I was after a relaxing and luxurious break for my boyfriend’s 30th birthday and Chewton Glen certainly fit the bill. We had both come across the enviable treehouses in a number of very middle class Surrey magazine and various newspapers (including this one), but had always decided it was pricey for a night away. However, you only turn 30 once so I thought why not especially given that Chris’s birthday is 13th Feb so usually most places hike the prices but not Chewton Glen – thank god!
I booked the Treehouse Studio Suite which certainly was the height of luxury and nothing like anywhere we had ever stayed before! Booking was super easy and the reservations teams were prompt in coming back to me with my million and one questions! The team certainly went above and beyond in assisting with my requests to have balloons and cake delivered for Chris’s 30th and left these in the living room, with an extra Chewton Glen balloon which was a lovely touch. The following image is the treehouse opposite us.
Unfortunately the weather was horrendous which doesn’t lend to taking lovely pictures! The main hotel is beautiful, a long drive up from when you turn off from the main road before turning left into the circular drive with a wonderful fountain. The house is certainly grand and our messy red Ford Focus certainly felt embarrassed when the keys were taken off us for it to be parked up! Oops! As we arrived before the 3pm checkin time, we decided to sample the bar and its many many gin options. The bar staff were fabulous and talked me through the gin recommendations and offered an alternative when unfortunately, the one I had asked for was no longer available. Beautiful decor, attentive staff with a roaring log fire and we were already content!
Before we knew it we were being whisked over to the Treehouse suite in a golf buggy, how dare we think that we needed to walk from the main house. We whizzed past the main spa (which we unfortunately didn’t make it to as we were too content with the hot tub in the suite!), and dropped off outside the Treehouse entry. The entry to the studio suite (Beech) was shared with another suite, but we didn’t see or hear a peep from our neighbours, and from the children wellies outside and with it being half term that suited us! We were after peace and quiet!
The suite on entry was just breathtaking, glass fronted with a wooded view with the hot tub on the terrace and to the right the large bathroom. To the left was the kitchenette area with a fabulous coffee machine (and lots of gluten/dairy free snacks), SONOS music system and iPod dock (all hidden behind a screen) and up the corner, a log burner with lots of logs ready to go. To the front was the beautiful curved sofa, with coffee table and macaroons with the bed, and to the right a humongous bathroom that I think was probably bigger than our flat! The bathrooms contained twin sinks, a huge free standing bathroom with TV, seating area and large walk in shower. There was also a huge walk in wardrobe with shelving to hideaway those cases!
We made the most of the hot tub so that was pretty much our afternoon. I was a bit sneaky and took some prosecco to enjoy during the afternoon! The weather was pretty rubbish and it drizzled non stop but that made the hot tub seem like more of a treat, all misty around us!
Dinner was included in the package that I had booked, I opted for the more formal Dining Room which was lovely. We had a couple of drinks in the bar beforehand and then in for dinner. We had £60 per head to spend which did go a long way. We both had a starter and then chateaubriand for 2 which was beautiful. The waiting staff were excellent and were very accommodating of my intolerances, even providing gluten free bread and oil in place of the regular sourdough bread and butter – yummy! The deserts looked fabulous but we were both stuffed and couldn’t even think of eating anymore, so it was back on the buggy to the treehouse! The rest of the evening was spent enjoying the log fire and drinking wine – bliss!
Breakfast was served through a shoot that fed into a cupboard in the kitchen so we weren’t disturbed. The hamper was insulated so that it all remained chilled. The amount of food was unbelievable – waffles, pastries, smoked salmon, bread, cereals, jams, fruit, juices and muffins just to name a few, and all gluten and dairy free options for me! hooray!!
Unfortunately the weather remained horrendous so we weren’t able to make the most of the grounds or the 20mins walk to the beach. Checkout was at midday so we were able to make the most of the hot tub in the morning before we had our breakfast. The hot tub (and the weather)in the room was the main reason we didn’t venture to the spa, as to be honest we would have just hit the sauna and then hot tub! After we checked out we went and played a game of tennis in the indoor court, which was an extra £12 for one hour including racket hire. It was pretty cold even with the court being indoors but it was fun to have a game in the winter!
Following tennis we went for some lunch at The Kitchen, the more informal dining venue at Chewton Glen which is headed up by the celebrity chef James Martin. A wonderful open plan space, with the bar to the right, open kitchen to the front, dining area to the right and further ahead the cookery school. Outside the restaurant building is the vegetable patch that supplies the kitchen. We both went for the burger (mine with a gluten free bun) and fries which was excellent and just what we needed. We ate is so fast that there wasn’t even the chance to take a photo! A great end to a wonderful visit – just a shame about the weather!
Chetwon Glen is definitely a treat but well worth it! I’d even go as far as to say that the suite and hotel offers so much that we didn’t even get chance to get round it all, so an extra night would be my recommendation! As always, these are my opinions!