I visited Chewton Glen in the spring as part of a business trip and promised myself that I would return with my wife at some point in the future and indeed so glowing were my stories from the initial stay that I had to return. Plans were made and a date was found in the middle of winter for a foray into Hampshire and a stay at Chewton became reality. As we approached the house there was a moment of trepidation as I had spoken so highly of the hotel and its service that I felt I was setting myself for a fall. Maybe its sign of modern times that rather than setting out to be further amazed we set our sights on looking for faults and preparing ourselves for the let down.
Well this time my stay at Chewton could not have helped restore my belief in the fact that winning formulas require thought, time and most importantly the correct team in place. From the moment we walked through the door and were welcomed til we passed back out of the front gates we were the recipients of wonderful hospitality and immediately put at our ease.
Whilst much of Chewton Glen is good and no one particular facet is outstanding it is this wonderful combination of consistent excellence which is blended together with personal, friendly yet inobtrusive service which makes it one of the most memorable places to stay.
We were indeed greatly priveledged to stay in one of the new tree houses perched above the tree canopy in a little glen looking out over the meadow. Each room has everything that could be wished for from tea and coffee making facilities to state of the art communications, underfloor heating to hot tub on the balcony, welly boots for the adventurous and cookies and hot chocolate for the lazy. the treehouses are some distance from the hotel- enough to be private and discreet but not too far to be isolated. we arranged for a buggy to take us to dinner which was had enough of a range for all to enjoy, and walked home to take in the air. For Breakfast it was delivered through a secret hatch in a special hamper and whilst initially we had intentions of going to the restaurant for breakfast these were quickly dispelled when we opened to hamper to find everything we could have wished for had been delivered with fresh fruit , waffles, yoghurt and cereal, apple juice, orange juice and mountains of pastries and bread to go with the smoked salmon!
Whilst I read from other reviewers that the tree houses are ideal for families they are designed in such away that i thought they were ideal for couples looking for a quiet romantic escape. The house remains at the heart of the hotel with great spa and sports facilities but the tree houses force you to relax and imposes and air of tranquility that in todays modern world is difficult to achieve and therefore great to experience
The only fault we found was that one night was not long enough and despite my wife trying to rectify this buy leaving her wallet in the safe and forcing me to return to collect it- a good plan
but one I quickly saw through- our next visit is already being planned!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An English Original. Chewton Glen is a luxury hotel and spa set in 130 acres of Hampshire countryside on the edge of the New Forest National Park and just a few minutes walk from the sea.12 new luxury treehouse suites now open. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chewton Glen Hotel And Spa
- Chewton Glen Hotel New Milton
- Hotel Chewton Glen
- Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa New Milton, Hampshire, UK