REVIEW: CAREYS MANOR HOTEL & SENSPA, LUXURY REDEFINED
It’s not often that I am blown off my feet during a hotel stay but in the case of Careys Manor it surpassed all of my expectations and then some. For me, this must be up there in my top five stays. From the moment we arrived, every aspect of our stay was superb, the service was first class and unrivalled.
Set within the New Forest National Park, Careys Manor is perfectly positioned to explore the picturesque region. The hotel is partly a historic country mansion with modern Spa and leisure facilities. We entered through the majestic doors of the old building which was built in the 18th century. Inside is the reception, where old fireplaces give way to the modern contemporary bar and the hotels choicest restaurant - Cambium. Overall the hotel oozes sophistication, with a dose of charm and character thrown in for good measure.
The reception staff were incredible, just the right mix of attentiveness and curiosity, I had to rush though and couldn’t enjoy chatting for too long as I had a pregnancy massage booked in which I was almost late for. That said, they were very helpful to Mr Splendour, who in all the excitement didn’t know where he was. He would have done had he followed me and not been distracted after bagging himself a test drive with Hampshire Renault who were showcasing their Alpine Sports car - thank you - and no he doesn’t need a fifth car or any encouragement!!!
Like I said earlier, I was late and so I went straight to the Spa for my massage and left the lovely staff to take all our luggage to the room. Now for those of you who haven’t been to the Senspa, it really is more of a wellness centre. They have taken care of everything from the healthy food that is available at the Thai restaurant, to the vast array of treatments and products which are as organic and natural as possible. The spa has been well thought out and is totally dedicated to soothing the soul.
I have had the pleasure of meeting the Spa’s Director - Lina Lotto on a previous occasion. Lina’s holistic dedication and passion has obviously been instilled into the beauty therapists, who will happily guide you through the long lists of treatments that are on offer. They are incredibly enthusiastic, with a faultless knowledge of both the treatments and the products. I can highly recommend the SKN-RG Frequency facial which I had on a previous occasion; it was heavenly. Though today’s treatment is a Pregnancy Massage, ever the professionals, my beauty therapist explained everything that she was using and why. The massage was of the highest standard and dare I say it, I fell asleep as it was an hour of pure relaxation.
Following my treatment, I then headed to the spa to meet Mr Splendour and take in some of the facilities, which didn’t disappoint. There is so much to do, from enjoying a swim in the pool to taking a dip in the hydro pool or a treatment in the mud room. After a brief tour, I finally find Mr Splendour chilling by the pool, drink in hand and reading a Lifestyle Magazine. I don’t think he could have been any more relaxed if he tried.
After an early evening nap (all that relaxing makes you so tired), we made a beeline for the bar. We were greeted by the Bar Manager and his Mixologist and after a brief chat about my husband’s love of all things gin, the mixologist went about making a cocktail masterpiece of cherries and Pothecary Gin. While Mr Splendour was sipping on his cocktail, I settled for a chilled glass of Tattinger Champagne. The carefully curated bar has been stocked with opulent brands and local gins, nothing has been left to chance - it is impressive. We were then introduced to our waiter and ushered into Cambium restaurant, which oozes cosmopolitan cool with its modern, warm, intimate interior.
The menu is exciting, in fact it is ingenious, it makes a bold statement with dishes rarely found outside of Michelin starred restaurants. We opt for a starter of Chicken, Octopus and Chorizo Terrine and in between courses the head chef - Alistair Craig sent out an extra dish for us to try of John Dory Bouillabaisse, the fish was cooked perfectly with hints of a coconut flavour and was exemplary. For the main course we both chose Pork Chop, Celeriac with Apple Sauce and Black Pudding which was a fantastic combination of flavours. Two calorie laden puddings followed, I chose Earl Grey Sponge with a White Chocolate Mousse and my husband went for Chocolate & Caramel Fondant with Whiskey Ice Cream with Candied Orange. The meal was nothing short of outstanding.
And so, to bed ….
Our room was elegant and beautifully furnished. Even the toiletries were impressive - they use The White Company, which is a favourite of mine and by this point I was completely sold and knew that I wouldn’t want to leave. The bedding is sumptuous, comfy and promised a night of contented undisturbed sleep. It was absolute bliss. Upon waking, I really didn’t want to get up as I knew that it would be time to leave soon enough. But sunlight filtered through the window and breakfast called., again the food was another culinary delight. Of course, there were all different options including a cooked breakfast, however, following the rich food from the previous night I opted for yoghurt and fresh fruit.
Careys Manor has a sense of grandeur and is a real hidden gem, if you get the chance to stay then I guarantee that you won’t want to leave. It is truly an enchanting place and I cannot wait to go back.
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Careys Manor Hotel & Spa
Lyndhurst Road, Brockenhurst, SO42 7RH
T: 01590 623551