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!
- 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