Lime Wood

Lyndhurst, Hampshire

Designed for pure leisure and pleasure, this Georgian New Forest lodge is run as a glamorous yet relaxed country house hotel for today’s savvy guest. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Designed for pure leisure and pleasure, this Georgian New Forest lodge is run as a glamorous yet relaxed country house hotel for today’s savvy guest. ‘It really does encapsulate laid-back luxury at its best,’ says a Guide insider. Neutral-tone rooms are ‘romantic, some tucked away up towers, with open fire and wood floor’. The simplest, under the eaves, have garden and forest views. There are two-storey suites, pavilions with a lounge and private terrace, and a cabin by the lake with outdoor bath. Public rooms are beautiful, but ‘none as enticing as the light-filled Courtyard bar, with glass-ceiling’, marble bar and leather chairs. Sunbathe on the herb-planted roof of the spa, order small plates from an all-day menu, or dine on modern Italian fare from Luke Holder and Angela Hartnett (maybe ‘particularly good truffle ravioli’, or crab risotto with orange and fennel). ‘Staff are so well trained that when 
a spider crawled on me in the restaurant, the waiter leant over and calmly palmed it, then stood and chatted to me with it in his hand.’ You can borrow boots to head into the forest, with trails from the door. (JK)

Hotel details

Address

Beaulieu Road
Lyndhurst
Hampshire
SO43 7FZ
England

Telephone

02380 287177

Bedrooms

33. 5 on ground floor, 
2 suitable for disabled, 16 in pavilions and cottages in the grounds.

Open

all year.

Facilities

lifts, 2 bars, 3 lounges, 
2 restaurants, private dining rooms, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, spa (indoor pool), 14-acre gardens, cookery school, public rooms wheelchair accessible.

Background music

all day in public areas.

Children

all ages welcomed, children's menus and swimming times.

Dogs

allowed in outside bedrooms (£30 charge), not in main house.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

per room £395–£2,500. Breakfast £22, à la carte £65. 1-night bookings refused most weekends.

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Last updated: October 28, 2020