Metro Nature & Nurture

If you only expected to see tipis in this country at camp sites and festivals, think again. Burley Manor Hotel, a secluded manor house in the New Forest, is home to a seasonal Mediterranean-styled tipi treatment room. Set up in a quiet corner of the manor’s eight acres, it overlooks a deer sanctuary.

Inside is a bright airy space furnished with tapestry rugs, vibrant cushions, wicker candle holders and metal handing lanterns. The scent of lavender fills the air. In the garden wing of the hotel proper you’ll find two more treatment rooms, this time with colour palette inspired by the natural world, flower-patterned furnishings and a feature wall illustration of a forest. There’s no steam room or sauna but there is an outdoor pool surrounded by flowers.

Signature treatment: I’m in desperate need of some va-va-voom, so opt for In Good Spirits (55min, £65), which promises an invigorating massage. The tipi is the perfect setting. At 10am the sun is shining and there’s the hint of a summer breeze Chloe, my therapist. starts with a body brushing, which uses ginger and bergamot essential oils to stimulate the body and soul, and a combination of strong massage strokes and hacking – a fast, karate-style technique – to encourage circulation. Throughout, I hear the wind rustling in the trees and the faint sounds of animals, It’s incredibly soothing to be so close to nature.

Eat: The hotel, a ‘restaurant with rooms’, had a dining area located in a large conservatory, so you can eat whilst watching deer graze. The menu is also Mediterranean-themed and I decode on several mezze dishes: I’m blown away by the Lebanese pork belly with red pepper puree (£5) and wood-roasted octopus with tahini dressing and a baba ganous (£7.50).

Sleep: The glorious 2015-restored manor has a history dating back to 1212 and is designed to be adults only (only over 13’s can stay overnight). The 40 individually designed rooms are split between the main house and the garden wing, which is great for dog owners. Homemade cookies complete the pampering.

Vicki-Marie Cossar