When life’s cares start to pile up, escape to this New Forest bolthole for a weekend of spoiling and relaxation – it’ll be just the ticket. The spa hotel occupies a striking redbrick Victorian manor in neat gardens on the outskirts of Brockenhurst and is the sister hotel of The Montagu Arms (see p63). The reception room has oak-panelled walls and an open fire to welcome you in. Seventy-seven large, comfortable bedrooms combine modern amenities with traditional country house style. Some have four-poster beds and others with their own patio – ideal for soaking up the sun alongside your morning coffee. But what really makes Careys Manor stand out is its award-winning SenSpa, where you will be pampered with a mind-boggling range of treatments, from a traditional Thai massage to a gentle mud wrap to a thorough detox. As for food, there are three great options: Cambium, refined yet relaxing and celebrating all that is best about New Forest produce; Zen Garden, serving delicious, authentic Thai food; and informal French bar and bistro, Le Blaireau.
Doubles from £229
+44 (0)1590 624467; careysmanor.com