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Stanwell House Hotel
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Lymington
Certificate of Excellence
Southampton, United Kingdom
1 review
“We are discerning guests who have stayed many times (enough said?)”
Reviewed 15 December 2013

We've stayed at this hotel on many occasions, and also lunch here regularly. The food is always excellent in terms of quality, presentation, and value, and the service is generally very good, but occasionally when staff are new, service can be a bit patchy. Beds are comfortable but we have two criticisms - the headboards in the garden rooms have a pediment that you will hit your head or neck on if you sit up in bed reading a book (very uncomfortable). The pillows are very limp and give virtually no support. A good pillow should pass the test that if you place it across your forearm, the pillow should retain its shape and not flop around your arm. Stanwell pillows fail the test. I would recommend that the hotel renew their stock of pillows. Also, for any hotel where might couples stay for a romantic time, I would make it the law that baths are double ended, so this might be worth bearing in mind for any future refurb. One other point - every year they have a beautiful large Christmas tree, but it is always badly decorated resembling someone having thrown decorations on in a random fashion. They should get some professional advice on this as it would vastly improve the Christmas experience.

Room Tip: We've stayed once in the front part of the hotel. This is the old, original building, and theref...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 December 2013

Having 2 dogs, a Spaniel and a Gordon setter and enjoying travelling and staying in hotels is a tricky mixture.

Finding a good hotel that also caters for owners with dogs is not the easiest thing in the world. Having to attend a funeral in Lymington the search was on to find such a place. The Stanwell House Hotel in the High St. turned out to be perfect.

We were given a ground floor room opening out onto the lovely gardens. The room was beautifully clean and comfortable with ample space for us 2 and our dogs.

On one of the easy chairs we found 2 dog blankets some poo bags and 4 large dog biscuits. A lovely touch that shows the care and thought that has gone into their claim of being 'dog friendly'.

The food was excellent with the dogs being allowed into the atrium dining area leaving the restaurant free of pets for other patrons to enjoy.

After a good sleep on a very comfortable bed the breakfast provided us with local produce for an excellent cooked breakfast coupled with some very unusual and delicious fruit dishes.

A wonderful place to stay, with or without dogs, and a place to which we will certainly return.

The staff were, without exception, charming, helpful and cheery throughout. Thank you to you all with special mention to Marilyn who made the whole experience so easy from start to finish.

Room Tip: Garden rooms are very peaceful and great if you have dogs.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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The New Forest, Hampshire
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Reviewed 5 December 2013

We had the Festive Lunch today at this lovely hotel! It was very well presented, gorgeous food and lovely ambiance! Extremely good value for money! Three courses and coffee and mince pies to finish! For £16.95 I very much doubt you can get better value anywhere! The staff were lovely and very attentive! Thank you!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 December 2013

We returned on an offer from the hotel that covered one night and we decided to stay for 2 which i now wish we hadn't.
We were very pleased initially to have been upgraded to a suite.It was huge with more space than anyone could possibly need but with a tiny bed...why??

The heated towel rail was the heat source for the bathroom and didn't work ..a plumber came but couldn't fix it. No apology or offer of a discount was received.

The hot water didn't arrive in the tap until it had been running for 20 mins...the staff told me this after I had had a cold shower in December in a cold bathroom ...NOT GREAT and what a waste of water.

The food in the restaurant is pretentious but does not deliver.
The cauliflower veloute was lacking in any seasoning or flavour of cauliflower and was tepid ...so in fact was just a bowl of warm cream . I left it and the waiter asked me if I wanted another starter but that would have delayed everything so I declined.
The apple mille feuille was 3 sheets of undercooked filo ...the clue, chef , is in the name...a thousand leaves...needs puff pastry or don't call it mille feuille.

On the upside the breakfasts are fantastic and the champagne cream tea was great although a bit stingy on the cream .

Overall I was disappointed not to receive an apology from the manager and a discount. See my review of The Pig which did handle the problem well .

Room Tip: Don't choose 29...I can't remember which one we liked in the summer sorry...but I'd chec...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 December 2013

If you like a quiet and traditional experience in southern United Kingdom please consider staying in the center of Lymington, in a boutique hotel with extremely friendly and professional staff the Stanwell House. This was our first visit and it didn't disappoint. The rooms in the original building are furnished with an eclectic mix of furniture (some a little old) and have all the facilities that you need (unfortunatelly wi-fi was not good in the room, but fine in the social areas). The range of teas available on the tea tray was impressive. The staff in general are very helpful (particularly Olaf in the front desk with a big smile at arrival, much like an old friend). A special mention should be made of cuisine staff. Overall I should say we had one of the best tasting restaurants I have been to and I do (strongly) recommend. All in all we had a most enjoyable 3 day break though Lymington could be seen as much as in a full day.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 December 2013

Can not recommend Stanwell House Hotel enough! Have been here many times for lunch and the service and quality is always excellent. Great value too!
I would recommend reserving a table during the holiday season as it is very popular.
You will not be disappointed :D

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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burton on trent
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

If you like a traditional High Street and a non corporate hotel with extremely friendly and professional staff then I would recommend staying at Stanwell House in Lymington.
This was our second visit, we returned because we had been so impressed on our first visit and it didn't disappoint.
The rooms in the original building are furnished with an eclectic mix of furniture and have all the facilities that you need (don't try to use a mobile phone as reception is poor). The range of teas available on the tea tray was impressive.
The staff on reception are very helpful and know a lot about the surrounding area. A special mention should be made of Marilyn who welcomed us back as if we were old friends and made us feel very much at home.
All in all we had a most enjoyable break and are looking forward to returning in the New Year

Room Tip: We stayed in room 26 which is a suite that has a small outside balcony and is at the rear of the hot...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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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
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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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