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The Mill at Gordleton
Ranked #2 of 3 Hordle B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 July 2009

This hotel is a delightful experience. Reading the reviews on this site I thought I must add mine. Yes, there was a septic tank smell in the front carpark but hey, look where the treatment system was located. Right outside the front door of the hotel. It couldn't be situated anywhere else because of the river. You are in the country down here. No mains sewerage anywhere near. The hotel is just great. The metal sculptures of dragonflys and fish divine, although rather expensive! The room we stayed in on the front of the hotel had some problems with hot water and the water pressure was not great. No "Power" shower as you might find in a modern hotel. The floor creaked as well but what do you expect from an old building like this. The floor boards are probably 400 years old!

The resturant is just lovely, overlooking the well laid out gardens and the river. Food was exceptional. A great selection of local produce and wine to die for.

Enjoy what you are here for: A great country hotel set in the heart of the New Forest with a great resturant and quirky features.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 July 2009

I travelled down to the New Forest and stumbled across this amazing venue. From the first moment my partner and I walked through the door we were enchanted. We were shown to our room overlooking the garden and river by very friendly and welcoming staff.

Before we had our meal we had a lovely drink in the bar and all the locals made us feel very welcome. We sat by the river for our evening meal which was delightful and the food was outstanding.

10/10 in my opinion. Well worth a visit. I would recommend this hotel to any visitors to the New Forest. An incredible place.

KC, Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex

Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 July 2009

We were booked to stay two nights and the first thing we noticed was the terrible smell, but we put this down to being near the water etc, but it was actually sewage! When we got to the room it looked okay at first glance and then I went to the bathroom and discovered it had black mould growing up the walls and all around the bath. When we turned on the lights you could see the room hadn't been properly cleaned for a long time and everything was covered in dust and grime. The kettle was once white but was now covered in dirty marks. The food in the restaurant was appalling and the tables in the restraunt were dusty and the salt and pepper pots were sticky and dirty! The final straw was when we were served a breakfast that was not cooked, a raw pork sausage and barely warm black pudding and so on. We left after one night although booked for two -and just phoned around until we found a B&B at a fraction of the cost, which was very clean and didn't smell of poo and they actually cooked the breakfast in the morning. We did complain both verbally and in writing after some debate got the previous nights dinner removed from the bill. This hotel is a complete rip off.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled with friends
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4  Thank sebastian75
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Reviewed 20 July 2009

When paying £130 a night for a hotel (a b &b!) outside of London , I expect certain things. We were very disappointed with our stay at The Mill. A couple of the problems:

*Linens were scratchy and poor quality **Towels were rougher than ones at community gym-just horrible **the walls were drab and dirty and in great need of paint ** the staff members were not particularly helpful or friendly** There was awful awful smell from septic tank- came into rooms as well. Just horrid to walk out every day to the stench ***
Awful smell in restaurant bathrooms (told it was paint from the ceiling, but have never smelt paint like vomit??)** Water pressure was weak and the hot water didnt always work ***Toilet in room didn't flush *** hair dryer didnt work ***bad shower products and no hair conditioner *** Food in restaurant was salty and overpriced (for the most part) *** the walls were thin so you could hear people in room next door ** they charged £5 for wireless, which seems silly for £130 a nght *

Having said that, there were a couple of positives:

***French press coffee at breakfast **Bed was fairly comfortable ** bottle of water in the room *** outside garden was beautiful ** the lamb in the restaurant was very good **warm bread at dinner

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank citycountry
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Reviewed 20 July 2009

The first thing we noticed on arrival was the strong smell of human poo. Literally! You park up in front of reeption and have to run from your car to the door, because the septic tank has such a strong odour. We assumed it was broken, but no. It's normal. Normal, but stomach-churning!

And nothing from the rest of our three days made the trip much better I'm afraid.

This place over-prices and under-delivers in every respect. Food, the rooms, everything.

This place

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled with friends
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3  Thank StoningtonStonington
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Reviewed 12 August 2008

We had a lovely time at the Mill. The food was top quality for dinner and breakfast and the decor of the dining rooms lovely, with fabulous metal sculptures on each table from a local artist. The rooms were comfortable and the grounds lovely to walk in.
Staff were also very helpful and the history of the mill was fascinating. We were slightly put off by previous reviews, but I would contradict them whole heartedly. A lovely place to stop off for the weekend.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank Kat22WestSussex
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Reviewed 8 July 2006

Lovely setting and the site of the restaurant's outdoor seating is gorgeous and cool on hot days as it is by the river. We had some issues with the rooms and restaurant. The first suite we booked had lots of room apart from a silly standard double bed (strange for a sweet when you pay more?!) and was very nicely decorated, but we were put (with our baby) above the cellars where the fans droned on all night and we didn't sleep a wink. The room was billed as having a power shower but it was far from powerful and weaker than the normal shower we ended up with next door. The fittings on the taps fell apart, and the shower temperature control was broken. Reception was very accommodating and moved us to a neighbouring room due to the noise issue and this was much better with plenty of room for our baby's cot. The beds however were dreadfully uncomfortable which was a shame. The basin was also blocked and the cleaner seemed to be more than aware of this - so attention to detail and maintenance is not great.
Food : We tried varying dishes on two nights, and the chef's ability to marry ingredients appropriately was alarmingly bad. Beautiful King scallops were served with strong tangy home made chutney, which killed them stone dead, and lovely organic poached salmon was served with a shot glass of blended tin tomatoes and tobasco, along with saffron coloured tasteless potatoes !! Vert strange ideas, and there does seem to be a propensity to drizzle some strange brown balsamic style sauce around the perimeter of everything served. It's a shame as the individual elements are cooked pretty well, but if you are a foody you may find it all a bit lacking in overall competency. We were also served two glasses of Riocha at over £10 for 250 ml, and it was off. This was duly replaced but no concessions were made for this or the room noise and having to move, and this gesture would have made a difference. Staff are very nice and helpful however and the place itself is lovely. I would not return on basis of restaurant however, as this is the point of being there and enjoying the setting.

  • Stayed: July 2006
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Additional Information about The Mill at Gordleton

Address: Silver Street, Hordle, New Forest, Lymington SO41 6DJ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > New Forest > Lymington > Hordle
Amenities:
Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Hordle
Price Range: £88 - £203 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Mill at Gordleton 5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We have 12 lovely individually decorated bedrooms, serving gorgeous local or organic food. We try not to be pretentious, preferring instead to be informal and friendly, but we are still totally committed to quality and service. But the best part of all is the river and rambling gardens, home to a family of ducks and if you are lucky you might even spot a Kingfisher! ... more   less 
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