‘A luxurious break from tradition’
Perched between the wild New Forest and picturesque South Coast, is the gem that’s Chewton Glen. Its glorious location might suggest a thoroughly British getaway, but this is a very modern manor…and to stay here is a luxurious break from tradition! Scratch the old school surface (think ivy clad walls and manicured lawns) and you will soon discover man friendly luxuries such as tablets, flat-screen TVs, Bang & Olufsen sound systems…and heck even hair-straighteners.
The accommodation also surprises. Sure guests can still opt for a fabulously furnished room, but treehouse suites high in the forest canopy are also on offer. We did the latter and ours was otherworldly and everything we needed, including a wood burning stove, deep bath, a terrace hot tub and gourmet hampers. We were actually loathed to leave our secluded oasis, who knew that sipping champagne, in a hot tub, suspended above the ground, observing a herd of deer in the forest, could be so completely intoxicating?
In the morning you can forget a full English in the dining room (although thats on offer if you so desire) breakfast can also be an elevated affair. We had a basket groaning with treats, delivered each morning through a hatch, and straight into our kitchen! Elsewhere at Chewton Glen traditional British cooking combines with modern techniques and flavours – we loved the Chewton Glen twice-baked Emmental Souffle and the grilled Dover Sole, and also the lengthy cocktail list. Locally sourced produce – some even from the hotel’s own garden – certainly added a fresh dimension to our dining.
Tempted yet? Did I mention the award winning spa that stocks luxurious products such as Natura Bissē and Oskia, it’s dedicated to personalised service and indulgent experiences. I booked one of the hotel’s specialised facials where the therapist explained the spa’s holistic guide to treatment. The repetitive circular movements that followed were blissful, infact the therapist all but rendered me unconscious. When I woke I looked rugged not rough and also felt fresh and rejuvenated.
If there’s one problem with Chewton Glen, it could be that there’s so much to see and do that you neglect the wide spaces and wild ponies of the New Forest itself. But surely that’s the best type of problem for any hotel to have! Thanks Chewton Glen, I’ll be back.
Tester: Nick Cox
Treatment: Facial Massage
Verdict: ‘Head in the clouds’
Price: Rooms from £325 per night and spa face and body treatments starting from £50
By: Nick Cox with contributions from Hannah Deuce
1. Chewton Glen Spa Pool
2. Nick Cox - Editor of The Grooming Guide relaxing in the Treehouses
3. Treehouse Breakfast Basket
4. Nick Cox - Editor of The Grooming Guide in the Treehouse
5. Chewton Glen House
6. Spa Treatment Room
7. Chewton Glen by Night