‘Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam, Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home.’ (‘Home Sweet Home’, John Payne)
Renowned playwright and songwriter John Payne would have loved Passford House Hotel. For this striking property on the edge of the New Forest in Hampshire is an English country house like no other.
With its roaring log fire, elegant yet comfortable furnishings and scattered antiques and curiosities, Passford is no place for visitors. It is a home to be lived in, loved and returned to time and again; a place where those who arrive as guests are certain to leave as friends.
Passford House Hotel may be close to the action, but when you first set eyes on this 16th Century house, you will be struck by the peace and tranquillity to be found in this quiet corner of England. Once home to Lord Arthur Cecil – Queen Victoria’s private secretary – and his wife, you could say drama and excitement are as much a part of the house as the wood panelling and faded pictures.
We firmly believe, however, that aside from Passford’s colourful past, it is for its seclusion and simple pleasures that the hotel should be best remembered.
A country house hotel does not become a home overnight. The team at Passford have worked hard over the years to make the Passford experience both memorable and personal. By focusing on quality and detail, Passford has been transformed from a piece of history to a little piece of home.