Travel: Hampshire spa trip

by Jane Hayward on Thursday, 1 September 2011

Great for Haven't seen your friends all summer? Catch up in luxury and style with a cheeky 24-hour spa break at Champneys Forest Mere, a secluded, celeb-scattered hideaway on the South Downs. Heaven!

Check in Arrive at 11am sharp – you won't want to miss a minute in this glam Edwardian country house. One night in a spacious, stylish room – go for a lake view – costs from £289.95pp, including all meals on day one, a body massage and facial, use of facilities and classes. And you're free to stay on until 4pm on the second day. Visit

Pamper day Wallow in the gorgeous pool and sauna, join fun hula-hooping and dance classes, or cycle around the forested lake – however you most enjoy spending time together.

Culture hit Don't rush home. Nearby Petersfield is an explorable market town, and the National Trust's Uppark House has intriguing Victorian servants' quarters, where HG Wells's mother was once housekeeper.

Chic eats There's no sense of deprivation in the Terrace Restaurant. Super-healthy fish, salads and fruit are delicious – and a few indulgent desserts find their way on to the menu!

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