There's not many places in London that your eyes can use some muscle to see far into the distance. Your gaze is usually blocked by a bus, a commuter, a building.... so that's why its so worth nipping down the M25 for a stay in the newly opened Burley Manor. Set against the stunning, natural backdrop of the New Forest National Park, Burley Manor has undergone a major £1.8m refurbishment and relaunched in December 2015 into a grown-ups only restaurant with boutique rooms.
Complete with deer park and rolling countryside views and walks all around it's a cosy home from home that'll leave you feeling ready for work again come Monday even if you've only been away one night.
With rooms in the main house and brand spankers new rooms in an additional out building you won't want for much over your stay. Beds are comfortable, rooms have lovely views and you won't get woken up by a bin man or the traffic lights outside your window - perfect darkness makes the perfect sleep!
When it comes to indulging a bit on your break the restaurant is just the right mixture of smart and casual. All food is locally sourced and if you can't grab a member of staff to enquire further about what might be on your plate you can find it all on the menu so you know just what you're eating.
Venison (somewhat controversially) is on a very Mediterranean, very comforting menu. The simple and delicious flavours of the Mediterranean together with its warm, relaxed way of life are the inspiration for the restaurant and it's food.
Award-winning chefs select the very best seasonal produce from the New Forest as well as across the British Isles and beyond. They then craft them into vibrant, rustic dishes with the bold flavours and delicate tastes of the Mediterranean.
Staff are friendly and knowledgable and will be happy to help you pick out wines and dishes. Come breakfast the spread is perfect with added champagne and Bloody Mary ingredients on hand.
Just down the road there is a riding school if you feel like being adventurous but other than that this is a relaxation holiday - read the paper, go on some walks, sit by the fire.... and just do nothing for a bit in lovely surroundings and fresh air.
The manor house is a Grade II Listed building dating back to 1852 and steeped in rich history as is the little village you can walk to within minutes. With this in mind the Hotel MD Michaela Lisle took great care to ensure the exquisite old manor house retains its historic personality, while introducing a contemporary, eclectic interiors twist.
Burley House has a number of offers on at the moment too from 2 for 1 night stays through to Champagne and tapas for £20. Plus (and this is a big plus for us) it's doggy friendly! So with such great walks about you don't have to leave your little furry one at home.