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“Excellent Staff, Lovely Comfortable Rooms and Very Good Food”

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Stanwell House Hotel
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Lymington
Certificate of Excellence
Worthing, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
90 reviews
36 hotel reviews
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“Excellent Staff, Lovely Comfortable Rooms and Very Good Food”
Reviewed 30 January 2012

My Wife and I with 2 friends booked two quiet rooms on a weekend break (through Waitrose, a very good deal). We live in Surrey so took a liesurley half a day to drive down to Lymington on Saturday. I stopped outside the hotel, which is on the high street to unload our luggage, but beware that the pavement is higher than the road and thre is a railing as well. You cannot park on the road on Saturdays as the market prevails, but you can stop to drop off. Note that the high street is one way on Saturday, coming from the south. The hotel does have parking across the road for a limited number of cars and you have to drive around the block to get there.
STAFF - Reception staff are excellent with a warm friendly and efficient welcome.
Waiting staff are all very friendly and helpful with a mix of locals and Europeans all with good English and a sense of humour. Lucy at breakfast is outstanding.
ACCOMMODATION - We had number 10 and 12 (Garden rooms) as we requested quiet rooms and they were quiet overlooking more of a courtyard than a garden. There was loud music at around 10:30pm, but by the time we had got to bed this had stopped. As well as tea, coffee and hot chocolate, there is also still and sparkling water and biscuits in the room. The towels are thick and soft, the toiletries good quality, the water soft and the rooms lovely and warm (it was January 2012, by the sea....brrrr!). Good reception on the digital TV, if you wanted to watch it. Also the rooms had an air conditioning unit, presumably for the hot muggy summer (just let me know when that ever returns)?
PUBLIC AREAS - They have cleverly put a glass roof over the area between the two buildings to form a lounge\Bistro for afternoon tea, snacks and meals. Dogs are allowed if kept on a lead. The two restaurants are nicely fitted out and modern with linen napkins and sparkling cutlery and glassware. The corridors are clean and warm and we did not use the bar. So much to do, so we will have to return soon.
FOOD - We had afternoon tea, dinner and breakfast whilst at the Stanwell and they were all delicious. Afternoon tea with a choice of teas and coffee, warm scones, jam and clotted cream, that I advise you to take early and then have a walk before attempting dinner.
We ate in Seafood (there is also the Bistro) and had 2 excellent courses each and a superb bottle of red Chilean wine, perfect temperature.. They are happy to provide jugs of water if required and top up as your glass empties. We were given a pre-starter from the chef of stilton and broccoli veloute (soup whisked up to a light froth), in espresso cups, which was also delicious. The only negative was that this and some of the food could have been hotter, which was also a problem we encountered at breakfast.
There are some lovely walks down to the marinas and along the sea, plus sights such as Hurst Castle nearby, if you get the chance.
A great location in the centre of town worth a visit.

Room Tip: Rooms 10, 11 and 12 are quiet ones on the first floor. There are also garden rooms on the ground fl...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Savannah GA USA
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Reviewed 29 January 2012

Been staying at the Stanwell House four times now. This time (Dec 2011-Jan 3 2012) I was more than dissappointed. Not the service. Still Great. Not the Decor. Rooms were nice. Not even the pricing (is a little high but hey it's Lymington). It was the Dogs. Dogs everywhere.
The whole place smelled like a Kennel. Trouble is the owner and management are Doggy people so they assume people such as ourselves are willing to co-habit with our Canine friends. Not so. I spent over $2500 for our stay. And sadly, if they keep the Dog friendly policy, it will have been our last. Come on people. At $300+ per night we should not have to climb over dogs lying in the walkway in the Atrium, or worrying about getting snarled at in the foyer. People that have dogs need to understand we don't because we chose not to. If you have a dog, you can't smell Dog so don't use that lame arguement that "my dog does not smell" The only dog that does not smell is one in absentia.

I hope the owners of the Stanwell house read this.
David Turner, Savannah GA USA

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 January 2012

My girlfriend and I decided to have a romantic break at decided to stay at Stanwell House. From the moment we arrived till the moment we left, we had a perfect stay!

We were were kindly upgraded to a garden suite, which was amazing! And we decided to eat at the Bistro restaurant both nights as the food & wine were stunning.

The bed was comfy and the shower and bath were spotless. The staff were always cheerful and very helpful.

My girlfriend picked up a wedding brochure and is already planning our wedding at the hotel! (I haven't even popped the question yet!)

I would highly recommend Stanwell House for a relaxing, romantic and peaceful stay. Thank you to all the staff who made our stay wonderful!

  • Stayed January 2012
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 January 2012

As I travel to 40 countries on a regular basis on business I spend a fair bit of my time in hotels. Finding a hotel that genuinely "goes the extra mile" is therefore like a breath of fresh air. Stanwell House Hotel is exactly that "breath of fresh air." From the owners to the reception staff to the restaurant staff to the houskeepers - they really do want to make your stay as comfortable and as special as possible. The hotel is truly different and from the moment you enter the premises you have no deja vu feeling. What makes it even more unique is that the customer service is also different - personal and ensuring that your needs are met. I have absolutely no hesitation in advising anyone to visit Stanwell House Hotel - you won't regret or forget it!

Room Tip: The ground floor rooms 4 to 8 open onto the courtyard.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled on business
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Prague, Czech Republic
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Reviewed 23 January 2012

I have stayed many nights in this hotel over last two years when on business travel in Southampton area. This hotel offers quality stay, with great full english breakfast. It is located on the high street of Lymington, close to al the shops and harbour where one can find many good restaurants and places to eat. It is in the middle of the New Forest park which offers numerouns opportunities for hikes, bird watching, etc. I would stay in this hotel anytime I would be given a chance in the future.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled on business
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Midhurst, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 January 2012

We spent a 2 night break on an out of season offer here in November with our dog. We were upgraded to a Garden Suite which was superb. Staff friendly, breakfast excellent and we ate in the dining room both nights as food was so good. Will certainly return as so much to see and do in the area.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Southampton, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
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Reviewed 15 January 2012

Popped in to the hotel conservatory restaurant for a light lunch on Saturday. Staff were all friendly, smiling and helpful - a bit unusual these days! The atmosphere was warm and comfortable. I had the mixed seafood platter with a glass of wine, followed by coffee. Everything looked and tasted appetising. Service was excellent, just the right space between courses but no waiting, if that makes sense. Food pricing was value for money at £9.95, bearing in mind quality, portion size and presentation. My large glass of tasty Chardonnay was £6.50, much the same as better quality bars so no problem there. I don't know why I haven't been before but will certainly go again. A compliment to the management is that they allow small, well behaved dogs in the conservatory area.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
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Property: Stanwell House Hotel
Address: 14-15 High Street, New Forest, Lymington SO41 9AA, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > New Forest > Lymington
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Lymington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Stanwell House Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stanwell House is a cosmopolitan and stylish boutique hotel situated at the heart of Lymington, near the New Forest in Hampshire. As part of your stay at Stanwell House you can be sure you will enjoy a warm welcome and superb stay complimented by fine dining and sumptuous wines at our cocktail bar, bistro and seafood restaurant whilst absorbing the relaxed and tranquil ambience, ideal of all the family including your 4 legged friend. ... more   less 
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