Located in the picturesque village of Southrop, Thyme is a beautiful country retreat with a passion for the seasons, produce and comfort in style. With no children allowed under the age of 12, this is one of the grown-ups.
The majority of the bedrooms are situated in houses and cottages around the courtyard to the north of their magnificent barns, with a few, new contemporary garden rooms that have now opened for those preferring a more modern design. Meals are very largely based on what’s ripe in the vegetable garden. Breakfast (all home produced, from granola to rhubarb and ginger jam to eggs laid by the Hibberts’ chickens) is served in the medieval barn. For lunch and dinner, the newly opened Ox Barn restaurant is the place to go. Or you can hop across the road to The Swan and enjoy seasonal delights such as partridge with squash and borlotti beans (from the garden of course). The Swan is a few minutes’ walk, a 17th century inn, with a private dining room perfect for Saturday evening.
There is a state of the art cookery school offering a wide range of classes such as Bread Making, Charcuterie, Rustic Italian, Fish & Shellfish and activities such as clay pigeon shooting, or archery are located within the grounds of the estate. In addition, they have recently finished ‘Phase One’ of their Meadow Spa with a fresh spring water swimming pool, hot spring water tub and yoga studio, as well as eight treatment rooms to soothe those aches and pains away.