Get a peek inside: Chewton Glen treehouses

Chewton Glen treehouses for families


A penthouse is the tops, a beachside villa splendid, but there’s something special about a treehouse.

Looking out into the canopy from your perch as the foliage flutters against the sky — it’s natural, serene. Treehouse accommodation invites the child in all of us to come out. The treehouses at Chewton Glen hotel, nestled in the New Forest, also attract pamper-loving adults along with actual children, with their quirky and cool luxury spaces.

From the first time I saw pictures of the treehouses at Chewton Glen hotel, I knew I had to see them in person, so I was delighted that on a recent visit I got a tour from the general manager, Mark Bevan.

Chewton Glen is one of Hampshire’s best family-friendly hotels, a luxury country house hotel with activities ranging from croquet on the lawn to clay pigeon shooting to cooking classes at The Kitchen, it café and purpose-built cookery school.

See what the Kitchen and James Martin’s cookery school are like in my post on BritMums

Mark Bevan says some folks come and nest, barely seen by the staff (there’s a hatch through which room service can post your order). Some come in multi-family groups: the treehouses are built in duplexes, so you can take over an entire unit, leaving your front door open to a common entryway so the kids can run in and out between the two.

The Chewton Glen treehouses are so popular that the hotel is adding another in its 130 acres. You can see a lot of beauty shots of these treehouses on the Chewton Glen site and in press coverage. With these pictures I wanted to show what these accommodations look like on an actual walk-through.

Here’s an inside look:


walkway to Chewton Glen treehouse

Cross this walkway to reach your treehouse


sign to Maple Treehouse at Chewton Glen

I had a look round Maple


Chewton Glen treehouse sitting room

You enter a spacious sitting room with windows looking out onto the private balcony and the treetops


kitchenette at Chewton Glen

Beside the sitting area is a kitchenette for drinks and snacks. They deliver a breakfast hamper each morning


fireplace in Chewton Glen treehouse

Just past the kitchenette, you can build a fire and snuggle down to read or watch a film


sitting room at Chewton Glen treehouse

I love these twig decorations on the wall between the sitting area and master bedroom


view from master bedroom

How would you like to wake up to this in the morning? Yeah, me too.


bathtub in Chewton Glen treehouse

I love this deep modern bath, and the bathroom could practically double as another bedroom


stairs to loft bedroom at Chewton Glen treehouse

The stairs to the twin sleeping loft double as storage for holiday reading material


kids sleeping loft at Chewton Glen treehouse

Your little owls can roost in this sweet sleeping loft

pillow in Chewton Glen sleeping loft

Oversize cushion: Perfect for lounging, reading, playing games on the loft screen or mega pillow fights


hottube at Chewton Glen treehouse

On your private terrace there’s a hot tub, loungers and dining table. As the foliage grows and matures, it will provide even more of a visual screen


forest details at Chewton Glen

Tasteful forest details throughout the treehouses evoke their New Forest location


These Treehouse Loft Suites actually sleep up to 6, the Hideaway Suite versions sleep up to 3 and the Studio Suite is a romantic treehouse for 2. Having had a look in person, I can’t wait to go back and experience life among the trees.

Have you ever stayed in a treehouse, or at Chewton Glen? Leave a comment and let me know what you thought!


Disclosure: I visited Chewton Glen as a guest of the hotel, where I stayed in a Croquet Lawn Suite overlooking the lawn and the main building. My accommodation and meals were covered. All opinions are my own.


Suitcases and Sandcastles
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  1. July 25, 2017 / 8:36 am

    Oh my goodness, they are just perfect! I think I’d want to wait until the children were a bit older so it was actually relaxing though!

    • July 25, 2017 / 2:40 pm

      You’d definitely like to loll in that bed, at least past 6am!

  2. July 25, 2017 / 10:38 am

    Oh Jen, I have aways wanted to stay at Chewton Glen, you lucky thing!! It looks amazing! I love the bookshelf stairs.

    • July 25, 2017 / 2:39 pm

      Isn’t that just a clever little touch that shows they’ve thought about what it’s like to actually stay and enjoy a getaway here?

  3. July 25, 2017 / 12:58 pm

    Oh wow it looks idyllic there! Probably one for when my two are a bit older… or without them…!

  4. July 28, 2017 / 7:25 pm

    I really need to experience this for myself! My youngest son came home from school one day last year and announced he wanted to stay in one of the Chewton Glen treehouses. I love the woodturning stove – it makes them seem as cosy and comforting in the winter as well although I’d love to enjoy the hot tub and private terrace in warmer weather too. Thanks for sharing all the juicy details on #FarawayFiles

    • December 8, 2017 / 10:33 am

      Ha ha — what’s your son’s source? I think it’s great that they seem outfitted both for colder months and summer as well.

  5. July 29, 2017 / 1:55 pm

    I’ve never stayed in a treehouse type accommodation but am always reading about them bc I’m so curious, and this looks like it might be the nicest one I’ve seen! Very cool! #farawayfiles

    • December 8, 2017 / 10:34 am

      It is pretty luxurious. I didn’t actually get to sleep in this one, but just walking through made me want to unpack and stay a while.

  6. July 31, 2017 / 5:21 am

    These cabins look so glam, certainly not what I have always envisaged a treehouse would look like. I’d love to stay in one and hear the birds in the early morning and at sunset. #FarawayFiles

    • August 4, 2017 / 5:15 am

      What an evocative idea — listening to the birds while staring out into the canopy, your morning cup of tea in hand. *bliss* Thanks for commenting.

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