We reached Lymington at 1200, as it was a lunch party which had drawn us there, and we got the last legitimate space in the hotel's own car park. I'm not sure that there was very much movement later in the day. If one can't get into the car park then parking is expensive and requires payment, or moving the car, by 0800 the next morning.
Mind you, we'd intended to go by train; it was only on discovering that the railway would be shut east of Brockenhurst when we would be returning that we took a car instead.
The hotel is in at least one Georgian building in Lymington's attractive High Street. There is a tiny bar on the left as one enters, before reaching Reception. Beyond Reception there is a very attractive area with seats and tables in what is effectively an atrium. This gives the impression of being between old buildings, although apparently it was created deliberately and the flagstones are actually only about 15 years old.
The rooms are well equipped, with good bathrooms. Our room, at the back, was quiet. Unusually I didn't use the free wifi, so can't comment on it.
As we only needed a light supper after an excellent lunch, we went out; the hotel does offer options, but they all seemed likely to be more than we needed. There are plenty of alternative places to eat nearby.
Luckily we just beat the rush at breakfast, which was slightly chaotic, although it was a very good breakfast and freshly cooked.
We enjoyed our stay at Stanwell House and would return, so long as we didn't have to rely on the hotel's car park.
- 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