This wonderful hotel used to have it all! Location, gorgeous rooms, sumptuous spa, restful public areas, the finest fine dining and the unique and wonderful Scullery - a wonderful, informal, traditional room with lighter, more homely food. I have been several times since the hotel decided to give up the Scullery, to sacrifice the public areas for a space which can't decide whether it is a bar or a restaurant, and to invite Angela Hartnet to lend her name to the main restaurant. The result is awful. On each of my visits, whether with guests, as a couple or solo, the experience has been disappointing. The food is pretentious rather than satisfying; the ambience is busy in a train station way rather than peaceful and restful; and it is interesting that there appears to have been a remarkable turnover in staff since the refurbishment, losing the old amour propre in the establishment. If only the clock could be put back, the restaurant could be again match the rest of this hotel, excellent location, gem of a spa, glorious rooms and wonderful grounds. Not too late to reverse the terrible experiment. In the meantime, the advice is go down the road to Terra Vina.
- 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