Christmas at the Chewton Glen
Prepare for the festivities, great alternative gifts and the ultimate way to spoil loved ones in style!
The benefits of New Forest living are unparalleled and it's easy for those of us who live here to take some of them for granted. They include of course a wonderful selection of excellent places to stay and eat, of which having recently been named Hotel of the Year at the 2019 AA Hospitality Awards, world famous five-star Chewton Glen Hotel arguably now takes the crown.
Driving past it's easy to miss this very accessible Country House Hotel, set slightly back from the road in 130 magnificent acres between forest and coast. Yet from the moment you park and approach the beautiful entrance you'll be welcomed with genuine warmth before going on to explore what's within. And with an award-winning restaurant, luxurious spa and fitness facilities, golf course, croquet lawn and tennis courts and even a celebrity endorsed cookery school and entertaining workshops for children too, Chewton Glen has much to offer all year round.
As Christmas approaches, a new level is reached as a veritable winter wonderland opens up, beckoning you to celebrate the festive season in convivial atmosphere and luxurious yet still informal and comfortable surroundings. So whether you're simply seeking time out to relax with family, planning a party with colleagues or friends or even searching for a special gift, all this is on offer: read on!
Festive Cookery Courses at The Kitchen Cookery School
If you're looking for an original way to celebrate with friends, family or colleagues in the run up to Christmas, look no further! The Kitchen Cookery School at Chewton Glen has a brilliant range of festive cookery days where you can perfect your culinary skills and enjoy a delicious lunch with wine.
The cookery courses are also ideal if you're feeling overwhelmed by Christmas, or a little 'stuck in a rut' with your recipes (like me!) - treat yourself to a relaxing and funpacked day out learning something new.
The courses on offer are totally mouthwatering! Festive Baking (on 28 November) will teach you all about game pie, chocolate yule log, crumble muffins and several festive breads, whilst Festive Breads (on 3 December) will guide you through a selection of flavoursome breads and brioches, avoiding 'soggy bottoms' at all costs!
Learn how to create an incredible spread with Festive Cooking (on 5 December), such as spiced salmon, curried scallop soup and bruléed eggnog tartlets. And delight your guests with the perfect parfait and the most delicious of panefortes at Festive Desserts (on 7 December).
Meanwhile Festive Knife Skills & Carving (on 14 December) will teach you how to carve, slice and dice like a professional.
And for something really special, there's Christmas Cookery with Mich Turner MBE (on 19 December). Founder of Little Venice Cake Company, multi-award winning Mich is described as the 'Queen of Couture Cakes.' The day includes learning how to bake her crumble mince pies (a twist on the classic but apparently easy to bake and seriously delicious), plus perfecting and practising your piping techniques on a gingerbread house and wreaths.
The regular Junior Chef and Teen Chef half day classes are perfectly timed to inspire the kids with festive bakes during the Christmas Holidays (on 21 and 28 December) and include making Christmassy delights such as meringue snowmen, chestnut and chocolate truffles, stained glass window biscuits and chocolate dipped honeycomb.
Add Spa'rkle to your step this Christmas at The Spa
The award winning spa and country club at Chewton Glen is a great place to relax, unwind and prepare yourself for (or escape from!) the festivities.
The minute you glide up the sweeping driveway towards Chewton Glen, you'll feel the worries of Christmas float away. The Spa is a glorious haven of peace and tranquility - all you need to replenish your mind and body, with hydrotherapy pool, aromatherapy saunas, crystal steam rooms, nail studio and treatment and holistic therapy rooms.
Available throughout November and December, the 'Spa'rkle Spa Day' gives you the opportunity to enjoy fitness, dance aerobic classes as well as the spa and leisure facilities. You'll enjoy breakfast in the pool bar, selected refreshments throughout the day, buffet lunch with a glass of fizz and your choice of two 25 minute treatments. In other words a day of bliss to recoup and recharge - which lends itself perfectly, of course, to a fabulous day out with special friends!
If you can't get away for a full day, try instead the 'Spa'rkle Evening' which will provide you with a five hour escape with fizz at the spa and leisure facilities and still includes two heavenly 25 minute treatments.
And with both 'Spa'rkles' available until the end of December they also lend themselves to being a wonderful Christmas gift...
Celebrate Christmas at the Chewton Glen
From Saturday 30 November until Christmas Eve, enjoy a festive meal in The Dining Room at Chewton Glen. Many of the ingredients used by Head Chef Simon Addison, Executive Head Chef Luke Matthews and their talented team have travelled less than 100 yards from the Chewton Glen's own kitchen garden.
Gather family, friends and colleagues for a relaxed festive lunch, which includes three tempting courses plus tea, coffee and mince pies to finish or for an impressive festive five-course dinner, which includes a glass of fizz on arrival and concludes with tea, coffee and spiced macarons.
Alternatively, enjoy a festive traditional afternoon tea including a glass of Sipsmith London Cup gin and quinessentially English spread with a Christmassy twist - such as chocolate and chestnut bouche noelle, cinnamon and golden sultana scones and turkey, cranberry and chestnut stuffing sandwiches.
At The Kitchen more informal festive lunches and dinners are available from Saturday 30 November until Monday 23 December
The Christmas Day menu at The Kitchen centres around a sharing platter of tapas treats for all to dip into, as well as all the trimmings for lunch with the family. Enjoy a glass of Champagne on arrival followed by bread and olives, tapas starters for all to share, a main course, dessert and coffee with mince pies.
Escape for Christmas...
Those looking for a true escape will take delight in the three night Christmas House Party at Chewton Glen from Christmas Eve until Friday 27 December, which promises everything you would ever wish for at Christmas including carols, all meals and of course exceptional service and beautiful surroundings!
The perfect gift for Christmas and other special occasions
If you know anyone who's particularly tricky to buy for, then the gift of an experience is the perfect solution. The Chewton Glen has an impressive selection of Gift Vouchers, all easily available to purchase online - and importantly to suit all budgets (monetary vouchers start at £10).
Consider for example giving a mouthwatering traditional English Afternoon Tea in the luxury of The Dining Room overlooking the beautiful gardens or a relaxing day enjoying a treatment and the tranquil luxury at The Spa.
Others will be delighted with a 'Dine and Nine' voucher - a round of golf on the par three nine hole course followed by a three course Estate menu lunch in The Dining Room, designed to reflect the changing seasons and produce available within the hotel grounds.
For something a little different, take a look at all the cookery courses available all year round at The Kitchen at Chewton Glen: from learning how to create Curries from around the World, to the Perfect Pad Thai, the Perfect Risotto and Classic Desserts, there really is something for everyone - including courses with celebrity chefs. Children and Teens are catered for as well, with regular half day courses that will undoubtably inspire!
Busy couples will delight in a the gift of time out together, relaxing on an overnight break of pure indulgence at Chewton Glen including full English breakfast for two, full use of The Spa facilities and of course time to explore the expansive 130 acres of majestic grounds.
The Gift of Membership
For those of us lucky enough to live nearby in the New Forest area, membership of the Chewton Glen Country Club and Spa would also make the ultimate gift for someone special.
Tennis Membership gives access to two indoor and two outdoor courts, LTA professionals, varied social events and competitions.
Flex and Fit members have full use of the award winning spa facilities, guest passes plus a Privilege Card which amongst other things gives discounts on food and drink, spa treatments, retail products and special events.
Meanwhile Country Club Membership provides use of the idyllic and indulgent facilities at the Country Club and Spa, along with guest passes and the Privilege Card.