I was in for a true treat as I was to go to Basingstoke from 23-24 Feb for business and the hotel suggested was Tylney Hall. I have stayed at many different hotels in Basingstoke over the years, however this time was special as Tylney Hall is a true historic gem situated in the countryside of Rotherwick, just outside of Basingstoke. It is just as beautiful as the pictures show.
The hotel has a long and interesting history going back as far as the 1700's. The mansion was used as a hospital during World War I, a business headquarter for Lord Rotherwicks famous shipping line, Clan Line Steamers Ltd, and between 1948-1985 Tylney Hall was used as a school. It re-opened on October 1st, 1985 as an hotel and Restaurant after extensive refurbishment.
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While I was here visited the Oak Room which served the breakfast buffet. Great selection of hot and cold food, toast freshly made by the staff as well as fresh coffee/tea served at the table by the pot.
I also had the pleasure of a private group dinner in one of the private dining rooms. The meal was truly a michelin star worthy and was perfectly made out local & seasonal produce.
At Tylney Hall you won't be bored as the hotel has plenty leisure activities for you. I didn't have time to use the pool but the hotel boasts of having both indoor and outdoor pools, a gym, tennis court, golf course, croquet lawn, snooker room, and mountain bikes for hire. Besides they will even arrange clay pigeon shooting or hot air ballooning if that's what you're into.
I had booked a Deluxe Room which is a bit expensive but for the hotel standard I would say it is worth it. The room was tastefully decorated, not too modern but still contemporary in classy way. The room has a bath and a view to gardens on one side, a small river on the other. The bed was a queen size and slept like a baby in it. The room had a Nespresso machine as well as flatscreen TV with all relevant channels.
From a business perspective the hotel is ideal for external meetings and dining. The mansion and grounds would impress anyone. The staff are quick at checkin/out as well as courteous and friendly.
If I had one regret it would be that I could only stay here for a single night. The stay here was really pleasant and it will not be the last time, as I plan to return in the future. Maybe with the family.