This week we decided our ‘newbie’ Sarah Birch would write the blog on our recent visit to Tylney Hall…… This week we visited the prestigious Tylney Hall in Hampshire. Set in 66 acres of parkland this Grade II listed country house hotel is breath taking from the moment you drive through the gates. The gardens are beautifully maintained and the sweeping drive through parkland is delightful. Hannah and the GM welcomed us warmly and after a drink in the lounge we started the show round. Despite the grand façade of the building the entrance and the lounge area are welcoming and inviting, the soft furnishings of the lounge and comfy sofas are a great place for pre-dinner drinks or afternoon tea and the Grey Lounge with its views over the garden would be fantastic for a private drinks reception. We wandered through to the Tylney Suite, this amazing wood panelled Baronial Hall complete with minstrels gallery is a magnificent room and can seat 120 theatre style. This room leads to the Italian Terrace which overlooks the gardens and lake. The terrace is a delight in its own right, with breath-taking views, BBQ’s in the summer would be fantastic here. We then viewed the smaller meeting rooms; the rooms all have views of the grounds and with huge windows, they are full of the character of a Grade II listed house yet have all the facilities you would ever need for your meeting/conference. With capacities from 10 boardroom the rooms offer a variety of options for meetings and private dining. There are 112 bedrooms, I had the pleasure of staying overnight in room 6. What a room! The small private entrance hall lead to a truly beautiful room, the huge bed has the most spectacular views of the grounds, the room also has a small lounge area complete with a Nespresso machine, homemade cookies and fresh fruit. There is a small balcony with views you could never tire of, chairs with soft cushions so you could sit and relax for hours. The room was so nice I didn’t want to leave!
We also viewed the master suite, with its own private lounge, four poster bed and huge bathroom, this Suite would be great to use for a private meeting following an overnight stay without the need to hire a meeting room or have your meeting in the lounge. We also viewed the Orangery rooms which are cute duplex rooms which overlook the water garden complete with very friendly ducks, these rooms are in a lovely position and would be great for a longer stay as they benefit from a separate lounge downstairs. We popped our head into the Leisure facilities, great indoor pool, full size snooker room and fully equipped gym. There is also an amazing outdoor pool enclosed by a walled garden, its heated, surrounded by lovely sun loungers and has its own private bar in the summer, a hidden gem! We then had the pleasure of dining in the Oak Restaurant, we ordered in the lounge and we were served hot and cold canapés which were divine. The restaurant overlooks the Italian Terrace and the grounds it was candlelit and beautiful. The service was excellent, unobtrusive and attentive. We were all delighted by the salmon amuse bouche and the mandarin sorbet, I had the Warm Seared Sea Bass Salad served with Avocado, Rocket and Orange and for Main course Pan Fried Breast of Free Range Chicken served with Creamed Mushrooms, Baby Leeks, Shallots and Sherry Vinegar, both dishes were superb. Dessert was beyond all of us but the coffee and petit fours were divine. Tylney Hall exceeded my expectations, the service, flexibility of meeting space and food were excellent. For further details on Tylney Hall or if you would like further information on DeSouza Associates – please visit our website: https://www.desouza-associates.com