My husband and I came to stay at Bartley Lodge Hotel for a Long Weekend 20-23 March 2014.
Bartley Lodge Hotel has a classic country feel to it. It is tucked away at the end of a meandering drive. The Grade II listed hotel will feel like a much loved second home from the moment you walk in the entrance.
Bartley Lodge Hotel is also well known to historians as it was once the home of the famous Geologist Charles Lyell, a man who not only changed the was the world viewed the formation of the the Earth, but was also an influential friend of Charles Darwin. It is also rumoured that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the famous Sherlock Homes, spent some time at Bartley Lodge whilst writing his novels. His grave can be found in the nearby church at Minstead.
The Staff were very warm and welcoming. We were given Room 49 at first, but due to a broken shower head we were upgraded to Room 15 - A Crown 4 poster bedroom. The room was really lovely and had a cream and green 'Country Roses' decor. The bathroom was very well appointed with a bath with a shower over and complimentary toiletries. The water was piping hot and lovely to shower and bathe in.
The hotel has a nice cosy bar and a lovely Baronal Lounge area with a nice fire to warm you through on chilly evenings. There is a nice swimming pool, with warm water, so it was a pleasure to swim in, along with a nice hot Nordic sauna. We went swimming every day and also used the sauna every day.
The Crystal Restaurant was very elegant and the tables laid nicely with white tablecloths and sparkling siver cutlery. The food on our first evening was very good. We had salmon and crab fishcakes for our starter and they came beautifully presented, Our main course the pork tenderlion was very nice but was warm and not hot.Our desserts were very nice. My husband had the fruit crumble and I had the chocolate and blood orange marquise.
The service was in our mind poor for this eveing. We ordered bread and olives which never arrived, We asked for a jug of water twice and I asked for black pepper, which never arrived.
Breakfasts were very good and over the four days we stayed my husband had the New Forest Breakfast every day. I myself had the New Forest Breakfast, Crossants and Jam, Pancakes served with maply syrup and poached eggs on toast.
The second evening we had pea and ham hock terrine and mushrooms on toast for our starters. Our main course was Cod served with butternuts squash and tomatoes with a selection of vegetables, it was beautifully presented. Our desserts were creme bruelee and cheese and biscuits.
The service this evening was excellent Tom could not do enought for us, everything arrived on time and came piping hot.
Our third evening we had scollops for our starter. We both had the steak and we ordered a peppercorn sauce which was wonderful. The meal was served with tomato, garlic mushrooms and chips and was really nice. My husband had the poached pear for his sweet which he said was wonderful. I had the mango and lime panna cotta, which was lovely and a perfect finish to the meal.
Once again the service was excellent and the food piping hot. On all evenings we had a bottle of red merlot, which was lovely. The wine list is good and very extensive.
Overall we had a wonderful relaxing stay and had a wonderful weekend.
Thanks go to all the staff who made our weekend so pleasent.
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- Also Known As:
- Bartley Hotel Cadnam
- Bartley Hotel Southampton
- Bartley Lodge Hotel Cadnam, Hampshire