We wanted somewhere in the New Forest for a quiet overnight stay and Bartley Lodge came up trumps.
At the end of a meandering drive just off the A337, you wouldn't initially think solitude when arriving at Bartley Lodge but the beautiful old hunting lodge and peaceful surroundings at the north end of the New Forest were ideal.
Our room was a Crown Room, New Forest Hotels have 4 standards and we went for the 4-poster option, and we were very pleased with it. A modern addition to the original house the room was situated in the new wing, which was still in the same style as the lodge, so although it wasn't an old 4-poster style room it was very nice, clean, large and well appointed with iPod dock and all normal facilities. A very slight downside to the room would be the decor of the bathroom, which was showing a little bit of age and whilst very clean and acceptable it could do with some touch-ups to bring the standard of the whole right up to the top.
We didn't eat in the restaurant but did enjoy a pleasant evening bar meal, served in the New Lounge and breakfast on Monday morning was hearty enough to set us up for a full day of exploring the Forest.
All the staff were courteous and pleasant though we would especially pick out the receptionist/front of house Shona who made the stay just that extra bit special just by the way she was interested in what we were doing and how we were enjoying the hotel, thank you.
I'm sure we'll be back in the future.
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- Also Known As:
- Bartley Hotel Cadnam
- Bartley Hotel Southampton
- Bartley Lodge Hotel Cadnam, Hampshire