Hidden away at the bottom of the new forest, surrounded by 130 acres of luscious greenery, walled gardens growing fresh ingredients, buzzing beehives and a 9 hole golf course, you’ll find 12 magical tree-houses suspended 35 feet above the ground, belonging to Chewton Glen.
These tree-houses aren’t your usual wooden childhood play dens, propped up by someones father, oh no, they couldn’t be further from it. These were built with the utmost luxury in mind. A favourite get away spot for people like Zoella and Alfie Dayes.
We were picked up at reception in our own personal buggy to be driven to the secluded area where the tree-houses stand. Stroll across the elevated wooden walkway and enter your little piece of heaven!
Our suite had floor to ceiling windows offering the most amazing views over the New Forest plus a sweeping terrace with your own private hot tub.
We were staying in one of the Treehouse Loft Suits that sleeps up to 6 people, perfect for families as it has a separate secret bedroom upstairs, decked out for kids with bean bags, toys and even a PS3! As it was just Ed and I we didn’t really need the extra space, but its a great selling point.
Our personal Treehouse concierge showed us around, explaining how to use all the amazing features including our kitchenette, sky TV, wood burning fire (perfect for making the suits super cosy in the winter) and secret hatch for any room service you want to order without having to worry about seeing anyone. As soon as he had explained everything to us we jumped straight into our private hot tub with a glass of bubbly in hand. It was the perfect place for a little r&r.
Just in case we weren’t relaxed/pampered enough already in our beautiful suit, we were promptly picked up and whisked off to the breath taking spa.
We had an amazing massage each before heading to their hydrotherapy spa pool to soak the afternoon away.
Once we were done at the spa it was back to our treehouse for a quick outfit change and then over to the main hotel, via our personal buggy obviously, for cocktails on the patio before dinner at their Dining Room restaurant. The patio is the perfect mix of old and new with an incredible view over the croquet green in front and the new forest to the left.
The staff and service was simply incredible and as soon as our table was ready for dinner our cocktails were brought over and we began perusing the menu. I’m not even remotely exaggerating when I say I wanted everything! We opted to have some of their oysters as a little pre-starter, seeing as we were so close to the coast we couldn’t resist.
They were delish, despite me putting a little too much Tabasco on some of them! Then for our actual starters I had the incredible octopus carpaccio with tempura muscles and Ed had scallops with smoked eel. Both dishes were to die for. The quality and presentation of everything was simply stunning.
For main I couldn’t turn down their famous lobster red thai curry. Being a huge fan of both red thai curry and lobster I knew it would be a hit. Ed went for the lion of lamb with merguez sausage. Its safe to say we were both unbelievable impressed. The lobster curry has now ruined red thai curry for me forever! Its rather depressing knowing I wont be eating anything that incredible for a long time. The lamb was also delicious, the Moroccan flavours and spices ensured Ed was more than happy with his choice. It’s very clear that Head Chef Simon Addison and Executive Head Chef Luke Matthews have the most incredible eye for detail and knowledge of flavours.
As usual I was sufficiently stuffed by this point, but Ed always finds room for a pudding, which actually works perfectly for me because it means I get a mouthful or two!! He opted for the iced Chewton Glen honeycomb parfait, which unsurprisingly was also delicious.
Again, I can’t stress how fantastic the service was. Our waiter was constantly on hand with recommendations, anecdotes and historical titbits about Chewton. Once we were all done we moved to the bar to finish our wine before being driven back to our magical treehouse for one of the best nights sleep I’ve had in a while.
The following day we had a very lazy morning. Receiving our enormous breakfast hamper through the hatch meant that we could have potter around in our pyjamas and dressing gowns without the worry of having to answer the door. Our hamper honestly could have fed about 5 people! It had everything you could ever want inside, from fresh juices to pastries, smoked salmon and bagels to fresh fruit, home made jams and honey to individually packaged granola and cereals, it even had a whole french baguette in there! And that was only the cold bits!
Anything hot that you fancied, and I mean anything, you simply had to call reception and the kitchen would make it and send someone over to hand deliver it, or leave in the hatch!
AGAIN, everything was incredible. I ordered eggs benedict and Ed just asked for some scrambled eggs to go with the smoked salmon we had in our hamper.
We had a very chilled rest of the morning before sadly packing up all our bits and saying goodbye to our incredible treehouse. The fantastic concierge team were on hand again to take all our bits and pop them in the car ready for when we wanted to leave. We took a quick stroll through the beautiful walled gardens where Chewton grow all their own vegetables and herbs that are used in both their restaurants.
Before it was time to head off we had to try the brand new restaurant, The Kitchen.
A very, very different feel to The Dining Room, The Kitchen is more of a relaxed brasserie/bistro style. With options of sharing small plates, pizzas and burgers its perfect for families or people looking for still incredible gourmet food but with a much lower price point to The Dining Room. It essentially caters for everyone. They even offer cooking classes for any ambitious armature chefs out there. The perfect gift or day out if you’re looking for something a little different.
Ed and I, on the recommendation of our fabulous waitress, ordered 6 of the sharing plates between us. We had a rather random mix, but we wanted to try and bit of everything so it worked. We had the duck confit, sopley asparagus, smoked taramasalata, Cornish mussels with chorizo, thai crab risotto (because apparently I didn’t get enough thai the night before!) and the panzanella salad with British burrata.
Of course, everything was delicious and packed full of flavour, but the mussels were by far my favourite. Usually when I order mussels it’s in a french restaurant so they tend to come in a white wine and garlic sauce, but these were to die for. The rich tomatoey sauces was so moreish and the chorizo brought an incredible extra texture. The panzanella salad was also amazing. Super light and fresh which on a hot summers day like we had was just what we needed. I also usually love anything with burrata in it!
When we had finished up we just about had enough time for a quick game of croquet before checking out and driving home. When checking out we were even given a lovely little take away package for the drive home, 2 bottles of water and some homemade ginger shortbread, another amazing little touch by Chewton.
I really can’t stress just how incredible this place is. I appreciate that the price point for the treehouses is certainly up there, but if you’re looking for something really amazing for a special occasion and can justify the splurge, then do it! I promise you you wont regret it. Or if your budget really wont stretch (mine wouldn’t usually) the main hotel is much more reasonable and still just as beautiful.
*Our stay was complimentary but all thoughts and opinions are my own. I’d happily go back as a paying customer for all of it!