Summer fun in the treetops – let your kids release their inner Tarzan!
Chewton Glen has just celebrated the arrival of ‘The Beehive’, a fabulous new treehouse, which will become home to the hotel’s popular children’s club this summer. Thousands of lucky visitors have already had an opportunity to explore the remarkable treehouse at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, when it was opened by Strictly Come Dancing stars Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell.
Following its debut appearance, the Beehive has been transported to its new home in the grounds of Chewton Glen where it has just opened for play this July. Created in collaboration with Blue Forest, the world’s leading treehouse consultancy, the Beehive is a fantasy-like den that will sit playfully in its new woodland glade home and is guaranteed to become the place where childhood memories are created and treasured for a lifetime.
“Chewton Glen has evolved to become one of the best family friendly hotels in the UK and the Beehive will provide a fabulous experience for families staying at the hotel, it will be available every weekend and throughout the school holidays and we are certain that it is going to be a remarkable space for children to enjoy”, said Andrew Stembridge, Managing Director, Chewton Glen and Executive Director, Iconic Luxury Hotels.
The spacious treehouse is a celebration of wood and natural materials with all timber being sustainably certified, The Beehive is clad inside and out with sweet-smelling Western Red Cedar and all the windows and doors have been hand-made from European Oak. The support structure is constructed from treated softwood and, large bifold doors allow the light to flood into the children’s club from the large secured deck area, which provides additional play space.
Guests with an eye for detail will spot numerous bespoke touches, and an interior design scheme that has been inspired by the hotel’s quintessentially English garden setting. The Beehive’s vaulted ceiling is fitted with fibre optic lighting and cleverly designed seating provides plenty of storage space for games and puzzles, leaving a large circular play area for playtime.
The treehouse is complete with a kitchen area and safe storage with door handles in the shape of bees, and twig shaped coat hooks for keeping outdoor clothing tidy. A comfy reading nook has been created for story time and quiet play. This children’s sanctuary among the trees is accessed by two curved wooden staircases, with sturdy rope work handrails, to guide our little guests to their own Treehouse play den overlooking the children’s garden, which has been created by Estate Manager Darren Venables.
The Beehive team will keep the children entertained, whilst Mums and Dads enjoy some time together, knowing that their children are also having a fabulous time. Children will enjoy everything from painting and crafts, to puzzles and train-sets. Story-time, nature walks and treasure hunts plus plenty of supervised playtime – a real opportunity to get back to nature and create memories for a new generation of young Chewton Glen’s guests.
If you’re feeling tempted (we certainly are!), then to sweeten the deal when booking (beehive-honey-see?!), Chewton Glen are offering lucky SN members the chance for their kids to stay for free with entry to the kids club and all their fun activities! See offer here
Chewton Glen is a five-red star privately-owned luxury country house hotel, located on the edge of the ancient New Forest National Park in Hampshire and just a few minutes’ walk from the sea. Featuring an award-winning restaurant, world-class spa and leisure activities, luxurious accommodation and modern meeting facilities, the hotel has 72 individually designed bedrooms and suites including 14 tree-house suites, a nine-hole par three golf course, croquet lawn, indoor and outdoor tennis courts and a spa which has been voted the best in Europe and recently opened a purpose-built cookery school, bakery and informal restaurant in association with James Martin.
Blue Forest treehouse design and consultancy are also offering lucky SN readers £1,000 off a bespoke treehouse design here