Reuniting after a few days apart (where I was in Liverpool watching football, and Kirsten was with her grandparents in Eastbourne) we wrapped up this English journey with a few days in Hampshire, having already taken in East Sussex, Kent and many other counties earlier in the year.
We stayed at the Four Seasons Hampshire, which turned out to be a bit of an oddity as a FS property. The property itself is a restored Georgian manor house, but what strikes you is that the grounds, which are vast, are devoid of trees which makes you feel like you’re located on the middle of a massive field. The lack of trees, which is odd because this part of England is so green and lush, means that while you’re having breakfast and look out of the window, all you can see is a large field and power lines.
That aside, the staff and service was excellent, and the entrance and lobby to the property exude a definite feeling of elegance.
Getting into your car and driving around the surrounding areas reveals some charming villages, many of which have lovely antique shops, boutiques and galleries, and the pubs serve some great English culinary classics.