Ben Ainslie is special guest as Chewton Glen in New Milton opens luxury lodges in the trees

Daily Echo: The luxury lodges opened at Chewton Glen The luxury lodges opened at Chewton Glen

GUESTS staying at a five-star hotel in the Hampshire countryside can now enjoy a taste of the high life – in more ways than one.

The Chewton Glen Hotel near New Milton has opened 12 luxury suites in six wooden lodges built on stilts.

Perched 20ft above the ground the romantic retreats offer the ultimate back-to-nature experience for those willing to pay £600 a night.

But as the price tag suggests the large, circular tree houses are regal as well as rustic.

Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the rooms with natural light and also provide guests with panoramic views of the surrounding woodland. The suites are also equipped with sun loungers and hot tubs.

However, the vaulted ceilings, log-burning stoves and large hardwood decks help them blend in with the surrounding treescape.

The official opening ceremony was suitably lavish, featuring fireworks and hot air balloon rides that enabled the 300 guests to view the woodland wonders from above.

Guest of honour was Lymington -based Ben Ainslie , the most successful sailor in Olympic history.

Chewton Glen’s managing director, Andrew Stembridge, said: “The inevitable restrictions of building in such a picturesque and secluded valley actually helped shape the design.

“Our strategy was to work hand in hand with ecologists, arboriculturists and the district council, and this ensured that everyone and everything was considered from the outset.

“Not a tree was felled nor a tree-root disturbed.

“Economically however the impact is massive. Last month we welcomed an additional 750 adults and 220 children to Chewton Glen because of the tree houses.”

Guests check in at the main hotel and then board a golf buggy for the short ride to the new facilities.

The suites have been built using sustainable materials and boast eco-friendly features such as solar panels, low energy lighting and rainwater harvesting.

Each suite has a small kitchen area where breakfast hampers are discreetly delivered in the morning via a secret hatchway without disturbing the guests.

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11:12am Sun 16 Sep 12

Sovietobserver says...

No mention of any Butlins style fun and entertainment for the campers though, a bit boring for £600 a night.
No mention of any Butlins style fun and entertainment for the campers though, a bit boring for £600 a night. Sovietobserver
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11:52am Sun 16 Sep 12

Torchie1 says...

Sovietobserver wrote:
No mention of any Butlins style fun and entertainment for the campers though, a bit boring for £600 a night.
It's only an observation but I don't think you are quite seeing the target market.
[quote][p][bold]Sovietobserver[/bold] wrote: No mention of any Butlins style fun and entertainment for the campers though, a bit boring for £600 a night.[/p][/quote]It's only an observation but I don't think you are quite seeing the target market. Torchie1
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12:18pm Sun 16 Sep 12

Stillness says...

"Back to nature"? That could be pushing it a bit lol.
"Back to nature"? That could be pushing it a bit lol. Stillness
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12:20pm Sun 16 Sep 12

Sovietobserver says...

Andrew Stembridge, said, 'The inevitable restrictions of building in such a picturesque and secluded valley actually helped shape the design', ...Yes, like the inevitable lack of mosquito nets for their campers using the outdoor hot tubs.
Andrew Stembridge, said, 'The inevitable restrictions of building in such a picturesque and secluded valley actually helped shape the design', ...Yes, like the inevitable lack of mosquito nets for their campers using the outdoor hot tubs. Sovietobserver
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12:21pm Sun 16 Sep 12

Stillness says...

I hope they have a view over the watering hole so that you get to watch the lions and the elephants who visit it. Oh well, the occasional squirrel and maybe, just maybe a hedgehog then.
I hope they have a view over the watering hole so that you get to watch the lions and the elephants who visit it. Oh well, the occasional squirrel and maybe, just maybe a hedgehog then. Stillness
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12:54pm Sun 16 Sep 12

Georgem says...

The Echo appears to slowly be turning into the back pages of 'Fiesta', with all these adverts for adult services.
The Echo appears to slowly be turning into the back pages of 'Fiesta', with all these adverts for adult services. Georgem
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1:07pm Sun 16 Sep 12

Sovietobserver says...

Quote, " Each suite has a small kitchen area where breakfast hampers are discreetly delivered in the morning via a small hatchway without disturbing guests".Are these campers, sorry guests , staying there to get a taste of old colonialistic fantasy or something ?
Will they get a kick out of some poor African pigmy on minimum wage crawling through a hatchway at 6am in the morning , balancing a plate of sizzling bacon, eggs , and beans on toast, on their head.
What do they get in the way of a souvenir for staying there for that money ? A free picture postcard of a rhinoceros perhaps with a caption Hi De Hi from tropical New Milton, wish you were here. No thanks !
Quote, " Each suite has a small kitchen area where breakfast hampers are discreetly delivered in the morning via a small hatchway without disturbing guests".Are these campers, sorry guests , staying there to get a taste of old colonialistic fantasy or something ? Will they get a kick out of some poor African pigmy on minimum wage crawling through a hatchway at 6am in the morning , balancing a plate of sizzling bacon, eggs , and beans on toast, on their head. What do they get in the way of a souvenir for staying there for that money ? A free picture postcard of a rhinoceros perhaps with a caption Hi De Hi from tropical New Milton, wish you were here. No thanks ! Sovietobserver
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1:14pm Sun 16 Sep 12

Maine Lobster says...

Just goes to show that there is an unaffected market for the wealthy. Expect your favourite merchant banker to be booking in soon.
Most us us will be worrying about the gas bill!
Just goes to show that there is an unaffected market for the wealthy. Expect your favourite merchant banker to be booking in soon. Most us us will be worrying about the gas bill! Maine Lobster
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1:33pm Sun 16 Sep 12

Georgem says...

Maine Lobster wrote:
Just goes to show that there is an unaffected market for the wealthy. Expect your favourite merchant banker to be booking in soon.
Most us us will be worrying about the gas bill!
You mean you weren't already aware that the word "wealthy" actually describes someone who can afford to spend money on luxuries? Weird. I thought everybody knew that.
[quote][p][bold]Maine Lobster[/bold] wrote: Just goes to show that there is an unaffected market for the wealthy. Expect your favourite merchant banker to be booking in soon. Most us us will be worrying about the gas bill![/p][/quote]You mean you weren't already aware that the word "wealthy" actually describes someone who can afford to spend money on luxuries? Weird. I thought everybody knew that. Georgem
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2:25pm Sun 16 Sep 12

Stillness says...

Georgem wrote:
The Echo appears to slowly be turning into the back pages of 'Fiesta', with all these adverts for adult services.
I'll have to take your word for that George ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Georgem[/bold] wrote: The Echo appears to slowly be turning into the back pages of 'Fiesta', with all these adverts for adult services.[/p][/quote]I'll have to take your word for that George ;-) Stillness
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2:27pm Sun 16 Sep 12

Georgem says...

Stillness wrote:
Georgem wrote:
The Echo appears to slowly be turning into the back pages of 'Fiesta', with all these adverts for adult services.
I'll have to take your word for that George ;-)
Err, I only read it for the articles.
[quote][p][bold]Stillness[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Georgem[/bold] wrote: The Echo appears to slowly be turning into the back pages of 'Fiesta', with all these adverts for adult services.[/p][/quote]I'll have to take your word for that George ;-)[/p][/quote]Err, I only read it for the articles. Georgem
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2:30pm Sun 16 Sep 12

Stillness says...

Maine Lobster wrote:
Just goes to show that there is an unaffected market for the wealthy. Expect your favourite merchant banker to be booking in soon.
Most us us will be worrying about the gas bill!
HEY!!!! It is not nice to go around calling people that, everybody does it.................O
h sorry, you said bankers. My mistake. I should have gone to specsavers.
[quote][p][bold]Maine Lobster[/bold] wrote: Just goes to show that there is an unaffected market for the wealthy. Expect your favourite merchant banker to be booking in soon. Most us us will be worrying about the gas bill![/p][/quote]HEY!!!! It is not nice to go around calling people that, everybody does it.................O h sorry, you said bankers. My mistake. I should have gone to specsavers. Stillness
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2:33pm Sun 16 Sep 12

Stillness says...

How the frig dose a wood burning stove help anything "blend in with the existing trees"?
How the frig dose a wood burning stove help anything "blend in with the existing trees"? Stillness
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6:15pm Sun 16 Sep 12

IronLady2010 says...

I must admit they look lovely. Now to find the money for a weeks stay!?!
I must admit they look lovely. Now to find the money for a weeks stay!?! IronLady2010
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6:43pm Sun 16 Sep 12

Stillness says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
I must admit they look lovely. Now to find the money for a weeks stay!?!
I'll start saving then :-)
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: I must admit they look lovely. Now to find the money for a weeks stay!?![/p][/quote]I'll start saving then :-) Stillness
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6:47pm Sun 16 Sep 12

cantthinkofone says...

Fiver says this turns out to be a total white elephant.
Fiver says this turns out to be a total white elephant. cantthinkofone
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12:35am Mon 17 Sep 12

Shoong says...

Maine Lobster wrote:
Just goes to show that there is an unaffected market for the wealthy. Expect your favourite merchant banker to be booking in soon.
Most us us will be worrying about the gas bill!
True, why should people who have worked hard to get where they are have holidays with a bit of a difference?

This blatant exhibition of relaxing should be nipped in the bud before anyone else can enjoy the fruits of their labours.
[quote][p][bold]Maine Lobster[/bold] wrote: Just goes to show that there is an unaffected market for the wealthy. Expect your favourite merchant banker to be booking in soon. Most us us will be worrying about the gas bill![/p][/quote]True, why should people who have worked hard to get where they are have holidays with a bit of a difference? This blatant exhibition of relaxing should be nipped in the bud before anyone else can enjoy the fruits of their labours. Shoong
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