English Countryside Pastimes
If you fancy an English country weekend getaway replete with top-notch hotel service and myriad outdoor activities, Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire is the place for you: an intimate Georgian country manor that will exceed your expectations. And at just an hour from London, 35 minutes from Heathrow Airport and 50 minutes from Southampton, its proximity makes it a truly accessible country retreat.
Here, the authenticity of an archetypal English manor house is combined with exemplary sporting facilities that fan out over 500 acres of parkland, home to wild deer, grouse, pheasants, foxes and badgers. Nearby is the historic Basingstoke Canal, a haven for wildlife and swans. The canal route was determined in 1798, when Sir Henry Mildmay, then lord of the manor, detoured the canal so his peace would not be disturbed. Our guests are the recipients of Sir Mildmay’s circumnavigation as they stroll the languid waterside or lounge on the Hotel’s 21-metre (70-foot) custom-designed canal boat with room for a reception of 20, or a gathering of 8 around the oval table at its centre.
Also home to equestrian facilities housing horses and ponies, the Hotel provides on-site trainers who can lead a group of up to five riders of any experience level through the countryside on a hack. The stables are open Tuesdays to Sundays throughout the year, and it’s a great way to sharpen your riding skills or take up a brand new hobby.
Guests with a head for heights will certainly enjoy the Hotel’s Highwire Adventure. Hidden amid the woodland on the Dogmersfield Estate, this exciting forest adventure features both high- and low-rope courses, adrenaline-pumping zip lines, a giant see-saw and a sensational parachute simulator.
Guests can also spend their time playing a lively game of croquet on an authentic croquet lawn adjacent to the Orchard, fishing on Belvedere Pond, going on a clay pigeon shoot, taking part in falconry, touring the Estate on a bike, hiking through the lush countryside, or playing tennis on the year-round courts. In addition, championship golf at Wentworth and numerous other courses is available close to the Hotel.
As for indoor activities, our 2,500-square-metre (27,000-square-foot) spa – with its 15 treatment rooms, gymnasium, Zen studio and a 20-metre (66-foot) indoor pool leading to an outdoor vitality pool – will meet your every wellness need.
Breaking the mould of the English country house hotel, Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire combines the intimacy and comfort of an out-of-town retreat with the rugged, outdoorsy spirit of English country life, creating a very special niche all its own.