Good Hotel Guide Review
Charles II might not recognise his old royal hunting lodge today but, as the father of at least 11 children and a great lover of his spaniels, the Merry Monarch would enjoy the dog-friendly, inclusive ethos. The 18th-century mansion, built around an older core, served as a residence for the Duke of Bedford, Lord Warden of the New Forest, and is today part of the Luxury Family Hotels group (see Fowey Hall, Fowey; Woolley Grange, Bradford-on-Avon; and Moonfleet Manor, Fleet). Bedrooms are a mix of period and contemporary styling and range from cosy and classic to two-bedroom and deluxe suites (one with handsome carved four-poster). The deer park suite has a master bedroom, twin bedroom, French doors to a roof terrace, a bathroom with bath and walk-in shower. There’s plenty to keep the kids occupied here, with a crèche, cinema room and games room. Flexible dining includes a lounge menu and Matilda afternoon tea, Sunday lunch served family style. For the grown-ups, à la carte dining includes dishes such as Sopley Farm risotto, fennel and lemon, or Owton’s Farm beef trio with swede mash and cabbage roulade. Cycle hire with toddler seats can be arranged for two-wheel tootles around the forest.
open all year.
2 lounges, 2 restaurants, crèche, cinema, games room, in-room TV, civil wedding licence, spa, spa café, indoor pool, outdoor pool (May–Sept), terrace, gardens, children’s play area, EV charging, Vinery restaurant and spa wheelchair accessible.
‘light modern instrumental’ in dining areas.
all ages welcomed, no charge for extra bed, children's menu.
allowed in bedrooms (£15 a night), on lead in public areas, not in crèche, restaurants or spa.
Amex, MC, Visa.
B&B doubles from £120. À la carte £40. 1-night bookings may be refused at weekends.