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EXPERIENCES AT HECKFIELD PLACE

Welcome to Heckfield Place. As a Georgian family home lovingly restored from its classic origins and rewoven into 400 acres of secluded Hampshire landscape, there’s plenty of room to roam.

Explore the gardens, farm and woodlands as well as the surrounding countryside. We’d be over the moon to help you connect with all that our home and the area have to offer - naturally, we have a few favourites as well as some hidden secrets we’d be happy to share.

Discover the Gardens and Pleasure Grounds

  • First, you must get lost.
  • Put on your wellies, head out from the Boot Room and start wandering. It really doesn’t matter which way you go. There is beauty in all directions.
  • If you really do need to know which path leads where, then the Upper Walled Garden is to the north of the House. The woodland paths wind to the south and east to the lakes, the Market Garden and the river.
  • If you need a map, please ask your guest assistant and follow the trails for walks from I5 minutes to 2 hours.
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Picnics

  • We are happy to arrange a picnic to enjoy on the Pleasure Grounds on a sunny day, as a part of your planned activities.
  • Head out to the Lake or the woods or wherever takes your fancy for a relaxing afternoon.
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Head to The Market Garden and Farm

  • Our bio-dynamic Market Garden and organic Home Farm are a 15-minute walk down past the lakes heading east past the end of the Lower Lake and across Top Thumper field.
  • If the House is the heart of Heckfield, the bio-dynamic garden and certified-organic farm is its soul. Overseen by the Heckfield team, the farm provides everything for the House: from flowers to rotating arable crops and honey.
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Join our Experts on an Estate Walk

  • Each day between 11:00am -12:30pm
  • Monday: Woodland Walk
  • Tuesday: Farm Tour
  • Wednesday: Wildlife Tour
  • Thursday: Market Garden Tour
  • Friday: Ornamental Garden Walk
  • Saturday and Sunday: Estate Tour
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Cycling and Hiking

  • Cycle or hike across the Estate and out into the little lanes to Farley Hill, or around the forestry tracks of Bramshill Forest to discover the peace and quiet of the Hampshire countryside.
  • There are several country pubs that you can cycle or hike to.
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Badminton, Croquet & Petanques

  • Wander the grounds and find different garden games to join in with.
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Fishing

  • The Lower Lake is stocked with Rainbow Trout, Carp, Perch, Tench & Rudd.
  • All levels of fishing are welcome, whether it’s introducing you to the lake, setting you up, teaching for the first time or just guiding.
  • Fishing is available from April - September.
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Boating on the Lower Lake

  • Take one of our rowing boats out onto the Lower Lake to enjoy the peace and calm of the nature of the Heckfield Estate.
  • Add a picnic and make a day of it.
  • Boating is available from April - September.
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Wild Swimming on the Lower Lake

  • The Lower Lake is a wonderful spot to enjoy a dip in nature. Take one of our waffle towels and head to the eastern end of the Lake where the water is deep and clear.
  • Find our wooden pontoon and step ladder to ease your way in and out.
  • Wild swimming is possible year round.
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Bird Watching

  • Join the birdwatching team for a peaceful walk through the woods to discover the birds and wildlife that have made this gently wilding estate their home.
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Falconry

  • Behold the majesty of these Birds of Prey. Under the supervision of our professional falconer, guests are invited to handle and fly these magnificent birds.
  • It is an unforgettable moment when a hawk swoops out of the sky and lands on your gloved fist.
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Movement Classes

  • Movement means more than just exercise. It's a fundamental aspect of life.
  • We offer a myriad of activities on our beautiful land including Yoga, Pilates, Farm Fit, Bodyism Signature, Personal Training and more.
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Meditation Walk / Forest Bathing

  • Guided meditation walk along the Heckfield trails to discover the beauty of connection with nature that can help you gain a greater sense of control over your thoughts, feelings and actions, allowing you to respond in more constructive ways when you experience negative thoughts or emotions.
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Heckfield Guided Bike Tour

  • Discover the surrounding countryside by bike with one of our team showing the way.
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Screening Room

  • Our beautiful 67-seater, Dolby Atmos Screening room is hidden underground at Heckfield and hosts regular screening of current movies as well as talks as part of our Assembly programme.
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Cocktail Masterclass

  • Join Heckfield Place’s cocktail-making maestros in learning how to create the best drinks fresh with ingredients often foraged from our 438-acre estate.
  • The skills of balancing botanicals and the perfect shake and stir ...
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Discover the Gardens and Pleasure Grounds

  • Calling all oenophiles...A tutored tasting with our Senior Sommelier or our Head of Wine & Bars.
  • We show a diverse and unusual selection of wines that can all fall into the ‘twists on the classics’ category.
  • You will be taken through this by our expert wine team who will tutor you in how to taste wine, explain production techniques and provide you with a whole host of fun and fascinating facts about the world of wine.
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Willow Weaving Workshop

  • Embrace your creativity and try your hand at willow weaving. Using locally grown willow, make either a willow star or a willow bird feeder.
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Nature Photography

  • Do you have an interest in photography and a curiosity in the world around you?
  • Would you like to grasp some fundamental principles and techniques in photography?
  • This private tuition session is aimed at doing just that and will lead you to feeling more inspired and confident in taking photos that you will love.
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Tennis at Riseley Tennis Club

  • Our neighbours at Riseley Tennis Club offer four floodlit hard courts that are open all year round.
  • If you wish to learn or improve your game, a coach is also available upon request.
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Wellington Riding

  • Wellington Riding is one of the UK’s biggest and best-known equestrian centres and our immediate neighbour.
  • Set in 300 acres of the Duke of Wellington’s beautiful Hampshire estate, they are a British Horse Society Approved Riding School, Livery Yard and ‘Where to Train’ Centre to BHSI. Choose from beginner’s class to a hack through the countryside.
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Aston Martins

  • The ultimate car is our neighbour - Chicane Aston Martins are very close by and are home to some iconic DB6s through to the modern super cars.
  • They restore, maintain and look after more than 20 Astons and welcome Heckfield Place’s guests to visit.
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Discover Jane Austen

  • Join our resident Jane Austen expert, visiting the site of her birthplace and her Father’s church at Steventon.
  • Explore the picturesque villages that Jane Austen knew, see the country houses where she danced, fell in and out of love and trace the people that she mentions in her letters, in memorials, in village churches and in a landscape remarkably unchanged since the 1770s.
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Hattingley Valley Winery Tour and Tasting Experience

  • Enjoy a two hour private tour (for up to six guests) where you’ll not only taste the award-winning wines from Hattingley Valley, but will also benefit from their in-depth knowledge, as you are guided through the 600-tonne capacity eco-friendly winery and shown each step of the traditional method sparkling wine-making process.
  • Available Monday – Friday. Not available during harvest time which is usually mid September to end of October.
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Clay Pigeon Shooting at the Royal Berkshire Shooting School

  • Established 30 years ago, The Royal Berkshire Shooting School is internationally recognised as one of the finest facilities of its kind.
  • Set within nearly 100 acres in an area of outstanding natural beauty, facilities include a mixture of towers as well as their famous Purdey Grouse Moor.
  • Whether you are a complete novice, looking to enjoy your very first experience of shooting, or a seasoned shot looking for a lesson, you will be sure to enjoy this thrilling quintessentially British experience.
  • Please note the Shooting School is not open on Sunday.
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Clay Pigeon Shooting with Dylan Williams

  • We are delighted to have a close partnership with Dylan Williams, who established the world-famous Royal Berkshire Shooting School 30 years ago and has decades of teaching experience.
  • Dylan can collect you from Heckfield and drive you to The Royal Berkshire Shooting School to enjoy a two-hour lesson with him at the most innovative shooting school in the country.
  • Please note the Shooting School is not open on Sunday.
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Bearwood Lakes Golf

  • For the golfers among you Bearwood Lakes is 15 minutes away from Heckfield Place and provides a beautiful, peaceful round of golf in an exclusive private club.
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West Green House – The Opera Garden

  • Nestling in the woodlands just ten minutes from Heckfield Place, the gardens of West Green House are amongst the most beautiful in England.
  • The unique gardens provide a magnificent backdrop to the Opera programme at West Green House, both of which are under the stewardship of renowned garden designer and current owner, Marylyn Abbott.
  • The Summer Opera season runs in July-August, with additional performances throughout the year. Our Reservations team is happy to assist with bookings.
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For Those Looking to Venture a Little Further Afield

  • Immerse yourself in our incredible history with a private tour of:
  • Windsor Castle
  • Blenheim Palace
  • Winchester
  • Stonehenge
  • All are within an hours drive of Heckfield and can be arranged as a wonderful day out.
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