As my car rumbled down the road, the Surrey Hills dominated the skyline in front of me. I still find it hard to believe that I am an hour outside of London. Don’t get me wrong, I have been a Guildford girl half my life but the contrast in scenery is still one I can’t seem to grasp, especially on an occasion like today.
I pulled into the driveway of the Four Seasons Hotel and saw acres of land, land being used to maximum capacity. I was soon to learn The Four Seasons works closely with local charities, helping to support disabled children with a number of equestrian activities. It doesn’t stop there; they also have bikes that the guests can use to take a scenic ride around the impressive grounds as well as take in the stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
The Four Seasons also has very strong historical roots and is home to a walled garden. Since then the garden has blossomed and bloomed over the years into a beautiful haven for guests and visitors to meander and peruse at their leisure.
Within the grounds there are also activities aplenty to keep the children entertained, including a tree top adventure course, an outhouse for films and games consoles and a separate children’s swimming pool, under construction as I write!
I then got to have a look around the vast interior of the hotel, from the attention to detail everywhere from the Wimbledon flower arrangements ranging to the positioning of the armchairs to ensure maximum natural light floods the room.
I had a chance to have a wander around the spa, swimming pool and gym facilities, more added extras that this hotel can offer. The spa offers a range of treatments to both guests and visitors who decide that a day of pampering is in order! More details on the impressive range of spa treatments can be found online.
The next treat was a meal at The Wild Carrot restaurant, located on site at the Four Seasons. The restaurant prides itself on British dishes infused with locally sourced produce and seasonal bounty from farms and markets further afield. The menu was just that: a limited selection of starters, light bites and mains to accommodate the variety of lunches that The Wild Carrot caterers for ranging from a light business lunch, to a 3- course family meal. The team is prepared for anything. Alongside the impressive food selection the hotel and restaurant continue to support the local vineyard with their local selection of wines.
I had a lovely day and thoroughly enjoyed learning not just history about the hotel but also how they are going to progress into the future. This hotel is 100% one to visit and definitely one to watch as they continue to expand and progress. Claire Taylor
For more information please visit www.fourseasons.com
Or call 01252 853 000
Dogmersfield Park, Chalky Lane, Hook, RG27 8TD