Ever feel like you need to get away for the night but may not have the time or funds to fly abroad? A staycation is what you need. So last week I headed down to Burley Manor, New Forest for a night away in the countryside.
So what’s Burley Manor, New Forest all about?
A stunning Grade II listed building, Burley Manor, New Forest dates back to 1852 and has been a hotel since 1935 and set in just 8 acres of land, it feels miles away from everything. Purchased by New Forest Hotels in April 2015, it quickly underwent a £1.8 million refurbishment, transforming it into this completely stylish yet humble hotel with 40 Boutique bedrooms ranging from Snug to Suite, any Pinterest obsessed would be envious of, just check out the photos.
The bedrooms are situated in both the main Manor and the Garden Wing, the latter can either be accessed through a series of doors and corridors (pretty easy to navigate once you’ve done it once) or through the courtyard and onto your very own private deck.
In the Courtyard, a small pool which was closed off, well it’s not quite Summer yet. There are plans to expand and even add Spa facilities so I look forward to returning for that. All of the Garden Wing rooms overlook stunning serene views of the countryside and even a herd of deer grazing. Yes, they are there most days and you can even buy food to feed them!
As if the views of the grounds and courtyard weren’t perfect enough, the room itself was stunning and from the front didn’t appear to be that big, I was expecting more of a snug room. However, it was very spacious and furnished beautifully. You can see they really took extra love and care to make the rooms individual yet compliment the surroundings. I particularly loved the bed, just look at that headboard, the side table ladened with tea and coffee facilities and even some delicious freshly baked cookies. It goes without saying that the bathroom is to-die-for and the complimentary Temple Spa goodies is enough to amke any beauty blogger squeal!
And what about dinner at Burley Manor, New Forest?
After relaxing for a couple of hours, listening to the radio, headed over to the Manor and to the restaurant where I’d booked a table for dinner. Staying midweek meant the restaurant was pretty quiet with just three couples having dinner at the same time and a few people at the bar. We were quickly seated with our menus and the Sommelier, Carlos welcomed us asking if we’d like any wine, our preferences and bottle or Carafe. Carlos really knows his stuff and after choosing a bottle of delicious red, poured into a carafe and we sat back and relaxed. Chatting and discussing blogging, taking photos too.
Starting with some homemade rosemary bread and a selection of infused Olive Oils, chilli and paprika, lemon and herb and garlic.
Next we kindly offered a plate of Tapas to share. A mouthwatering selection of dry cured Hampshire antipasti, Lamb Kibbeh with spiced yoghurt, couscous Tabbouli. But the star of the show for us was the Cumin Houmous topped with dukkah and pine nuts and served with warm flatbread. Freshly made and so utterly delicious unlike any Houmous I have tasted before. I could have and would have eaten the whole bowl, had I not ordered a main…
After filling our stomachs with Tapas, we chatted, laughed and drank a lot of wine. And then our mains arrived. Ricotta and Spinach Cannelloni- it was stunning. The Ricotta filling and fresh wilted Spinach really worked in harmony with the pasta. Such a decadent and filling main.
Roast Duck with heritage vegetables and a jus. The duck was cooked to perfection, pink exactly how I like it and the vegetables roasted beautifully. We were very intrigued by the sweet potato with sherry vinegar, raisins and maple (not pictured as I got carried away and ate them instantly). Oh my, did they exceed my expectations, possibly the best roasted sweet potato I have ever tired, and I am a huge sweet potato fan. The maple and raisins really perfected the dish for me.
After polishing off the starter and mains, there was just had about enough room to squeeze in a small dessert, Affogatto – vanilla ice cream, espresso coffee, ameretto and an amaretto biscuit – the amaretto biscuits must have got lost on their way from the Kitchen, slight disappointment but I was too full to care and just wanted to down the coffee and amaretto itself. A simple dessert to finish off a perfect meal.
How does Breakfast bode at Burley Manor, New Forest?
Waking up bright and early, and after grabbing a cup of tea from the in-room Tea Service, we headed to breakfast in the dining room. You can also opt for breakfast being delivered to you (breakfast in bed, hello!), simply by filling out a form the evening before.
After seating and getting familiar with the breakfast bar serving yoghurts, fruits, fruit juices and fresh pastries, I check out the menu and decided the Cinnamon French toast made with their homemade brioche with berry compote & orange yoghurt. Oh my, I do love french toast, sadly never mastered making it myself. But this was so utterly delicious. The flavours complimented eachother perfectly and conquered my morning sweet tooth, along with a teapot of tea and glass of Cranberry juice.
Of course you cannot stay somewhere without trying their version of an English fry up and so we tried the Burley Breakfast with Balsamic roasted tomatoes, plancha style pork loin, locally sourced sausage, roasted Portobello’s & free range poached eggs. Although we were expecting something on the larger side, we were still full from the night before so this Burley Breakfast went down comfortably.
And the verdict?
Packing up my things, feeling completely full and so relaxed, I couldn’t help but feel sad to be leaving such a peaceful place in the heart of the New Forest. I can highly recommend for an overnight stay, or just stop by for dinner if you’re enjoying some country walks in the area. You won’t be disappointed.
To stay at Burley Manor, New Forest on a Bed and Breakfast basis – prices will start from £119 per couple in a snug room. To book or for more information see www.burleymanor.com or call 01425 403522.
Does a staycation tickle your fancy? Have you visited the New Forest before? Let me know in the comments below!