Heckfield is a living place
More than a luxury hotel, it is a Georgian family home lovingly restored from its classic origins and rewoven into 400 acres of secluded Hampshire landscape.
Food and Drink:
Each day sublime produce is drawn from our biodynamic Home Farm and gardens to be simply prepared and served in Heckfield’s restaurants. From Marle restaurant to fireside cooking at Hearth, our menus are directed by Skye Gyngell with dishes and drinks inspired by seasonal estate-grown ingredients.
Calling all curious minds...
The Assembly at Heckfield Place cultivates a space to unearth, reconnect and rediscover. A diverse programme built around core themes hosted across 400 acres – from the assembly and screening rooms to the home farm, sun house, woodlands and lakes.
Here you will find our biodynamic event highlights for the upcoming months, however, to see a full list of scheduled events please click here
FILM: The Biggest Little Farm – will be screened in Jan 2020
The New York Times says ” The Biggest Little Farm inspires and instills hope for a sustainable future.
John Chester directs this documentary about his and his wife’s developing a sustainable farm on a 200-acre patch of depleted ground in Ventura County. They work to rehabilitate the soil, plant orchards and row crops, and raise a variety of animals. Hoping to live in harmony with nature, they discover that nature isn’t always interested in living in harmony with them
Glen John and Molly Chester are idealists through and through. They want to live a life of purpose, and Molly—a personal chef who records online cooking tutorials—dreams of living on a farm and raising all their food. When their rescue dog, Todd, gets them evicted from their apartment for excessive barking, they see it as an opportunity to make Molly’s dream come true. Through investors who share their vision of a sustainable agriculture model, they raise enough money to buy Apricot Lane Farms, a dusty patch of earth that had been foreclosed on twice. They had no experience. What made them think they’d be able to make this farm work in the midst of California’s brutal drought? Alan York—a soil, plant, and biodynamic consultant—told them it was possible to rejuvenate the land, and a lot of the film has to do with their ongoing struggle through diversification to create the fertile ground that York envisions.
It’s an inspiring dream, and York promises them that when balance is restored to the land, profitability will come. The Chesters can’t seem to explain that to the flocks of birds that feast on their stone fruit trees; the gophers that eat the roots out from under the trees, killing them; and the coyotes that slaughter their chickens—initially the only profitable part of the farm—en masse. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll watch in wonder through the magic of birth, death, and everything in between. Mostly, I was reminded of how unbelievably difficult farming can be and the deep work ethic and perseverance it takes to continue in the face of adversity. For anyone with a passing interest in food or farming, this is a must-see.
More details & booking coming soon! watch this space……
Garden talk: Ornamental plants: future invaders?
Tuesday 10 March 2020 19:00 (60 Minutes)
Our gardens are home to 17,000 plant species introduced from all over the world. A small number of these ornamental plants have become invasive, having a detrimental impact on native biodiversity. Climate change could provide opportunities for more plants to become a problem. The challenge is knowing which plants might become our future invaders.
Join passionate gardener Tomos Jones, a NERC SCENARIO PhD student at the University of Reading. Before starting his PhD, he worked at Treborth Botanic garden in Wales. Tomos also completed a British Council internship at Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden in Yunnan, China, where he focused on in situ orchid conservation.
Gardeners are crucial to Tomos’ approach to this challenge; the talk will discuss how gardeners can help and how we can understand the impact of climate change on invasive plants from our gardens.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to high demand for our restaurants, express dinner before (three-course set menu for £25) or dinner after the event usually needs to be reserved in advance. If you would like to book a table, please email email@example.com
To Book click here £15 / £12 / £10