It is a place to reconnect and rediscover life’s simple pleasures with a commitment to sustainability and bound to the changing seasons.
Rewoven from its 18th- century origins to a 21st contemporary feel, each of the 45-rooms are uniquely designed with natural palette and interiors from bespoke English oak furniture to mats handwoven from rushes harvested on the River Ouse and placed throughout the main house and adjacent corridors offering a different aspect and view of the grounds. Designer Ben Thompson’s elegant interiors honor the history of its Georgian grandeur imbued with modest luxury and sustainable local craftsmanship.
It begins with the soil. Culinary Director Skye Gyngell is fuelled with a passion for biodynamics and the relationship to the land, foraging locally from the Home Farm and orchard. The local honeybees and livestock also inspire her seasonal menu at Marle to cooking over the open- fire at Hearth and sipping creative cocktails at the Moon Bar. The Assembly Room and Sun House are special venues designed for hosting small gatherings or intimate private events.
Connecting guests with simplicity of nature, The Little Bothy Spa is a tranquil oasis. It offers a variety of facials, massages and treatments from herbalist, restorative and beauty using exclusive products from Wildsmith Skin. All five (5) treatment rooms boast views overlooking the majestic flora and fauna of the walled gardens with three (3) studios for Gym, Pilates, Yoga and private instruction by Bodyism. The Bothy Spa which includes further treatment rooms, gym and swimming pool will be expanded and will launch in Summer 2019.
From the Morning room to the Drawing room, the House marks the natural rhythm of day reconnecting guests to the beauty of nature from the rising of the sun to the east and setting to the west. The most memorable activities are the simplest ones from strolling through the walled gardens dotted with wisteria, lavender and fragrant English roses to conversations with Heckfield Place’s passionate team. Exploring the vast woodlands where parts of the original arboretum were planted in the 18th century by pioneering horticulturalist William Walker Wildsmith carries on the legacy of conservation amongst the estate’s majestic grounds.
Additional activities include:
- Fly fishing on the lower lake or River Whitewater which meanders through the estate
- Boating on the lower lake
- Wild swimming
- Delightful walks and running paths
- Private picnics near one of the estate’s follies
- Horse riding across the estate or lessons at the Wellington Estate
- Visits to surrounding churches, gardens or stately homes
- Berry picking around the estate
- A screening room with a 67-seat private cinema with Silver screen and Dolby ATMOS