At the edge of the lovely New Forest, yet conveniently close to Southampton, TerraVina is a stylish boutique hotel in a fine red-brick Victorian building. It has 11 bedrooms, heated outdoor swimming pool and a massive wine cellar. Here, in the neat new brick vaults, the carefully labelled bins are central to the hotel’s raison d’être. It’s all about wine. Brainchild of Gerard Basset OBE (world-class sommelier and co-founder of Hotel du Vin), TerraVina has an outstanding, wide-reaching wine list and regularly hosts wine events. A relaxed, open kitchen produces California-style food that is both delicious and beautifully presented. From the distinctive staircase to the natural toiletries, Gerard and his wife, Nina, have furnished the interior with products made by local craftspeople. Standards are high throughout, but particularly in the handsome, reasonably priced bedrooms, many of which have walk-in showers, plus separate roll-top baths and secluded patios. Doubles from £165.
Do: Don’t miss the chance to see New Forest ponies grazing or pigs munching on acorns during pannage season.
Eat: The very popular Sunnyfield beetroot salad with Rosary goat’s cheese and candied walnuts from the hotel menu.
Buy: Some artwork from Tinklertastic Glass Commissions (which you can see at the entrance and hallway of the hotel).
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