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History of the Hotel

Nestled on the fringe of the New Forest, Chewton Glen is an idyllic retreat with a sparkling history.

Historic documents suggest the luxury Country House Hotel & Spa was built in the early eighteenth century, with land and premises known as "Chewton Glen House" appearing in 1732. 

Its famous literary link threads through the decades and centuries. Capt. Frederick Marryat stayed for periods of the 1840's, gathering material for his famous novel "The Children of the New Forest". Clearly, the captain was inspired by the hotel's exquisite location on the edge of the New Forest, set upon 130 acres of beautiful grounds. Accordingly, many of the hotel's rooms are named after "The Children of the New Forest", and of the captain's other novels and characters. 

Between 1947 and 1967, Chewton Glen had three different owners. But it was the Duval family who first made Chewton Glen a hotel. No doubt its family-owned influence has sealed it as the family-friendly retreat it is today. The Skan family purchased it from the family in 1966 and transformed it into its current guise. 

The Skan family sold the hotel in 2007 to private owners who were previously long standing guests, with a long-standing love of the hotel.

Now, Chewton Glen continues to develop, winning countless national and international awards and accolades. From being an author's inspiring forest retreat to the "Best Country Hotel in the World", it has a captivating past, and an exciting future.