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.
How to Get There
My husband surprised me with the best room in the hotel which was stunning, needed some attention to detail like the private balcony was dirty, cobwebs and just a mess with leaves etc, cushions on sun loungers all slumped down, considering they knew the room was book made no effort and it was £700 a night! Tissue boxes empty, coffee and tea facilities in room but no milk or sugar!
We called down to reception from our room for a good 20 minutes and no one answered as we wanted to order champagne for our anniversary but my husband ended up having to go to the desk. We tried a few other times too but no response.
We went to the restaurant for our 8:15pm dinner reservation and waited in the very long queue and no one once said may I take your name, sorry for the wait! 15 minutes later we got seated in the canteen style restaurant, hideous staff and food.
The salt pool which you pay extra for is awful, hideous dirty ceilings you look up at, rust on everything and tiles cracking everywhere it was so not relaxing and actually felt dirty.
We ordered breakfast to our room in the morning and we had cold food no butter for toast no milk or sugar, empty cups despite ordering tea and coffee!!! Absolutely terrible we are so upset our anniversary was completely ruined by lack of attention to detail, incompetence and very badly run.
£900 for one night which was ment to be amazing and we are heartbroken
The location and surrounding scenery (lake and forests) are beautiful and quiet. Really lovely surroundings. I booked a two-night stay via Booking.com, so was able to use the spa facilities (swimming pool, sauna etc.) between 5pm and late evening (could have paid extra to use them during the day, but decided to spend my time out hiking/walking instead, which was nice as there were plenty of woods, footpaths etc. around). The swimming pool, sauna and steam room were all v nice, and there were some lovely sitting areas in rooms coming off the swimming pool, to relax and read in. I didn’t eat at the restaurant, as my deal didn’t include food, and I ate in the nearby towns. The room that I was staying in was nice. My only complaints are that (a) the bed was not soft enough for my liking (but I am a person who likes a soft mattress, and (b) something that bothered me quite a lot was that the shutting of doors to the other rooms on that floor was REALLY loud. The doors didn’t just click shut, they made a loud bang/slamming noise when they shut. Not because people were slamming them, but because that seemed to be how they’d been designed, to heavily bang shut. This really bothered me on both mornings that I was there; the banging started from about 7am and went on until past 10am, and so the lie-ins that I had wanted were impossible. Really annoying. So that was my only real gripe, but it was a relatively significant one. If they could somehow fix that, then it would have been a v nice stay.
So disappointed. First of all, a week or so before my long awaited break it was cancelled due to lack of interest but I was advised I could still go as there was lots to do or have a refund. I chose to go. The room wasn’t clean and was just outside a chimney thing and noisy jucuzzi. I was moved to a much nicer one. However, I had to leave early due to a family emergency and have since been trying to contact them by email. They NEVER reply. I’ve used the email address I was given by staff so it is the correct one. Before the visit I had also emailed questions and never got anything but an automated confirmation of receipt of my email. Perhaps it’s because they prefer you to call on the premium phone line at 7p a minute which I also did. Prepare to wait and wait while it clocks up your money. I’d hoped to enjoy a stress free break but just felt more wound up with frustration. Food was ‘included’ in my Package but... this was only ‘certain’ things on the menus. The rest had surcharges on. Food was also nothing special.
I’m usually the type of person who writes positive reviews ( if any) but this was a let down.Just sheer frustration at being ignored.