A Wonderful Winter Weekend in Hampshire Just an hour from London, Hampshire exudes a storybook charm and plenty of activities–from cycling to horseback riding—that the whole family will love.
1/4 Day One
Start the day at
Newlyns Farm, where there is a lovely coffee shop perfect for a family-friendly breakfast. You may even spot a few animals out in the fields. Follow with a cookery course, for which Newlyns is becoming very well known. A varied programme lets you master all sorts of cookery skills within minutes of the Hotel. There are also courses specially designed for kids eight and up. Once you’ve tried your hands at the culinary arts, take a scenic bicycle ride (weather permitting) to the nearby historic village of Odiham, which is about a 40-minute ride from the Hotel. Bikes for all ages are available at the Spa. Once in Odiham, have lunch at Waterwitch, a charming traditional pub and restaurant.
2/4 Day One, Part Two
In the afternoon, pay a visit to
Jane Austen’s House Museum in nearby Chawton (just 30 minutes away), and take a private tour of the beautiful Chawton House Library. For dinner, have the Concierge make reservations for you at the popular Anchor Inn. Run by Executive Chef Kevin Chandler, it offers simply cooked, seasonal food, and the carefully selected wine list put together by Master Sommelier Vincent Gasnier allows for exquisite complements to any meal.
3/4 Day Two
Stay in bed a little longer and order room service—it is the weekend, after all. After fuelling up for the day, be sure to take advantage of the Hotel’s “Own a Pony” programme. This half- or full-day experience lets children four years and up learn what it’s really like to own a pony. They’ll learn the A to Z of caring for the animal, including how to ride, groom and feed it. Whilst the kids take part in “Own a Pony,” parents should indulge in
the luxury Spa or have their own fun with clay pigeon shooting, horseback riding or their choice of other activities. Another must: the Farmers Market Sunday lunch at Seasons restaurant. A highlight unique to Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire, the interactive lunch showcases the finest local produce, offering something for the whole family.
4/4 Day Two, Part Two
In the afternoon, walk off that big meal with a stroll along one of the Hotel’s nature trails, or by taking Oliver Beckington, the Hotel dog and “Lord of the Manor,” for a walk across the 500 acre estate. Then settle into a cosy spot in The Library with a warm cup of cocoa and marshmallows. Alternatively, a trip to nearby
Windsor Castle, Birdworld or Peppa Pig World, which is a huge hit with smaller kids (re-opening February 12), would round out any weekend in the beautiful English countryside.
If it’s a family getaway you’re after, you’d be hard pressed to find a more idyllic setting than the intimate Georgian manor house of
Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire, England.
Suzanna Mitchell and Concierge Manager Dawn Pender from the Hotel have put together an itinerary designed to help you make the most of your weekend stay. So pack your bags and head to Hampshire for a memorable family retreat.
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Issue 3 2014