Good Hotel Guide Review
‘My four-year-old loves Chewton as much as I do, it’s always a struggle to leave.’ ‘We stayed to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary, and it exceeded expectations.’ After more than half a century, this country house hotel ‘in beautiful grounds’ close to a ‘stunning, often deserted beach’ continues to appeal to guests of all ages, growing and innovating but never losing sight of traditional values. This year brings a new Kids Club Treehouse, while afternoon tea is still served on the terrace. Children’s menus, a kids’ cookery course, bug hotel, and outdoor pool entertain little ones. Adult indulgences include hot tub suites, a tree-house hideaway suite, tennis courts, golf course. ‘The spa was fantastic, the jet pool the best I’ve encountered.’ Garden rooms have a balcony or terrace with views over parkland. Coach house suites, sleeping six, have a semi-private walled garden, a marble bathroom. Luke Matthews’s menus, too, have broad appeal, with veggie dishes, classics such as sole meunière, more modern and exotic fare: ‘I highly recommend the Thai crab risotto.’ Staff are ‘charming, dedicated, exceptional’. ‘Expensive but good value.’ (M Moore, Dianna Tennant, and many others)
72. 14 on ground floor, 14 tree-house suites in grounds, 1 suitable for disabled.
lounges, bar, 2 restaurants, function rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Sky), civil wedding licence, cookery school, spa, indoor pool, 130-acre grounds (heated pool, tennis, golf), public rooms (not spa) wheelchair accessible.
‘subtle’ in public areas.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in tree-house suites, on terraces.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B £370–£3,000, D,B&B £470–£3,120. À la carte £70. 1-night stays sometimes refused Sat.
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3 Nights for the Price of 2 Special Offer
If you are tempted to get away and explore the delights of this hotel at the edge of the New Forest in Hampshire, or you would just like a few days of peace and quiet relaxing in the height of luxury, then take advantage of a complimentary night’s accommodation and make your booking now. From only £650 per room for 3 nights, based on two people sharing a Garden double room. The 3 for 2 offer is subject to availability and not available during school and public holidays. Not in conjunction with any other offer. Special offer prices are per room per stay on a room only basis, based on two people sharing a Garden room. Please note the free night is based on the Sunday to Thursday rate. To benefit from this offer, please mention The Good Hotel Guide when booking.