Champneys Forest Mere
What We Love
- A lovely stay in one of England's national parks, with health-conscious meals and thalassotherapyThe beautiful and peaceful grounds that form this historic estate
- The food – healthy, plentiful and absolutely delicious
- Tuning out with a relaxing thalassotherapy treatment
What To Know
- The spa goes above and beyond with a thalassotherapy pool, fitness boot camps, and relaxation rooms with water beds
- The food is also aligned with the health-focus approach, so expect lots of fresh ingredients
- Free WiFi
A stalwart of spa hospitality, Champneys have been providing world-class well-being services for almost 30 years. Described by The Telegraph as “the most sumptuous of all health farms”, Champneys Forest Mere is the cream of the crop, offering pure relaxation that is second to none.
Originally a hunting lodge and keeper’s house for the Royal Forest of Woolmer, the resort offers an idyllic spot to unwind in. Part of the South Downs National Park, secluded Champneys Forest Mere is surrounded by enchanting woodland and a peaceful lake. Indulge in a soothing massage, learn the art of tai chi or enjoy a healing therapy. For something a little more active, you can pack your days with fitness and well-being classes. The pampering resort also has tennis courts, cycling and walking paths and a nearby golf course, the Liphook Golf Club.
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Beautiful surroundings and lovely neat clean rooms...staff are very friendly and accommodating. Pool areas etc are well looked after and clean too.
Lots of classes and treatments to choose from too 👌🏼
The only reason I gave it a 4 star is the restaurant we ate it was more like a canteen then a restaurant...I think they should use the restaurant area overlooking the lake first and use the other restaurant for the over flow!!
We had a bike ride in the morning(free to hire) was really nice..and burnt off our breakfast
We’ve also been to Tring but think we now prefer Forest Mere 😬
Thanks again for lovely stay we’ll definitely be back x
We have just had a 3 night stay at Forest Mere. The staff were all very helpful, courteous and friendly. The pool was great for length swimming and hot tubs/jacuzzi for relaxing. Lovely room. Enjoyed dining in each restaurant in relaxed atmosphere enjoying good food.
Another lovely stay at Forest Mere. Even the treatment booking was a dream, Lauren was so very helpful. We were made to feel so welcome on arrival, and throughout our stay. It was lovely to see so many friendly faces! Esma in particular. One of the great things is making friends with other guests, it was a joy to have so many nice people to chat with during classes. Just booking our next stay...
Experience was great, clean and fairly modern although definitely has that ‘Champneys feel’ with their decor.
Facilities were great! Outdoor jacuzzi, great for when it’s even raining! Warmest pool. Large indoor pool. Loads of waterbeds to relax on. Thalassotherapy pool I didn’t rate personally although some people loved it. I would have rather been somewhere else relaxing for 40 mins.
Some classes were an additional cost but max £6. Boats to hire were an additional cost. Unfortunately it was pouring down the day which we booked them so didn’t end up going out.
Water is available around the resort although anything else is charged. Coffees are around £3, as are cakes. Wine by the glass is around £7.50 or a bottle around £30 ish. Meals were great although the restaurant is quite small, so there was no ‘logical way’ of everyone going around the buffet dishes. Compared to Champneys Tring, with their large dining area.
Overall, I would return.
I feel totally relaxed and rejuvenated from our stay in this beautiful part of the world.
This resort has all the elements to be an incredible 5* resort but it’s sadly not.
Check in was super slow because there was only one person doing check in and check out (across two separate desks).
The room is nice and comfortable. To manage your expectations, there is no fridge in the room.
The spa was almost fully booked on arrival so I’d recommend pre booking to get a time that works for you.
It seems odd that you need to go to the treatment desk and the fitness desk to book respectively - not one central concierge.
The spa facilities are lovely. There’s plenty of relaxation space and it’s nice and warm.
Sadly then there was no hot water in the bedroom to have a shower before dinner ... so we went back to the spa to shower only to discover it was also cold water there. This was really the start of the disappointment.
If you wanted a drink before dinner you couldn’t get one aside from in the restaurant because the cafe was closed... again just seemed odd.
Then as we walked into dinner (where everyone has a pre booked time) we overheard 3 other tables complaining that there food had been over an hour... so this didn’t seem promising.
We were seated practically sharing our table (not a problem, the people next to us were lovely) but this might not be everyone’s cup of tea... and then service was extra super slow... from asking if we wanted a drink to getting dessert ... it all took ages. Meanwhile the staff made plenty of time to set up the breakfast buffet whilst the restaurant was full. I do understand that it’s nice to get ahead before the end of the shift but typically you’d not expect to see this before the restaurant is emptying out and they would politely be encouraging you to leave. It tarnished the experience.
Just to manage expectations, there are supplements for some meals, and they only have wines on offer (no beers or spirits). I’d have expected either no alcohol or all the options... just seemed odd...
After a nice sleep, there was a strange issue with the pressure in the taps in the morning. The water didn’t flow properly.
Breakfast was nice. A range of options. The hot buffet items were dry though. Perhaps because it was later in the morning and they’d been out for a while? There seemed to only be one person running the room but he was doing a far better job than the staff from the previous evening.
The class I attended was good however the class attended by my partner was not run professionally. The tutor was late, rude and needed to leave after 20 mins. Not the experience we’d expect.
The treatment was totally wonderful, I loved it and it certainly helped turn the day around.
Lunch was a lovely healthy buffet with a hot food made to order station. Sadly there were no plates nor staff around to replenish. Lots of tables were left uncleared and it just seemed messy. No one offered us anything to drink aside from water... I’d have expected the opportunity to get a soft drink.
Finally when checking out there were things on the bill that we hadn’t ordered. I guess people can just say your room number and get away with it?
Then we were told to just go into the porters room to collect our bags on our way out, which didn’t leave us assured that they had been secure for the day.
Despite all of the above, it was a lovely break. I probably wouldn’t go back to this Champneys resort but I hope to visit another one and see if they might have better services.