Hotel TerraVina, The New Forest – Review

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Shortly before I left for Australia, I headed to the New Forest for a night at Hotel TerraVina with one of my good friends, Laura. The New Forest is one of my favourite areas in the UK. I love the wild horses, the beautiful scenery and the quaint old pubs, so I was excited to be heading there again and to be staying at Hotel TerraVina for the first time.

 

Hotel TerraVina

 

Location

Hotel TerraVina is located in the East of the forest, close to Lyndhurst, a quaint little town, known as the capital of the New Forest. It is owned and run by husband and wife team Gerard and Nina Basset. Gerard formerly co-founded the Hotel du Vin group of boutique hotels and was Head Sommelier at Chewton Glen, so I knew I was in good hands.

 

Hotel TerraVina

 

Wine

As the name suggests, wine is a big part of the hotel’s offering. Gerard has an impressive resume, and holds the titles of Master of Wine, Master Sommelier, Wine MBA and World’s Best Sommelier (2010)! Gerard and Nina often host wine events and TerraVina’s wine cellar is extensive.

 

Hotel TerraVina

 

The Hotel TerraVina

Hotel TerraVina is a beautiful building, with 11 rooms spread across two floors. The restaurant and bar overlook a decked balcony and garden and there’s also an outdoor pool for the warmer months.

 

Hotel TerraVina

 

The Rooms

I stayed in a room on the ground floor, with French windows opening onto a lovely little terrace. The bathroom was huge with a roll top bath, waterfall shower and gorgeous locally hand made lavender toiletries.

 

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After checking in, we headed to Lyndhurst for a little wander and then back to the hotel for our dinner reservation at 7pm.

 

Hotel TerraVina

 

Dinner

Before dinner we had a glass of AR Lenoble champagne and nibbles in the hotel bar, while perusing the menu.

 

Hotel TerraVina

 

Then we headed into the restaurant run by head chef Gavin Barnes.

To start, I had a flamed fillet of black bream with miso, sweetcorn, brown crab and wakame seaweed, and Laura had French onion soup with tomato crostini. They were both lovely. The fish was delicious and it was a great combination of flavours, and nice and light for a starter. We asked the Sommelier to recommend a wine to accompany the food, and had a glass of Frédéric Mabileau Chenin Des Rouillières.

 

Hotel TerraVina

 

For main I opted for a rib eye steak, accompanied with leeks, sugar snaps, hand cut chips and a chateaubriand sauce. It was gorgeous. Laura had a caramelised shallot filo tart with goats cheese, pine nuts and wild watercress. The wine recommendation for this course was a delicious Beaune 1er Cru Les Chouacheux, Domaine Chantal Lescure.

 

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Finally for desert, I had a bitter chocolate bavarois, melted barley and chestnut ice cream, which was amazing. Laura went for a white peach compote, with white chocolate pecan crumble and blackberry sorbet.

Where possible, TerraVina use organic, free range produce sourced locally, and the menu changes regularly. It was a delicious meal and the wines were incredible.

 

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Breakfast

After a good sleep in a very comfortable bed, we headed back to the restaurant for breakfast. The hotel offers a continental breakfast and hot options. There is the traditional English breakfast as well as some more unusual dishes. I had grilled kippers with lemon, black pepper and butter and Laura had smoked haddock, wilted seasonal greens and a poached egg. Yum!

 

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One of the things I like about Hotel TerraVina are the little touches. They provide wellies if you want to take a walk in the forest and reading glasses if you have forgotten yours.

 

Hotel TerraVina Hotel TerraVina

 

I had a lovely stay at Hotel TerraVina, and even if I don’t end up staying at the hotel again, I will definitely go back to the restaurant. The food and wine were amazing. Gerard and Nina are great hosts and it’s clear they are really passionate about the hotel, wine and food.

 

Hotel TerraVina

 

Thank you to Hotel TerraVina for hosting A Lovely Planet.

Rooms at TerraVina start from £165. A three course dinner without wine costs approximately £45 and breakfast is £14.50 for non residents (included for hotel guests).

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