Tree House – Hotel & Leisure
Form Of Contract: Design
Blue Forest were approached by Chewton Glen to assist with the design of six distinctive, luxurious and sustainable tree house suites to be built within a woodland area of the hotel grounds.
The design brief was to provide additional accommodation for the hotel that was more focused on the family market, create a unique visitor experience and be as environmentally friendly as possible. The tree house suites have a natural organic shape, which maximises the relationship between the inside spaces and their natural woodland setting.
A wonderfully luxurious place for guests to relax and unwind…
Each of the Chewton Glen tree house suites are supported on stilts and accessed from the woodland via a decked walkway. The open balcony on the western side of the tree houses provide excellent views over the valley and the natural surroundings, including the Chewton Bunny Stream. The tree houses are predominantly oriented towards the west due to the natural orientation of the valley and the need to take advantage of solar gain (radiant heat produced from the sunshine). Although the tree houses are situated among the trees, they are positioned sensitively to be independent of the tree trunks and canopies.
“The look and feel will be that of a ‘lily pad’ floating in the Chewton Bunny valley, which runs down to the Solent coast…The Blue Forest Scheme was innovative from the outset and was particularly desirable because it was so unique and appealing to a number of markets.” – Chewton Glen’s managing director, Andrew Stembridge.
Externally the tree houses have a simple, rustic woodland appearance, coupled with high quality detailing and innovative craftsmanship to produce the uppermost level of finish, in keeping with the hotel’s world-class reputation. This appearance is achieved through the heavy use of locally sourced and natural materials, ensuring that the structures blend in seamlessly with their surroundings.
Furnished to the highest of standards…
The tree house suites are supported using a system of ‘lightweight’ supporting pillars, which minimise the building’s physical presence. Despite the low impact of the scheme in terms of physical works proposed, a comprehensive mitigation strategy was completed to ensure the likelihood of causing harm to the surround flora, fauna and wildlife habitat was as low as possible.
The scheme re-defines the traditional image of a country-house hotel, forming an essential element of the hotel’s need to re-brand and diversify its business to respond to a changing economic environment. As well as giving Chewton Glen a new story they conjure a sense of excitement and adventure and will ensure that the hotel continues to be the “jewel in the crown” of the New Forest. The new tree house suites have captured the imagination of the design & travel industries both in the UK and internationally winning the Bloomberg International Hotel Awards in the categories of Best Hotel Architecture & Best Small Hotel Construction & Design.
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What To Do:
Set within 130 acres of beautiful gardens, Chewton Glen has a wonderful selection of activities to take advantage of, including walking, jogging, mountain biking trails, a 9 hole par 3 golf course, tennis courts, a croquet lawn, clay pigeon shooting, falconry and motorised sports.
The surrounding area of Hampshire and the New Forest boasts an extensive collection of additional facilities within a short distance of the hotel grounds – popular choices are an afternoon horse riding or a spot of off-road driving. As the hotel is within a few minutes’ walk of the sea, guests can also arrange sailing, power boating, fishing and kayaking excursions.
Private spa treatments are available for tree house guests.
How To Get There:
Chewton Glen is 90 minutes away from Central London by car and 1 hr 45 mins from Heathrow Airport. A chauffeur service is available to arrange on booking.
A number of tree house suites are available including double suites and sleeping lofts.
Each suite has a compact kitchenette including a coffee machine and wine cooler, and a daily breakfast hamper is delivered to you.
Marble floor, large free standing bath with views to the forest, bespoke walk-in shower, flat screen TV, his ‘n’ hers basins.
Ample parking is available for guests. Access to the tree house from the hotel is either by foot or by golf buggy.
Outdoor hot tub. Comfortable seating areas on the terrace deck.
Flat screen TV in sitting room and bedroom with Sky and DVD player. Ruark A4 with Bluetooth connectivity to a third party device, iPod docking stations.