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Hotel Review: Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire

Set in a restored, 18th-century manor on 500 acres of picturesque grounds outside of London; Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire seamlessly blends heritage with 21st-century modernity. Wander through lush English gardens, ride horseback along the rolling hills or unwind at the hotel’s Zen-like spa. No matter how you want to spend your holiday, you’ll definitely not want to leave this countryside gem.

Accommodation

Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire boasts 111 beautifully-designed guest rooms and 22 opulent suites. Take in the views that have inspired English literature for centuries and experience a relaxing escape while reflecting on the hotel’s country setting.  

Fitness and Recreation

Catering to guests of all ages, Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire provides an unforgettable country escape. Enjoy all sorts of activities ranging from horseback riding to fishing, falconry, canal boating, clay pigeon shooting and cycling. Younger guests can have an exciting time at the games room, Henry’s Hangout adventure playground and pony rides!

Guests can also maintain their workout schedules in the fitness studio, and try a variety of fitness classes in the spacious Zen studio, both featuring French doors that open onto the greenery of the Spa garden.

Dining

Apart from scrumptious in-room dining, Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire has various options that cater to discerning tastes. Wild Carrot is a restaurant that is named after the elegant white wildflower that defines the fields of Dogmersfield Park. Fox Hollow is also available for an intimate dining experience. If it’s artisanal concoctions and craft cocktails that you’re after, The Bar at Wild Carrot will satisfy your thirst. Meanwhile, those who want to slow down and unwind can enjoy afternoon coffee or tea at The Library or Café Santé.


Wild Carrot

During our visit, we dined at Wild Carrot for lunch. As soon as we walked in, the beautifully-designed interiors immediately caught our attention. The weather was really terrible when we dropped by – however, we were seated by the window where we admired the picturesque English countryside.

Wild Carrot serves seasonal, natural, locally sourced ingredients from Hampshire markets and farther afield.  A first look at the menu revealed that it was elegant without being fussy. Our culinary adventure commenced with a vibrant choice of starters that included our favourite country fried chicken! It was a perfect balance of crispiness on the outside and tenderness on the inside.

The main courses were fresh and tasty. We had the ‘Dingley Dell pork belly’; the meat was slow roasted and a beautiful golden brown crackling on top. We savoured it with spring cabbage and mustard. The ‘Seared salmon with asparagus, oranges and vanilla mayonnaise’ was nothing short of extraordinary.  As for the sweet finish, we had the choice of tiramisu, rice pudding and blueberry cheesecake.

The service was genuinely one of the best we’ve had so far. Our waiter, Gianmarco along with the sommelier, Sandro made sure that each of our needs was catered to. They were very helpful and tailored our dining experiences based on our dietary requirements.

The restaurant boasts a large open kitchen where we were able to watch the chefs’ magic in action. An outdoor seating area with lush foliage is also available for the warmer months.

Overall, we had an exceptional experience at Wild Carrot – from attention to detail and fantastic service, to small touches and gorgeous ambiance. It was a lovely place to unwind with friends and loved ones.

What makes the hotel special

  • Breathtaking sense of countryside (500 acres of green pastoral grounds)
  • Historical feel with the beautifully restored 18th century Georgian Manor house
  • Variety of activities: clay pigeon shooting, horse riding, falconry, fishing, croquet, canal boating…
  • Perfect accommodation to get a real feel of the English countryside

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