Heckfield Place, above, is the quintessential luxury ‘English country house hotel’, on 400 acres 20 minutes’ drive at ten o’clock from Heathrow. The grounds, and the house, which goes back to 1760, are all gorgeous, says the gal.
The 47-room hotel is lovingly and passionately overseen by its GM, Olivia Richli, whom I had met at two previous, but different, hotel openings, Aman Grand Canal in Venice and Soneva Jani, in The Maldives. Here in England, she runs the art-filled hotel, with its amazing wine-cellar walk, shown on the left, and food by Skye Gyngell. There is an indoor pool, and Bodyism fitness. The estate has its own working farm, and so much more…
There are continual educational experiences and events. Currently, during this worldwide lock-down, Olivia Richli is reaching out to those who care about feeding their minds and thoughts. Her message includes:
‘PICK UP YOUR PAINTBRUSH, ROLL OUT A MAT, WALK AROUND THE WOODS… IT’S TIME FOR US TO BE TOGETHER AGAIN AS WE BRING THE ASSEMBLY AT HECKFIELD PLACE FROM OUR HOME TO YOURS.
CONTINUING TO NURTURE YOUR CURIOSITY AND CULTIVATE A SPACE FOR RECONNECTION AND REDISCOVERY, WE’VE GENTLY LAUNCHED OUR ECLECTIC PROGRAMME ON INSTAGRAM’S IGTV CHANNEL.’
Heckfield Place invites you to take a walk in the woods with leading wood craftsman Sebastian Cox, or to get idea for kids’ play with Laura Brand. There are meditation thoughts from Bodyism. Girlahead is especially impressed, however, by IGTV’s talk by philosopher Julian Baggini, (@microphilosopher). He is author, co-author or editor of over 20 books including How The World Thinks, The Virtues of the Table, The Ego Trick, Freedom Regained (all Granta) and The Edge of Reason (Yale University Press). He was the founding editor of The Philosophers’ Magazine and has written for numerous newspapers and magazines, as well as for the think tanks The Institute of Public Policy Research, Demos and Counterpoint. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Kent. www.microphilosophy.net see Julian Baggini on Instagram, below