A couple of hours from London, in the New Forest National Park, stands an historic, red brick property in extensive grounds. Looking out across the lawns you might well see deer, which adds to the rural charm.
Burley Manor feels like a private home, albeit one with a touch of luxury. The rooms and suites are all individually designed, with distinctive characters. You might opt for the sombre Burley Suite, with its private balcony and views across the neighbouring deer park; or perhaps the Manor Crown is more your thing, with its roll top bath and flashes of hot pink in the furnishings.
Unusually for England, Burley Manor has an outdoor pool, and a swim here makes for an energizing start to the day. Somewhat more relaxing is a treatment with Temple Spa products in the wellbeing sanctuary. Spend an afternoon here to revive your body and mind.
When evening comes, there’s no need to go out: Burley Manor has one of the best restaurants in the region. The chefs take local ingredients from the New Forest, and prepare menus with a Mediterranean flair. The slow food movement is a key part of the kitchen’s philosophy, and the dishes look as good as they taste. The perfect feast is one taken at the Chef’s Table, where you can drink Champagne and chat with the chef as he prepares each mouthwatering dish before you.
Sometimes, you need to leave the city behind you and rediscover the simpler, more natural things in life. Burley Manor epitomizes the best of the New Forest, its surroundings, food, and hospitality.