New Milton, Hampshire, England
At a Glance
Fabulous option for families as well as a great couples' escape
Seriously spoiling accommodation, including the chance to stay in a luxury treehouse
Amazing range of family-friendly activities from foraging to falconry
Incredible spa - one of Europe's finest
Award-winning fine dining under head chef Andrew du Bourg
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It is very difficult to predict the weather in the United Kingdom - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but the UK does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.
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Multi-award-winning Chewton Glen is a fabulous spa retreat-meets-country-house-hotel near Hampshire’s New Forest. With spoiling service, stellar dining, activities galore and family-friendly treehouses to stay in, Chewton Glen presses all the buttons.
Located near Lymington on the edge of the New Forest in Hampshire, just 90 miles from London and within walking distance of the sea, Chewton Glen is a simply magical rural retreat that somehow successfully manages to offer both indulgent five-star luxury for grown-ups and a real sense of fun for families with swish treehouse suites to stay in and child-friendly activities.
The main ivy-clad house is that classic English country retreat – all old-world elegance, croquet on the lawn and sumptuous summer gardens – but don’t be fooled: you’ll also find whip-smart contemporary design, a state-of-the-art thalassotherapy spa, exquisite Michelin-starred dining and, for a treat, the chicest treehouse suites imaginable. Add an amazing array of outdoor adventures, including foraging, falconry and fishing (and that’s just the Fs), and you’ll quickly feel like the Swiss Family Robinson after graduating from finishing school.
Accommodation divides into the rooms and suites in the main house and the incredible treehouse suites. Those in the main house are very spacious, fitted out with all the tech you’re ever likely to need, and offer either a traditional or contemporary décor, although ‘traditional’ does not mean fusty and ‘contemporary’ is not scarily so.
For families, however, what could be better than staying in a treehouse? Your children will be jumping up and down as they discover secret bunk areas, peer out through the canopy and open the daily breakfast hamper that’s delivered to your door. You meanwhile will quietly congratulate yourself on your impeccable taste as you admire the quality of the finishing, warm yourself by the wood-burning stove or sink into your private hot tub on the deck. And when you’re ready to head over to the main hotel for a meal, a spa treatment or to organise an activity, a shuttle will be ready to whisk you over.
At Chewton Glen, every whim of yours will be catered to by staff who really know how to pamper you. Dining is spectacular, and whether you fancy a Sunday brunch, a gastronomic tasting menu for dinner or afternoon tea, you’ll find all kinds of spaces from beautiful conservatories to intimate dining alcoves and a stunning open wine room in which to enjoy the seasonal, sustainably sourced gourmet fare, dextrously handled by head chef Andrew du Bourg. If you’ve engaged a babysitter, then head to the club-like bar afterwards and sink into a deep leather armchair for a brandy by the fire.
Activities abound at Chewton Glen. Partake in traditional English country pursuits such as clay pigeon shooting and archery in the hotel's grounds, or learn the noble art of falconry, gun-dog handling and even herding ducks. Indoor and outdoor tennis, jogging tracks, a nine-hole golf course and a free kids' club operating in the school holidays mean that you and your family will never be short of options.
The surrounding New Forest is a natural paradise where you can forage for wild porcini, go on a treasure hunt, ride ponies, horses and bicycles or race an Apache buggy. Fifteen minutes away, Lymington offers a host of nautical pleasures from powerboat and sailing trips to catamaran rides and luxury yacht charters – all easily arranged through Chewton Glen’s fantastic concierge.
And when you’re tired out, and in need of recharging, the spa at Chewton Glen is absolutely phenomenal: with indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools including Europe’s largest hydrotherapy pool, a state-of-the-art gym and any number of personalised body treatments available, it’s the perfect place to unwind and let yourself succumb.
Accommodation at Chewton Glen is divided into rooms and seven suites in the main house and the amazing and unique treehouses in the secluded valley that have two suites each and come with a complimentary buggy service to the main hotel, two TVs (sitting room and bedroom), breakfast hamper delivered daily, Hunter rain boots and umbrellas are provided in a lobby area, woodburner and under floor heating. There is also a compact kitchenette with sink, microwave, coffee machine and wine cooler. All options come with king size beds (most can be converted to twin beds if required), comfortable chairs, an en-suite bathroom and some with Bang & Olufson CD player and i-pod docking station.
|Garden and Classic Rooms||
Traditional in their style, overlooking parkland or more secluded with their own balconies, these country-house rooms measure between 36 and 42sqm. Located on the first and second floors, three of these comfortable rooms have power showers instead of baths.
Larger than Garden and Classic Rooms, these measure 46sqm provide a luxury retreat including a full marble bathroom with shower and bathtub. All rooms have a balcony or terrace and are decorated individually from more traditional to modern classic and are either found on the first or second floors.
|Croquet Lawn Rooms||
As their name suggests, these rooms sit alongside the Croquet Lawn and are traditional in their style. These rooms are larger than the Estate rooms at 60sqm. Croquet Lawn Rooms also benefit from a dressing room, ample storage and a separate double shower and bath.
Found on the ground, first and second floors, the Junior Suites are well-appointed luxury accommodation with either a courtyard garden, balcony or terrace. Some boast spectacular views over the gardens and parkland whilst others are secluded for a more private retreat. A spacious 60sqm each is individually designed to offer traditional and more contemporary options. Most have a flat screen TV in the sitting room, bedroom and bathroom where a large bath and walk-in shower can also be found.
On the ground floor, these suites (61sqm) have large bedrooms with separate adjoining sitting rooms (two extra beds can be added to lounge area), large bathrooms with bath and double walk-in shower. Views are of private secluded garden with water feature and seating area.
|Coach House Suites||
A spacious 81sqm the Coach House Suites have their own private courtyards and are perfect for families, with sofas that transform into extra beds and an upstairs balcony area. All have a marble bathroom with large bath and double walk-in shower and some have a second downstairs bathroom. The Alice Beverley Suite also a secret snug area where two small children can sleep.
|Masterman Ready Suite||
Located on the first floor, measuring 70sqm and a modern and luxurious option, this suite has a sun deck and terrace with beautiful views across the garden and king-size bed. The Masterman Ready Suite has a superb sitting room complete with flat screen TV and wonderfully finished bathroom with gorgeous free-standing bathtub, twin basins, double walk-in shower and plasma TV screen. This suite also has a Nespresso coffee machine.
Found on the second floor, the Poacher Suite is one of the master suites at the hotel and the same size as the Masterman Ready Suite (70sqm). A modern suite in design, the Poacher Suite has a separate sitting room with private office, king-size bed, luxury bathroom with large bath, double walk-in shower and flat screen TV built into the wall above the bathtub. This suite also has a Nespresso coffee machine.
|The Jacob Faithful Suite||
Furnished in a traditional English country style, The Jacob Faithful Suite (76sqm) has fabulous views of the lawns of the hotel from a private balcony on its first floor location. A wonderfully spacious bathroom with bath and double walk-in shower, large bedroom and living areas with optional additional beds make this suite a very comfortable option.
This suite (83sqm) is on the first floor and is located in what was the original bedroom and lounge of the manor house. The sitting room, bathroom, bedroom and balcony terrace are all particularly large (92sqm) offering superlative living space and spectacular views of the surrounding grounds. There is a large marble bath and double walk-in shower in a rich wood and an additional cloakroom off the main lounge. A great option for couples.
|Treehouse Studio Suites||
Located in the forest in a tree canopy, Treehouse Studio Suites are luxurious and wonderfully unique. Over 61sqm there is a king-size bed, dining and seating area, large terrace with seating, impressive views and an outdoor hot tub. The bathroom is an impressive room with marble floor, free standing bath with forest-views, walk-in shower, flat screen TV and twin basins.
|Treehouse Loft Suite||
Treehouse Loft Suites are perfect for families or just as a secret hideaway with galleried bunk area with its own TV, suitable for two adults or up to four children. Between 85 and 87sqm of living space is a combination of bedroom, lounge, bunk area, outside terrace with hot tub, lobby, dining area, additional WC, free standing bath with views and TV, bespoke walk-in shower and twin basins.
|Treehouse Hideaway Suite||
The most romantic and secluded suite, these suites are spacious (86.5sqm) and include a dining area, king-size bed located in pod accessed by a glass covered walkway and deck with outdoor hot tub. This suite also offers forest views, lounge area and incredible bathroom with free-standing bath with TV, bespoke walk-in shower and twin basins.
With a total of 146-172sqm, your very own Treehouse comprises either a studio suite and loft suite or a loft suite and hideaway suite (both options sleep up to eight guests). This is the ideal option for larger families or groups of friends wanting to retreat to the forest canopy.
Younger visitors are welcome at Chewton Glen and the hotel is located near popular family destinations. Available are activity packs, mini bath robes and slippers, DVDs, PlayStation, board games, rain boots, bottle warmers, baby food and changing mats, high chairs, cots, swimming nappies and the option of fully qualified and registered nannies and baby-sitters.
The Dining Room at Chewton Glen is a very English restaurant serving fine dishes in intimate dining spaces in conservatories, alongside a beautiful open wine room. A member of the Sustainable Restaurant Association, Chewton's Dining Room embraces seasonal produce and the wine cellar at Chewton Glen houses some fourteen hundred bottles. Afternoon Tea at Chewton is served on the terrace in fine weather or in the restaurant overlooking the gardens. The Spa's facilities include a 17m swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool, aromatherapy saunas, crystal steam room, outdoor whirlpool, 11 single treatment rooms and one double room, grooming lounge, pool bar with lounge, world-class gym, dance studio also with relaxation classes.
At the hotel activities are not in short-supply! When not visiting the spa, spending time in your room, suite or treehouse or indulging in superb menus, there is a nine hole golf course, indoor and outdoor tennis centre and acres of woodland to enjoy walking or jogging through. There are also mountain bikes available to explore the grounds and parkland and the hotel's location means there are plenty of places to visit on days out around the New Forest.
Location & directions
New Milton, Hampshire, England
Chewton Glen is located between the New Forest and the sea near the village of New Milton in Hampshire.
How to get there
Chewton Glen is approximately 2.5 hours' drive from Central London, and 1-hour 40-minutes from London Heathrow.
If coming by train, New Milton Station is under two hours from London Waterloo.
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