Jersey evening post A walk on the wild side in the New Forest

A former royal lodge, Chewton Glen in New Milton ( used to be the best place to stay. Now it’s the newly-refurbished five-acre listed Burley Manor (, 20 miles from Southampton airport and slightly less from Bournemouth. You pull the curtains in the morning to see a herd of deer. They don’t startle easily.

Matthew the general manager looks after you royally, as do all his staff and executive chef James Forman whose menu is Mediterranean-British (wild boar cutlet, Provencal beef daube, Cypriot-style split chicken and a Marseille-style fish stew). The signature dessert is a tapas board of fig and almond tart with spiced cardamom, chocolate and rum fondue and roasted plums in orange yoghurt with amaretto zabaglione and hazelnut praline…