And no, there's no Molton Brown in a jacuzzi bath either!
We stopped for a night at Rhinefield House with our 6 month old baby on our way back from Devon to London to break up the trip.
The location is perfect - right in the heart of the New Forest. The grounds and hotel are nice enough but the main pond was full of debris from the previous nights wedding and it looked like no effort had been made to clean it from the wedding before that.
The tables around the koi pond were littered with cigarettes butts and the occasional piece of broken glass. The gardens lacked any colour and would benefit from a few flowers being planted.
We ate lunch and dinner at The Grill and whilst the waitrons were efficient the food lacked any sort of refinement. The value for money was terrible. The Jumbo Shrimp Pilpil at £12.50 consisted of 3 supermarket bought shrimp with raw garlic and chili. The 12 oz Angus Rib eye Steak at £29.50 was 8 oz at best and very average. Thankfully the "fine dining" restaurant was fully booked but after eating at The Grill we were glad we didn't waste any more money on distinctly average food.
The worst part of the stay was there was a wedding party on in the room next to The Grill Room so the music was very loud for dinner and I'm guessing resources directed to the wedding thus making our meals at The Grill so ordinary.
The hotel is "accessible" in that there is wheelchair lifts but it's pretty painful going through 2 of these to get from the room to the dining room every time.
On the plus side most the staff were friendly (although I did overhear at least 3 occasions of them bickering amongst themselves) and children were welcome in the restaurants and pools.
The spa treatments were enjoyable and good value for money.
The room was large enough and the bed was comfortable. There was what looked to be boot marks on the ceiling, popcorn under the chair and the grouting could have been redone in the bathroom (as it had the start of mould forming) but other than that was clean enough.
We told ourselves on the way there if it was nice enough we would stay an extra night - needless to say we didn't.
Unfortunately can't recommend and definitely won't be going back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Like a magical secret, Rhinefield House is located deep within the New Forest National Park. Step inside and the aura of magic simply deepens - and nowhere more spectacularly than in the Alhambra Room, bedecked in glittering jewels. With beautiful surroundings and a blend of Tudor and Gothic architecture, Rhinefield is the most perfect fairytale wedding venue. It is also the ideal setting for an indulgent break and an inspiring conference venue for meetings, team building or product launches. Downtime means the chance to take in the great outdoors we have on our doorstep, whether its pony trekking, long walks in the forest or a day trip to the sea. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rhinefield House Hotel Brockenhurst, New Forest
- Rhinefield Hotel Brockenhurst