Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire
Dogmersfield Park, Chalky Lane, Dogmersfield, RG27 8TD
It's hard to believe that this grand Georgian manor is only an hour away from central London, for it is surrounded by glorious countryside as far as the eye can see. Amid acres of rolling hills and heritage-listed buildings, this fine establishment promises a superb dining experience, complete with amiable and considerate service. This area of Hampshire offers a myriad of outdoor recreational pursuits - country walks, horse riding, tennis and golf to name but a few - so it stands to reason that a country estate such as this is the perfect base for the active guest. But for those who crave a little 'r and r' the Four Seasons' fantastic spa, spacious luxury guest rooms and excellent dining facilities should not be missed. Offering a contemporary European menu, with an emphasis on French cuisine, using handpicked local ingredients, Seasons restaurant is the perfect tonic to a busy day. The stylish dining room is flooded with light, thanks to the French windows which provide spectacular views. The menu changes in line with the seasons, so expect ingredients at their finest featuring in dishes such as a starter of marinated seasonal vegetable salad, creamed Eldren cheese, potato spiral and an apple curry vinaigrette - a fantastic attack on the palate. To follow, the line-caught wild sea bass with ricotta gnocchi, home-smoked pancetta crisp, citrus and pea shoot salad with hibiscus emulsion is a dish that clearly demonstrates the creativity of the chef. The changing dessert menu features more moreish treats. Try the frozen yoghurt parfait and pineapple lime salad with lime sorbet - a refreshing end to the finest of dining experiences. There is a separate bistro for those looking for a more relaxed dining experience or business lunch. Although a more informal setting, there is no let-up when it comes to quality. There are menus available for children and infants, so Four Seasons is perfect for the whole family. The bar is also a lovely place in which to relax - ideal for cocktails, aperitifs and perhaps some informal dining next to the comfort of an open fire. Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire is a place built for that memorable occasion. Whether you are planning a wedding, honeymoon, birthday party or any other event, let this magnificent establishment help you create the perfect day. If you do decide to stay - and you really should - choose from one of the many unique guest rooms or suites. Why not stay in one of the grand manor rooms - plush with impressive Georgian furnishings, not to mention a king-size bed. The Four Seasons brand continues to live up to its bar-setting standards, while continually looking to improve its facilities and cuisine. This truly wonderful establishment strives for nothing but the very best - and achieves just that.