There are a number of Historic Houses to visit while enjoying your Stay on the South Coast at Chewton Glen. Among them are some of the finest Houses in Hampshire and the UK and all are within easy reach of the hotel and make the perfect day trip.
Osborne House - 15 minutes to Lymington Ferry, 30 minutes to the Isle of Wight, then 20 minutes to Osborne House - After her marriage to Prince Albert in 1840, Queen Victoria felt the need for a family residence in the country. To use her words, 'a place of one's own - quiet and retired'. Queen Victoria knew and liked the Isle of Wight after visiting as a child, and she and the Prince Consort were both determined to buy a property there. 'It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot,' wrote the Queen after a visit to Osborne House. In 1845 the royal couple purchased the property with an estate of 342 acres, plus the adjacent Barton Manor to house equerries and grooms and to serve as the home farm.
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Beaulieu Abbey - 25 Minutes from Chewton Glen - Beaulieu Abbey was founded in 1204 by Cistercian monks on land given to them by King John. Although much was destroyed at the time of the Dissolution of the Monasteries during the reign of Henry VIII, there is still much for visitors to see today.
The Domus, once the lay brothers' refectory, houses an exhibition of monastic life prior to the Abbey's purchase by Thomas Wriothesley, 1st Earl of Southampton in 1538. Visitors can view a series of modern embroidered wall hangings depicting scenes from medieval monastic life and the history of the Abbey since 1204. The Abbey Cloister is a place of tranquillity, planted with fragrant herbs.
In medieval times, when the Abbey was an important Cistercian monastery, the monks would have provided hospitality to visitors. Indeed, by the 15th century when the monks' numbers had dwindled, the Domus was adapted to accommodate important guests.
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Breamore House - 50 Minutes from Chewton Glen - The magnificent Manor House is set above the picturesque village of Breamore, overlooking the Avon Valley on the edge of the New Forest just north of Fordingbridge.
The House was completed in 1583 by the Dodington family, five years prior to the Spanish Armada. It was purchased in the early 18th century by Sir Edward Hulse, Baronet, M.D.,F.R.C.P., Physician in Ordinary at the Court of Queen Anne, King George I and George II.
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Broadlands - 50 Minutes from Chewton Glen - Broadlands, The home of Lord Mountbatten, has been a part of English history for centuries....home to statesmen and men of action....host to royalty and the brilliant, powerful and celebrated of their time.
Broadlands stands in spacious parkland in a landscape which is typically English. The River Test, one of the finest trout and salmon rivers in Europe, flows for over four miles through the Estate. However, few appreciate that the character of the English countryside is really shaped by man. 'Capability' Brown's dictum was that 'Nature abhors a straight line'. His skill in applying it can be seen in the views of the River Test. In Capability Brown's opinion, a house was a place in which to live comfortably. His influence here, and a measure of his genius, is the fact that with all its grandeur and Palladian elegance, Broadlands expresses a warmth that few other historic homes possess.
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Kingston Lacy - 1 hour from Chewton Glen - This Elegant country mansion with important collections, set in attractive formal gardens and extensive parkland is a National Trust Property. For more information on Kingston Lacey: Click Here
Wilton House - 1 hour from Chewton Glen - Is the home of the Earl of Pembroke. Unwrap over 460 years of history at Wilton House, where you will experience living history at its very best.
Take time to uncover its secrets as you wander through its magnificent rooms, marvel at its architecture, soak in its fine paintings or be swept off your feet by its spectacular gardens.
Wilton House is one of the Treasure Houses of England and whether you are a day visitor, group organiser, conference co-ordinator or event manager, you can be sure the house, its grounds, adventure playground and restaurant will promise an exciting and memorable day out.
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