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If you go down to the woods today…You Magazine, Mail on Sunday
Mouthwatering wines are on the menu at a new hotel where, in fine weather, you can eat outside and, from the corner of your eye, glimpse the alluring pool.
You can’t quite imagine what Hotel TerraVina will be like as you drive to it through the edge of the New Forest. Suddenly you’ve left the anonymous suburbs behind and entered a very individual hideaway.
It is possible to explore the New Forest without leaving the car. We found the famous ponies lining the sides of the roads and cows obligingly gathered in one picturesque place as they waited for the summons to the milking parlour. There is plenty to do around here even if you’re not desperate to see the great motorcar museum at Beaulieu. Southampton, Salisbury and Winchester are only a half-hour’s drive distant. However, a spot of exploration on foot might be in order as a preparation for lunch or dinner. Certainly you may not want to get into your car straight afterwards – TerraVina is owned by the award-winning sommelier Gérard Basset and his wife Nina (pictured right) and, as you’d expect, the wine list is very tempting and full of generous bargains. Much wiser (and nicer) to arrange a stay, and retire to one of the 11 gorgeous bedrooms, each one different, with state-of-the-art TV, DVD, wi-fi connection, espresso machine and great comfy beds.
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