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Spa and Wellness
Luxury spa stay at Chewton Glen, New Forest, Hampshire
Occupying a glorious spot just outside the New Forest, Chewton Glen is the ideal countryside retreat. The ivy-clad manor house, with green shutters on the windows overlooking a perfectly manicured croquet lawn, paints a traditional picture. From the tennis courts and golf course, to the archery equipment, its five-star credentials are well deserved. The real star of the show is Chewton Glen's award-winning spa, boasting Europe's largest hydrotherapy pool, a range of aromatherapy and heated outdoor hot tub, crystal steam rooms and a host of other relaxation-inducing features.
We are delighted to offer readers an overnight break at this fabulous country house hotel, including use of the spa. Plus, enjoy a relaxing massage or facial by one of its expert technicians. After an indulgent Christmas period, what better way to kickstart the new year than with a pampering spa break?
One night's B&B from £185pp*
- One night's accommodation in a Garden Room.
- Full English breakfast.
- 25-minute massage or facial.
- Chewton Glen spa gift.
Reasons to visit Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa, Hampshire
This legendary New Forest bolthole has been the blueprint for British country-house hotels for more than 50 years. The 18th-century mansion has skilfully reinvented itself over the past few years to appeal to young couples as well as old colonels, and trendy foodies as well as active families. The vibe still veers towards the traditional but the arrival of swanky treehouse suites and a casual diner in collaboration with celebrity chef James Martin has injected some contemporary gloss.
It sits in 130 neatly manicured acres outside New Milton, on the edge of the pony-filled New Forest. If you follow a stream running through the grounds, within minutes, you're at a sweet stretch of beach with heart-stopping views across to the Isle of Wight's iconic Needles.
By plane: Southampton airport (20 miles)
By train: New Milton (1.7 miles)
By car: There is ample parking on site
Look & Feel
The ivy-clad manor house still looks old-fashioned and chocolate-box cheesy from the outside, but inside, the grande dame has had a dignified facelift. While she remains quintessentially English and upper class, the ancestral oils and Regency wingback chairs are now offset by squidgy sofas and modern sculpture. Granted there's still a whiff of old-school about the bar but it feels glamorous rather than dated.
Midweek often attracts small groups on corporate jollies, at weekends the average age drops considerably as younger Londoners book in.
Service has evolved for 21st-century tastes so although it is still supremely polished, staff are more informal.
You'd need a week to make use of all the facilities: nine-hole golf course, tennis courts, croquet, archery, clay pigeon shooting, falconry, a segway course, quad & mountain biking, indoor and outdoor pools and a slightly-dated spa. There's also a state-of-the-art cookery school.
- Spa & swimming pool
- Tennis courts
- Room service
- Access for guests with disabilities
There are 58 rooms in the main house and 14 treehouse suites a short walk away in woodland. The Garden Rooms and Classics are pricey for lead-in categories but rates reflect the space and quality of the interior. Some have floral wallpapers and antique furniture, others have neutral modern finishes. Some have only ensuite showers.
The 14 Estate Rooms are the best value with light-filled sitting areas, balconies or terraces and marble bathrooms with tubs as well as power showers.
Food & Drink
The Dining Room flows across five conservatory rooms, with bare floorboards and soothing Champagne and taupe shades that contrast nicely with its lime-green scalloped banquettes. The menu is as fuss-free as the decor.
The hotel recently enlisted celebrity chef James Martin to oversee The Kitchen, a striking new glass-and-timber-framed restaurant in the grounds.
The Dining Room | modern British | romantic |
The Kitchen | Mediterranean/British | buzzy | £
The Spa cafe | bistro | relaxed | £
It's not cheap but you can see where your money's going. The high-quality interiors are meticulously maintained, the service is excellent, food fabulous and there's plenty to do. Breakfast is extra unless you're in a treehouse. Wi-Fi is complimentary and the no-tipping policy will save you a few bob. You're not forgotten the minute you pay the bill either but presented with homemade shortbread and bottles of water for the journey home.