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Why not stay at home in the UK and enjoy a traditional holiday at Chewton Glen, our family hotel in Hampshire?
There are many magnificent hotels, but only a few of them can call themselves a true English Original.
Chewton Glen is a quintessentially English, privately owned luxury Country House Hotel & Spa on the fringe of the New Forest.
With some of England’s most stunning countryside rolling up around us and the calmness of the sea just moments away, Chewton Glen is an idyllic escape.
You wouldn't know we’re a mere two hours from London, easily reached by rail, air and road when you’re here, in such a tranquil setting. Christchurch, Bournemouth and Southampton are also nearby.
We’re full of the unexpected. Here are some more things you may not know about us:
There are 70 rooms and suites in total with 14 of them being luxury Treehouses, for a one-of-a-kind experience
We've got over 1800 wines on our famous wine list
In the 12th century the Chewton Glen estate was know as 'Cheventone', 'Chyveton' or 'Chewghton' and the first document mentioning the house appeared in 1732.
Captain Frederick Marryat used his visits here to write the enduring children's novel 'The Children of the New Forest'.
With over 130 acres of woodland, gardens and parkland the Chewton Glen estate now extends to the edge of the New Forest National Park and down to the Solent coastline.
In 1990 The Spa was opened, the first of its kind in the UK. The spa currently boasts 12 treatment rooms, a 17 metre swimming pool, fitness suite, dance studio, sauna and steam rooms, Nail Studio, hydrotherapy pool and hot tub.
The border between Dorset and Hampshire follows the path of the stream that flows through the Chewton Bunny, a valley in the grounds of Chewton Glen.
We have more than 50 working bee hives of very well behaved bees, cared for by Bee Keeper, Rob Oliver and Estate Manager, Darren Venables.
A fabulous array of vegetables, fruit, herbs and edible flowers are harvested each year from the Walled Kitchen Garden and Nursery, we even have a team of volunteers now helping our gardeners sowing seeds and potting up.
With miles of stunning coastline just minutes walk from the hotel, you can enjoy plenty of water based activities.
POD Charging Point with a universal charging socket. Guests to provide their own charging cable, the charging point offers a 3.7kw - 15 Miles of range per hour of charge.
Arriving at Chewton Glen through its grand, double gates, proceeding up a long, winding drive flanked by well-manicured New Forest foliage before reaching the hotel’s entrance complete with fountain roundabout and more potted shrubbery than you can shake a stick at, you feel a little like you’ve booked in at Jurassic Park.
Sure, it’s a sedate, luxury Jurassic Park, set in quintessentially British countryside and without the genetically created dinosaurs, but the elements of a controlled-yet-beautiful wilderness, seemingly miles away from real, everyday civilisation, give the same buzz Spielberg sought to create.
This sense is enhanced as my girlfriend and I are taken by buggy deeper into the surrounding trees in search of our treehouse accommodation. Built in 2012 at a cost of £7 million, the array of top-end rooms and suites line up on stilts a few minutes’ ride to the north of the hotel’s 130-acre grounds.
We’re in a loft suite. We walk across a small bridge to reach our environmentally friendly “treehouse” – essentially a stand-alone apartment. Though a five-star hotel with all the trimmings is a couple of hundred metres away, we feel completely isolated – in a good way. We head straight for the balcony to gaze out over the untouched scrubland turning orange and red in the twilight before us. Staggering.
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The suite – lounge, double room with en-suite free-standing bath and walk-in shower, and twin loft for kids complete with toys, games and PlayStation 2 – is simple and elegant. It’s homely too – with a woodburner, sofa, table and chairs, television with Sky, iPod dock and enough light-dimming settings to have you believe the treehouse doubles as the deck of a spaceship.
The coffee table has a selection of teas, pastries and a fruit bowl should you need sustenance on arrival; the small kitchen area has a coffee machine, microwave, dishwasher and fridge stocked with juices, milk and half bottle of Tattinger champagne. Why not make yourself a treehouse hot chocolate? It’s the little things that give the feeling you are well and truly looked after.
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We settle in quickly, knowing we can choose from a number of walks about the grounds or even head down to the beach 25 minutes away. Instead we take in the beauty of the New Forest from the comfort of our sofa and then, later, from the hot tub on the balcony.
In the evening we order a DVD, we request a pizza hamper for dinner with a selection of world beers – as is our breakfast hamper the next morning), we ask for some tea lights for the balcony
It’s a glorious, guilt-free way to indulge. And not a dinosaur in sight.