Need to know
Seventy, including 35 suites.
Noon. Later check-out can be arranged, subject to availability and a charge.
Double rooms from $339.84 (£271), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Continental (£21 a person) or Full English breakfast (£26 a person) are not included in the room rate.
Pick up some skills in the Kitchen’s Cookery School; your day will start with coffee, freshly-baked pastries and a stroll around the gardens, before you settle into your cooking workstation. Learn the how-to’s of bread-baking, crafting seasonal treats, cooking up impressive dinner-party fare and more. There’s even chocolate-crafting, celebrity chef courses, and classes especially for aspiring young chefs. Most courses run all day, and prices start from £185 (including refreshments, lunch, all equipment and ingredients).
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: flatscreen TV, 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.
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.
The Spa is just minutes from the seaside and channels the coastal calm. Inside, there’s a 17-metre swimming pool, a hydrotherapy spa pool, cold drench showers, aromatherapy saunas and steam rooms; there’s also an outdoor whirlpool. Face and body treatments include a range of soothing massages, including classic Swedish and hot stone massage; there are also body treatments, including full body scrubs and holistic Kundalini and aromatherapy treatments. You can also book pampering for two in one of the spa’s double treatment rooms.
Beach towels and swimwear – the sea is only a short, countryside stroll away so pack a picnic and make an afternoon of it.
Call in advance if you intend to arrive via helicopter – there's only room for three on the helipad.
Dogs can stay in the Treehouse rooms for £35 each a night. See more pet-friendly hotels in Hampshire.
All ages are welcome. Under-5s stay free; children aged six to 16 stay on a sofabed or extra bed for £20 a night; each extra adult (aged 17 or over) stays for £60 a night. Babysitting can be arranged and there’s a Playstation and a cupboard of games.
There's plenty to keep children occupied, with indoor and outdoor play areas, a dedicated children's club and a host of child-friendly activities – both on and off site.
Extra beds can be added for an additional cost (it's slightly more expensive outside school holidays). Contact the travel team for details.
Chewton Glen's children's club keeps littles entertained with supervised fun activities – including painting, puzzles, story-time, toys, games and more – in the mornings and afternoons, every weekend and during the school holidays. Pre-booking is essential since sessions fill up quickly. Family-friendly activities abound; take a walk (or a pony trek) around the New Forest or make your way to the nearby seaside, for a spot of splashing in the surf and picnics on the beach. There's also an onsite outdoor play area and a Bug Hotel. Nature-loving littles may also enjoy nearby Marwell Zoo or the New Forest Otter, Owl and Wildlife Conservation Park.
Children are welcome into the indoor pool every day from 9am to 10.30am and from 4pm to 5.30pm. Families are also welcome to use the heated outdoor pool all day, from March through October.
There's all-day family-friendly dining, with a children's menu and a lounge menu available throughout the day, and a 24-hour room service menu with a selection of drinks and light bites. During school holidays, a children's buffet supper (£10 a child, free for under-fives) is served in The Lake Suite from 6pm to 7pm.
Babysitting can be arranged.