60th Birthday New Years Eve.

I have just returned home after celebrating my 60th birthday with 4 friends and my husband at Stock Hill.

We had a lovely time and on arrival were met by Nita who offered us afternoon tea, stollen cake and mince pies! 

In the evening we enjoyed a superb meal with a good choice of food cooked by Peter accompanied by high quality wine. 

This morning we really wanted to walk around the lovely grounds but unfortunately the weather was very wet

so we decided to just drive back to Hampshire which will give us all an excuse to go back in the Spring or Summer and explore the tranquil gardens.

Thank you to Nita and Peter for helping me celebrate my special day!

Best wishes for 2014

Joyce Still of Hampshire



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10th November 2013

Hi Nita

I would like to thank you again for Dad's meal on Sunday.

Everyone enjoyed the food and the venue added to which the weather was beautiful.

Hope to see you again ( maybe for my 90th!)


All the best 





17th August 2013

Dear Nita, Peter Lorna and all the team' 

Thank you so much for yet another thoroughly enjoyable Stock Hill experience. 

 It never ceases to amaze me how you maintain such an incredibly high standard in every aspect of a stay at Stock Hill.

My birthday - minus any of our family - who were in various stages of holidays elsewhere -  was yet another one to remember with great pleasure.

 John and I look forward to the next time, which won't be too far away.

 Many, many thanks




15th to 20th Aug 2013

Dear Nita

My wife, Jill, and I would like to thank you, Peter, Lorna, Victoria, Jessica and others unknown for ensuring that we had a wonderful holiday at Stock Hill. We loved the setting of the Hotel in the beautiful and interesting gardens, and especially enjoyed the occasion when the weather allowed us too have tea and that fascinating cake on the patio.

The days started well with the tasty and fortifying breakfasts, available in satisfying combinations. 

But of course the greatest joy was the quality of the evening meals, to which we looked forward with pleasurable anticipation throughout the day. We greatly appreciated Peter's artistry and originality in arranging the colours, textures and flavours of such a wide range of tasty dishes.  

Jill had been to Austria when skiing, but I'd never sampled that cuisine to any extent. Thus we were both enlightened and instructed by those special dishes on the ever changing menu, and learnt to appreciate some of their subtleties. 

Victoria kept us on our toes with her erudite brand of British humour!

We were grateful for all the local information that enhanced our stay. Stourhead and Montacute are unmissable. 

Again many thanks to an efficient, courteous and hard-working team.

Paul & Jill Lewis

23rd April 2013

Just a quick note to thank you, Peter, and your staff for a lovely lunch yesterday. Great choices on the menu, as usual, deliciously tasting food, all provided with impeccable service and ambiance.  My whole family thoroughly enjoyed the experience and it was a memorable 70th. because of it.

Thanks also for the card.
Hope to see you again soon.

Kindest regards.


24th March 2012

Dear Nita

I would just like to take this opportunity to thank you again for a fantastic night last night , and making our stay very special indeed. Not many hotels have given us the time and service that you and your staff gave us, making us feel so welcome and comfortable during our stay. You have a lovely hotel in beautiful surroundings, fantastic chef and great staff and the perfect host in your good self.  The only downside was our stay wasn't longer. 

We will return for a longer stay next time. And we are already looking forward to planning it. Until then I wish you all the best for the future and I will be recommending you to every one coming to your part of the country.

Thanks again to a lovely lady and her staff

 King regards

 Scott Ali-Johnson

15th March 2012

Just returned from a lovely two night stay at Stock Hill Hotel. Felt we had been away for two weeks not just two days.

The service, food and accommodation were superb. Looking forward to returning at a later date with some friends to enjoy this amazing place.

Ann Crane

17th September 2010

Dear Nita,

Thank you so much for our truly delicious lunch the other day, Nita. We all enjoyed it enormously and marveled at Peter's enduring talent. It's a real gift to turn out beautifully made and presented food to such a high standard for all these years. Please thank him very much on our behalf - and also the girls, who made it all flow so effortlessly and unobtrusively. We had a lovely time. Mother would have been delighted. I was pleased to see those clever little meringue birds which she loved so much. She kept one on her mantlepiece for ages. She also kept one of Peter's beautiful little pastry crabs which came with a fish dish. She said he should have been a sculptor.

Thank you Nita. I'm immensely grateful to you for making it into such a pleasurable and special occasion.


Vanessa x

2nd August 2010

Hello Nita and Peter.

We have returned from our mad cap trip to England and thank you so much for the lovely two nights we spent with you.  We have to say that our mealtimes spent with you were the most elegant the tastiest of the trip.

Thanks so much for your hospitality.

Peggy and Paul Kohlhepp


24th February 2010

Dear Nita,

Thank you very much for looking after us so well on Wednesday. Everyone enjoyed the occasion, the food, wine and ambience. Jennifer and my Heavenly Pennies
are particularly grateful for the way you coped with their extra needs !
 It really was a most pleasurable break after long months of pressure and stress.

We thought you coped with us rather well, considering the fact that you had several other guests to attend to. 

My grateful best wishes to you and Peter and the girls.


18th January 2010

Dear Mrs Hauser,

We both want to thank you so much for making our Golden Wedding celebration so special.   Everything went so well, your meticulous attention to detail couldn't be faulted,
you and your staff are so pleasant and the food was wonderful.  Please pass on our thanks to everyone involved, and most particularly to you and your husband.

We'll be back for our Diamond of course, but hope to return before then now we've found you.

With very best wishes

Tom and Lyn Long.

18th November 2009

Dear Mr & Mrs Hauser,

Thank you both for making my 80th birthday bash so very memorable. The cuisine was appreciated by everyone present and the service could not have been bettered.
Unobtrusive but ever present and timely. I am sure that only Mrs Hauser could have presided over lunch with such evident enjoyment and great good humour.

I am so much looking forward to lunch on the 29th November. The menus reflected the occasion and I am wondering if a copy exists for inclusion in
a photographic collection put together by my daughter as part of my birthday gift.

Thank you and your staff for a very memorable lunch

Yours Sincerely

John Exton

16th September 2009


Dear Nita

Thank you so much for making Saturday a very special day for us and our guests.

Everything went exactly as we had hoped it might.  We really appreciated the way in which you personalised the occasion for us, including special menus, dealing with the cake, allowing a picture on the mantelpiece, displaying the flowers and balloons we had been given and putting the sparklers in our desserts.

We had lots of enthusiastic comments about the venue, the superb quality of the food and the quiet and efficient service.     

We were touched to receive the special card from you all. Please pass on our thanks to Peter and the staff involved.

Kind regards

Colin and Sarah Smith

8th May 2009

Thank you for helping to make our anniversary such a special occasion. We enjoyed a wonderful evening is all respects: the food excellent, the hospitality unsurpassed (honestly!)  We are planning our next visit already.

Tom and Kate Wickson

Harrow on the Hill


March 13th 2009

Dear Nita

Thank you again for making our stay at Stock Hill so relaxing and memorable.  We thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of  the hotel and hope to be able to come again some day.

Kind regards

Colin and Sarah.

February 14th 2009

Firstly, I should like to thank you very much for our superb Valentine's Dinner. The food was EXCELLENT and the attention to detail in its presentation, SUPERB! In addition, we were very impressed at the level of attention we received from your waitresses .. all in all, an extremely enjoyable and memorable evening. Thank you ALL so very much. We shall definitely come again! 

I wonder whether you could be so kind as to either email me a copy of the delicious menu from Saturday night or alternatively, send me a menu? It was our very first Valentine's night together and we would really love a memento from the night and could not think of anything nicer than to be able to relive that WONDERFUL meal whenever we want.

 Thank you all again.  A rare treat! Will certainly be recommending you to all our friends.

 With our very best wishes,

 Fiona and Andy

New Year - 2008/9

Just a quick note to say thank you for a wonderful stay.
We are already recommending the hotel to friends and family.

Steven and Helen Clarke

August 2008

We have been regular visitors for 13+ years and on every occasion we have
enjoyed wonderful food , first class service and a relaxing and welcoming
atmosphere. Nita, Peter, Lorna and their staff create an all round wonderful

Chris & Lorna O'Reilly

August 2008

Thank you for a lovely stay at your Hotel ...
We felt very pampered and looked after and of course the food was out of this world not sure how long I could have stayed and carried on eating that lovely food would probably put a stone on in no time.....lol!
But we really enjoyed our stay with the surroundings it turned it into a complete unique experience for one who is used to staying in chain hotels the difference stood out a mile....
Thank you once again. We do hope to see you again some day and look forward again to a "Stock Hill" experience...
Love & best wishes,
Michelle & Vijay

July 2008:

"We have just enjoyed our third stay at Stock Hill House and really can't fault it at all. Each time gets better and better, from the super efficient, but friendly, staff to the excellent and delicious food that Peter and Lorna create and of course to the wonderful welcome from Nita and the great way she ensures that your stay is made as comfortable and magical as possible. This place is a gem and we have already made our reservation for a fourth visit!

Margaret & Alan Hawkins, Fareham, Hampshire"

June 2008:

Thank you for a super stay. As usual all was superb and Peters cooking is like a fine wine. It gets better with age.

Peter Marks, proprietor Verzon House Herefordshire 

June 2008:

We have been coming to Stock Hill, four times a year, for over twenty years. We are much travelled but keep returning to Stock Hill. The standard of the hotel is the best we have ever had anywhere in the world. The food is superb, contrived by master chefs Peter Hauser and Lorna Connor. Nita Hauser runs the front of house, with a flair with her guests welfare in mind. The Christmas and New Year here needs to be sampled to see how good they are.

Joan and Harry Powell, Wolverhampton

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