Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Destination: Tylney Hall Hotel - A travel review

Home from home: Relaxing with the family at Tylney Hall

Set in stunning Hampshire countryside, the splendour of Tylney Hall is apparent from the moment you approach its grand redwood lined drive. Indeed, everything about this family friendly hotel is grand: accommodation, food, activities. No doubt that’s why it’s sitting pretty in the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World book.

A red bricked Victorian build, once used as a hospital, home, school, even donkey sanctuary, it’s now a Grade II listed mansion house hotel, steeped in history, about which the amiable staff are only to happy to share.

On reception a digital frame flips images of happy families amid the grounds. But there isn’t only photographic evidence. Within moments of arriving I note a little tot looking quite at home amongst the wood paneling original features. 

And that is Tylney Hall. For all the grandeur, there is an overwhelming feeling of comfort. A feel good factor emphasised by knowing that nothing is too much trouble. Cricket set up for the children on the lavish lawn? No problem Madam.

Lavish lawn. Glorious gardens. 66 acres of scenic serenity surrounds Tylney. We used the hotel’s mountain bikes to explore. It didn’t disappoint. Neither did the stunning outdoor pool, (voted one of the country’s ‘coolest pools’ by The Times last year). There’s an indoor one too, along with spa and holiday games room.

Children will love the ‘troll treasure hunt’ and teddy bear goody bag; indeed all the little extras that go a long way in helping this unique hotel live up to its family friendly label.

We were given a welcome questionnaire for children’s preferences ‘to help make everyone feel at home’. Favourite foods, size of nappies required, Wii… Nice touch.

Clearly this is a popular spot for families, many returning year on year. Why wouldn't they? Life at Tylney is easy; it really is a home from home. 
A grand one at that.

Emma Oliver was a guest at Tylney Hall (tylneyhall.co.uk), one of four distinctive venues from Elite Hotels, in exchange for this review, which first appeared in the Baby London Summer 2014 magazine. 
Images: My thanks to Alistair Jones of Ideal Imaging.
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