Set on the south coast, on the edge of the New Forest National Park, this country house hotel and spa is a true English classic. With 58 decadent rooms and suites, a three AA rosette restaurant, a lavish spa and 130 acres of grounds to explore, it offers utter decadence. Peter Browne rates it for its 'timeless elegance and impeccable service in a cosseting atmosphere'.
Where New Milton, Hampshire, BH25 6QS (01425 275341; www.chewtonglen.com)
How much from £313 per double per night, room only