Baby-free windows are rare and hard to come by, that's why we have hunted around for the most relaxing and indulgent getaways for new mums. In this week's hot seat we review Chewton Glen.
For an idyllic escape on the fringe of the New Forest, Chewton Glen offers a break like no other. The 5-star country house hotel boasts elegant rooms, an award-winning restaurant as well as a luxurious spa, golf course, tennis courts and 130 acres of land to explore.
Surrounded by stunning countryside and with miles of stunning coastline just minutes away, you’ll feel calm before you’ve even stepped in the door of this stylish hotel.
Choose from a variety of rooms for your time at Chewton Glen, ranging from comfortable Garden Rooms which come with their own balcony or terrace and overlook the lush parkland to Suites which comprises of a contemporary styled sitting room and spacious bathroom with large bath and walk-in shower.
For a real treat that you won’t forget in a hurry, opt for an indulgent treehouse suite. With floor-to-ceiling windows so you can really enjoy the magnificent forest views, sink beneath the bubbles in your private hot tub on the terrace deck. Little touches like the coffee machine, homemade biscuits and chocolate bark will make you feel truly at home. In the morning you’ll receive a breakfast hamper filled with fresh bread, pastries and more, delivered seamlessly through the inbuilt hatch so you can enjoy everything the treehouse has to offer.
What’s there to do?
Sitting on the coast between Bournemouth and Southampton, there’s plenty to explore if you fancy getting out and about and the New Forest National Park offers plenty of beautiful walks and activities to keep you busy. But don’t be surprised if you want to stay right where you are as Chewton has a lot to offer without even leaving the hotel.
If you fancy something a little different, Chewton Glen have their very own Cookery School where you can learn new skills from the Chef before creating your very own dishes including perfect pasta and Mediterranean tapas.
It’s impossible to leave The Spa at Chewton Glen feeling anything other than peaceful thanks to their award-winning facilities including the hydrotherapy spa pool, aromatherapy saunas and crystal steam rooms. And with 50 different treatments and holistic therapies to picks from, you’ll be spoilt for choice. I went for a Warm Oil Massage where my therapist used divine Cedar & Wild Blackberry oils for a personalised back, neck and shoulder massage which left me snoozing.
Food & drink
There’s something for everyone to enjoy when dining at Chewton Glen. For more casual dining, The Kitchen is the place to go for large, tasty portions of classic meals like beer battered fish and chips and Homemade Trenchmore Wagyu beef burger. With a modem, open-plan layout, you can watch the chefs hard at work and take a peek at the Cookery School.
Or take it up a notch and book a table at the suave The Dining Room where dishes include Thai lobster curry and Slow-cooked daube of beef. My partner and I both chose the Sirloin steak, dry-aged for a minimum of 28 days, full-flavoured and tender.
For breakfast the next day, head back to The Dining Room which will give you the best start to the day. Choose from the hearty New Forest Breakfast or specialty dishes like Cinnamon roasted banana and peanut butter or Chesil smokery smoked salmon and scrambled eggs.
Stays at Chewton Glen start from £260 a night. Click here to find out more.
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