Heckfield Place, UK
Heckfield has been a long time coming. The dedicated and passionate owner took his time to ensure that the finished product was as it should be… The big question is was it worth the wait? The answer is most definitively yes!
It ought to be a rather austere, grand stately home but the clever touches of modernity (the disco ball in the bar) and generosity (the freshly made food goods left for you to try compliments of the hotel) make this place one of the most warm and inviting properties I have stayed at in a long time.
I have been a fan of Skye Gyngell since eating at Spring at Somerset House and she has continued that delicate touch and farm to fork ethos here at Heckfield. No matter what else you eat the crunchy potato side dish and porridge in the morning were utterly delicious and must be tried. I am still thinking about going back there for those alone!
The rooms are generous and well thought out. The pictures talk for themselves but the quality of the products and tactile warmth of the room is really special.
The main areas are inviting and easy to spend a few hours playing a game over a tea and scone or cocktail.
The team all wears somewhat old-fashioned uniforms with puffy sleeves and trousers that hang above the ankle. It all adds to the gentle nature of the property. They are brilliant as we were greeted with warmth and professionalism everywhere.
The hotel is new and developing the main spa. They have a couple of treatment rooms for now though which are lovely.
The Times called it their Hotel of the Year, which is high praise indeed and genuinely worth it. The team is incredibly proud of their hotel and rightly so. It is very special.