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“Boutique Perfection” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Lime Wood Hotel
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Lyndhurst
Certificate of Excellence
London
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180 reviews
64 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 249 helpful votes
“Boutique Perfection”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2014

On a very dark and stormy night we arrived at this wonderful oasis saddled with two excited dogs, one frazzled teenager and an elderly mother. However upon being shown into our beautiful lodge, complete with dog beds, a roaring fire and a delightful bottle of complimentary wine, the stress of the day slipped away. Dinner was delightful in the lovely dining room, the only complaint being that the kitchen was a little heavy handed with the salt, on occasion. However the saffron risotto was to die for, the fried zucchini and the parmesan polenta also garnered rave reviews. Best of all however was the caramel pudding, so good we ordered it both nights.
The hotel is decorated in calm Farrow and Ball colours with great attention to detail, the whole place feels special. The spa was very good, although massages are very expensive, however the yoga and pilates classes were excellent. The spa has its own cafe for fresh juices and healthy salads, very good for a light breakfast or snack at lunch. The hotel is right in the New Forest, absolutely perfect for long walks, even in the driving rain! The staff were all very good, extremely helpful and didn't seem to mind our two rather wet, muddy dogs putting paw marks everywhere. Two nights was not nearly enough!

Room Tip: The lodges are fantastic for families.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank fleetoffoot
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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147 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2014

Despite bad weather on one das, we spent the perfect two nights at this gorgeous place; which has a feel of understated luxury, it is classic yet modern in all its amenities and discreet service.

Certain rooms are suitable for travellers with pets and everything is done so they have a good stay too.

The restaurant was very nice with exquisite food served with no fuss, it was busy even on a Monday night which is nice and does not make you feel overcrowded by staff as restaurants can be on early weekly days.

We will most certainly return! It is hospitality at its best...

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank ptatworld
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nw3
Level Contributor
30 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2014 via mobile

Stayed for one night on 30 December as managed to get the last room there. We stayed with our four-year-old toddler and they put a bed in there for us without even asking which was helpful. Rooms were faultless as were all the surroundings bar area restaurants etc.

Had an early dinner in the restaurant with our toddler and everything was beautiful with regards to the settings and the service, however, although the food was very good I'm not sure it was one of the best meals I have ever had. It was very nice but just lacked something I can't put my
finger on.

The staff were lovely and very
helpful however I think they possibly could perhaps do with one more waiter in the bar area as it seemed to take a little while to catch anyone's attention.

We stayed at The Pig earlier in the year and I do feel that the breakfasts were slightly better there as in they had more
choices at the buffet which we opted for.

The room was faultless however
and we had a great nights sleep and would definitely go back again.

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank loulou9685
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London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
44 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2014

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.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank BlondeByChoice
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Dorset
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50 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2014

Had a fabulous Christmas meal here one evening in December. A little tricky to find the place on a dark winter's evening but definitely worth the drive. The decor is lovely, staff and service relaxed, friendly and efficient. Food sublime! Can't wait to return...

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Lovetravelx
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London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
83 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2014

Stayed here over Christmas with my husband for 3 nights. What a lovely place - we had the generous room with the bathtub in the middle. Pictures do not do this place justice, it is amazing. The rooms are lovely and the bar as well. The spa is particularly amazing, one of the best I have ever been to and much better than it looks on their website. Great indoor pool, plus outdoor plunge pool, sauna and steam room etc, which we mostly had to ourselves every time we went in there.
Service was just formal enough for the setting without being old school. They lost it a bit during Boxing Day brunch in the pantry, but in the restaurant was always fantastic. Great wine knowledge and great food, we particularly enjoyed the side dishes, some of which were a bit unusual.
Definitely going here again during the summer, so that we can take full advantage of all the outdoor spaces and things to do without freezing to death!
Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Rooms in the main house are most convenient. Room 3 is the generous one with the freestanding tub.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Kerryad876
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2014

We stayed here for our anniversary. I can't praise this hotel and its staff enough. It a classy, plush hotel but we a warm and extremely friendly atmosphere that is not intimidating in any way. From the moment you arrive you are made to feel that you are the only guest at the hotel. The rooms are extremely clean, modern but homely. The grounds are tranquil and lovely to walk around and the communal areas within the hotel well designed. As for the food YUM! highly recommended, we had the taster menu with the sommelier recommending which wine to go with each course, we were not disappointed. The added bonus was the staff, efficient, respectable, knew their "stuff" and we had a great laugh with them.
I would go back here again and again if I could afford to. Favourite hotel experience ever.

Room Tip: We had the room shown in their brochure, if you can afford it go for this one!
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Rose B
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Property: Lime Wood Hotel
Address: Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst, New Forest SO43 7FZ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > New Forest > Lyndhurst
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Lyndhurst
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Lime Wood Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 29
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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