It’s easy to imagine you’re someone important when staying at Heckfield Place, even for a night. “We’re basically Harry and Meghan,” my husband said at one point, referencing his red hair and the fact that I moved to London from California to marry a Brit. (His claims that he’s essentially a prince are more unfounded.) And yes, I can see why this place would appeal to someone like Meghan. The hotel has its own farm and gardens that provide much of the restaurants’ produce and herbs, and there’s a value placed on wellness, from the small yoga studio in the gym to the green juice at breakfast.
For me, though—and I assume for Meghan—wellness extends beyond those details. It’s about having time to be left alone and getting to spend uninterrupted moments with your significant other. We need to be able to travel to places that let us feel removed from the burdens of everyday life, which explains the appeal of most English country hotels. At Heckfield Place for a night, or three, you can be worry-free. If only I could afford to stay longer. Or just move in.
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