If you have your heart set on a lavish country wedding with every detail catered for to charm and delight your guests, then the Four Seasons Hampshire is your go-to destination.
Boasting 500 acres of historic 11th century parkland, the hotel has retained many of its original features including the 16th-century dovecote, historic walled garden and restored Georgian manor house. The converted 18th-century stable block has been transformed into a tranquil spa featuring natural materials with a relaxation room, sauna and steam room, stunning glass vitality pool and a family pool. The hotel’s signature treatment is a soothing lavender, back, face and scalp therapy. For the bride and groom, the exclusive couples suite features a double hydro-massage bath and offers sensuous herbal and rose-scented oils.
Anisha from the Bridelux team went to visit. She says: “We opted for a couple’s aromatherapy relaxing massage in a private tranquil room that had the perfect ambience and heavenly scents that stirred all our senses. We were able to enjoy the room all to ourselves with our very own jacuzzi and steam room to unwind after the magnificent treatments.”
Superior accommodations for your wedding guests include 22 suites and 111 guest rooms. You can reside at the opulent two-bedroom Royal Suite with its marble bathrooms, powder room and private terrace, which is ideal for drinks receptions or the Ellis St John Suite with spectacular estate views, large sitting room and dining alcove.
Anisha recalls: “Our beautiful suite was lavish with soft and natural furnishings with stunning views of lush green landscapes. The suite was spacious with a big plasma screen to enjoy in-house movies in comfort."
Dine in refined style at the Wild Carrot Restaurant which makes the most of the finest local and seasonal ingredients, head to the Library for the Champagne afternoon tea or host a private dinner at Fox Hollow. For wedding breakfasts there are several ballrooms to choose from, the Four Seasons Ballroom can be configured to suit and it has a separate pre-function area for receiving guests and outdoor weddings can take place in the gardens, therefore you are completely spoilt for choice.
“The food at the hotel is exquisite, especially the champagne afternoon tea, which we enjoyed outdoors on a beautiful sunny day, overlooking the lovely views of Hampshire," says Anisha. "The fine detailed presentation of the desserts was impressive and they tasted divine.”
Four seasons can provide all the accoutrements for your perfect day through its bespoke wedding planning service which can include your marriage ceremony and reception, floral and balloon artistry, pampering hair and make-up rituals, wedding photographers, signature cocktails and cakes, plus stationery design, music and parties tailored to your taste. The private jet is on hand to whisk you to your honeymoon destination afterwards.
There are a host of experiences and adventures to entertain your wedding guests. Tailored to all age groups, facilities include a zip wire, games room, clay pigeon shoot, adventure playground and themed dinners and activities for children. Families can also explore the scenic environs on horseback with supervised lessons available and children can also enjoy mocktails and manicures and Junior Boot Camp at the spa.
Anisha adds: “The ballroom and the verdant grounds are perfect for summer weddings. There’s a host of activities to choose from. We thoroughly enjoyed the clay pigeon shoot, you are fully trained before you begin and can sample various different challenges at six shooting bays.
"The Four Seasons Hotel provides a full luxury experience for both you and your guests, it caters for all your pre-wedding entertainment as well as making the perfect grand setting for your wedding with a variety of different areas and backdrops for each function to take place in the splendid grounds. It’s a great alternative from a destination wedding venue, out in the countryside, with phenomenal service and a wonderful wedding experience.”
Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire, Dogmersfield Park, Chalky Lane, Hook, Hampshire RG27 8TD. 01252 853011. www.fourseasons.com/hampshire