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A Little Gem
Ranked #23 of 43 Lymington B&B and Inns
Parede, Portugal
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5 reviews
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“A wonderful place!”
Reviewed 16 April 2014

My friend and I went on an adventure not really knowing much about the New Forest area.
We found this B&B online and it was the best thing that could happen to us.
It's within walking distance from the Lymington Town train station (about 20 minutes).
Our host, Elaine, is the most amazing woman! Very attentive and helpful. She gave us many tips about places to visit in the area and recommended a few restaurants in town.
The room was very comfortable and the full english breakfast Elaine cooked was just the best!
If we ever return to that area, we really hope that we can book a room again with Elaine.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Shropshire
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Reviewed 18 March 2014

Just back from another delightful trip to Lymington made all the better by staying at the Little Gem B&B!

Best kept secret this place! Fantastic landlady, very kind and magically entertaining. Pretty comfy rooms, lovely garden to sit out in and smashing breakfast with homemade bread! What more could you ask for?

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 October 2013

Just returned from my break at the New Forest and a night at the lovely Little Gem. I came across it looking for a dog friendly B&B, and how lucky was I to find it! Elaine and Brona Brown were the perfect hosts for me and my little puppy. We felt instantly welcome. Warm quintessential English decor which truly adds flavour to the experience of being in the English countryside. Lots of hot drinks on offer , great power shower , toilettries, tv and DVD player with DVD's to choose from and even hair dryer and hair straightener!! So thoughtful!
Breakfast was just delicious , piping hot and abundant. Loved the home made bread! And most of all I enjoyed Elaine's company and chat during breakfast. I will most definitely go back next time I take a break in the area.
Ana & Brissie pup

  • Stayed October 2013
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Shropshire
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Reviewed 22 October 2013

I nearly didn't book a room here because of critical comments from a Bedfordshire couple which I have now realised are totally unfounded!

We stayed in the room they had stayed in and it's smashing! No problem with size or decor. Very comfortable, the bed especially, everything you need with a fantastic host.

Elaine and her gorgeous little dog are the best to stay with in this area, I cannot recommend and praise Little Gem enough. Simply the best!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Vienna, Austria
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

We stayed in The Forest area for a few days and I must say The Little Gem was absolutely perfect for us. The atmosphere is lovely, very welcoming and cheerful and the rooms are really comfortable, crisp and clean.Fantastic beds! Breakfast was excellent and there was plenty of it, we were able to select what we wanted the night before. There is ample parking directly in front of the house.What we found most useful was the fact that although the house itself is set in a quiet close there are shops and take-away resaurants within a few hundred yards. Very welcome indeed when you arrive late in the evening and really don't feel like getting into the car again, or if you want to buy stuff for a picnic before setting out in the morning. Mrs Money made us feel very much at home and was really good at giving us ideas of what might be especially interesting. Will definitely be staying here again as we didn't get round to doing everything!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Bedfordshire
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 10 September 2013

Theres no question Elaine is an attentive, informative and excellent host serving an excellent breakfast but unfortunately the room we stayed in next to the larger ensuite bedroom is wholly inadequate as a double room, especially considering it's the same room rate as the other bedroom twice the size without the convenience of an ensuite. Although there is a separate bathroom located across the hallway which to be fair was for our sole use, the hand shower attached to the bath tap was a real disappointment. Our recommendation would be to request the ensuite room, order a full breakfast with Elaines delicious home-made bread and jam. The secondary room is ideal for one person or kids and as recommended by Elaine, an electric power shower over the bath would have earned a five rating. We would have no hesitation staying in this little gem again but only in the larger ensuite room as highlighted during our stay is underpriced and presents very good value for money.

Kevin & Maggie xx

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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bronabrown, Owner at A Little Gem, responded to this review, 13 September 2013
Thank you for your review. I loved having you both here and am pleased you found the food fab and look forward to welcoming you in the super-king en suite room. You will be delighted to know I am in the process of having a shower put over the bath.
With regard to room size, Visit Britain and The New Forest Associstion have a standard for a double room and the room you stayed in complies with that standard: FULL-SIZE double bed, etc. Actually, some people really do prefer this room; especially those who need a bath and dressing gowns are provided. Many couples have slept happily in this room and left good feedback. (See the two reviews immediately below).
The decor is not to every one's taste but I like traditional white wicker. My pricing structure is one of the lowest in the New Forest and is reviewed annually. I will take your remarks into onside ration then.
Thank you for staying here. I wish you well in your coffee shop.
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 May 2013

My friend and I stayed at A Little Gem at the May bank holidays recently, and had a really lovely time.

I really like the homely and country house feel to it, and think it is ideal for a relaxing break. Situated in a quiet little cul de sac, offers the quiet for a restful sleep, but it is also very conveniently near local shops and restaurants and a short drive to the forest and the seafront .
Elaine is a lovely host, very welcoming, helpful and good fun to chat to. She seems to really enjoy her job running the bed and breakfast, and it shows as the place is very clean and decorated in a very homely and cosy style. She also keeps a beautiful garden, which can be seen and enjoyed as you have breakfast. Breakfast is great, Elaine gives you a list of items that you can choose from, and when you’d like to have breakfast, which is great as the food is made and served as soon as cooked, plus she makes her own bread and jam – I had the bread and it is very good.

We stayed in the double room which has its own bathroom. The room is very comfortable, with everything thought out for your need. The tea making area is great, with plenty of tea, coffee and hot chocolates, there’s a tv to wind down the day to, the bed and bedding is very comfortable and there’s even a hair straightener! The bathroom is roomy, light and airy, clean and well kept. There is a bathtub and overhead shower, lots of simple essential toiletries, there are nice towels and bathrobes provided.

We both really enjoyed the stay, and would definately like to return next time we visit New Forest.

Thank you Elaine and Brona for a lovely and enjoyable stay!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: A Little Gem
Address: 1 Pennington Close, New Forest, Lymington SO41 8EU, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > New Forest > Lymington
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Lymington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Both rooms have been refurbished in 2014 with William Morris blinds and Jennifer Adams bedlinen. Flexible room already has power shower and now double room , with private bathroom, now has digital power shower over the bath. Little Gem is a small two-bedroom B&B specializing in providing personal service and magnificent quality breakfasts. It's a modern townhouse, refurbished to the highest standards, located in quiet Close between New Forest and coast in the yachting haven of Lymington. Near: salt marshes, marinas, IoW ferry, pubs, restaurants, golf, railway stations. (1m Lymington High Street; 3m Milford; 5m Brockenhurst; 7m Beaulieu) Pickup can be arranged. Children and dogs welcome. Wifi available. Near bus stops. ... more   less 
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