Joe doesn’t get much holiday time and has been away from us a lot for the 6 nations. So we always like to make the most of it when we have time off together. I usually want to get out of the house for a change of scene because I’ve been at home doing our usual routine on my own. I booked for us to go and stay at one of the amazing treehouses at Chewton Glen to have some special family time and celebrate Joe earning his 50th cap for England the previous week.
The beast from the east typically decided to hit but we decided to ignore all warnings and travel anyway. this was probably a bit reckless of us. I’m sure at this point everyone is sick of weather but I can’t help myself. We really didn’t think the weather would be that bad and thought everyone was probably overreacting, This is England!? We also thought we would be fine in our 4×4. It snowed for our entire journey and although the majority of the roads were clear as we got closer the snow got heavier and he roads got worse. It was very scary and we had some terrifying moments. In hindsight we won’t be doing that again. We were so relived when we finally arrived and made it safely to Chewton Glen. we abandoned our car, feeling so relived to have made it in one piece and in a buggy to our beautiful treehouse in the snowy forest. It felt as though we were in Narnia, the snow really did make it magical.
The last time we came to stay at Chewton Glen was over 2 years ago and Blythe has no recollection of it. This time she loved it! We were welcomed with a beautiful display of treats and drinks. She had her own pair of slippers and dressing gown waiting for her in the bathroom which she was obsessed with! Her room was up a special set of book case stairs that you have to climb up to a loft room. There was a beautifully wrapped present ( a dominoes game) waiting for her on her bed. She couldn’t wait to head to the spa with her sippers and dressing gown for a swim in the pool. The pool is available for children to use between certain hours every day and because of the snow the whole spa was very quiet so we had it almost to ourselves. The hotel is really child friendly and really accommodates for families.
Blythe loved having our own hottub outside and kept telling us how beautiful it was in the snowy forest. She suggested we might swap her wendy house at home for a hottub of our own. We opted to stay cosy by the log burner and have room service which is delivered through a secret little hatch. They have great children’s options. Blythe had her meal and once she was tucked up in the loft we ordered our own room service which was incredible! I had a lobster curry!
A continental Breakfast arrives in the same way through the hatch and there is so much choice, you can also order hot options if you want to or go to breakfast in the main house but we love the novelty of having it delivered to us and making the most of being in a beautiful treehouse.
There’s loads to do in the New Forest, pony trekking beach walks, forest walks and Peppa pig world is really close by. Our original plan had been to head there for the day before travelling home but the snow meant that was off the cards luckily Blythe loved the treehouse so much she never mentioned peppa world!
The treehouses at Chewton Glen are definitely one of my favourite places to go in the uk. You feel like you have really ‘escaped’ I love feeling cut off and secluded with the ones I love most there’s something so special about it. I hope everyone kept safe and warm during the snow but I also hope you had some fun in it!
Love M x