On Friday the 8th June, we successfully launched our new self catering accommodation – The Apple Rooms – providing a unique countryside retreat in the heart of the Test Valley.
What was once a collection of dormant cow sheds next to the tearooms, is now a bespoke collection of six individually designed boutique en-suite bedrooms called The Apple Rooms.
Taking the influence of the Test Valley and the unique 18th century Cottage Orné architecture, we are very proud to say that the new rooms are different to anything else on offer in the region; ideal for romantic getaways, countryside and rural retreats or weekends away visiting friends or attending a function close by.
Each room is named after a variety of apple found in our heritage orchard, which adds to the personal touch, which has been important to us.
The generously proportioned rooms have been decorated and furnished as if you were staying in the historic house, which has been in the Busk family for over 100 years. Mahogany and oak Georgian furniture from the house and from auctions have been carefully selected to style the rooms, some pieces are over 300 years old. Where antique furniture has been difficult to source, new pieces have been bought to complement the minimal yet stylish design. The rooms include Smart TVs, underfloor heating in the bathrooms, free wifi and full disabled access.
The concept for us during the planning, design and build has been to provide a unique self-catering venue which has been clearly influenced by the Cottage Orné style; There is nothing ostentatious and the rooms encapsulate Houghton Lodge’s elegance, luxury, beauty and yet are slightly characterful.
It is not only the interior design which has been influenced by the area. We have developed a unique apple fragrance for The Apple Rooms which has been used to make bespoke and complimentary toiletries for guests.
Our daughter Amelia has also been involved by drawing and creating the apple design which can be found on the stationery in the rooms, our information packs and on the tea towels. Everything we have created has a very personal touch.
The result is a blissfully serene and idyllic escape in Hampshire. All guests can enjoy complimentary entry to the gardens during their stay (during the opening hours 1st April – 30th Sept) to discover the features of the walled garden, peony walk, long border, topiary peacock garden and the luscious lawns which roll down to the River Test. Guests will also receive a discount for the on-site tearoom, Honesty at Houghton Lodge, which can also arrange breakfast hampers for guests.
Each room provides more space than a standard hotel room or serviced accommodation but not quite as large as a house rental, providing guests with the best of both worlds. Each room will include a double bedroom (or two singles), minimal kitchenette and stunning bathroom. Cox’s Orange Pippin and Barnack Beauty both have sleigh beds and free standing baths which make them ideal for wedding couples and those looking for a romantic getaway.
The Apple Rooms were converted following a grant from Lodden and Test Leader Programme at the end of 2016. The European funding focuses on developing and supporting rural tourism initiatives.
Short term rentals and longer rentals are available with prices per night starting from £130.00. More information is available on The Apple Rooms pages.