Places to Visit

Top Hampshire Hotels for knackered parents

Got a child free night and want to go wild in a way only knackered parents can? Here’s some hotel recommendations to help you make the most of it as we all know it’ll be another 6 months before you’re able to find another willing babysitter (if it’s less you’re lucky or bribing someone!!). This is our carefully crafted list of the top 8 hotels that are within a short drive from home so less time travelling and more time spa-ing (yup just created a new word), drinking, eating and sleeping.

All are by personal recommendation or recommended by friends and I’d be sure to go back to them all. They all also feature spa and swimming facilities, enjoy!

Old Thorns Golf & Country Estate, Liphook

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A hotel close to my heart as it’s the one we stayed at on our wedding night (for that full story just ask me!). Also recently refurbished it boasts a new spa area, nice bedrooms and good dining options. Just off the A3 it’s easy to get to and situated in beautiful countryside.

Rooms from £90+ (weekend rates). You can get a spa retreat from £109 per person.

Spa – Newly refurbished with a big pool and jacuzzi.
Food & Drink  –  The Atrium, Kings Restaurant, Sports Bar and Afternoon Tea.
Swimming Pool  –  Indoor Pool, with jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.
Activities – Fitness, Spa and golf!
For more information and to book:

The Winchester Hotel & Spa, Winchester

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A stylish hotel perfect for a night away. In the centre of Winchester you can combine a spa break with a night on the town and even walk home afterwards.

Rooms from £90+ (weekend rates).  You can get a luxury spa break including dinner for £99 per person.

Spa – Big pool and jacuzzi.
Food & Drink – Hutton’s Brasserie and Gershwin’s Café Bar.
Activities – Fitness, Spa and Winchester!
For more information and to book:

Push the boat out…

The Goodwood Hotel, Chichester

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So technically not in Hampshire but only a short drive (am I allowed this one?) is The Goodwood Hotel. Set at the heart of the glorious 12,000 acre Goodwood Estate, it’s stylish and luxurious without being stuffy. We have stayed here on a wild child free night and it’s lovely! Big swimming pool complete with loungers to relax around, a spa with treatments (and you can get good packages online with spa treatments included) and really nice rooms. Restaurant and drinks were also excellent, think cocktails and steak!

Rooms from £150+ (weekend rates)

Spa – Yup, lovely (as in pictures above)
Food & Drink  –  Two choices – the Richmond Arms and The Bar & Grill.
Swimming Pool  –  Indoor Pool, with jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.
Activities – Fitness, Spa and golf!
Special Features: Goodwood itself! They host a lot of events throughout the year but even if quiet there is always something going on at the Motor Circuit to take a look at. Last year we did a helicopter ride courtesy of a Groupon cheapy so you could combine the two for a special visit.
For more information and to book:

Rhinefield House, The New Forest

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A personal favourite of mine is Rhinefield House. A perfect place for afternoon tea, Rhinefield House is like a magical secret, located deep within the New Forest. Serving up an awesome steak with cocktails, beautiful rooms and beautiful grounds! The only downside for me is the spa, although everything else is so lovely I wouldn’t let this put you off. You can also hire an apartment rather than a hotel room as part of the hotel is timeshares. We have done this and it was brilliant, you still get access to all the facilities including room service but have extra rooms to put the kids to bed.

Rooms from £200+ (weekend rates)

Spa – Yes
Food & Drink  –  The 2 AA Rosette restaurant The Armada is a fine dining restaurant and they also have The Grill Room and The Lounge Bar.
Swimming Pool  –  Indoor Pool, with jacuzzi.
Activities – It’s romantic 😉
For more information and to book:

Careys Manor, The New Forest

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The star of this hotel is the spa which is gorgeous! It’s nestled away in the historic trees of Brockenhurst and provides a sanctuary where you can unwind your mind, detox your soul and indulge your senses. A tip is to get a room in the old part of the building, it’s the only 4 poster bed we’ve ever had!

Rooms from £100+ (weekend rates)

Spa – Brilliant, with a special area (that does cost extra) that has another pool, sauna’s, steam rooms and funky showers.
Food & Drink  –  Three choices – fine dining, a traditional brasserie and a thai restaurant.
Swimming Pool  –  Indoor Pool, with jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.
Activities – Cycling, golf and spa,
For more information and to book:

Blow the whole bloody budget hotels!!

Four Seaons, Dogmersfield

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Be a Lady and take a trip to 21st century Downton Abbey. Lose yourself in the spa, restaurants or grounds.

Rooms from £250+ (weekend rates)

Spa – Wonderful spa located in the Hotel’s 18th-century stable block.
Food & Drink – Private dining at the Seasons restaurant, bistro style food and drinks at Bar 1086 or afternoon tea in The Library.
Swimming Pool  – A glass-covered indoor infinity pool and a heated outdoor vitality pool.
Activities – Love Downton? Whilst staying here you can travel back in time with an intimate, after-hours visit to Highclere Castle, one of England’s most beautiful Victorian castles and the filming location of the popular television series Downton Abbey. You’ll be driven to the castle in a Rolls-Royce for your behind-the-scenes tour of the opulent estate.
For more information and to book:

Chewton Glen, The New Forest

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Chewton Glen is the bees knees!  A beautiful and luxurious country house hotel and spa set in 130 acres of Hampshire countryside on the edge of the New Forest National Park. It’s also only 15 minutes walk from the sea in case you’re lucky enough to get some sun during your stay.

Voted ‘Best UK Holiday Hotel’ and listed as one of the ‘World’s Best Hotels’ by Conde Nast Traveller readers in 2014 it’s certainly worth blowing the budget for.

Rooms from £300+ (weekend rates)

Spa – Amazing! Chewton Glen Spa has been named the spa consumer’s favorite spa in the UK.
Food & Drink  –  The Dining Room, Private Dining, Afternoon Tea.
Private Hot Tub  –  Treehouse Hideaway Suites feature their own outdoor hot tubs.
Swimming Pool  –  Indoor and Outdoor Pools.
Activities – Golf, Mountain Biking, Walking.
Special Features: Every weekend and during the school holidays we have a wonderful hotel Children’s Club room available at our family friendly hotel in the New Forest. Complimentary for hotel guests in the morning and the afternoon, there is some supervised fun! They also go out of their way to make families feel at home with welcome activity packs, mini bath robes and slippers, children’s range of DVDs and playstations. <<I personally think this is awesome!
For more information and to book:

Lime Wood, The New Forest

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Lime Wood is a boutique country house hotel, that is set in the heart of the New Forest National Park (bit of a theme with these fancy ones). Stunningly beautiful this is sure to feel like a real treat and I’m jealous if you ever get to go, please don’t tell me about it! Friends have been, hence why it makes the list!

Rooms from £330+ (weekend rates)

Spa – Fabulous spa called The Herb House with a wide range of spa treatments of fitness sessions to choose from.
Food & Drink  –  HH & Co Restaurant, Wine Cellar, Private Dining, Afternoon Tea.
Swimming Pool  –  Indoor and Outdoor Pools and the fancy hot tub you can see in the pictures.
Activities – You can dine at the chef’s table, take a yoga class, visit the spa and go for bike rides, if you are feeling up to some activities. Shooting, sailing and horse riding are also available nearby for those of you who are particularly adventurous or who in fact want to reach a compromise – I’ll go to the spa, you can do sailing – both win (thumbs up emoji).
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Image credits – all the hotel websites for each hotel.

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