The boy and I had the most amazing long weekend at the Chewton Glen.
As I said in my last post, a few weekends ago Nick and I took a trip to the New Forest. I booked the Chewton Glen through the Mr and Mrs Smith who I had never used to book a trip before but I have to say they were extremely helpful and I managed to get a really amazing deal.
If you tell anyone that you are going to the New Forest generally the Chewton Glen is the hotel that they will have heard of. It is a 5 red star hotel which essentially means it ticks all the boxes, it is luxurious but also very cosy and traditional at the same time. Exactly what I was looking for.
When we arrived we were told that our room had been upgraded to one of the croquet room suites, named because your windows look out on to the huge croquet lawn in the gardens. It was huge!
A complimentary bottle of champagne when you arrive is never a bad thing!
After we gulped down our champagne we decided to go for a little wonder around the grounds…
For those who left their wellies at home the hotel has it covered, Hunters in every size for you to borrow for your walks around the countryside.
We ended up spending the majority of our time by the pool and hydrotherapy pools as it was so relaxing and even if we didn't fancy a dip we snuggled down in our dressing gowns and fluffy towels with a good book and the hours just melted away. I even dosed off at one point, it was bliss.
The hotel is also home to one of the best fine dining restaurants in the region, The Vetiver restaurant. On the first night we tried their famous 7 courses tasting menu which was out of this world but their a la carte menu had everything you could possibly want as well.
I started with the twice baked Chewton Glen emmental soufflé. My theory for picking this was if the name of the restaurant or hotel is in the name of the dish it is bound to be good. It was more than good, this was a heavenly dish and I would go back on the basis of this alone.
For my main I went with the blue cheese and butternut squash risotto which was scrumptious.
Chewton Glen was everything I was looking for in a country get away to celebrate Nicks birthday, the staff their treated us so well we were really spoilt.
I can't wait to go back!