Make The Most of Summer at Tylney Hall Hotel & Gardens
As the warmer weather makes its way to Hampshire, there is no better time to enjoy Tylney Hall Hotel & Gardens’ glorious 66 acres. Based near Hook, Elite Hotels’ grand Victorian Grade II listed house is one of the region’s most historic properties, making the season shine with its wonderful offering of simply limitless inspiration for outings, fun and relaxation.
With water gardens by the superb designer of outdoor spaces, Gertrude Jekyll, vast lawns, an Italian Garden, a wild orchid meadow and a glistening lake surrounded by seasonal blooms, there is plenty to explore in Tylney Hall’s magnificent grounds – but that doesn’t mean that guests need to limit themselves to exploring solely the estate. Hampshire is a vast county, steeped in fascinating stories and sites.
For summer 2022, Tylney Hall Hotel & Gardens has handpicked a range of the best pursuits – both at this delightful property and beyond – for the quintessential summer countryside experience:
Jazz Afternoon Tea
This summer, taking place on Sunday 17th July, Tylney Hall Hotel & Gardens invites visitors to experience the magic of jazz, with excellent performances in the baronial Tylney Suite all afternoon long, whilst also savouring a gourmet Afternoon Tea experience. Jazz Afternoon Tea will take place on Sunday 17th July, and is priced from £45.00 per person (or £52.50 with a glass of Champagne).
Life is a Picnic in Hampshire
A picnic is a great way to make the most of the beautiful estate and its RHS Partner Gardens. Choose from freshly-baked buttermilk scones, chocolate-dipped strawberries and many savoury options; there’s something for everyone.
And, if you’re looking to wander beyond the hotel to discover more of the grounds, there are countless spots on which to lay a picnic blanket and take in the fresh country air – just ask a member of staff for an estate map. Picnics at Tylney Hall are available all summer and are priced at £24.50 per person or £45.00 per couple.
Guests can make the most of the long, light evenings with a game of croquet, which was once the sports craze of Victorian England. Throughout June, July and August, guests can enjoy this historic sport on the Croquet Lawn. Mallets, balls, jacks and hoops are all available, free of charge.
Make a splash
With two excellent swimming pools at Tylney Hall, take your choice – either an indoor dip in the Health Suite, or a few lengths outside, surrounded by Tylney’s stunning gardens in the outdoor pool. Open May to September.
An hour’s drive away, why not try wild swimming, at the New Forest Water Park? The vast lake has two swim courses – a 300 m triangular loop and a 500 m diamond loop – set against the lush green backdrop of the protected New Forest National Park. From £7/hour.
Summer at Stonehenge
Just a 50-minute drive will take guests to one of the world’s most famous landmarks, Stonehenge, which is world-renowned for its sophisticated stone circle built on the axis of the midsummer sunrise. There are many theories about the significance of Stonehenge, with popular theories including it being an astronomical observatory, or a base for sacred rituals linked to the sun, hoping for successful harvests or even honouring those who lived in the past. Visitors can uncover the mysteries of this magical historic location with its on-site audio tour and visitor centre – or why not pre-book an expert personally-guided tour?
Midsummer Tours at Highclere Castle
For many, Highclere Castle is the home of Britain’s award-winning TV series and film, Downton Abbey. This summer, visitors can explore the Castle including the main state rooms so familiar from Downton Abbey, and enjoy its Egyptian Exhibition with Highclere’s Midsummer Tours programme.
The newly-revamped Jane Austen House in Chawton
Reopened in May after extensive refurbishment, Jane Austen’s House, near Alton, has a packed summer of Austen-themed activities on offer. In July, enjoy a Chawton Village Walk: Dress Up Day Special – a delightful literary ramble around the charming country village where Jane Austen lived and wrote, with participants dressed up in Regency attire (16 July, tickets £16.50).
Stay overnight at Tylney Hall Hotel & Gardens from £255 per room in a Deluxe Bedroom (two sharing), including dinner and full English breakfast. Or why not upgrade to The Mansion State Suite, the hotel’s most opulent and spacious accommodation with commanding views over the Hampshire countryside, stunning features and expansive lounge (from £780 per night, two sharing). Call Tylney Hall on 01256 764881 (www.tylneyhall.co.uk) to book.
Notes to Editors
A small, independent UK-based hotel group, Elite Hotels has invested in some of the UK’s most beautiful historic houses since 1986. The first of these was Tylney Hall Hotel, Hampshire, followed by Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club, East Sussex and The Grand Hotel, Eastbourne. Each Elite Hotel is a member of Small Luxury Hotels, a prestigious consortium representing over 500 of the best independent hotels in 70 countries.
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