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When looking to escape the strains of everyday living, only the best will do.
Here, the Square Meal team chooses its lucky seven boltholes to do just that
Chewton Glen Treehouses
PERFECT FOR ADVENTURE
The lowdown: Tucked away in the woodland of refined country hotel
Chewton Glen, a small cluster of smart buildings hover in the air. Cross
the floating walkway, step through the door, and you're immediately…
outside again. The treehouse suites that opened a year ago allow fans
of the great outdoors to get up close and personal with nature whilst
living in the utmost luxury. The stunning Hideaway Suite boasts a large
living area and terrace with private hot tub, while a glass-walled corridor
leading to the bedroom offers armchairs for you to admire the view.
Activities to indulge in: Be as insular or outgoing as you prefer. Hole
up in the seclusion of your suite and book an in-room spa treatment
where the therapists come to you, have breakfast dropped off in a
hamper through a secret hatch, watch DVDs from the comfort of your
large sofa or soak in your hot tub under the stars. If you're feeling more
active, head for the spa with its beautiful hydrotherapy pool or leave
the grounds to meander down to Highcliffe Beach through nearby
Chewton Bunny nature reserve, and even book a lesson with a local surf
school (crazywatersurfschool.co.uk). Sociable diners should head down
to restaurant Vetiver early and have a game of croquet or play on the
putting green while enjoying an aperitif or two.
The damage: Treehouse Studio Suites are available from £750 per night,
Hideaway Suites from £1,250 per night including breakfast.
Laura Foster, assistant editor