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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 a restaurant, diner-style café, champagne bar and sports bar, along with a 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 village with traditional shops and pubs.
By car: around 1 hour 15 minutes from London, 2 hours from Bristol and 2 hours 30 minutes from Birmingham. Free parking available.
By train: London Waterloo to Liphook takes 1 hour 15 minutes. 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.
- Fitness centre
- Golf course
- Free Wi-Fi
- Free parking
The flexible accommodation options are great for groups and families - 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 Room, Junior Suite, Eco Pod, Penthouse Suite, 2 Bedroom Apartment
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, tea and coffee facilities, hairdryer, safe, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
We love the all-day dining in the Sports Bar, with a crowd-pleasing menu of burgers, hot dogs, steaks, salads, curries and sandwiches.
Kings Restaurant: Brasserie, European and British cuisine. Open daily for breakfast and dinner (lunch on Sunday).
Sports Bar: informal all-day dining. American classics. Food served daily 12-9pm.
Champagne Bar: Champagnes, fine wines, cocktails and gins. Afternoon Tea served Mon-Sat, 1-3.30pm.