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Old Thorns, Liphook, Hampshire
A resort hotel on acres of immaculate golf course, Old Thorns is a friendly place with all the facilities you could wish for. Accommodation ranges from super swanky over-sized three-bedroom self-catering apartments to tiny wooden eco pods. With an on-site Starbucks, sports bar and restaurant, along with state-of-the-art gym, pool, wellness suite and spa, you may never need to venture out to explore the nearby historic Hampshire villages (Selborne, home to the 18th century ecologist Gilbert White is just 10 minutes away). Stay at the weekend and you might encounter a bride or four, as this is one of the most popular places in the county to get married. All levels of player can enjoy the par-72 golf course.
Gilbert White's House and the Oates collection is just 10 minutes away in Selborne and is a fascinating exploration of the ecologist (White) and South Pole explorer (Oates).
The hotel is on its own 400-acre estate on the outskirts of Liphook, a large Hampshire village with traditional shops and pubs.
By car: Old Thorns is 1 hour 20 mins from London, 2 hours 10 mins from Bristol and 2 hours 30 mins from Birmingham. The hotel has free private parking.
By train: London Waterloo to Lipkhook takes 1 hour 15 mins. The hotel is a 5-minute taxi ride from the station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Staycationers looking for a resort holiday will love it here. The Gatsby ballroom is resplendent in monochrome Art Deco styling.
Service & Facilities
The gym is the show room for Matrix gym equipment so you can always expect the latest machines to work out on.
- Sports bar
- Champagne bar
- Fitness centre
- 18-hole golf course
- Free Wi-Fi
- Free parking
The flexible accommodation options are great for groups and families, and you can even take over the entire hotel if you wish. We love the Saffron Suite, an apartment with three en-suite bedrooms and fully-equipped kitchen. It really has the wow-factor, with lofty ceilings and the dimensions of a house.
Superior, Deluxe, Family Rooms, Interconnecting Rooms, Accessible Rooms, Junior Suite, Eco Pods, 2 Bedroom Apartment, Penthouse Apartment
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, luxury toiletries, king size bed, free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee facilities, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, safety deposit box
Food & Drink
We love the option for all-day dining in the Sports Bar, with a crowd-pleasing menu of burgers, hot dogs, steaks, salads, curries and sandwiches.
Kings Restaurant: Brasserie menu, European and British inspired dishes, Sunday roasts. Mains £20. Open daily for breakfast and dinner (and lunch on Sundays).
Sports Bar: informal dining, sandwiches, light lunches, pizzas, burgers, American classics. Food served daily 12-9pm.
Champagne Bar: Champagnes, fine wines, cocktails and gins. Afternoon Tea served Mon-Sat, 1-3.30pm. From £16.95 per person. Opening soon.
Starbucks: there is a branch of the popular coffee chain in the hotel. Open daily 8am-4pm.