I’m excited to be sharing this post as I know you’ll appreciate that I’ve found a new afternoon tea hotspot. It’s surprising how many places now offer my favourite high tea delights, but what makes a good afternoon tea? Clearly having a number of delicious finger sandwiches with no crusts is a must, scones served warm with a generous helping of gam and clotted cream, a good selection of teas and mouth-watering deserts all wonderfully displayed in an eye pleasing way. Oh and most importantly champagne to wash it all down with – I can’t believe I almost forgot that one!
So when my friend Marina mentioned that she was staying at Rhinefield House, I knew a meet up had to happen. And there’s no better way to have a good old natter than over afternoon tea right? For me, what makes Rhinefield House different to all the other places which offer high tea is that they managed to tick everything on my afternoon tea list above, and also the breathtaking surroundings. Set in the New Forest National Park, Hampshire, in 40 acres of private grounds afternoon tea at Rhinefield House is perfectly accompanied with a stroll around beautiful gardens featuring ornamental ponds, fountains and terraces.
With beautiful surroundings and a blend of Tudor and Gothic architecture, Rhinefield House, known locally as ‘Jewel in the Forest’ is the most perfect fairytale venue for an indulgent break. Downtime means the chance to take in the great outdoors of the New Forest, whether its pony trekking or a long walk, there’s lots of positive ways to maximise your visit.
I couldn’t recommend a better location to enjoy an afternoon tea this summer and I’m looking forward to trying more Hand Picked Hotel destinations. Rhinefield House is a popular destination so do book in advance to avoid disappointment. And make sure you pack comfortable walking shoes to take full advantage of the stunning surroundings, it’s also a great way to burn off all those hight tea delights!