And a perfect place on a sunny day out in the forest, to enjoy Afternoon Tea in the shade! (See below.)
Hidden up an enchanting driveway framed by Canadian redwood, copper beeches and rhododendrons, Rhinefield House is straight out of a fairytale. The magnificent 19th century mansion is a mixture of Tudor and Gothic architecture with redbrick chimneys and romantic mullioned windows. Situated in 40 acres of private grounds deep within the New Forest National Park near the famous Ornamental Drive, Rhinefield provides a true escape, the ideal setting for an indulgent break, special meal, important celebration and an inspiring conference venue for meetings, team building or product launches.
Known locally as the 'Jewel in the Forest', Rhinefield House is the only AA four red star hotel in the New Forest. The hotel has 50 bedrooms including three feature suites, a delightful outdoor pool and a health suite comprising indoor pool, spa, gym and treatment rooms. The Armada Restaurant and The Conservatory each offer a menu of good, honest British food that uses the best of the season’s ingredients. The Lounge Bar offers a cosy space within which to relax with a coffee or afternoon tea.
The 2AA Rosette fine dining Armada Restaurant is perfect for romantic or celebratory meals. A wooden carving of an impressive naval fleet decorates the wall, giving the space a distinctly regal feel, and guests can enjoy views over manicured grounds and gardens as they dine. Whilst the surroundings may be grand, the Armada offers an unfussy menu of classic British dishes that have been enhanced with a contemporary twist. Head Chef, James Verity, focuses on provenance and many items on the menu are sourced from trusted suppliers based in and around the New Forest.
Dine at the Armada Restaurant: Sunday - Thursday 6.30pm - 9pm and Friday - Saturday 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Rhinefield House offers a traditional Sunday lunch served in the grand surroundings of the Armada Restaurant, complete with views over the New Forest.
Sunday lunch at the Armada is served: 12.30 – 2.30pm
Enjoy afternoon tea in The Lounge or al fresco on one of the terraces during warmer months. Afternoon tea at Rhinefield House is perfectly accompanied with a stroll around the beautiful garden featuring ornamental ponds, fountains and terraces. Add to the country mansion’s exquisite surroundings, its distinguished reputation, impeccable service, delicious handmade food and Taylors of Harrogate tea strained to your own taste, afternoon tea at Rhinefield House makes for a memorable occasion.
Afternoon Tea is served daily: 2pm - 5pm
Located opposite The Armada is the bejewlled and glittering Alhambra private dining room which reproduces the majestic splendour of the Alhambra Palace in Granada, perfect for special occasions.
In addition to the magnificent Alhambra, Rhinefield House offers many room types that are perfect whatever the occasion - whether an intimate meal with family and friends or a special banquet, you will enjoy a private room, bespoke menu created with the Head Chef and a team dedicated to ensuring your event is a success.
Rhinefield House has many reception rooms and licensed areas for civil ceremonies, whilst the extensive grounds and ornamental ponds provide a stunning backdrop for photographs.
The magnificent Grand Hall is a replica of London’s Westminster Hall with a huge feature fireplace, ornate carvings, oak panelling and impressive leaded windows overlooking manicured lawns. The Grand Hall is licensed for civil ceremonies (110 seated guests plus 20 standing), can seat 130 for wedding breakfast (plus 30 seated in the Gallery) and house 200 for evening reception.
Modern event suite 'Hurst Castle' is also licensed for civil ceremonies (100 seated guests plus 20 standing) and can seat 120 for wedding breakfast, whilst the Keepers Room is perfect for more relaxed and intimate gatherings of up to 35 (ceremony, 30 seated breakfast).
The stunning gardens provide the perfect backdrop for an ourdoor civil ceremony at the Doric Temple (130 seated). Rhinefield offers a range of wedding packages, 50 stylish and contemporary bedrooms and also exclusive use.
Easily accessible from Southampton, Bournemouth and London, Rhinefield House in the New Forest provides a peaceful setting where teams can re-energise, minds can be focused and delegates will be impressed. Choose between traditional meeting rooms in the main house as well as a modern, dedicated conference centre, Hurst Castle, which offers contemporary space for up to 160 delegates. Overlooking the forest from floor-to-ceiling windows, Hurst Castle has plenty of space and is ideal for meetings, conferences, product launches and exclusive use events.