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Why book direct?

Booking direct means that we can plan your stay from start to finish and ensure every part is the 5-star service you expect.

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Let's Go Wild at Chewton Glen!



Spot the astounding pride of Born Free Foundation bronze lions prowling the Chewton Glen grounds, created by the world-renowned creative artists Gillie and Marc (Love The Last). The sculptures are a celebration of Elsa the lioness, Born Free’s original inspiration and a continual symbol of hope for wildlife.

Discover the lions on the Chewton Glen estate

Seek out each member of the pride in their New Forest habitat; from Christian, the cub purchased from Harrods and successfully returned to the wild, to Makena, the Kenyan lioness living in the Born Free-protected Meru National Park, now with cubs of her own. Each unique lion on the trail has their own tale to tell, with a special affinity to Born Free; all are also available to purchase.

Use our map to explore the whole pride

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About the Artists

British and Australian artists, Gillie and Marc have been called “the most successful and prolific creators of public art in New York’s History” by the New York Times. Creating some of the world’s most innovative public sculptures, Gillie and Marc are redefining what public art should be, spreading messages of love, equality, and conservation around the world. Their highly coveted sculptures and paintings can be seen in art galleries and public sites in over 250 cities. They’re Archibald Prize Finalists and have won the Chianciano Biennale in Italy, together with winning 2 years in a row People’s Choice Award in Sydney’s Sculpture by the Sea, among many other notable awards and accolades.

Their art has raised hundreds of thousands in donations for the many wildlife charities and causes they support through their project Love The Last.

Gillie and Marc are based in both Sydney and London, sharing their time between their two countries of birth.

Find out more

Born Free Foundation

The Born Free Foundation is a wildlife charity that’s passionate about wild animal welfare and Compassionate Conservation. Founded by Dame Virginia McKenna DBE, Will Travers OBE and the late Bill Travers MBE in 1984, they work tirelessly to stop the exploitation and suffering of individual animals living in captivity or in the wild.

From the start, Born Free has campaigned for a future where animals and people can co-exist and where threatened and endangered species are protected for generations to come. To find out more visit www.bornfree.org.uk 

Born Free Package

Be a Part of The Adventure…

We are offering guests the chance to be part of the adventure at Chewton Glen and add another member to your pride with our Born Free package. Enjoy an overnight stay and adopt a Born Free lion, which includes adoption certificate and plush toy in your chosen room or suite.

 

These beautiful Born Free Foundation bronze lions seen across our grounds are now available to purchase and take home. If you're interested in purchasing one yourself, simply follow the link below.

We can't wait to see your pictures of these wonderful lions in their new forever home – don’t forget to tag @chewtonglen when posting your pics on social media, too!