Sorry it’s been a while, I have been majorly ill with first a horrid bout of flu then I got hit with the dreaded norovirus, not chic. This all comes at the time that I am helping my mother recover from having a hysterectomy. Although these are all first world problems you can understand why I have been trying to get her back to normality and wanted a break from everything. A break can do wonders; I feel like I have got my ducks in a row and am now excited for 2017! I have finally found the time for writing my novel and producing cool ‘blogger’ material. I have so many amazing things lined up this year! I thought I would share my recent visit to the beautiful Chewton Glen which is part of the Relais and Châteaux group. Relais & Châteaux is a global fellowship of individually owned and operated luxury hotels and restaurants. They always are a real oasis in the sea of corporate brands when you just need an utterly amazing bespoke experience, other favourites of mine from the collection include Cliveden House and Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.
I recently visited the Chewton Glen in the beautiful area of New Forest to meet my future in laws. I suppose in retrospect I shouldn’t have been surprised at how well we all get along. Although this was our families first meeting in this idyllic place, it gave us that warm comfortable feeling of close friends surrounded by its warm luxurious embrace, protected from the crisp cold of Winter. I even got to seefrolicking New Forest ponies, which was just so delightful. As we progressed up the winding drive suddenly we were transfixed by the view of this splendid quintessentially English country house hotel. Pulling up outside we were greeted by a calming fountain to ease myself & Sharmane’s motion sickness, the stress of the journey faded immediately away. The setting was very intimate as if we were stepping into to a friend’s private country house. The décor is plush and typically British colonial. It has an outstanding spa that I would love to come back and try with some girlfriends. The terraced garden is stunning and I can only imagine in Summer it is even more scenic than in Winter. All of us ate a wonderful Sunday lunch, I’ve sworn to avoid red meat so I was ecstatic to see a large selection of other options for Sunday lunch that are sadly missing from other establishments. I couldn’t resist ordering the oysters as an extra, unfortunately I found these were far too wonderful for me to keep them to myself with all the family diving in! This was followed by sea bream fillet and I finished with a lovely golden apple crumble with Tahitian vanilla ice cream. Other highlights from the menu include an outstanding duck leg confit and an exquisite roast cooked to perfection without sacrificing the quantity that the males in the family crave from a Sunday lunch. We went to one of the many beautiful lounges to sit and eat birthday cake for my fiancés father’s birthday. I urge anyone who needs a break from city life to come here! Hopefully by the next time I visit I’ll have set up my youtube channel to share it with you all via vlog. The outfit is all from Sandro! I kept my makeup very plain with a mild smokey grey eye using a Bobby Brown Palette.