Chewton Glen Hotel and Spa, Hampshire

THE HOTEL: A five-star privately-owned property on the edge of the New Forest offering 58 bedrooms and suites and 12 ecofriendly tree houses. The property is situated on 130 acres of land, close to New Milton railway station. Bournemouth Airport is eight miles away and Southampton Airport a little over 20 miles away.


THE CHECK-IN: A doorman offered to unload my car on arrival and store my luggage until the room was ready as I had arrived early. The car was also parked for me. I was called on my mobile phone once the room was ready and had the room's facilities explained and a dinner reservation confirmed.

THE ROOM: A wonderfully spacious bi-level Coach House Suite had twin beds, a bathroom, lounge area and courtyard downstairs, while upstairs had a king-sized bed, large bathroom with separate shower and in-built TV at the foot of the bath, a secret ‘cubby-hole’ to sleep two children and separate toilet. The suite was tastefully furnished and came with two TVs, iPod docking station and DVD players. A wide range of Ren toiletries were also offered. A tablet was provided for guests to order room service or DVDs, make reservations, etc.

THE BUSINESS: The hotel has three meeting rooms, two offering boardroom style set-up for up to 20 people, and The Lake Suite for up to 140 delegates and with outdoor terrace. All of them boast natural light, state-of-theart technology and wifi. Numerous teambuilding events can be arranged. Day delegate rates are from £75 and 24-hour rates are from £350, plus VAT.

THE FACILITIES: It’s hard to know where to start. There's a large spa, walking, jogging and mountain biking trails, a nine-hole par 3 golf course, tennis courts and croquet lawn/ putting green. The hotel’s Vetiver restaurant offers a private dining area within its wine room and a sumptuous afternoon tea. A heated outdoor pool opens in summer.

THE VERDICT: An absolutely wonderful property in a beautiful location perfect for anybody looking to ‘escape to the country’. Well suited to company away-days and team building. The staff were extremely attentive and nothing was too much trouble for them.

THE DETAILS: Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa, New Milton, New Forest, Hampshire, BH25 6QS. Tel: 01425 275 341. Rates currently start from £325 per night (room only, including VAT). See:www.chewtonglen.comk.

Reviewed by David Clare (2014)