To celebrate mine and Petes one year anniversary – (yes I cannot believe how quickly that time has gone either!); we decided to go away for one last weekend of relaxation before baby boy arrives. We would’ve liked to have squeezed in a little trip abroad but as I couldn’t fly past 35 weeks and to be honest the thought of being anywhere hotter than the heat waves been we’ve having in the UK was not appealing; we decided to just go all out on a staycation.
We combined our one year anniversary with our honeymoon and an excuse for a last minute baby moon and decided that Chewton Glen was the perfect place. The five-star English original, voted number one in the Hoteliers top 100 above the likes of The Ritz and The Dorchester, is tucked away in the New Forest countryside while being a stones throw away from Highcliffe beach.
They have an amazing variety of accommodation including tree houses and an array of suites and we opted for the Croquet Lawn rooms; opening out onto the … you guessed it, the croquet lawn. The rooms range from £350 per night for a Garden Room to a whopping £2100 per night for the private tree houses. We went mid-range and paid £565 for an Estate Room but then bought a £90 membership which upgraded us to the £650 per night Croquet Lawn room.
Pete had pulled out all of the stops, surprising me with a gorgeous bouquet of our wedding flowers – peonies, on arrival plus a bottle of champagne and some scrummy truffles. The staff also popped a sweet little note in to wish us a wonderful stay – little touches like that really do make a huge difference!
Even though we had pretty jam packed days with lots of fun activities like swimming in both the indoor and outdoor pools, playing tennis, croquet and mini golf we still managed to stay amazingly relaxed and stress-free. We went for long walks, explored the kitchen gardens, laid out on the lawn reading and Pete got a game of golf in. We also spent time in the amazing spa, with it’s hydrotherapy pool, aromatherapy sauna and crystal steam room and treated ourselves to a couple of treatments each. I went for the pregnancy massage which was honestly the best massage ever as they used special cushions for me to lay on so that I could lay on my front with my bump dipped in the middle. I also had a gelish manicure, which I was actually really disappointed in as it was a whopping £82 and started to come off after only three days!
Food and drinks wise it couldn’t have been better. We dined in at the restaurant on the first night; I had a delicious duck dish and Pete went for ribs. There was a stunning conservatory area I wish we’d gotten seats at but the room we were in was still lovely. It was really nice to ahve Pete’s ribs brought out on a trolley and cut in front of him; again it’s the little touches that make a huge difference! The second night we decided to save a few pennies and went for fish and chips on highcliffe beach but after being swarmed by seagulls we ended up sitting in the car to eat and then coming home early!
For breakfast both days we ordered room service. I do think breakfast should have been included in the price of the room (it is for tree houses but not suites and rooms); as it was £25 per person, but it was so scrummy and it did make for a lovely experience to sit out on the lawn in our robes eating far more than we could manage! We also ate at the pool terrace which was a buffet and so really nice! It included mini prawn cocktails and avocado chocolate mousse and was made all the better being able to sit out in the sunshine after our treatments.
The grounds of Chewton Glen are just breathtaking. Everything is perfectly manicured and so much detail goes into everything from the staff knowledge to the perfectly lined flower beds and interior decor. I honestly could have gone crazy taking pictures but I opted to film a vlog instead capturing as much as possible.
We really did have the most wonderful time at Chewton Glen. Pete and I got to spend lots of quality time together, we both got the best sleep ever and we even had time to ourselves when Pete went for cigars and whiskey at the bar and I stayed back at the room to cosy up and watch one of the films from the DVD library. We came home feeling refreshed and really to crack on with the countdown of baby boys arrival and weren’t even phased by the little terror that Jasper had become since a weekend with the grandparents!
If your’e looking for a break away whether it be as a couple, a girly retreat or a family break then Chewton Glen really is perfect and has it all! Since visiting I’ve seen lots of fab deals on their website including babymoon packages and helicopter experience packages which look amazing and I kind of wish we’d seen them before as they look much more cost friendly. I’d love to go back for a spa day or afternoon tea with my mum and amy look into booking something for when she’s all better – I think it would be the perfect ‘f*** you cancer’ celebration!
With all of the facilities and activities they have on offer for kiddies it would also be amazing to go back and rent a tree house with our family – the boys would love it and again it would be lovely to do with my siblings and niece and nephew as a big family treat to celebrate mum being better.
Chewton Glen was all things quintessentially British and really made us feel like royalty for the weekend!
Have you ever been to Chewton Glen or have anywhere similar you’d recommend? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below 🙂
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