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“Simply excellent”
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Heronshaw House
Ranked #18 of 32 Christchurch B&B and Inns
Reviewed 13 August 2012

I was on a flying business visit (literally) to Bournemouth Airport and needed a place to stay for one night. Fully prepared to spend a night in a typical dismal airport hotel I found Heronshaw instead.

This is what hospitality is all about. Beautifully renovated farm house, charming hosts and home cooked food prepared just for me. As I had not eaten all day I had a mushroom risotto, followed by venison in local, seasonal berries and orange and a decent glass of red. Trying to avoid desert I failed and fell for the made-on-the-spot, perfect lemon soufflé.

The food is local, organic, seasonal and prepared with love.

Avid readers of my reviews (both of you) will have seen me whinging about a certain chain in the US and their terrible breakfast offerings (that I must admit have improved somewhat). Take a lesson from the Heronshaw and the wonderful fresh fruit, yoghurt and home made cereals. I also had poached egg from the hens in the garden. They also keep pigs but there was no bacon this time...next time?

I had a really comfortable nights sleep after a chat, a great meal and a read. Business travel as it should be but this place would be a great stop off for the airport or New Forest. Craig and Jenny deserve every success.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 25 June 2012

The hosts were very helpful and the location extremely quiet-couldn't hear the airport, only the pheasants!,
Dog friendly and very good quality home produce-

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank VizslaCalledMonty
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Reviewed 15 June 2012

Visited last summer when the UK Nash was on and we didn't fancy camping. Very helpful owner and nice but high-priced room. Good food.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank HenryRoot
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Reviewed 13 February 2012

My partner and I stayed here for one night as a birthday treat with acitivites planned for the next day.
This place is a must for anyone looking for a relaxing and quiet get away. A beautiful house in beautiful surroundings. It's a lovely place to be on a warm summer night, with a bottle of wine out on the patio.
We felt very spoilt with the food we had, and I know that it wouldn't be to everyone's taste but the hosts really fussed over us which was perfect as this was a treat! We felt as though the whole place was ours, and they simply couldn't do enough for us.
This is a great place for a foodie to go, each course was explained in the way that ony someone who has a real passion for food can. Presumably they were in the restaurant business previously.
I have to mention the bathroom also - I believe they must have recently had a refurb when we stayed because out bathroom was just stunning. A massive open shower that could have fit about 8 people in it.
I can't think of a negative for this place really other than if you are looking for the typical hotel then this isn't it - we didn't have a tv in our room (we wouldn't have wanted one anyway) but depending on what your looking for the lack of television may not suit you.
It is near the airport - but this didn't effect us.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 June 2011

Whilst the proprietors' enthusiasm is to be applauded, we found it just a tad too intrusive. The bedrooms aren't what we, as seasoned travellers, would call "luxurious" more "simple and relaxed" with damp patches all too evident and bathrooms with more than a hint of DIY about them. The plumbing was very noisy and caused a few titters as the pump got going every time a loo was flushed or a shower turned on.

We could have survived without the detailed description of each and every breakfast item. Yes, we get the picture - you produce it all yourselves with the help of your free range pigs, chickens and veg plot, but we don't need a detailed description of how every item is plucked, prepped and put in front of you!

The hotel is in a beautiful setting and the food is good, but the hotel is lacking in the cool professionalism and touches that could make it a luxury hotel. The proprietors were very welcoming and willing and it was great to be introduced to all of their dogs individually and learn how each one was named... but we won't be going back.

If it was £50 a night cheaper we'd be saying "Brilliant!" As it is, it's not worth the money.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with friends
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Heronshaw, Owner at Heronshaw House, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2011

"Simple and relaxed" takes an awful lot of professionalism to achieve and perhaps if they had stayed longer they may have seen that, but, coming down and going out to a party returning late, sleeping then breakfasting and leaving does not give you much chance.

Natural food beautifully presented is our philosophy and we make no apologies for talking about that. Obviously the party the night before was too good to appreciate the finer aspects of freshly squeezed orange juice and freshly cut fruit in the morning with the provenance of home grown produce, and, perhaps the uptight remote hotelier with bought in bread and trays of battery hen eggs is what these people want, except, they still wanted to know about our pedigree Working Cocker Spaniels, so, perhaps, hopefully, not.

As they said, " Lovely" and "Brilliant" , so it is really only a matter of subjective judgement as to the value one places on those.

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Reviewed 12 May 2011

Never mind whether you are leaving dear old England and need somewhere special to stay, and also have your car looked after, or have a very special occasion to celebrate look no further. For us it was a case of not going overseas but having an outstanding celebration for a special birthday near the New Forest in the most wonderful old Georgian House with fantastic food and our wonderful hosts. Can highly recommend this for what every reason. A hidden gem near the New Forest

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  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Heronshaw House

Address: Heronshaw House 20 Hurn Court Lane | Hurn, Christchurch BH23 6AX, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Christchurch
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Christchurch
Price Range: £55 - £84 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Heronshaw House 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We offer superior accommodation and great local food - ideal for a family celebration, a house party with friends, or just a pampered, relaxing weekend break. Heronshaw House at Hurn is a traditional 17th century stone-built farmhouse, with various brick modifications over the centuries, on the edges of the New Forest, in traditional farmland and therefore quiet, but surprisingly very close to all major transportation and Bournemouth Airport. Bournemouth centre is just 10 or 12 minutes away with its wonderful beaches and lovely town centre. ... more   less 
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