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.
- 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