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The sweeping balcony with its 180-degree view and Villeroy & Boch Jacuzzi (just in case you needed an even more dramatic viewing spot) is quite something to behold. Needless to say, our kids immediately raced over to the edge to peer down – thankfully the decked terrace is cleverly wrapped in sturdy safety glass, allowing small noses to be pressed right up against it for uninterrupted views without a worry.
Always the first thing my wife looks at, the bathroom, turns out to be just wonderful with a beautiful freestanding half-egg shaped bath and voluptuous curved shower area with rainfall shower head. There was a large vase holding freshly-cut small oak branches to gently remind you it’s not any old luxury suite you’re staying in. The kids also loved the so-called ‘monkey staircase’ (double-staggered steps that rise with a step to the left then to the right, rather than consecutive steps) that took them up to their lofty bunk den.
With all the necessary kit in the kitchen and an exciting breakfast picnic delivered in a hamper through a secret butler hatch, you can help yourself when you wake up, rather than having to deal with the ceremony of wheeled-in trolleys and complex nappery in your suite. (Dinner, snacks etc. can be ordered through ‘tree service’ on your in-room tablet device – modern tree living, this is).
We loved our terrace and view so much we decided to dine-in, despite concerns that the food would not travel well all that distance from the main house kitchen; any qualms were crushed when we started to dig into the array of fantastic dishes that chef Luke Matthews had cleverly designed specially for the other branch (sorry) of guest dwellings – dinner was divine. So what with the swimming pools in the main house (plus an outdoor one hotter than my bath at home in season), activities galore and the very-well-conceived kids’ tea (buffet-style, so no tantrum-inducing wait for food), Chewton Glen goes go to the top of the tree for a return visit from this family.