Set in 66 acres of parkland, gardens and lakes, the Grade II listed mansion typifies the elegance of the Victorian era with oak panelling, open fires and a sense of grandeur.

The four star country hotel — which has been used as a family home, a hospital, an army base and a special needs school during its 300-year history — contains 112 luxurious bedrooms and suites, some with four-poster beds, others with whirlpool baths.

There are also two lakeside honeymoon suites.

Many of the rooms and suites have stunning views over the countryside.

The glass-domed Oak Room Restaurant, awarded two prestigious AA Rosettes and also open to non-residents, offers excellent cuisine and a globally inspired wine list.

The view from here is also stunning, with the spacious oak panelled dining room overlooking the outdoor pool and countryside beyond.

Morning coffee and afternoon tea is served in the Italian Lounge and Wedgewood-style drawing room or on the garden terraces in summer, while pre-dinner drinks are taken in the library bar.

Open log fires blaze in the hearths and fresh flowers adorn the mantelpieces.

Tylney Hall has also been brought into the modern age with a new health and beauty suite and fitness studio to complement the heated swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna.

Outside are tennis courts, a croquet lawn and jogging trails, while next door is an 18-hole golf course.

Horse riding, archery, clay pigeon shooting, falconry and treasure hunts can also be easily arranged.

Themed events, including murder mystery evenings, medieval banquets, Victorian and Edwardian entertain-ment and masked balls are also held.

Tylney Hall is offering a two-night Easter weekend break on April 18 and 19, including table d’hôte dinner each night, accommodation, full English breakfast and a treasure hunt on Sunday from £225 per room per night.

Easter Sunday lunch in the award-winning Oak Room restaurant, including a hand-made Belgian chocolate Easter egg, is £37.50, while an Easter Monday jazz luncheon is £35.

Other events planned for the year include a German gourmet dinner on July 5 with specially selected German wines and a champagne festival through-out August, featuring champagne and strawberries on the terrace followed by a five-course gala dinner and champagne truffles for £75.

The Garden Opera Company will perform Carmen on August 17.

Bookings can be made on 01256 764881.