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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Stanwell Hotel Lymington
- Stanwell House Hotel Lymington, New Forest