My girlfriend treated me to a night here for my birthday. The whole experience was nothing short of superb.
Where do I start!
The staff were first rate, well presented, polite and efficient.
The room we stayed in (called 'Generous Room' in the main house) was large, spacious and had beautiful views over the countryside.
The room had a massive standalone bath that filled up really quickly from excellent water pressure. We also had a large and spacious shower room, serviced by a massive ceiling mounted head that gave a shower few would get at home. This was the norm in the spa too.
The bed was massive and you could sink into the thick soft quilt that lay over it. Our room had the most wonderful subtle scent, often the case in spa hotels, but non the less a very nice addition to the experience of the room.
Nice touches to the room were iPod / iPhone speakers including a mini iPod, a safe, mini bar (including snacks) and satellite TV. The room also had a good free wifi signal which was useful as mobile phone reception in the New Forest is limited, at best.
We had excellent food in the Scullery restaurant complemented by an excellent wine menu.
The bar area was exceptionally comfortable, cosy, relaxing and clean, complemented by a very good barman.
The Herb House Spa. Well, if you like spa facilities (like we do) then you'll love Lime Wood. A huge indoor hydro pool that has many different jet / jacuzzi features that can be turned on or off as you need them. The water temperature of the hydro pool I'm guessing was about 32-34C - a very comfortable warm temperature. The hydro pool looks out to the forest. The sauna was large, spacious and kept at 90C. Perfect :-) A large window from the sauna also looked out to the forest.
We had a massage in the couples private treatment room. The deep tissue massage was one of the best I've had. My girlfriend loved her treatment too. After the massage and in the same room we relaxed in a private hot bath that overlooked the forest.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and we're already looking at dates later in Spring to return. If you like spa hotels then I think you'll love Lime Wood.
- 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