Like many first-time moms, Meghan Markle wanted a private getaway with hubby Prince Harry before the birth of their little prince or princess. For their “babymoon,” the duchess and duke escaped for a weekend in Hampshire, England, not far from Windsor, where they have officially moved into their new home to prepare for their family of two becoming a threesome.
As would be expected of a royal couple, Meghan and Harry kept to themselves during their homey weekend, staying in the hotel’s biggest and most private apartment “room,” at a reported $13,000+ per night.
A “friend” told Britain’s The Sun that Meghan and Harry “wanted total rest and relaxation.” Heckfield Place is certainly the place for that; check out the property through these beautiful photos!
Originally the home of the Lefevre family — which included a Viscount — during the 18th and 19th centuries, Heckfield Place was refashioned in 2018 into one of the most upscale hotels in England.
Featuring 45 bedrooms in both the original main mansion and a modern wing, the Georgian brick hotel is set amid 400 lush acres, and retains its elegance with a combination of antique and contemporary furnishings. Fireplaces scattered throughout rooms and guest spaces provide a warm ambiance, while rustic and cozy restaurants bring the estate farm’s goodies straight to the table — surely the healthy Meghan was able to eat for two without worry during her stay.
Heckfield is not Downton Abbey. While it was built in 1790, it is a modern-day estate meant to pamper its guests while making everyone feel right at home. It is not decorated as a period property, but rather that of a (wealthy) family inviting you into their 2019 home.
The Lofty Long Room Bedroom
The royal couple stayed in Heckfield Place’s 1,200-square-foot Long Room, which is a loft apartment featuring a bedroom, living area, kitchen, dining area and two private balconies with views of the estate’s lakes and grounds. With vaulted ceilings, the room is secluded from the rest of the house with its own private entrance and even its own guest room (perhaps for an assistant or security?). A personal “Guest Keeper” was available to serve at the beck and call of Meghan and Harry throughout their stay.
In the bedroom, layered textures from stone to wood and wrought iron to silky Italian linens provide a space serene enough for a duchess, as a portrait of Virginia Woolf keeps a watchful eye from above the fireplace. The artwork found throughout the hotel comes for the collection of American billionaire Gerald Chan, who owns the property.
The Long Room Dining Room
Exposed beams and a stone floor in the Long Room’s dining room continues the serenity, with a rustic, farmhouse dining table for 10 resting beside a cozy fireplace. Heckfield Place calls it the “perfect place to entertain,” but we’re guessing at nine months pregnant, entertaining was far from Meghan’s mind.
The couple did, however, choose to hide out from other hotel guests by having meals in their “room” during their weekend stay, so the table was seemingly put to good use.
The Long Room Living Room
A fireplace separates the dining and living rooms, with a warm fire available on either side.
The living room’s gray palette and velour chairs are a perfect accompaniment to its rustic elements. The room is also of the moment, with a television offering Apple TV and cable. Maybe Meghan enjoyed meals in comfy pajamas on the couch, instead of at the farm table, like any pregnant woman should do!
The Long Room Kitchen
While the couple didn’t do any cooking — this was a vacation, after all — the Long Room’s very own kitchen is fully outfitted for guests to prepare meals using ingredients picked from the estate’s onsite gardens. The oak kitchen features a farmhouse sink, marble countertops, and copper and gold fixtures.
The Long Room Deck
On this Long Room deck, one of two in the apartment, the royal couple took in 180-degree views of the estate. Meghan and Harry also enjoyed breakfast on their private terrace and stayed cozy on patio furniture with soft blankets.
Bathroom in Ochre Room
The Long Room’s circular bathroom with a chandelier may have been as luxurious as this bathroom found in Heckfield Place’s Ochre Room. Check out the beautiful drapes and the deep soaking tub — pure heaven for a mom-to-be.
Meghan and Harry put on their “Wellies” for walks around the estate grounds, which include fantastic gardens.
Besides watching spring in full bloom for their getaway, the couple enjoyed access to a farm where pigs, chickens and sheep roam. Gardeners and horticulturists often chat with guests; Megan, a fan of the property’s biodynamic farming, may have learned more about the process during her strolls.
The Love Swing
Heckfield Place’s estate includes this intimate “Love Swing,” where Meghan reportedly took in views of the lake while Harry gave her a gentle push.
Little Bothy Spa
Nothing is better for an aching pregnant body than some time being pampered at a spa. The hotel’s Little Bothy Spa features space for personal training, yoga and Pilates (Meghan is a fan), as well as a quiet sanctuary with an emphasis on wellness and connecting to the natural surroundings.
Juices, infusions and even spa products are made using ingredients from Heckfield Place’s apothecary garden.
Little Bothy Spa Room
Pilates may have been too much for Meghan at this late stage of pregnancy, but a mother-to-be massage or facial in a private treatment room at the spa would provide just the relaxation she was seeking before baby’s birthday.
Cozy fireplaces continue in the common rooms, like the Moon Bar, a blue-hued space perfect for unwinding.
Ingredients are sourced from the farm and gardens, and rare-batch liquors and handcrafted cocktails are served. Of course, only Harry would be able to grab a drink at the bar (which sits under a disco ball!).
Even though Meghan couldn’t imbibe while staying at Heckfield Place, she and Harry could tour this 280-bin cellar. Guests of the property can enjoy private tastings here during their visit.
Credit: Lissa Poirot