Exploring the New Forest this Summer
I recently discovered a haven of tranquillity whilst touring the Hampshire countryside. Set in the heart of the New Forest, Careys Manor Hotel and Spa boasts three superb restaurants, excellent facilities and a fantastic level of service from staff.
The elegant country house hotel and spa offers a friendly and tranquil environment, whilst being conveniently placed within an hour and a half from London and the M3 corridor only a stone’s throw away this is the perfect place for a short break. Perfect for business people like myself who travel a lot!
My stay began with a superb welcome and as I was travelling with my family we were taken on a guided tour so we understood what was on offer. With natural beauty as its backdrop Careys Manor is picturesque and steeped in 17th century history. It was principally used as a large hunting lodge and has hosted prestigious clientele such as Royals and Military Officials.
We were shown to one of the Oakwood Rooms, which is ideal for families such as mine of two adults and two children. The bedroom we enjoyed had a lovely outside garden which was perfect to enjoy as we were treated to great weather!
One of the most impressive factors about this hotel is the service. Every member of staff I met could not be more accommodating! Being a business woman and interior designer I tend to pick up on the attention to detail in places and here I was overwhelmed by the staff, from their presentation to manners and warm welcome.
Come 7.30pm we dined at Le Blaireau; what a fantastic restaurant this is. You can expect French cuisine in Hampshire, with locally sourced ingredients and the place itself is vibrant yet informal so prides itself on a relaxed atmosphere which I really like. We enjoyed the evening with fantastic steaks, fish and wines. There is also the new restaurant Cambium, serving more traditional dishes, further to the Thai restaurant set within SenSpa, so there is more than enough choice on site.
The SenSpa is an absolute must when visiting Careys Manor. The pool is incredible; beautifully lit and designed to create a unique sense of wellbeing. The spa is an authentic Thai spa with extensive 5 star facilities focusing on holistic wellness. There are some lovely treatments to take advantage of; the SenHarmony Face & Body in particular caught my eye and my daughter enjoyed a relaxing pedicure which she said was lovely! The spa products they use here rival the best, smelling absolutely amazing. SenSpa truly is a unique spa experience; a hidden gem within the New Forest. You can enjoy the finest treatments, immerse yourself in the sumptuous pool or enjoy the hydrotherapy benefits of the state of the art hydrotherapy facilities. I can see why this spa was a finalist in the World Luxury Spa Awards; even if you’re not staying in the hotel I highly recommend you pay it a visit.
The picturesque New Forest is a part of the English countryside I love. Whenever I am travelling I look for a sanctuary I can relax in, which also provides a great setting and facilities. Close by to Careys Manor you’ll find beautiful villages offering gastro pubs, restaurants, local produce and shopping. Therefore the country house hotel and spa provides a great base to explore the beautiful area and an indulgent treat for you and your loved ones.
First class hospitality, gorgeous dining and fantastic food, my stay was unforgettable and I look forward to my return!