When life’s cares start to pile up, escape to this New Forest bolthole for a weekend of spoiling and relaxation. It occupies a red brick Victorian manor in tidy gardens on the outskirts of Brockenhurst and is the sister hotel of The Montagu Arms (see page 00). The welcoming reception room has oak-panelled walls and an open fire. Seventy seven large, comfortable bedrooms combine modern amenities with traditional country-house style, some with four-poster beds and others with their own patio. What really makes the hotel stand out is its award-winning Thai SenSpa, where you can be pampered with a mind-boggling range of treatments, from a gentle mud wrap to a thorough detox. As for food, there are three great options: Cambium, refined yet relaxing and celebrating all that is best about New Forest produce; Zen Garden, serving delicious, authentic Thai food; and informal French bar and bistro, Le Blaireau.
Visit the town of Lymington, just 10 minutes from Careys Manor. It is a bustling, colourful town and popular sailing resort.
At the hotel’s Cambium restaurant where Head Chef Alistair Craig’s traditional dishes pay homage to the British countryside, and embrace the nature of the seasons.
Book a treatment at the SenSpa, where you will be able to enjoy the delights of relaxing hydrotherapy. Get an antioxidant facial.