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chewton glen

weekends from £750 chewton glen england

This 18th century, red-brick and white-painted house has a spoiling spa and attentive staff, and it’s near both the beach and the New Forest for lots of outdoorsy activities.

It’s a quintessentially English place to stay – within the 130 acres of grounds are manicured gardens, a 9-hole golf course, a traditional, stone outdoor swimming pool. a croquet lawn and a putting green. Inside décor is majestic and traditional with a subtly contemporary twist. There are spacious, posh sitting rooms with super comfy sofas and chairs to have tea in, and modern British meals are served in a restaurant with different rooms – ask for a table in the conservatory for light and spaciousness.

The spa is a major attraction, especially for its exceptional hydrotherapy pool set in a pretty conservatory with wall to sky windows – there’s an open air whirlpool just outside. The neo-classical 17m indoor swimming pool is ozone-treated, and there are aromatherapy saunas and crystal steam rooms to enjoy. Eat healthy meals in the large spa lounge-cum-café with garden views.

On offer are an inviting range of massages (including organic ila treats), pressure point therapy, body cocoons, reflexology and oxygen facials by Linda Meredith. Pedicures and manicures are done in a room overlooking the garden, and include a bottle of polish so you can touch up your nails at home.

There’s a gym, of course, and daily classes include aqua exercise, tai chi, pilates and yoga. You can jog in the grounds, or it’s just a 20 minute walk to the nearby beach. Hiking, horse-riding and mountain biking can be arranged in the New Forest, and sailing, diving and kayaking nearby.


  • Impeccable, friendly service
  • The spa’s huge hydrotherapy pool
  • The proximity to both beach and forest


  • Some might find the design a little staid
  • The gourmet food can be heavy – eat at the spa, or ask for the separate vegetarian menu for lighter options.
  • You’ll find there as many people here trying clay pigeon shooting as there are enjoying the spa

Healthy Traveller tip

The local beach has a large, stone pathway by the sea suitable for long head-clearing walks in any weather.

Who goes

30 and 40-something couples, posh families and hedge fund millionaires who fly down in their helicopters.

Room tip

  • The most affordable ‘Bronze’ bedrooms overlook parkland, while ‘Gold’ rooms have a balcony or a terrace.
  • For space, splash out on a suite.

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From £270 to £1,200 per night


Each of the 58 bedrooms and suites at Chewton Glen are decorated individually to provide the ultimate in luxury hotel accommodation. The sumptuous combination of antique furnishings, magnificent fabrics and modern and traditional textiles creates a scene of timeless elegance and comfort.

Most accommodation at Chewton Glen has a terrace, balcony or private garden. Each bedroom is individually designed and decorated to give it a unique 'feel' and atmosphere.  All Bedroom amenities include as standard:

  • King sized bed
  • Air Conditioning
  • Well stocked Mini Bar
  • Complimentary Wi-fi broadband internet access
  • Telephone line
  • Spacious bathroom with double basins
  • Satellite TV
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Luxurious bathrobes and slippers
  • Personal Safe, Trouser Press and hair dryer
  • Seating area & Work desk area
  • I-pod docking stations (in most rooms)

A room service menu is available, providing the option to enjoy dinner in the privacy of your own
room, or if the weather is nice, on your private terrace, balcony or courtyard garden.

Bedroom descriptions

Bronze Luxury Rooms: These are comfortable traditionally-styled country house rooms with views either overlooking the parkland or slightly more secluded with their own balconies. Three of these delightful rooms are ideal for shorter stays, with a good-sized modern bathroom and a large power shower instead of  the traditional bath.
Silver Luxury Rooms: These hotel rooms are larger than the Bronze rooms with spacious bathrooms and include a separate shower and bath. All have a bedroom with sitting area and plenty of storage. Providing the luxury you'd expect from a five star hotel most of our Silver rooms have a balcony or a terrace.
Gold Luxury Room: A firm favourite with our guests, these large traditional style hotel rooms have a comfortable   sitting area and sweeping views over the croquet lawn and golf course. Providing deluxe 5 Star accommodation guests can choose from either a balcony or a private terrace. All of these spacious bedrooms have a dressing room, endless storage and good-sized bathrooms with separate double shower and bath.
Luxury Junior Suites: Junior Suite is decorated individually. Providing the finest in luxury accommodation the Junior Suites come in either a modern classic style or more traditional décor to suit individual guest requirements.  Most of these delightful Junior Suites have either a terrace, balcony or courtyard garden.
Luxury Garden Suites:  Garden Suites are located on the ground floor and have large bedrooms with an adjoining sitting room, a spacious bathroom with separate shower, plenty of storage space and a dressing area.  These comfortable traditionally designed suites are extremely well equipped with private and secluded walled gardens with water features and private access to the hotel's grounds.
Luxury Duplex Suites: Duplex suites provide the ultimate in 5 Star luxury hotel accommodation. Each suite is very   spacious with a large bedroom, dressing area and generously sized bathroom upstairs and a fabulous sitting room downstairs. Traditionally decorated, most of the duplex suites have a second bathroom or cloakroom downstairs.     These suites are also perfect for families as some have sofa beds suitable for children and a semi-private walled garden and upstairs balcony.
Masterman Ready Suite:  A firm favourite with guests this modern styled master suite offers a delightful combination of modern fabrics and furniture with more classic antique finishes. This single suite has a fabulous sun deck and terrace with superb garden panoramas, delightful sitting room, luxurious bedroom and a modern bathroom with a plasma screen TV.
Poacher Suite:  The Poacher Suite is one of the master suites of the hotel. A single luxuriously appointed suite with  modern furnishings and style it is one of the most romantic hotel suites in the New Forest.   The suite has state of the art facilities, large storage area, a separate sitting room and private office and has sweeping views over the grounds. The bathroom is beautifully appointed with separate walk in shower a flat screen TV built into the wall above the bath tub.
Marryat Suite: This traditional master suite is the original bedroom and lounge of the manor house at this country   house hotel in the New Forest.  The Marryat Suite has a particularly large sitting room and cloakroom, together with a fabulous bedroom and large bathroom.   This suite provides the ultimate in gracious living with sweeping views of the grounds and parkland from the very large private balcony terrace, which can also be used for private dining and cocktail receptions.
The Jacob Faithful Suite:  This traditional master suite is the epitome of English country living and deluxe hotel luxury. This single magnificent suite has beautiful views of the lawns at the front of the hotel from the private balcony deck.   With a large bathroom and a spacious bedroom together with an elegant sitting room this suite is luxurious and very comfortable.

Spa, beauty and fitness faciities

The luxury health spa at Chewton Glen hotel embodies the unique purity of a New Forest and coastal location. The staff are dedicated to personalised service, holistic lifestyle programmes and indulgent spa experiences all delivered in the environment of a  world-class retreat.

The pool is 17-metres long and its crystal clear waters are treated with ozone to reduce the chlorine levels, making for a more enjoyable swimming experience. For guests' comfort and safety the pool is 1.4 metres deep throughout.

The hydrotherapy pool is the crowning glory of the spa. It was the first hydrotherapy spa pool of its type in the UK, and comprises six different treatments within one pool.  Each therapy position is operated by your hand moving across the pool's light sensitive pads.

  • Relaxation room
  • Outdoor whirlpool
  • Cold drench showers
  • Ten treatment rooms
  • Sauna and steam rooms
  • Linda Meredith skin care
  • The Grooming Lounge for Jessana Manicures, Zen Pedicures and Tanning and Make-Up
  • ila restorative beyond organic treatments
  • Ren Organic Products
  • Pool bar and lounge with a specially formulated menu to provide great tasting food with healthy benefits
  • State-of-the-art gymnasium including a power plate and personal training available
  • Dance studio with daily programme of exercise and relaxation classes (including Aqua exercise, Tai Chi,
  • Pilates and Yoga)

Getting here

Navigational Co-Ordinates for your car navigation system are: Post code: BH23 5QL. Please note this is different to the main address postcode and will take you to the Front Entrance. 

Travelling times by car are:

Central London: 90 Minutes
London Heathrow: 90 Minutes
London Gatwick: 90 Minutes
Southampton: 35 Minutes
Bournemouth: 20 Minutes

By Rail

South West Train Service from London Waterloo to New Milton Station. The journey time from London to New Milton is 1 hour 45 minutes and Chewton Glen is 5 minutes by car form the station.

Alternatively the next nearest station is Brockenhurst. The journey time from London is 1 hour 30 minutes and Chewton Glen is a lovely 20 minute drive across the New Forest from the station. Brockenhurst Station has cross country connections from all parts of the UK.

By Air:

Bournemouth International is 8 miles - 20 minutes by car.
Southampton Airport is 22 miles - 35 minutes by car.
London (Heathrow) is 85 miles - 1 hour 45 minutes by car.
London (Gatwick) is 90 miles - 2 hour by car.
The hotel has two helipads.

Things to do at Chewton Glen or nearby

  • Spa
  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi
  • Pilates
  • Golf: 9 hole par-3 golf course
  • Indoor and outdoor tennis centre with instructors
  • Picturesque woodland jogging and walking trails
  • Clay pigeon shooting
  • Archery
  • Croquet
  • Cycling
  • Falconry
  • Horse riding
  • Sailing
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
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