A mere 90 miles south of London and you're in the New Forrest of clear starry skies, fresh air, wild horses, giant California Redwoods nearby, and a fantastic spa, with hydropool, amazing gym, and spa cafe, and gorgeous views from every angle of every beautiful room, suite, pavillion, breakfast scullery, courtyard, library, dining room and patio. And the beds, the service...wow. So here's the test: what haven't I mentioned? The food. This is where I soon forget LIme Wood is part of the Relais & Chateau group of hotels. The menu tries too hard to be all things to all people who like to eat everything all at once. So say you like Italian food (I like Italian food) - do you want parmesan cheese or mozzarella or marscapone on everything? Does everything have to have cheese on it to try to be Italian? Or let's say you like fish and scallops. Do you want it to taste like vinegar? This is my first scathing food review on tripadvisor, and a wake up call to Hartnett and Holder: Please stop experimenting on the customers. Your food does not have to be clever or complimented. How about authentically delicious without gimmickery? Smoked and fermented has never been a way through to good digestion. Your gnocci with wild game ragout was pretty good as was your Milanese risotto. But the menu is an argument waiting for a simpler outcome among pastas, meat and fish: delicious. But as the hotel is so busy, so hard to get into, booked so far ahead in advance, you probably won't take any notice. Good luck to you.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Lime Wood Hotel Lyndhurst, New Forest