An elegant family-owned Victorian manor set in 35 acres of picturesque grounds? Sounds like the perfect spot for a romantic weekend away or a special occasion to us!
No matter how impeccable your taste is (Farrow & Ball Ammonite, perchance?), we have all spent too much time staring at our own walls of late. So why not go and stare at something a little more, well, spectacular? And where better than the extraordinary Victorian neo-gothic manor that is The Elvetham.
Tucked away in 4,000 acres of land, and close to Reading, Basingstoke, and Farnborough, The Elvetham has history dating back to Norman times. However, the ornate redbrick edifice you see when sweeping up the driveway is a confection of the 1860s with the requisite arched windows, dark panelled walls and enormous staircases that deliver you to the hotel’s 72 bedrooms.
It’s this spectacular backdrop that makes the hotel so popular as a wedding venue – or indeed a place to celebrate a special occasion. Prospective brides-to-be will be spoilt for choice, as there’s a room here for every size of reception, including The Library, The Oak Room, The Garden Summer House and The Winter Conservatory. Already tied the knot? Hire out one of the rooms for a special birthday or anniversary and you’ll get The Elvetham’s fabulous events team at your beck and call.
If you’re just staying for a weekend getaway, aside from the sumptuous bedrooms (we recommend the spacious suites), you have 32 acres of gardens to explore including a kitchen garden, Victorian formal gardens, a croquet lawn and over 80 ornamental trees, including a 400-year-old oak tree planted by Queen Elizabeth I herself.
Persuaded? Thought so. Get packing that suitcase, lady!
Fleet Road, Hartley Wintney, Hook, RG27 8AS