UK: Heckfield Place, a refurbished 60-room Hampshire boutique property, has recruited a culinary director and GM ahead of a 2013 launch.
Set in 400 acres of garden, woodland and rolling Hampshire countryside, the hotel is a refurbished 18th century manor house and estate. Each of the 60 rooms will have an individual style – they are located around the property, including rooms in the refurbished stables, walled garden and the principal manor house.
Newly appointed culinary director, Skye Gyngell – who won a Michelin star as head chef of the Petersham Nurseries – will create a menu using ingredients from the estate’s working farm, and other local produce.
The hotel’s gardens will be designed by the gardens advisor to England’s historic Royal Palaces, Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, while guests will be able to attend a film club in the property’s 65-seat private cinema.
General manager Charles Oak – formerly GM of The Mayfair in London and Scotland’s Skibo Castle – said: “Ultimately Heckfield Place is all about reconnecting – with England’s past, with future ideas, and with all that is natural, including great food, honestly cooked, enjoyed in the easy company of like-minded people. We want Heckfield Place to be comforting and true to itself. We don’t want to be formulaic, but intuitive, honest and elegant – it will be a hotel with a soul.”