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OVERVIEW

In an idyllic position overlooking Frensham Great Pond, this contemporary four-star hotel and luxury spa is the perfect place to rest and relax. Chill in the thermal area and indoor pool with massage jets before indulging in a calming treatment. Nature-themed photographs, beautiful glass artworks and striking elephant and Buddha statues enhance the calm.


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OUR REVIEW

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

One thousand acres of National Trust-owned heathland surrounding the hotel provide excellent walking and cycling in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There's a quiet road between the hotel and the lake, where a sandy beach, swimming in designated areas, and sailing are popular in summer. You'll find the market town of Farnham, Alice Holt Forest, Birdworld, Waverley Abbey and the fascinating Sculpture Park featuring works of all shapes and sizes nearby.

By car: 1 hour 20 minutes from London, around 45 minutes from Portsmouth, just under 2 hours from Canterbury. Free parking is available.

By train: Farnham Railway Station, with regular services to Guildford, Woking and London Waterloo, can be reached in a 10-minute drive. Book trains to Farnham.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

Stylish design blends with artistic touches from the owner - cue marble elephants, Buddha statues and stunning glass murals. Arty photographs of the foliage, trees and berries provide a window on the abundant nature around the lake. Bedrooms are stylishly decorated in natural pastels and suites are named after trees. The ambience is relaxed.

THE FACILITIES

Excellent, friendly and helpful service, from check-in at reception to dishes delivered swiftly in the Watermark restaurant. Only an unhelpful barman lets the side down. As well as a spa and gym, there's a waterside decking area which is perfect for cocktails al fresco and a garden and terrace where afternoon tea is served, and packed lunches are available.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Coffee house

  • Elemis spa
  • Pool
  • Fitness suite
  • Family-friendly

  • Parking

BED AND BATH

Smart executive-style rooms are decorated in neutrals with rich autumnal touches - greens, yellows and burnt oranges. Headboards are pleated faux leather with wood surrounds and USB sockets are plentiful. Bathrooms are modern, and fluffy robes and slippers are provided in superior and garden rooms.

Room types: Classic Twin/Double, Garden Room, Superior Room, Birch Suite, Willow Suite

Key amenities: ensuite with Gilchrist & Soames toiletries, TV, tea and coffee-making facilities, hairdryer, Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

Hearty portions are locally sourced and beautifully presented in the brasserie-style Watermark restaurant. A table d'hote menu covers all bases, and the seared tuna and baked chicken are tasty. Breakfast is a triumph with plenty of choice, delicious homemade pastries on the buffet and wonderful, freshly-cooked sausages in the Full English.

Watermark Restaurant: lakeside views, seasonal, brasserie-style menu. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Á la carte dinner mains from £16.95.

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