way to end the day.
Jane Austen 200 Break runs until the end of the year and includes an overnight stay, tickets to Jane Austen’s House Museum, afternoon tea at the hotel and breakfast from £128pp (based on two sharing).