Best for: celebrating the seasons
Distance from London: one hour 10 minutes by car
You might be able to just make out Windsor Castle perched on the horizon when the weather is fine, but with over 400 acres to get lost in, this is a place to get your rural fix. The farm to fork ethos is all-powerful here and culinary director Skye Gyngell has the sprawling biodynamic Home Farm, market garden and extensive woodland to play with. Expect milk, cream, butter and yoghurt from the micro-dairy which opened in 2020; greenhouses that overspill with squash and tomatoes as well as narcissi, tulips, ranunculi and roses, and a 500-tree orchard that bursts into blossoms of pear, damsons and medlars for the bees to feast on.
Inside, the Marle restaurant has a Green Michelin Star. Order winter vegetables with Agresto and goat’s curd or perhaps monkfish with a tomato and fennel stew, cuttlefish and black olive tapenade. Meanwhile, at the Hearth restaurant, cooking centres on an open fire. This Georgian house is undeniably grand, but there is a consciously understated luxury to it all. Rooms are plastic-free with locally sourced rush mats and headboards from the River Ouse, open fires, raw, neutral linen and hand-knotted wool rugs.
Address: Heckfield Place, Hook, Hampshire, RG27 OLD
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