Hampshire, United Kingdom

Chewton Glen

Rates from (inc tax)$355.69

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP325.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Spa-spangled manor

Setting

New Forest pony-country

Set near the coast in Hampshire, Chewton Glen hotel is a stunning manor, spa, restaurant and country club that perfectly combines old-school elegance of the Jeeves & Wooster era with stylish modern touches and updates. The treehouse suites takes luxury to new heights – the forest canopy, to be specific. And, with a staff-to-guest ratio of two-to-one, it's hard not to feel like royalty at this haven, the only privately owned five-star hotel in the UK.

Smith Extra

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A half-bottle of champagne in your room and breakfast (usually £20 a head)

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

70, including 35 suites.

Check–Out

12 noon. Later check-out can be arranged, subject to availability and a charge.

Rates

Double rooms from $355.69 (£271), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next {dayrange} days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP325.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Continental (£21 a person) or Full English breakfast (£26 a person) are not included in the room rate.

Also

As well as the hefty catalogue of activities that Chewton Glen can arrange on site, the hotel can also organise shooting, fishing and sailing jaunts.

At the hotel

Nine-hole golf course, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, croquet lawn, mountain bike loan, jogging tracks, spa, gym, DVD/CD library. In-room amenities: flatscreen TV, B&O sound system, DVD/video player, iPod dock, minibar, free WiFi throughout.

Our favourite rooms

Request a contemporary room: we love the gorgeous Masterman Ready Suite with its artful combinations of antique and contemporary furniture and the panoramic garden views from the sun terrace. Room 21 – the Poachers Suite – is a refined classic-contemporary master suite with a private study, dressing room, pretty bronze mosaic tiles in the bathroom and slick double walk-in shower, as well as a wall-mounted bathroom TV. Or, take your holiday to new heights in one of the treehouse suites: accessed by a gangplank, the circular Loft Suites seemingly float, high the forest canopy. Admire foliage-framed views of the grounds from your hot tub on the hardwood private deck. These 85–87 sq m circular suites sleep two adults and up to four children in a double bedroom and galleried bunk area. Floor-to-ceiling windows let the light and views flood in, and the carpeted bedroom, wood-burning stove and underfloor heating ensure suites stay cosy. A large, freestanding bath with forest views steals the show in the marble-floored ensuite, and daily breakfast hampers are delivered to your door. Regular shuttles can transport you the 200–400m to and from the main hotel.

Poolside

With heated pools indoors and out, as well as Europe’s largest hydrotherapy pool in the spa, Chewton Glen is ideal for aquatic lounging. The large ozone-treated indoor pool, with its soft-blue sky-painted ceiling, offers great views of the gardens.

Packing tips

Beach towels and swimwear – the sea is only a short, countryside stroll away so pack a picnic and make an afternoon of it.

Also

Pets are not allowed, but the hotel is happy to sort out board at reputable kennels nearby. Call in advance if you intend to arrive via helicopter – there's only room for three on the helipad.

Children

Chewton Glen welcomes all ages. Babysitting can be arranged and there’s a Playstation and a cupboard of games.

Overview

Chewton Glen welcomes all ages. Babysitting can be arranged and there’s a Playstation and a cupboard of games.

Rates

More details

Continental (£21 a person) or Full English breakfast (£26 a person) are not included in the room rate.

Food and Drink

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At the hotel

Chewton's gorgeously grown-up five-roomed gastrodome (aka Vetiver) has a cosmopolitan menu serving guests whatever, whenever; whether you fancy a casual brunch or five-course, wine-matched tasting menu, it's all seasonally themed and skilfully produced by chef Andrew du Bourg and his brigade.

At the bar

A burgundy-walled, leather-armchaired, gentleman’s club of a hidey-hole, the hotel’s bar is the definitive brandy-and-cigars den (except it’s non-smoking these days; just the brandy, then).

Last orders

Last orders in Vetiver are 10pm. The bar offers food, drink and good cheer until there’s no one left to enjoy them.

Room service

Meals, snacks and drinks are available to enjoy in-room 24 hours a day.

Location

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Address
Chewton Glen
New Forest
BH23 5QL
Hampshire
United Kingdom

Planes

The closest international airport is Bournemouth, eight miles (a 20-minute drive) away. Southampton Airport is 22 miles away. Chewton Glen is 85 miles from London Heathrow and 90 miles from Gatwick (approximately two hours' drive each).

Trains

From London Waterloo, South West Trains (www.southwesttrains.co.uk) runs a direct service that will get you to New Milton station in an hour and 50 minutes. Jump in a cab and it's a short drive to the hotel.

Automobiles

The nearest motorways are the M3 and M27, and Chewton Glen is around two hours from London. If you’re not bringing your own wheels, the hotel offers both a chauffeur-driven service and vintage-car hire.

Worth getting out of bed for

For traditional English country pursuits, you've come to the right place. Guests at Chewton Glen can partake in clay pigeon shooting and archery in the hotel's sprawling grounds, as well as hands-on falconry, duck herding and gun dog handling. To see more of the grounds and the surrounding New Forest, try a treasure hunt, cycle tour or Apache buggy racing. You can take to the water at Lymington, 15 minutes from Chewtown Glen: the hotel's staff can arrange powerboat or sailing trips, adrenaline-pumping catamaran rides and luxury yacht charters.

Local cafés

The Beachcomber Café in Barton-on-Sea (01425 611599) is a sweet seaside family-run affair serving decent, honest home-cooked food (as well as scrummy Marshwood Vale ice-cream from the parlour next door.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Helen McNutt, Five-star fan

OK, I admit it – I didn’t even try not to fall in love. Gliding down Chewton Glen’s luxuriously long drive we caught our first heady glimpse across the beautiful lawns and knew we were in for a seriously good time. That mixture of five-star elegance, country-club atmosphere and edge-of-the-New-Forest setting was a formula I knew I wouldn’t be able to resist. Even so, I don’t think either of us expected to fall quite so head over heels with this boutique hotel in Hampshire.

Our weekend hideaway – an inviting amalgam of courtyard, flowers and warm brickwork –doesn’t seem overly imposing from the main entrance. But the second we step inside, we realise we are somewhere very special.

Chewton Glen is an 18th-century beautiful beast – and, with its refined air and formal elegance, it can’t help but exude that very particular type of Englishness that makes you wish you knew all the words to the national anthem. But this place is far too well bred to be stuffy or pretentious.

Post-check in, we pop along to the bar while we wait for our room. It’s very red, very plush and very clubby – with many ancient editions lining the wall (Captain Marryat wrote The Children of the New Forest while staying here). Such masculine, old school surroundings automatically make you feel that a stiff drink is in order. Gazing over the pristine lawn, we promise ourselves that as soon as we’ve dealt with our vodka tonics, we’ll have a game of croquet. The trouble is, the seemingly innocent squishy sofa swallows us up, and the damn thing holds us captive for two hours. There we are forced to remain; swapping stories about losing our virginity (I can’t believe that hasn’t come up until now), drinking more V&Ts to stave off dehydration – and very definitely not playing croquet.

The decor at this Hampshire boutique hotel may be traditional, but it’s freshened up with contemporary lighting, big, bold flower displays and acid-coloured cushions resting on delightfully upholstered armchairs (an effect so potent that one starts saying things like ‘delightfully upholstered armchairs’ quite unselfconsciously).

The front-of-house staff are unfailingly polite, but also rather quirky; as I swap my stilettos for flats, an older porter nods in sympathy and sighs that it is, indeed, hard work being stylish. When we finally get to our room, we question the wisdom of spending so much time out of it. It’s stunning. The bed is bigger than my whole bedroom at home, the secluded balcony has the most incredible view, the carpet is toe-sinkingly thick, and there’s a whole wall of mirrored wardrobes. This is pure, understated sumptuousness.

If this hotel is English with a capital E, then our bathroom is pure Americana. Bad-ass-MTV-pimp-my-crib-hip-hop-sextastic Americana, to be precise. It’s huge: nearly as big as the bedroom. There’s a party-sized shower, a TV in the wall, and a glut of Molton Brown goodies. Accompanied by a bottle of champagne, we watch music videos from our huge tub until both types of bubbles have disappeared.

We return from our naked state back into clothes, just in time for dinner. There’s something unnervingly sexy about country hotels of a certain standard who still request (politely) jackets for dinner. Mr Smith obliges, and so to the restaurant we head. Supper is worth dressing up for. On arrival we’re given the most delicious amuse-bouche (plump for the avocado morsels) before I polish off a succulent asparagus and artichoke salad, followed by pumpkin tortellini. Mr Smith is in some kind of lamb heaven; it’s so mouth-wateringly rich that he tries to tempt me out of 20 years of vegetarianism. I nearly give in. This is the type of dinner that makes you smile when you think about it afterwards.

At breakfast the next day, an old man at the table behind us booms away in the kind of voice that suggests he was once a ‘somebody’ in the army. He resolutely declares ‘this is the best toast I’ve ever had’. Quite. Many lazy hours later we take the woodland walk down through the hotel grounds to the beach, where we are confronted with another particularly English combination: sunburnt skin, too-tight swimwear and a retro ice-cream van.

We take our sticky mint choc-chip hands for a walk along the front to Barton on Sea and soon stumble across a cliff-top restaurant called the Beachcomber. They may not request a dinner jacket, but they do provide satisfying chip butties and chardonnay. Returning to the beach, we find a quiet spot and drift into a sea-induced slumber on the pebbles, joining the ranks of the slightly sunburnt ourselves.

This weekend has turned into a total food and wine fest – and indeed later that evening back at Chewton Glen, we find Richard, aka 'The Best Barman In The World'. (He’s got to be happy with that title, surely?) Discreet, passionate about his job and great company, he regales us with tales of old regulars, such as the male guest who lent a fledgling businesswoman four grand in return for half a per cent of her profits. She turned out to be the late Anita Roddick. He became rich enough to live six months of the year at Chewton Glen.

We couldn’t bolt from our boutique bolthole without pampering our souls at the spa. We laze around in the outdoor pool, loving the fact that waiters will hand you a glass of whatever you fancy without you even leaving the water. There’s an indoor pool, an outdoor Jacuzzi, a hydrotherapy spa pool with a high-tech make-any-kind-of-bubbles machine, saunas, steam rooms – and an exhaustive range of health and beauty treatments should you feel the need. I end up pleading with Mr Smith to get very rich, very quickly so that I can become a professional spa wife.

The hands on the clock do something peculiar at Chewton Glen: time disappears way too quickly. Tragically, it is soon time to leave – but not before every member of staff we pass has made sure we’ve had a lovely time. Gloriously romantic, this is a hotel I have been deprived of until this weekend. Now all I have to do is persuade Mr Smith to re-pack his dinner jacket and make a return visit soon.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Chewton Glen’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The grounds setting, the rooms, the attention to detail, the staff service, the food, the spa, all combine to make this a truly special place. It's not ranked no1 in the 'Hoteliers Hotels top 100' in the UK for nothing.

Don’t expect

Don't expect a cheap getaway - it's a luxury hotel with unflinching standards. It's for people that want that subtle excellence across the board - and are happy to pay a premium.

Rating

Stayed on 14 Jul 2016

We loved

Hydrotherapy pools, the spa treatments, the staff - always helpful, beautiful well tended grounds, proximity to New Forest, the food. Walk to beach from the hotel highly recommended

Don’t expect

Not cheap

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Stayed on 10 Jul 2016

We loved

The rooms - incredibly comfortable with great beds and lovely bathrooms. The Spa - good pool, gym, and hydrotherapy pools as well as great treatments. Fantastic New Forest Walks a short drive away. Walking distance to the beach.

Don’t expect

Lively nightlife.

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Stayed on 23 Jun 2016

We loved

Everything

Don’t expect

To want to leave

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Stayed on 20 Jun 2016

We loved

The welcoming staff, the stylish rooms, the delicious food, the wonderful gym and the relaxing spa. The beach walk is great. 10/10

Don’t expect

To be up after midnight...perfect for us!

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Stayed on 15 Jun 2016

We loved

Bedrooms and the deep pile carpets, reception staff and first class housekeeping. Pebble Beach is a good local restaurant.

Don’t expect

Good service from the restaurant.

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Stayed on 12 Jun 2016

We loved

The room, the food, the spa, the grounds (actually pretty much everything!) The Pig has a really good restaurant while the Montagu Arms is excellent.

Don’t expect

Lively nightlife. Also other restaurants are a fair drive away.

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Stayed on 26 May 2016

We loved

Every stay at Chewton Glen is a magical experience, this visit certainly fulfilled that expectation. The cliff walk at New Milton is stunning. 10/10

Don’t expect

Dont expect to be overwhelmed by the hotels formality. Chewton Glen make your stay the way you want it to be. Nothing is too much trouble.

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Stayed on 23 May 2016

We loved

Everything. The walk along the beach to Mudeford Bay. 10/10

Don’t expect

Nightlife

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Stayed on 2 May 2016

We loved

Standard of room/bathroom; grounds; spa; food; staff were attentive, but not over-bearing.

Don’t expect

Night life, thankfully!

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Stayed on 18 Apr 2016

We loved

The facilities: bikes, golf, tennis, spa / swimming, croquet. 9/10

Don’t expect

Partying

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Stayed on 8 Apr 2016

We loved

Everything about Chewton Glen is noteworthy. We loved our stay and can't wait to return.

Don’t expect

To be disappointed!

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Stayed on 6 Apr 2016

We loved

The beautiful hotel grounds, the easy walks to the coast (even with a pram). Excellent food and the light, bright conservatory for breakfast. Lovely decor luxurious, spacious rooms. Highcliffe castle is a pleasant walk away along the coast - worth a trip!

Don’t expect

The hotel to be as child-friendly as it claims to be! Limited hours when children are allowed in the pool or the restaurant which we found quite restrictive. Our spa appointment was also cancelled at the last minute so be prepared for disappointment. Service in the restaurant is not quite as 5 star as the food.

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Stayed on 29 Mar 2016

We loved

The room, grounds and food

Don’t expect

Lively atmosphere

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Stayed on 28 Mar 2016

We loved

The friendly staff who genuinely seem to want to please the guests at all times, the friendly atmosphere, the amenities, the pool and spa pool and the buffet in the pool area. 10/10 

Don’t expect

Very quiet sitting rooms, lots of young children there while we were there - probably because over Easter weekend

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Stayed on 25 Mar 2016

We loved

The location only 15 minute walk to the beach. The food was first rate. We are used to going to top notch London restaurant and the restaurant here didn't fail to impress. 10/10

Don’t expect

Couldn't fault it even though I was going with a little trepidation!

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Stayed on 19 Mar 2016

We loved

The spa, the walk to the beach and the Garden View room. Food is also great! 

Don’t expect

It to be cheap!

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Stayed on 3 Mar 2016

We loved

The spa treatments. The relaxing atmosphere of the hotel and the lovely dinner.

Don’t expect

To be entertained. This is a quiet traditional hotel.

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Stayed on 4 Feb 2016

We loved

The spa, the room, the grounds and the restaurant. Beautiful setting, huge room, great spa treatments and a top restaurant.

Don’t expect

Lively atmosphere or contemporary feel.

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Stayed on 12 Nov 2015

We loved

Comfort of the room

Don’t expect

Lively nights

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Stayed on 10 Nov 2015

We loved

The food! Slightly pricey (e.g. 17 for a club sandwich!) but totally flawless. We also had an exceptional bottle of wine with our dinner. The service was also exceptional - very helpful without being overbearing. There was a delay of about an hour of getting our bags to our room and the duty manager sent up a bottle of champagne to apologise which was totally unnecessary (but much appreciated). Can't wait to go back.

Don’t expect

It wasn't cheap but it was a lovely treat.

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Stayed on 7 Nov 2015

We loved

The service was outstanding. Have stayed around the world but Chewton Glen stands alone.

Don’t expect

Lively nights or lots of different restaurants. The room service menu is very limited, in my opinion.

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Stayed on 6 Nov 2015

We loved

The food and spa were great. We had two luxury facials which were very nice and very informative. Nearby, Koh Nia Thai restaurant in Christchurch was lovely.

Don’t expect

The price of food and drink. The spa hydrotherapy pool area seemed a little dated but clean and relaxing. The Roman pictures on the wall just not our taste!!

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Stayed on 27 Oct 2015

We loved

The hotel, the staff, the room.

Don’t expect

Peace from other people's children.

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Stayed on 26 Oct 2015

We loved

Lovely restaurant and bar. Seven out of 10.

Don’t expect

I didn't receive the champagne or chocolates that were part of my booking; after asking for them the champagne was added to the bill.

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Stayed on 17 Oct 2015

We loved

Everything. I didn't expect the beautiful grounds. The forest walk to the beach is a must.

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Stayed on 9 Oct 2015

We loved

Pure Luxury.

Don’t expect

Poor breakfast on last day.

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Stayed on 7 Sep 2015

We loved

Everything.

Don’t expect

To do anything for yourself.

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Stayed on 3 Sep 2015

We loved

The service and attention to detail was almost faultless. Ten out of 10. Nearby, the Oak Inn at Bank is a perfect alternative to the more formal restaurant at the hotel. But do book!

Don’t expect

I didn't expect the slightly archaic, but effective, DVD delivery to the room service.

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Stayed on 21 Aug 2015

We loved

The nibbles in the bar with the cocktails.

Don’t expect

The swimming pool to be warm. Even before the hydrotherapy pool it felt quite chilly.

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Stayed on 17 Aug 2015

We loved

Delicious food, especially the afternoon tea. Fantastic service, nothing is a problem for the staff.

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Stayed on 17 Aug 2015

We loved

The food was absolutely superb at every meal from breakfast to dinner. Every dish we had tasted super fresh, just inventive enough and was fabulously satisfying. The staff was wonderfully welcoming, extremely professional and seemed all delighted to work at Chewton Glen.

Don’t expect

Small trendy boutique. This is a big place with a slightly old fashion feel to it which is also part of its charm.

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Stayed on 10 Aug 2015

We loved

The staff. they were incred. The kids club was ace.

Don’t expect

To want to leave. ever.

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Stayed on 1 Aug 2015

We loved

Everything! The croquet lawn room was spacious enough for our young family of four, with huge walk-in-closet and bathroom. We loved having the double doors open and having the croquet lawn, putting green and children's garden right on our doorstep. Despite being a luxurious hotel, it was incredibly family friendly with a great kid's club, helpful staff and a dedicated children's buffet dinner (all at no extra charge). My hubby loved the golf course and played daily. I loved the spa! We would definitely go again.

Don’t expect

We honestly couldn't fault our 4 night stay, but if we were to be very pedantic, would say the service in the lounge rooms is a little slow. We were, however, compensated for our food taking too long with the drinks being omitted from the bill.

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Stayed on 27 Jul 2015

We loved

The quintessential country house feel of the place from the sweeping creaky staircase to the manicured croquet lawn. Find the gardeners patch, his sweetpeas are gorgeous.

Don’t expect

… to do anything for yourself, the staff to guest ratio is insane. I had a reaction to the water in the pool, nothing wrong with the water I'm just hopelessly sensitive to chemicals, the spa staff were very solicitous offering calming creams an ice pack.

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Stayed on 7 Jul 2015

We loved

Everything! The peace and quiet, the beautiful grounds, the comfort of the public rooms and bedrooms. The professional friendly staff. The spa. The food! CG oozes character and quirkiness. Eg, our room was called The Dog Fiend!

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Stayed on 27 Jun 2015

We loved

The service in the restaurant and the attentive but not overbearing staff; Marco (the Sommelier) was a joy.

Don’t expect

Prompt service in the bar in the evening - especially if you sit in the room furthest from it.

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Stayed on 20 Jun 2015

We loved

Everything was amazing, service, rooms, food. We were upgraded, which was fantastic; it was my sister's belated 40th and pre-baby weekend away. Definitely will revisit.

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Stayed on 17 Jun 2015

We loved

The service, and the setting - beautiful woodland, and so close to the beach. Nothing was too much trouble.

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Stayed on 26 May 2015

We loved

Unabashed luxury; quality of service; beautiful grounds; the restaurant.

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Stayed on 1 May 2015

We loved

The service. It's incredible. Nothing is too much trouble.

Don’t expect

As a vegetarian the evening menu is very limited. We had a very nice dinner on the first night but didnt go back on night 2 as there was only one option that was vegetarian. If they had a more 'bistro' style menu you could have with the family dining that would be perfect. The full on a la carte menu when you are chopping up fishfingers for your small people is a bit of a mis-match!

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Stayed on 6 Feb 2015

We loved

It pretty much had everything.

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Stayed on 19 Jan 2015

We loved

The truly professional service from beginning to end of our brief stay.

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Stayed on 6 Jan 2015

We loved

Service at the hotel was extraordinary; the staff really know how to make guests feel special. Thank you!

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Stayed on 5 Dec 2014

We loved

Facilities, staff, food and location.

Don’t expect

Cooler bedroom.

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Stayed on 26 Sep 2014