Exquisite Country Digs and Dining in an Idyllic Setting
England’s loveliest country getaway, Chewton Glen sits serenely surrounded by immaculate gardens and barbered lawns, on the fringe of the historic New Forest, a 100-square-mile wooded preserve first put aside by William the Conqueror as his private hunting grounds in 1079. Volumes have been written about Chewton Glen, a neo-Georgian country manor hotel distinguished by an air of well-being: through forty years of ownership under the watchful eyes of Martin and Brigitte Skan, it has maintained the highest standards of service and quality. Nothing ruffles the polished feathers of the extremely congenial staff at this grand, green-shuttered, ivy-clad home where croquet on the front lawn is one of myriad amenities, including indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, and a 9-hole golf course
Guests needn’t ever leave the 130 acres of private grounds, though the hotel’s location itself is ideal for visits to Stonehenge, Salisbury, and Winchester, each no more than an hour’s drive away. Or stick close to home and be pampered at the hotel’s recently added full-service spa, then dine at the acclaimed Marryat Room—guests rarely miss the memorable meals here prepared by acclaimed chef Pierre Chevillard. In between there are hours spent lingering by the pool, in one of the many peaceful sitting rooms or cozy nooks, or listening to the cocktail hour’s pianist play a Noel Coward tune. Chewton Glen’s relative proximity to London means a handsome and cultured weekend clientele, while its bucolic location and gorgeous surroundings make you feel as if the capital didn’t quite exist at all. Wherever you come from, try not to come alone: this place is far too special not to share.