Rotherwick, Hook, Hampshire, RG27 9AZ
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Rotherwick, Hook, Hampshire, RG27 9AZ
Originally built as a private mansion house, this Grade II listed building combines the magnificence of a bygone era, with the luxurious facilities of a modern hotel. All 113 exquisite bedrooms are individually-styled with views of the beautifully-manicured, 66-acre, RHS Partner garden. The two AA Rosette restaurant serves innovative cuisine with a British twist. Dog-friendly rooms available.
What makes a stay at Tylney Hall Hotel unique?
Nestled in the heart of the Hampshire countryside, Tylney Hall Hotel is a Victorian-era mansion house that exudes luxury and a sense of old world charm. The Four Red Star Hotel is renowned for its impeccable service, innovative fine dining and delicious Afternoon Tea. Set in 66-ares of beautiful gardens - this country gem offers a real escape for guests. The heated outdoor swimming pool has been named one of Britain's Best hotels with outdoor pool by the Telegraph Travel.
What are the rooms and facilities on offer at Tylney Hall Hotel?
Tylney Hall Hotel has 113 individually decorated bedrooms & suites within the main Mansion House, gardens and courtyard. Most rooms have beautiful views, and the Four Red Star status means you can expect indulgent extras such as Nespresso coffee machine and Molton Brown products in every room.
What can guests enjoy when staying in the Hook area?
Set in the beautiful Hampshire countryside, there are plenty of walks in the grounds and beyond. The village of Rotherwick has two country pubs a short drive. Hook and Basingstoke are close by. The ancient city of Winchester is around 30 minutes away.
Where can guests enjoy food and drink?
The award-winning Oak Room Restaurant (voted best in Hampshire by Bookatable), run by Head Chef Mike Lloyd, serves innovative, seasonal, cuisine with a British Twist. There is a more relaxed menu, served in the Lounges and guests can enjoy a drink in the Library Bar. Afternoon Tea is very popular at Tylney Hall and all cakes are made in-house by the Pastry Team.
Tylney Hall Hotel also has a Spa and Venue:
Tylney Hall Hotel is part of the following Inspirations:
"If you want a country walk without even leaving your hotel then Tylney Hall has 66 acres of grounds. In your room you’ll even find a map that guides you round. The route begins in the (much restored) Italian Garden before reaching the Rose Circle (which lost its roses during World War II) and the Boating Lake. Then it’s down the redwoods of the Long Vista – said to be the longest tree-lined avenue in Hampshire, down to the remains of a World War II air raid shelter that has been grassed over to create a raised ha-ha.
The walking route then continues through the kitchen gardens to the Dutch Gardens, which were lost when converted into an open air swimming pool in the 1930s.
On the other side of the hall the walk passes through water gardens designed by Gertrude Jekyll with two more lakes and the original drive to Tylney along an avenue lined with chestnut trees.
Tylney Hall has been wonderfully restored since its nadir (1948-1984) when it was much-abused as a boarding school. These days it looks as good as it did in 1898 when Sir Lionel Philips created himself a stately home on the site of the original eighteenth-century mansion. People come for afternoon tea or to dine in the Oak Room or lose themselves in one of the aristocratic suites that are so large you can never remember where you left your possessions.
Tylney is a very comfortable country walk indeed. And when you come back if you ask nicely the staff will even clean your shoes for you!"
"The last actual Tylney of Tylney Hall in Hampshire died in 1725. The house passed to his niece which meant that legally it became the property of her husband Richard Child, Viscount Castlemaine. In recognition of this windfall the Castlemaine viscounts took the title Earls of Tylney.
In the nineteenth century the hall was once again left to a female, Catherine Tylney-Long. When she married William Wellesley Pole, Fifth Earl of Mornington in 1812 the estate therefore became his. As Pole was keen to sell the estate’s timber - and a codicil forbade this while Tylney Hall stood - he demolished the old house and built a new one, financing the rebuild with all the money he received from the timber sale.
But the hall we see today is the work of a man called Lionel Phillips. In 1898 Phillips, a financier who had made his fortune in the mines of South Africa, bought Tylney and pretty much rebuilt it from scratch. Amongst his many extravagances he imported a sixteenth-century ceiling and fireplace from the Grimani Palace in Florence. Fourteen years later in 1912 Phillips became Sir Lionel and so he now had a title to match his stately home.
Nikolaus Pevsner, the great architectural historian described Tylney after Phillips’ interventions as being “conservative for its date”. Today we might say it was deliberately retro, giving the impression of an ancestral home.
During the First World War Tylney Hall served as a hospital. After the war Phillips and his wife returned to live in South Africa and the hall was acquired by Lord Rotherwick who ran his shipping line, Clan Line Steamers Ltd from it. By 1948 Tylney became a boarding school – often the fate of unwanted stately homes after the Second World War. Then in 1984 the school moved out and Tylney was converted into a country hotel and restaurant.
The Tylney Hall we see today is very much as Lionel Phillips designed it with the great hall still showing off its Florentine walnut panelling. These days the hall is owned by Elite Hotels and its finest suite is named after Thomas Mugleston, the founder of the group.
The Mugleston Suite has a balcony overlooking the hall's Long Vista of redwood trees. It is said to have been used by Sir Lionel’s wife, Lady Florence Phillips (whose portrait hangs in the hotel’s Grey Lounge). Lady Phillips is best known for founding of the Johannesburg Art Gallery to which she donated her lace collection, seven oil paintings, and a Rodin sculpture that belonged to her husband.
Guests who stay in the Mugleston Suite today get the assistance of their own butler, a nice touch that recalls the lifestyle to which Sir Lionel aspired at Tylney.
"Once a Victorian mansion, that played host to the rich and influential, Tylney Hall has an exquisite old world charm. Set in 66 acres its a landscaped paradise for weddings with a lake, water garden and rustic bridge. Outdoor weddings are held in the Italian Garden’s stone gazebo, whilst the Rose, Dutch or Walled Gardens make the perfect backdrops for photographs."
Tylney Hall Hotel is part of the following Inspirations based on location:
"Hampshire is a county known to fly somewhat under the radar. Adjacent to Dorset with its beautiful beaches; and Sussex, which contains one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the whole of the UK in Brighton, some might think that Hampshire has nothing to offer. This article will beg to differ and begin to explore some of the best spots, sights and attractions that are an absolute must for anyone wishing to visit the county."
Information on Tylney Hall Hotel , Rotherwick , Hook
|No. of bedrooms:||
Types of room: 24 Twins, 61 Doubles, 28 Suites
|Room rates guide:||
Room with Breakfast
Credit Cards Accepted: Amex, Diners, Mastercard, Maestro/Switch, Visa
When Closed: Open all year
Child Friendly: Children of all ages welcome
Dog Friendly: Dogs Permittted
Smoking Permitted: No
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Accreditation: AA 4 Stars, AA 2 Rosettes
Direct dial telephone, radio, Satellite TV, Modem point, 24 hour room service, Four poster beds available, Luxury toiletries, trouser press, Safe, hairdryer
66 acres of gardens and parkland, Beauty treatment rooms, Health spa, Indoor & outdoor swimming pools, Saunas, Solarium, Gym, Award-winning restaurant, Civil ceremony licence, Wedding receptions, 12 meeting rooms, Conference facilities, Heli-pad, Private dining
Board games, Snooker room
|Outdoor activities on site:||
All-weather tennis courts, Archery, Croquet lawn, Clay shooting by prior arrangement, Cycling - bike hire, mountain biking, Falconry, Horse riding, Hot air ballooning, Jogging trails, Walking
Golf (3 mins)
|Local directions:||From the M4 exit at junction 11 towards Hook & Rotherwick and follow signs to Hotel. From the M3 exit at junction 5 and take the A287 towards Newnham, go over the A30 into Old School Road. Turn left for Newnham then right and the Hotel is located 1 mile on the the left hand side.|
Nearest major city:
Nearest major airport:
Nearest railway stn:
Basingstoke (10 mins)
London Heathrow (40 mins)
Hook (5 mins)
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