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Champneys Forest Mere, Liphook, Hampshire
This spa resort is situated in the leafy Hampshire countryside and centred around an old manor house next to a lake. With nearly 90 rooms, and plenty of day guests, you'll see lots of people in fluffy white bathrobes padding around the place moving from one treatment room to the next. The list of classes you can join is impressive if you fancy giving yourself a bootcamp; perhaps try hula hooping or Bollywood dancing to get your heart racing. Or just relax in the thermal suite or take gentle laps of the indoor pool. Guided walks and runs around the grounds let you explore the fabulous surroundings, and in the evening you can join fellow guests for self-improvement lectures.
We love taking a walk around the the lake and grounds, which are teeming with birdlife.
The homes of Jane Austen and naturalist Gilbert White are both about a half-hour drive away.
By car: around 1 hour 30 minutes from London, 3 hours from Birmingham and 4 hours 30 minutes from York. There is free parking on site.
By train: There is a direct line to Liphook from London Waterloo and the journey takes 1 hour 20 minutes. The hotel is a six-minute taxi ride from the station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Champneys is popular with groups, including hen parties and mothers and adult daughters looking for bonding time. We love the floor-to-ceiling windows in the lounge framing the lake.
Service & Facilities
Check-in, where you get given your fluffy robe and flip flops and a healthy drink, is very well executed.
- Two swimming pools
- Tennis court
- Sun terrace
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
The shepherd's huts with their white-washed panelling and snug sleeping area are really cute if you are coming for a romantic stay. Our favourite room is the George Best Suite in the old manor house has a balcony overlooking the lake.
Standard Room, Luxe Room, Superior Room, Suite, Deluxe Suite, Shepherd's Huts
Facilities include: twin bed, TV, ensuite bathroom with cotton towels, fine quality linen, armchair, tea and coffee-making facilities
Food & Drink
We love the wide selection of fresh pressed juices available at breakfast and during the day at the coffee shop in the lounge. The sticky beef and super green stir fry served with brown rice is flavoursome and delicious, and even a little healthy.
Two spa restaurants: Healthy, nutritious modern British cuisine. Open for daily breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast included with room, while dinner can be added for £29.95 per person, per night.
Cafe: Sandwiches, smoothies, lite bites. Open daily.