Heckfield Place, Hampshire
A Georgian manor house and biodynamic farm, woodland, lakes and gardens occupy this 440-acre estate in the Hampshire countryside. Having benefitted from an extensive restoration before its 2018 opening, the house is distinguished by warm, earthy interiors that reflect its surroundings, The Little Bothy Spa offering all-natural treatments and restaurants led by celebrated chef Skye Gyngell focusing on the on-site farm’s produce. While much of the focus here is placed on spending time outdoors, Heckfield Place also hosts The Assembly, a diverse programme of events such as talks and master classes. The festive programming builds on the Assembly’s event calendar. Upcoming editions include wreath making workshops, mince pie making, festive produce sales and winter solstice celebrations. Over Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day the estate is then hosting celebrations including a candlelit walk through the wintery estate, duck and geese herding and a Christmas lunch at restaurant Marle. Carol singers are to come by on Christmas Eve and Father Christmas will be making an appearance with his reindeers.