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Hotel Highlights

  • Award-winning spa with huge, six-treatment hydrotherapy pool
  • Just a 15-minute stroll to the sea
  • Simple, spectacular cuisine

Overview

Set near the coast in Hampshire, Chewton Glen hotel is a stunning manor, spa, restaurant and country club that perfectly combines old-school elegance of the Jeeves & Wooster era with stylish modern touches and updates. The treehouse suites takes luxury to new heights – the forest canopy, to be specific. And, with a staff-to-guest ratio of two-to-one, it's hard not to feel like royalty at this haven, the only privately owned five-star hotel in the UK.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Chewton Glen with us:

A half-bottle of champagne in your room and breakfast (usually £20 a head)

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Chewton Glen

4 nights for the price of 3

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

70, including 35 suites.

Check–out

12 noon. Later check-out can be arranged, subject to availability and a charge.

Rates

Double rooms from $462.14 (£271), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Continental or Full English breakfast costs £20 a person.

Also

As well as the hefty catalogue of activities that Chewton Glen can arrange on site, the hotel can also organise shooting, fishing and sailing jaunts.

At the hotel

Nine-hole golf course, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, croquet lawn, mountain bike loan, jogging tracks, spa, gym, DVD/CD library. In-room amenities: flatscreen TV, B&O sound system, DVD/video player, iPod dock, minibar, free WiFi throughout.

Our favourite rooms

Request a contemporary room: we love the gorgeous Masterman Ready Suite with its artful combinations of antique and contemporary furniture and the panoramic garden views from the sun terrace. Room 21 – the Poachers Suite – is a refined classic-contemporary master suite with a private study, dressing room, pretty bronze mosaic tiles in the bathroom and slick double walk-in shower, as well as a wall-mounted bathroom TV. Or, take your holiday to new heights in one of the treehouse suite: accessed by a gangplank, the circular Loft Suites seemingly float, high the forest canopy. Admire foliage-framed views of the grounds from your hot tub on the hardwood private deck. These 85–87 sq m circular suites sleep two adults and up to four children in a double bedroom and galleried bunk area. Floor-to-ceiling windows let the light and views flood in, and the carpeted bedroom, wood-burning stove and underfloor heating ensure suites stay cosy. A large, freestanding bath with forest views steals the show in the marble-floored ensuite, and daily breakfast hampers are delivered to your door. Regular shuttles can transport you the 200–400m to and from the main hotel.

Poolside

With heated pools indoors and out, as well as Europe’s largest hydrotherapy pool in the spa, Chewton Glen is ideal for aquatic lounging. The large ozone-treated indoor pool, with its soft-blue sky-painted ceiling, offers great views of the gardens.

Packing tips

Beach towels and swimwear – the sea is only a short, countryside stroll away so pack a picnic and make an afternoon of it.

Also

Pets are not allowed, but the hotel is happy to sort out board at reputable kennels nearby. Call in advance if you intend to arrive via helicopter – there's only room for three on the helipad.

Children

Chewton Glen welcomes all ages. Babysitting can be arranged and there’s a Playstation and a cupboard of games.

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Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Chewton's gorgeously grown-up five-roomed gastrodome (aka Vetiver) has a cosmopolitan menu serving guests whatever, whenever; whether you fancy a casual brunch or five-course, wine-matched tasting menu, it's all seasonally themed and skilfully produced by chef Andrew du Bourg and his brigade.

 

Hotel Bar

A burgundy-walled, leather-armchaired, gentleman’s club of a hidey-hole, the hotel’s bar is the definitive brandy-and-cigars den (except it’s non-smoking these days; just the brandy, then).

Last orders

Last orders in Vetiver are 10pm. The bar offers food, drink and good cheer until there’s no one left to enjoy them.

Room service

Meals, snacks and drinks are available to enjoy in-room 24 hours a day.

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Dress code

Gents in jackets; ladies in lace.

Top table

A private dining table in the Wine Room; a lime-green horseshoe banquette in Oak End; or a window seat in the Summer House conservatory, so you can marvel at the extensive manicured gardens and revel in a New Forest sunset.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

For traditional English country pursuits, you've come to the right place. Guests at Chewton Glen can partake in clay pigeon shooting and archery in the hotel's sprawling grounds, as well as hands-on falconry, duck herding and gun dog handling. To see more of the grounds and the surrounding New Forest, try a treasure hunt, cycle tour or Apache buggy racing. You can take to the water at Lymington, 15 minutes from Chewtown Glen: the hotel's staff can arrange powerboat or sailing trips, adrenaline-pumping catamaran rides and luxury yacht charters.

Local cafés

The Beachcomber Café in Barton-on-Sea (01425 611599) is a sweet seaside family-run affair serving decent, honest home-cooked food (as well as scrummy Marshwood Vale ice-cream from the parlour next door.

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New Forest pony-country

Chewton Glen

New Forest, Hampshire BH23 5QL, United Kingdom

In New Milton, on the edge of the New Forest, Chewton Glen sits on the coast between Bournemouth and Southampton.

Planes

The closest international airport is Bournemouth, eight miles (a 20-minute drive) away. Southampton Airport is 22 miles away. Chewton Glen is 85 miles from London Heathrow and 90 miles from Gatwick (approximately two hours' drive each).

Trains

From London Waterloo, South West Trains (www.southwesttrains.co.uk) runs a direct service that will get you to New Milton station in an hour and 50 minutes. Jump in a cab and it's a short drive to the hotel.

Automobiles

The nearest motorways are the M3 and M27, and Chewton Glen is around two hours from London. If you’re not bringing your own wheels, the hotel offers both a chauffeur-driven service and vintage-car hire.

Other

There are two helipads at the hotel.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Helen McNutt , Five-star fan

OK, I admit it – I didn’t even try not to fall in love. Gliding down Chewton Glen’s luxuriously long drive we caught our first heady glimpse across the beautiful lawns and knew we were in for a seriously good time. That mixture of five-star elegance, country-club atmosphere and edge-of-the-New-Forest setting was a formula I knew I wouldn’t be able to resist. Even so, I don&…
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Chewton Glen

Anonymous review by Helen McNutt, Five-star fan

OK, I admit it – I didn’t even try not to fall in love. Gliding down Chewton Glen’s luxuriously long drive we caught our first heady glimpse across the beautiful lawns and knew we were in for a seriously good time. That mixture of five-star elegance, country-club atmosphere and edge-of-the-New-Forest setting was a formula I knew I wouldn’t be able to resist. Even so, I don’t think either of us expected to fall quite so head over heels with this boutique hotel in Hampshire.

Our weekend hideaway – an inviting amalgam of courtyard, flowers and warm brickwork –doesn’t seem overly imposing from the main entrance. But the second we step inside, we realise we are somewhere very special.

Chewton Glen is an 18th-century beautiful beast – and, with its refined air and formal elegance, it can’t help but exude that very particular type of Englishness that makes you wish you knew all the words to the national anthem. But this place is far too well bred to be stuffy or pretentious.

Post-check in, we pop along to the bar while we wait for our room. It’s very red, very plush and very clubby – with many ancient editions lining the wall (Captain Marryat wrote The Children of the New Forest while staying here). Such masculine, old school surroundings automatically make you feel that a stiff drink is in order. Gazing over the pristine lawn, we promise ourselves that as soon as we’ve dealt with our vodka tonics, we’ll have a game of croquet. The trouble is, the seemingly innocent squishy sofa swallows us up, and the damn thing holds us captive for two hours. There we are forced to remain; swapping stories about losing our virginity (I can’t believe that hasn’t come up until now), drinking more V&Ts to stave off dehydration – and very definitely not playing croquet.

The decor at this Hampshire boutique hotel may be traditional, but it’s freshened up with contemporary lighting, big, bold flower displays and acid-coloured cushions resting on delightfully upholstered armchairs (an effect so potent that one starts saying things like ‘delightfully upholstered armchairs’ quite unselfconsciously).

The front-of-house staff are unfailingly polite, but also rather quirky; as I swap my stilettos for flats, an older porter nods in sympathy and sighs that it is, indeed, hard work being stylish. When we finally get to our room, we question the wisdom of spending so much time out of it. It’s stunning. The bed is bigger than my whole bedroom at home, the secluded balcony has the most incredible view, the carpet is toe-sinkingly thick, and there’s a whole wall of mirrored wardrobes. This is pure, understated sumptuousness.

If this hotel is English with a capital E, then our bathroom is pure Americana. Bad-ass-MTV-pimp-my-crib-hip-hop-sextastic Americana, to be precise. It’s huge: nearly as big as the bedroom. There’s a party-sized shower, a TV in the wall, and a glut of Molton Brown goodies. Accompanied by a bottle of champagne, we watch music videos from our huge tub until both types of bubbles have disappeared.

We return from our naked state back into clothes, just in time for dinner. There’s something unnervingly sexy about country hotels of a certain standard who still request (politely) jackets for dinner. Mr Smith obliges, and so to the restaurant we head. Supper is worth dressing up for. On arrival we’re given the most delicious amuse-bouche (plump for the avocado morsels) before I polish off a succulent asparagus and artichoke salad, followed by pumpkin tortellini. Mr Smith is in some kind of lamb heaven; it’s so mouth-wateringly rich that he tries to tempt me out of 20 years of vegetarianism. I nearly give in. This is the type of dinner that makes you smile when you think about it afterwards.

At breakfast the next day, an old man at the table behind us booms away in the kind of voice that suggests he was once a ‘somebody’ in the army. He resolutely declares ‘this is the best toast I’ve ever had’. Quite. Many lazy hours later we take the woodland walk down through the hotel grounds to the beach, where we are confronted with another particularly English combination: sunburnt skin, too-tight swimwear and a retro ice-cream van.

We take our sticky mint choc-chip hands for a walk along the front to Barton on Sea and soon stumble across a cliff-top restaurant called the Beachcomber. They may not request a dinner jacket, but they do provide satisfying chip butties and chardonnay. Returning to the beach, we find a quiet spot and drift into a sea-induced slumber on the pebbles, joining the ranks of the slightly sunburnt ourselves.

This weekend has turned into a total food and wine fest – and indeed later that evening back at Chewton Glen, we find Richard, aka 'The Best Barman In The World'. (He’s got to be happy with that title, surely?) Discreet, passionate about his job and great company, he regales us with tales of old regulars, such as the male guest who lent a fledgling businesswoman four grand in return for half a per cent of her profits. She turned out to be the late Anita Roddick. He became rich enough to live six months of the year at Chewton Glen.

We couldn’t bolt from our boutique bolthole without pampering our souls at the spa. We laze around in the outdoor pool, loving the fact that waiters will hand you a glass of whatever you fancy without you even leaving the water. There’s an indoor pool, an outdoor Jacuzzi, a hydrotherapy spa pool with a high-tech make-any-kind-of-bubbles machine, saunas, steam rooms – and an exhaustive range of health and beauty treatments should you feel the need. I end up pleading with Mr Smith to get very rich, very quickly so that I can become a professional spa wife.

The hands on the clock do something peculiar at Chewton Glen: time disappears way too quickly. Tragically, it is soon time to leave – but not before every member of staff we pass has made sure we’ve had a lovely time. Gloriously romantic, this is a hotel I have been deprived of until this weekend. Now all I have to do is persuade Mr Smith to re-pack his dinner jacket and make a return visit soon.

The Guestbook

Reviews of Chewton Glen from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The quiet efficient service, the beautiful views, the fabulous food, the wonderful wine list and more!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the service levels, spa and ambience.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I can't explain my love for this hotel. From the welcoming hallway to beautiful lounge and bar areas, you immediately feel at home as you walk through the door, and it becomes clear almost instantly that as far as the staff are concerned nothing is too much trouble. The room was beautifully furnished and comfortable, the bathroom was spacious, with plenty of Ren miniatures at our disposal! We had a lovely view over the croquet lawn. We spent a large amount of time in the spa on day one; the spa hydropool was excellent as were all the facilities in the spa. I had an excellent personalised facial the morning we left, and it was definitely one of the best I've ever had. We did the tasting menu in the restaurant in the evening and the food was exquisite, not to mention the incredibly knowledgable and generally lovely waiting staff. I would do anything for the apple and calvados macaroon again, or the venison for the matter. I was very impressed. The grounds are also gorgeous; we went for a lovely walk – utilising the offer of borrowing Hunter wellies as it was a bit muddy out – down through "Chewton bunny" and 20 minutes later you're by the sea! The weather wasn't on our side but I would love to go back in summer to play croquet on the lawn and stroll round the grounds further and maybe take part in some of the array of outdoor pursuits they offer, like archery or duck herding! I cannot recommend this hotel enough; we wanted to get away for a night and relax and I left Chewton Glen in a state of total relaxation with incredibly soft skin and a spring in my step, saddened that our stay had already come to an end.

Don’t expect

It was a battle to get the room to the temperature we liked.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The whole Chewton Glen experience is top notch; it never fails to exceed our expectations and we have stayed eight times! Watch out as you will become hooked! Quite simply you cannot improve on perfection!

 

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We spent a lovely weekend at Chewton Glen to celebrate our wedding anniversary. It's a super hotel and the staff upgraded us and made our room very nice. The outside areas for food and drinks were very attractive, as were the walks around the grounds. The walk down to the beach is interesting, and the woodland made a lovely break from the sun on what was a bright sunny weekend. It was a pleasure, and a huge change from normal, to see an uncommercialised beach – just one café and an ice cream van when we were there. Long walks beside the sea were perfect.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the personal touch.

Don’t expect

Dining room service could be better.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Fantastic room and hotel grounds. Lovely, friendly and helpful staff. Really loved the hotel.

Don’t expect

No coffee and tea service in the room. A Nespresso unit or similar would be great. There's also no casual area to eat (aside from the bar lounge where there are no proper tables) – only the more formal restaurant. We would like to have had a relaxed and casual place to eat as an option.

Rating: 7/10 stars