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Lime Wood Hotel
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Lyndhurst
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 31 January 2010

Just spent two nights at Lime Wood and we (left our two year old with grandma) loved it. The refurbishment of what used to be the Park Hill has been done exceptionally well and the new buildings that have been added are beautiful. They do look a bit shiny, but given a little time will surely mellow and improve in appearance.
The service was excellent and the bedrooms of which we looked at four, (they were very happy to let us pick a room) were all lovely and all had different layouts.
There are two restaurants, the formal Dining Room and the more relaxed Scullery. We ate one night in each and thought the food delicious. Expect the chef Alex Aitkin to snag a Michelin star in the next guide. Although we liked the Scullery, at lunchtime when full it was so noisy that we moved to the library to eat. Ladies who lunch can be loud.
The atmosphere in general is very relaxed and you feel a little like you're staying at the country house of a fabulously wealthy friend rather than a hotel, but don't think chintz, it is far too stylish and glamorous for that.
Although there were one or two tiny flies in the hotel ointment, they can easily be put down to teething and our previous favourite country escape Whatley Manor must now take the number two slot, we have a new number one.

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Reviewed 30 January 2010

I visited Lime Wood for the first time, to meet up with a friend for a special lunch to celebrate her birthday the next day. I needed to be alert to spot the discreet sign on the road, but everything went well from then on. Lime Wood is a beautiful building, and the highly efficient and friendly staff really helped to make it a most enjoyable occasion. Quiet efficiency seems to be their mantra and it was much appreciated by us.
The food was excellent and no fuss was made when we pointed out some dietary requirements and asked to vary items on the set menu, something that many establishments seem to find difficult to cope with.
A complimentary amuse bouche of soup with great selection of bread appeared, main course of local venison was delicious, followed by local cheese selection with cute mini kilner jar of pear chutney. Add coffee with petit fours in one of the many comfortable lounge areas, and no rush, added to a very relaxing interlude. We both felt the set menu at £18 represented good value for such quality.
As we live in the area, an overnight stay is probably not on the agenda - what a shame -but a return visit for a meal is a must.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 January 2010

We were lucky enough to spend two days over Christmas at this amazing Hotel. We arrived, on Christmas Eve just before dusk, with high expectations. As we approached the hotel via the long driveway we slowed the car to about 5mph in order to enable us to take it all in. Externally this hotel is simply beautiful and I am sure it will only improve with time once it becomes a little more weathered. We parked outside the front of the hotel where we were promptly greeted by a delightful member of staff who introduced herself as Kate. She summond help for our bags, took us on a brief tour of the Hotel and then on to our room. There was no formal check–in as such, just a signature required once we got to the room.

The room….what can I say! It was astonishing, we thought we were in heaven. The room itself was possibly a little smaller than expected although this did not detract from our enjoyment of it. The furniture was of the highest quality and the bed was astoundingly comfortable. Just a couple of minor niggles were a very squeaky wardrobe door (although this was fixed immediately we reported it) also there was an ugly orange stain on the carpet which was a shame since the hotel had been open only a month. There was also a lack of any accessible power points. Our delight with the room was only surpassed when we had a look at the bathroom. It was huge. The shower was massive (enough room for at least 4 people), twin basins and a separate WC. The best thing about the bathroom was the bath itself, freestanding with plenty of room for two and perfectly positioned to take in the stunning view across the New Forest.

There are two restaurants, and on the first night we were booked into the more formal of the two. The room itself was stunning and the 3 course dinner was wonderful however the best bit was the service, our waiter was charming as was the sommelier who offered some very good advice on our wine choice.

Breakfast is served in the less formal “farmhouse kitchen style” scullery and was really good, I only had a bacon bap but it was the best!

Now, for the highlight…..Christmas lunch…in a word “Sublime” the best Christmas lunch we have ever had (sorry Mum if you are reading this!) It was served in the formal restaurant which was even more delightful in the beautiful sunshine. Five or six courses of pure gastronomic perfection. I recently reviewed Murano (TA number one London Restaurant) And IMHO this meal was at least on par….look out for the Michelin star(s)!

The hotel also contains some delightful rooms in which you can just relax and have afternoon tea or a drink from the bar, the library being my favourite. They are beautifully styled with log fires, comfortable, peaceful and with great views of the forest or hotel grounds.

The management and staff are delightful. Justin, the General Manager, made a point of introducing himself and was accessible throughout our stay should we have wanted to talk to him. The waiters, waitresses and reception staff were polite, well dressed and helpful. I also must mention Max, the Bar Manager, he really knows his stuff and made us some wonderful cocktails. I could go on and on about this Hotel but I think you have got the message by now. In conclusion, I would highly recommend this Hotel to anyone looking for a high end experience whether it be a drink in Max’s bar, lunch, dinner or a stay.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 January 2010

Went to dinner here as friends were staying for a long weekend. The place is gorgeous, beautifully decorated with really interesting detail and quirky stuff. Lots of small intimate rooms to sit and relax.

We ate in the scullery. For starters the cheese souffle was gorgeous and the avocado and egg salad was yummy. for main course the steak was great, the sausage and mash was great but the chicken leg confit was "odd" a chicken leg floating in a glutinous stock with huge peas (surprisingly lovely) and silverskin onions. Pudding - rice pudding great (didn't need the home made jam), creme brulee and buffalo icecream were great. the kids thought the petit pot au chocolat was very very rich.

Overall I loved it and will definitely go back again as we live nearby. It reminded me of the welcome you get at The Dorchester - warm and welcoming without being patronising or snooty. I felt this would be a lovely place to spend a break whether as a romantic couple or as a fun family.

The whole place had an appealing mix of humour and deceptively understated sophistication. I'm just an ordinary person who works hard for their money so I want value for money. Well done guys, it was one of the best places I've been to in years.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 December 2009

Put Robin Hutson in charge of a limitless budget and what you get is Lime Wood - a template for country house hotel management that sets a whole range of new benchmarks in service, taste, comfort and quality leaving customers - well, us anyway - feeling unusually grateful and quite proud. We had lunch in one of the two restaurants - The Scullery - yesterday and from the moment we walked in, we could sense the hand of Hutson. Unmistakeably classic but comfy. It looks imposing and unless you are born and bred country house, it could be intimidating.....until you are given the Lime Wood welcome - by staff who are friendly, eager to please (without being obsequious) and amusingly turned out - the guys keeping the big log fires burning are decked out in flat caps and brown sweaters! Easy informal atmosphere in The Scullery. There was a family at the big central table doing crosswords and eating baked beans while we tucked into Dexter beef, wild mushroom tagliatelle and calves liver followed by creme brulee and rice pudding (creamy but a little dry). Our white wine wasn't chilled which surprised us a bit but that apart, the whole Lime Wood experience was deeply pleasurable. Every item of furniture or decoration appears to have been designed and made specially which may explain why it took five years and £30 million to develop. It is beautiful now and will probably improve with age and a few scuff marks. Hutson's old Hotel du Vin business partner Gerard Basset, who opened his excellent TerraVina hotel two years ago just down the road in Netley Marsh will be quite worried because as good as it is, it is outclassed by Lime Wood.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 December 2009

We stayed at the hotel at the end of November staying in a Forest Suite and from the moment we arrived everything ran like clockwork. We were welcomed as we got out of our car and were quickly taken up to our suite where everything we might need to know was clearly explained to us. While the suite wasn't as spacious as I'd expected it was beautifully furnished and contained everything we needed. The bed is upstairs on a mezzanine floor overlooking the sitting area and was big and extremely comfortable.

All the staff in the hotel were incredibly friendly and I couldn't possibly praise them enough. Many would stop and introduce themselves as they passed through the central seating area - even Alex Aitken came and introduced himself and then showed us around the kitchen. A real treat.

We ate in the main restaurant where the food was just amazing - the best scallops we'd ever had! And everything else we ate easily exceeded all our expectations. The wine list was un-intimidating and ranged from £15 to £195 a bottle with something for everyone.

All the rooms in the house are very cozy and sumptuously furnished, and it's easy to find smaller rooms that you can curl up and have all to yourself with lots of huge picture books to browse through.

If there is one thing I could complain about (in the interests of balance!) it would be that arriving along the driveway up to the hotel is like driving over a corrugated metal roof! They really should get it resurfaced soon before someone sends them a bill to have all their fillings replaced.

In conclusion this is a fabulous, if expensive, hotel but for us it was 100% memorable for all the right reasons, especially the friendliness of the staff and the quality of the place, and it is somewhere we definitely plan to return to a lot in the future.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 November 2009

I went to eat at the Alex Aitken restaurant with an old school friend of mine just after the hotel re-opened this week. This hotel used to be the Parkhill and has been shut for 5 years while it has been rebuilt into the Limewood. It is completetly unrecognisable from the old hotel and is fabulously decorated and designed at huge expense.

On arrival, I was greeted by name as I exited from the taxi (good start!) and given a quick tour. The building is very impressive and includes an atruim with a retracting glass roof.

The food in the main restaurant was very good with the menu having only about 5 choices for each course which I think is aways a good sign. The young somellier was knowledgeable and gave us a very good wine in the price range we indicated. A highlight was the dessert/cheese where multiple glasses of wines are served to match each component of the plate. Service overall was faultless - friendly but not familiar.

Overall, extremely good considering it has just opened and I imagine that this will be a viable competitor to the Chewton Glen soon if they develop their offer to the top end of the hotel market with the Spa etc. The location near Lyndhurst is, debateably, better than their nearest competitors so this may turn out to be the best in the area very soon.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled with friends
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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
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Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Lyndhurst
Price Range: £344 - £1,049 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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