House & Garden A relaxed country-house hotel at the heart of the New Forest

It’s not every day that you can enjoy a pre-dinner Aperol spritz as the sun goes down and watch red deer feeding in open parkland. The views from Burley Manor are one of its most memorable features, but the interiors in the restored Jacobethan country house are also a delight….

The hotel bills itself as a restaurant with rooms, and the 40 bedrooms – all individually decorated – are split between the main house and garden wing. Our garden suite had a sofa and armchairs alongside the king-size Hypnos bed with a scalloped upholstered headboard. The characterful-rather-than-corporate feel was enhanced by a leather-covered trunk and dark wood furniture, including a substantial wardrobe and elegant writing desk…