One of the country’s finest hotels, Chewton Glen has seamlessly moved with the times since it opened over 50 years ago. The eight-bedroom house, where Captain Marryat wrote Children of the New Forest, has gradually expanded to become a 70-room family-friendly bastion of luxury, with gorgeous bedrooms, lavish spa, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis centre, nine-hole golf course, croquet lawn and children’s club. 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. 2017 saw the opening, in association with James Martin, of The Kitchen, an informal restaurant and purpose-built cookery school within the 130-acre estate. Also in the grounds, the extraordinary, tranquil Treehouse Suites, built on stilts, appearing to float above their secluded valley. After breakfast, delivered through a hatch for maximum privacy, stroll through the woods to the Solent coast. Doubles from £325.
Name to Know: Darren Venables, estate manager. Ask him about what’s growing in the walled kitchen garden and about the new cookery school and eatery, The Kitchen.
See: Enjoy plenty of water-based activities along the stunning coastline or relax in one of the hotel’s hydrotherapy pools.
Eat: At The Dining Room. If you are stuck for choice go for the Thai lobster curry with coconut rice. It’s fragrant and warming.
Buy: Treat yourself to a spa treatment. The Natura Bissé 60-minute Diamond Rose Body Treatment that takes you on a journey through an ‘unprecedented sensory experience’.
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