Skye Gyngell tops the bill at a grand new Hampshire hotel

18th-century Heckfield Place opens after a wait of 10 years in 400 acres of glorious countryside

English country-house hotel Heckfield Place in Hampshire has a Skye Gyngell-helmed restaurant
English country-house hotel Heckfield Place in Hampshire has a Skye Gyngell-helmed restaurant

A long-awaited, quintessential English country house hotel (with more than just one twist) will finally, after close to 10 years of delays and reworkings, welcome its first guests next month in Hampshire.

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Heckfield Place (heckfieldplace.com; from £350), with its 400 acres, unique rooms and suites, Skye Gyngell-helmed restaurant and Bodyism-managed spa, The Little Bothy, looks, in the aggregate of its many attractions, to be very good indeed – proof, it’s hoped, that original, thoughtfully curated endeavours like this one are usually worth the wait.

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