70. 14 on ground floor, 12 tree-house suites in grounds, 1 suitable for disabled.
3 lounges, bar, restaurant, function rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Sky), civil wedding licence, spa, indoor 17-metre swimming pool, 130-acre grounds (outdoor 15-metre heated swimming pool, tennis centre, par-3 golf course).
‘subtle’ in public areas.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in tree-house suites only, not in public rooms.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
 per room £325–£1,595. Breakfast £26, à la carte £70. Minimum two night stay required most weekends.
VisitEngland Five Star Hotel
Good Hotel Guide Review
There’s a ‘great atmosphere’ at this privately owned country house spa hotel (Relais & Châteaux), unstintingly luxurious yet completely family friendly. Fifty years strong – with a commemorative book to prove it – it continues to innovate (a purpose-built cookery school and restaurant complex are next on the agenda). ‘The attention to detail is excellent,’ enthuses a reader in 2016. If the sky’s the limit, book a tree-house suite, built on stilts in a secluded forest setting – each suite has floor-to-ceiling windows, a wood-burning stove, a whirlpool tub, a kitchenette, and a breakfast hamper delivered to the door. In the main house, even the cheapest rooms are large, traditionally and lavishly furnished, ‘absolutely pristine, relaxing and very comfy’, says a guest, for whom the whole experience was ‘unreal’. Come hungry: ‘delicious’, sophisticated meals are served in the conservatory dining rooms, perhaps Wiltshire venison saddle, parsley root, sloe gin; line-caught sea bass, mussels, monk’s beard. The estate is on the edge of the New Forest, a stroll from the sea – make your way through ‘beautiful’ grounds for ‘lovely’ walks along the beach. (Aminah Gianfrancesco, Sarah Heineman)
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Two Days Valentine's Retreat
Snuggle in one of our nests this year with your loved one before indulging your taste buds in the dining room. Two-night night stay includes a tasting menu with wines on the first evening, a bottle of Rose champagne, Charbonnel et Walker chocolates in your room on arrival, full English breakfast on both days, and a £60 per person allowance for dinner on the second evening. Starting from £325 per person, per night based on two sharing a Garden Room. Available from 10th – 14th February. To benefit from this offer, please mention The Good Hotel Guide when booking.