Chewton Glen – New Milton, Hampshire
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One of the country’s finest hotels, Chewton Glen has seamlessly moved with the times since it opened over half a century ago. The eight-bedroom house, where Captain Marryat wrote The Children of the New Forest, has gradually expanded to become a 72-room bastion of luxury, with gorgeous bedrooms, lavish spa, croquet lawn, children’s club and a nippy nine-hole golf course that will excite golfers with the lowest of handicaps. With an open format grill menu that ranges from light dishes to splendid silver trolleys bearing meats and cheeses, The Dining Room stretches across five delightful rooms. Complementing the main house restaurant is The Kitchen, an informal restaurant and purpose-built cookery school, created in association with chef James Martin and set within the 130-acre estate. Set in England’s green and pleasant land, 14 extraordinary, tranquil treehouses built on stilts can be found in the grounds, as well as 70 thriving bee hives, a spectacular newly-refurbished spa and a purpose-built kid’s club called The Beehive. You may well leave Chewton Glen with green fingers.
Doubles from £325
+44 (0)1425 282212; chewtonglen.com