When I was writing this piece for my National Geographic Urban Insider blog, I realized that I never posted pictures of Chewton Glen, an iconic British hotel in Hampshire, England with gorgeous grounds, gardens, and rooms. It was an absolute whirlwind of a visit (less than 24 hours) but I fell madly in love and will go back, especially since they recently unveiled Treehouse Suites - think breakfast in a hamper and your own private balcony in the forest. My friend Hanna, who was living in England at the time, came and stayed with me and I was so tempted to cancel the next portion of my trip and catch up with Hanna for 3 days here.
The first thing I noticed were the green Hunter wellies lined up in the lobby. I wanted to throw on a pair and go on an English walk to the seaside, which was close, or go clay pigeon shooting. There are deliciously cozy corners of the lobby to sink into, fine dining at Vetiver (Hanna and I ate dinner there and then ordered dessert in our room), tennis, golf, a spa, and hiking trails. It really is the most beautiful country house hotel, privately owned and also part of Relais & Châteaux.