Lime Wood

‘At night, surrounded by floodlit cedars and oaks, it felt like a movie set,’ writes one reader this year, after visiting the luxury New Forest retreat. More

Contact details

Beaulieu Road
SO43 7FZ
023 8028 7177

Hotel information


32. 5 on ground floor, 2 suitable for disabled, 16 in pavilions and cottages in the grounds.


all year.


lifts, 2 bars, 3 lounges, 
2 restaurants, private dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, spa (16-metre swimming pool), 14-acre gardens (outdoor hot pool), cookery school, public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

all day in public areas.


all ages welcomed.


allowed in outside bedrooms, not in main house.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.


room from £385. Breakfast £16.50–£25, a la carte £65. 1-night bookings refused most weekends, bank holidays.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘At night, surrounded by floodlit cedars and oaks, it felt like a movie set,’ writes one reader this year, after visiting the luxury New Forest retreat. Almost correct. The mellow-stone mansion, apart from a tiny original section, is a 21st-century recreation of a Georgian property. So theatrics, but no drama, just ‘friendly, professional’ staff and a ‘gloriously relaxed’ atmosphere in the ‘delightful’ public spaces sprinkled liberally with artwork. The main house’s ‘tasteful’ rooms have coolly casual categories: eaves, cosy, spacious. Around the grounds, a thread of rustic family cottages, and two-storey suites and lodges with fireplace, dining area and forest or estate views. New this year, a linear timber-clad hideaway, cantilevered over the small lake, as if Frank Lloyd Wright had designed a log cabin. Wellies, waterproofs and bikes are provided, but may well be ignored for the acclaimed spa’s soft grey robes. In the ‘elegant, softly lit’ restaurant, Luke Holder and Angela Hartnett’s seasonal, locally sourced Italian fare includes such dishes as velvet crab, blood orange, fennel and basil risotto. Breakfast brings a ‘terrific’ buffet, or cooked options: smoked haddock, steak and eggs. (IB, and others)

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Lime Wood
Beaulieu Road
SO43 7FZ

Guest comments

'Very professional. Superb food. Rather banal music at dinner. ' - John Walton - February, 2016
'A stunning hotel. We stayed in the cheapest room. It was small but well appointed, though it lacked armchairs. But the bathroom was lovely. The restaurant has improved; it is vibrant, buzzy and colourful. The food, mainly Italian, was mostly delicious. The breakfast buffet table is still excellent, and the Scullery, where breakfast is taken, is delightful. We made sure we sat far from the radio. The staff were extremely friendly and professional. ' - Barbara Watkinson - May, 2013
'Expensive but worth it for a specill occasion. Our delightful double-aspect room facing the garden had a brilliant bathroom. Beautiful chaise longue but difficult to move. Excellent lighting. Drinks in the attractive central courtyard. Dining room lacked atmosphere; food and service ok. Memorable breakfast buffet table but we disliked the accompanying radio chit-chat. Lovely swimming pool. ' - Barbara Watkinson - June, 2011

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Last updated: October 8, 2018. Information from the 2019 Good Hotel Guide