This is a very beautiful hotel. The interior design is lovely, and the rooms and public areas are extremely well designed and comfortable.
Lime Wood is in a lovely setting in the New Forest, and feels very private and rural. This, despite the fact that the transfer from London is surprisingly easy. The facilities are excellent, including a great spa and bicycles and maps for exploring the New Forest.
The food in the two restaurants is very good, although the food in the more formal dining room sometimes teeters on the edge of being too fussy for the quality of the cooking. Some dishes could be simplified and modernised.
The only thing which detracts from the experience at this hotel is the sometimes maddening slowness of the service in the restaurants and bar. The service elsewhere is excellent, and the bar and restauarant staff are not rude or unhelpful. They just take about twice as long to bring anything (menus, then drinks, then food, and so on through the meal) as is normal in even a country hotel. This makes for a rather unrelaxing experience, because it means that you are constantly wondering whether the next item is ever going to arrive.
Other than this, which I am sure can be ironed out with a bit of focus by the F&B manager, this is an excellent hotel which I intend to go back to.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lime Wood, a boutique country house hotel in England, is set in the heart of the New Forest National Park, 1.5 miles from the small town of Lyndhurst and just an hour and a half drive from London. We like to think of ourselves as a luxury country house hotel with a difference. We've used Lime Wood's classical structure as the basis of our design but we've lovingly renovated it with a fresh approach, reviving its architecture and grounds. We've kept the spirit of its past, taken inspiration from its extraordinarily beautiful surroundings and added the odd contemporary twist to bring it to life. The food is by Luke Holder and Angela Hartnett. With its proximity to London, our New Forest boutique hotel really is the ultimate countryside getaway; perfect for weekend breaks, a dash from the city, or an escape from home; whatever your motivations, we can't wait to show you around. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lime Wood Hotel Lyndhurst, New Forest