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Where Glamping Meets Your Childhood Dreams: Tree Houses at Chewton Glen

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  Site Where: New Milton, New Forest, Hampshire, United Kingdom
August 6, 2012 at 9:19 AM | by | Comment (1)

Whether you are visiting London and would like to experience the English countryside during your trip, or live in the city and need a weekend break, there is no shortage of quintessential country escapes within a few hours' drive that could fit the bill.

One of these is Chewton Glen, a very genteel country house hotel in Hampshire, about 90 miles outside of London, close to the New Forest National Park and the southwest coast. Think roaring log fires, interiors that mix traditional and modern (floral-print curtains and B&O sound systems, mahogany desks and flat-screen TVs in the bathroom), ivy covering the red brick facade, and a croquet lawn out front.

In addition to its 70 bedrooms and suites, ranging from entry-level "Bronze" rooms to the Marryat Suite, the hotel is now offering a different type of accommodation altogether in the form of six Tree House suites, nestled in a wooded valley across from the hotel.

Built on stilts among the trees and accessible via a gang plank, each Tree House has two suites, which can be combined if desired. Studio Suites are smallest, but still offer 61 sq m of open-plan floor space, with floor-to-ceiling windows, a king bed, seating area, and a terrace with outdoor hot tub 35 feet above the ground.

Loft Suites sound like a perfect escape for a family with (younger) children, with a galleried upper bunk level overlooking the living room of the suite. Hideaway Suites separate the living area from the bedroom by a covered glass walkway. Combine a Studio and a Loft Suite or a Loft Suite and a Hideaway Suite and you have your very own Private Tree House.

A small kitchenette in each suite and the daily breakfast hamper brought to your door means you can maximize your time high up in the canopy. All the facilities of the main hotel are a short walk or golf buggy ride away.

While we love the idea of hiding away in our own Tree House, we're not sure our bank account would enjoy the experience as much: Studio Suites start from £600-£700 (about $940-$1,100) a night, with a Private Tree House from £1,300-£1,900 (about $2,000-$3,000). Two-night minimum stays apply over weekends. Next to the description of the Tree Houses on its website, the hotel tempts with a 4-for-3 Summer Offer, but clicking through it turns out that Tree Houses are excluded. Rates in a Bronze room are moderately less expensive, starting from £280-£460 (about $440-$720).

[Images: Chewton Glen]

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Relaxing weekend

The place looks wonderful. This is perfect for people searching a relaxing weekend.

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