All week we'll be running a special report on our trip to visit luxury hotels in London and beyond. We've already taken a look at Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa in the English countryside -- here's a peek at a property that's perfect for devotees of Jane Austen.
Luxury Travel Advisor recently attended a FAM trip to England and visited England's prime destinations, including Bath Wiltshire, London and more. We love the city along the Thames, but we have also fallen in love with England’s countryside. We’ve rounded up the destinations and hotels worth a visit on your next trip to Britain.
This luxury country house in New Forest Hampshire is the ideal place to stay if guests are looking for a mix of English heritage and modern touches. This is also the prime hotel for guests cruising from South Hampton — it’s just a 30-minute drive from the docks. We suggest ending your cruise vacation at Chewton Glen, because it’s the perfect place to unwind and relax at before heading home.
As for accommodations, there are multiple options and no two rooms are the same. The Croquet Lawn rooms were refurbished at the end of last year and come with either a balcony or private terrace. Both have their appeal, but if you’re traveling with children we suggest the terrace for optimal space. These rooms also come with a separate shower and bath. Another accommodation option is the Marryat Suite (the largest suite in the actual hotel). This suite is on the first floor and has sitting area; a large private balcony terrace and can sleep four easily. Fun Tip: The balcony terrace can be used as a cocktail hour location.
For those looking for privacy, lots of space and an added touch of luxury, the Treehouses are a must (these are the largest accommodations). There are six Treehouse “pods” set away from the main property and surrounded by trees, of course. Each “pod” has both a six-person and a two-person suite. Yes, it is possible to request both suites to make one giant accommodation. The six-person suite (see video) has a living room, bedroom, large bath with tub and shower and a deck with a hot tub. Kids will love this suite's ladder that leads to the second floor, which has twin beds.
While at Chewton be sure to take advantage of the natural landscape. There is a golf course, indoor and heated outdoor pool, bikes and more. We suggest taking the short 15-minute walk to the beach, where the Isle of Wight is visible in the distance.
Added touch: If the rain rolls in, there are complementary Hunter rain boots and umbrellas guests can borrow at the hotel’s front door. After a day at the 135-acre resort, enjoy a meal in the dining room. The dish that can’t be missed is the Chewton Glen Twice-Baked Emmental Soufflé.
The Life of Jane Austen
While staying at Chewton, learn a bit about one of England’s most famous writers, Jane Austen. First, visit Winchester, once the principal capital of England. Here you will be able to see the house where Jane lived towards the end of her life. She died of an unknown illness in 1817 and came to Winchester to seek treatment. Travelers can take photos of the yellow home, but it is now a private residence so travelers can't go inside. Next, head over to Winchester Cathedral, where Jane is buried. The cathedral also houses the Winchester bible, which dates back to the 12th century.
The best place to learn about Jane Austen is in Chawton — a short drive from Winchester and Chewton. Once in Chawton you will get a sense of Jane’s life and can visit her once-primary home. The brick home is now a museum and houses the actual desk where Jane wrote. Before leaving Chawton, take a stroll around and enjoy the scenic streets. Maybe you’ll even get a little inspiration of your own.
|Jane Austen's Home in Chawton|
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