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“Almost perfect”
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Lime Wood Hotel
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Lyndhurst
Certificate of Excellence
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“Almost perfect”
Reviewed 21 April 2010

We loved this hotel. The forest walks, the wild ponies, the various sitting rooms and outdoor seating areas etc. Our only (minor) complaints would be: (i) that the room we stayed in, described by the hotel as a "suite", cannot really be described as a suite since the living/sitting area was far too small and the sleeping area was just on an elevated platform above the sitting area (the bathroom and bed were fantastic); (ii) a small thing I know, but still - there was only one phone in the room, located by the bed upstairs on the elevated platform area. So, as one enjoys a drink or two from the mini bar and watches a DVD on the sofa, if we wanted any room service, one of us would have to walk up to the bed to make the call; (iii) we stayed for two nights and no one told us that on the second evening of our stay the main restaurant would be fully booked due to a private booking - we had planned to eat in the more casual restaurant on the first evening and in the more formal restaurant on the second evening, but were unable to do so; (iv) the scullery had a distinct lack of main course veggie options - I know veggies can be annoying, but, still, a good fifth of the population are veggies so need to be catered for; (v) on checking in, I was asked which paper I would like to have delivered in the mornings. No paper was delivered to my room on either morning (I didn't bother complaining).

I would definitely come again, as everything else was wonderful.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 April 2010

I'd heard about Lime Wood House through a work colleague and subsquently read about it in the Top 100 New Hotels list in Conde Nast World Traveller Magazine and thought if it made this list then is definitely worthy of our hard earned pennies. Not only that, but a place to spend our second Wedding Anniversary.

On the whole my husband and I weren't disappointed and we concur with all the other reviews on here. However the one thing that let's the Hotel down in our opinion and certainly knocks at least one star off the Hotels rating, was the service we received by the Food and Beverage staff. All bar one (the nice young main who served us afternoon tea in the courtyard area) seemed rushed, weren't attentive, seemed very inexperienced and flustered, even though it wasn't busy. There was no anticipation of our needs and we had to ask for everything, more tea or coffee, condiments with our meal, water for the table, plates to be cleared etc. certainly not the service you expect from a luxurious five star hotel.

Having said that the hotel itself has been beautifully and tastfully decorated and the bedroom (even though we booked on of the cheapest rooms (generous) was wonderful, in fact one of the best we have ever stayed in.

In summary, once the Spa is completed (Summer 2010) and if the F&B staff improve, this truly is a place to stay for a romantic break in the New Forest and would be worthy of their 5 stars.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 March 2010

We had such an amazing time at Lime Wood. The atmosphere is just so relaxing, the staff very nice and helpful and the hotel just beautiful. We will definately be going back, specially when the Spa will be open by the end of the summer. If you fancy a relaxing and romantic trip away go and stay at the Lime Wood.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 March 2010

A friend and I stayed for only one night but it was a night I shall not soon forget! When we eventually found the hotel hidden away between the wild ponies and moor we were stunned by the beautiful hotel. The hotel offers valet parking and boys in caps take your luggage for you. Reception is smart and and welcoming and the girls behind the desk wear riding boots and jeans making it feel even more like a nice country retreat. We were shown to our room in the main building of the hotel and were greeted by Louis Armstrong playing softly on an ipod. it doesn't sound like a great deal but it made the room welcoming, not as if we had just arrived but as though we had always been there. The main bedroom window overlooked the drive and the grounds and the other looked over the other buildings of the hotel. The bathroom was stunning, i wanted to take it home with me! White marble with a huge window directly over the entrance of the hotel. the bath was large and the shower could fit 5 people comfortably.

dinner that evening was very special. it was my first Michelan starred meal and it didn't disappoint. the service was friendly and efficient. the menu had good variety and the food was delicious. Max's bar, and Max himself, were delightful. there was a roaring fire and the room itself is very cozy. the cocktails were excellent and the bar tender was kind enough to make my favorite drink that was not on the list.

after a long hard day or doing hardly anything the bedroom was an oasis of comfort. Breakfast the next day was lovely and the buffet was nicely displayed. the breakfast dining room is a lovely light room and pleasant to stay in.

the only thing i have to complain about is the fact that i had to leave! the experience was 100% enjoyable. i would like to come back in the summer and take advantage of some of the activities the hotel offers like horseback riding, off-roading, archery, falconry, and kayaking. i especially recommend this hotel for people from overseas like me. Being Californian i've never had the pleasure of staying in a hotel like this and would have a hard time finding a place to touch up on my archery skills. i highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 March 2010

I was looking for somewhere special to hold a surprise dinner party for my husband's Birthday. There had been lots of talk about Lime Wood and so I decided to give it a whirl. I was offered the chance to host a private dinner party in the lovely, sophisticated Cedar Room (no room hire charge which was impressive and appreciated). There were ten of us and we opted for the Tasting Menu with Tasting Wine. The evening was absolutely fabulous. It was a culinary delight and the service, lead by Cedric was simply outstanding. We stayed in bedroom 12 which was delightful, with an opulent bathroom - my only slight issue would be that the mirror in the bureau was at the wrong angle to be able to see your reflection while sitting down - so useless as a dressing table, but that is my only complaint! The next morning, we had a late cooked breakfast in the scullery which was great. Then at lunchtime, our family turned up with our four children aged between 5 and 11. After a pre-lunch drink in a reserved area by the open fire, we were again able to use the Cedar Room. The Mother's Day menu was delicious and good value - the 48 day aged beef could be cut like butter. When the kids got bored, they were given crayons and colouring sheets and were shown the toy cupboard which had every board game ever invented! The sun was shining and so we all swapped our smart shoes for a pair of Hunter Wellies from the Boot Room and went for a stomp around the Forest. It really was the most superb weekend, worth every penny. I didn't want to leave and will definitely be going back when the SPA opens! My new favourite place.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 February 2010

Well a first time here -its only been open for 3 months in its new luxurious format-and we had a most fabulous time.
First as we swing into the drive having driven past the famous New Forest ponies gently grazing by the roadside you see a long gravelled approach to the limestone country house perched at the top, a fine building surrounded by the new developments of
the spa and adjoining extensions all very tastefully done.
Staff leap out to take your bags -ok they do wear flat caps but quite stylish- to our room up the staircase a "forest suite " with the bedroom upstairs and downstairs the lounge
and bathroom not over spacious but nice only one quibble here a lack of wardrobe space to hang clothes(room 10)
Then to lunch in the scullery a large varied menu ,steak, lobster, baked beans if you like
something to suite everyone including kids-lovely room with decorative plates lining the
walls - relaxing- food good, service good -a pleasure.
Then a walk in the surrounding woods back to the room and dinner in the main dining room.A quite beautiful room in muted green , tables well spaced, pretty lights and an intelligent, very young head waiter - the tasting menu, risotto,venison passion fruit souffle light as air-quite splendid.
Very busy place , on the Sunday quite packed with piano music a drink in the glass covered courtyard, alls right with the world after all.
After I had parked my car on arrival the head chef Alex Aitken saw me struggling with a couple of small bags and helped me carry them to my room -its that sort of place at the moment-personal.
Have stayed at Gidleigh, Manoir etc, this now belongs to that exalted company - give this place a few years and it will be as smoothly run as they are with the added benefit of a luxuirious spa which was not quite finished when we stayed.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 February 2010

Intrigued after having read mixed reviews of the renovated Limewood Hotel and having stayed 12 years ago we decided to combine a business trip to the U.K with a long weekend.

Initial impressions were good, the old Regency house has been spruced up, even if some of the replacement outbuildings are a little incongruous with the surroundings of the New Forest and open Parkland. Reception was as one would expect for a 5 star hotel, valet parking and greeted by sir name.

However from then on our experience deteriorated. Being a 5 star hotel we elected for a "standard" room, expecting this to meet our requirements - however it didn't. Measuring little more than 4 meters across we've stayed in cheap guest houses with more room to swing a cat. Moreover the room was very dark, and had very little natural daylight. The furniture, brand new was relatively tasteful if a little chic for our tastes. The bathroom though was a different matter real marble, with a powerful shower and a good size, probably half the size of the bedroom!

Dinner was little better, the dining room was completely characterless, if a little more swish than the glorified conservatory that once served as the dining room. Nothing here to signify that this was once a house of the gentry, moreover the constant loud music of a pianist just outside prevented any civil conversation. The food though was exceptional - local haunch of venison for myself and lobster for the better half. Service was a little intrusive though, combined with the "music", it spoilt the chef's efforts.

Breakfast was taken early, and was generous with a choice of continental or English.
With little to do at the hotel - a pool, sauna and riding facilities are planned I was told - we decided to amble the relatively small, but well maintained grounds, which we saw little of from our room. However at this point we noticed a pungent farm like smell, which gradually grew stronger, the adjacent dairy farm was spreading manure. I can imagine that in the summer this would be very strong. We enquired further and was told that we could follow a number of trails through the woods, borrowing a set of good old fashioned hunter wellies, which we did, and toughly enjoyed.

Overall given that this was a supposedly a five star hotel, it was more like a three in terms of the room, and the lack of facilities - no spar or pool, and that the place stank like a cow pen for some of our visit. Reputedly £35M has been spent, but it is difficult to see where given the small size of the place and lack of essential facilities at this price. As previous reviewers have mentioned style over substance! The whole country house theme was a bit of a joke, especially the staff dressed in flat caps and looking squire like - especially as they were mainly Eastern European, very perplexing.

Overall we wouldn't return - we've stayed in more characterful, more memorable and critically more spacious three stars before. You've got to work much harder in the five star league!

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled on business
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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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