Alicja McCarthy

Lime Wood Hotel

  • Where:Lyndhurst
  • Why:Romantic weekend away.
  • When:March 2014
  • Who:The boy & I.
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So the spa has three pools, but the forest views from the hydrapool are unrivaled. With the ever-changing seasons, how can this
not be perfect?

Love the use of colour in this welcoming reception.

Our incredible two-story Pavilion Suite had this freestanding bath in the bay window overlooking the woods!

A mix of country and contemporary style in our
comfortable bedroom.

The relaxed and comfortably adorned sitting room with dark wood, soft stone and blues. The garden has immediate access to the forest where all you can hear is bird song.

The back of the hotel doubles as alfresco style dining for the restaurant Harnett & Holder. Look how pretty it is at sunset!

The indoor ‘Courtyard Bar’ has a roof made entirely of glass so it feels like you’re outside.

Harnett & Holder restaurant is super comfortable with eclectic character and charm. Their homemade pasta is divine as well as the mini fried courgettes.

They smoke and cure their own meat and fish in the little smoke house in the garden. This platter is a must!

Need wellies? No problem.

The roof at the Herb House Spa is just delightful. Daily yoga is offered on the deck or you can just sit and gaze at the views.

Approaching Lime Wood Hotel, incredibly picturesque.

Highs & Lows

  • The team at Lime Wood is exceptional. So friendly and genuinely interested in making your stay a memorable one.

  • The Herb House Spa! I had a Pai Detox and Decongest Facial, which was full of organic antioxidants. Three days after, my skin still felt great!

  • If you fancy a walk in the woods, they can provide you with wellies, jackets, bikes, maps and a picnic.

  • The home-smoked platters at Harnett & Holder are incredible. So melty and flavorsome.

  • The wine list is a little price-intimidating. Our sommelier was a wonder and we didn’t mind asking for ‘reasonable’ recommendations.

  • Lack of lighting in the bathroom of our Pavilion Suite.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 49/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Luxury boutique manor house.

  • Vibe

    Luxury, country and peaceful with a contemporary twist.

  • Location

    In the heart of the New Forest.

  • Rooms

    32, a mix of bedrooms and suites.

  • Music

    Yes, subtle background music.

  • Year Opened

    Reopened in 2009 after a £30 million renovation.

  • Designed By

    Originally created by David Collins and renovated by Ben Pentreath and Charles Morris in 2009. The recently opened Hartnett & Holder restaurant was designed by Martin Brudnizki.

  • Pool/Gym

    Yes, three pools and a state-of-the-art gym and spa.

  • Restaurant

    Yes, Hartnett & Holder and Raw & Cured in the Herb House Spa.

  • Bar

    Yes, the Courtyard.

  • Children

    Definitely, there are many activities and babysitting services.

  • Price

    Expensive luxury.

The Pig is one of a handful of renowned country hotels in England. Loved by the Lime Wood family, the food has come highly recommended. Local, some of it grown on site, with an abundance of country charm.

Lunch at the neighboring Pig Hotel

Pig Hotel, Lyndhurst, England

The Pig is one of a handful of renowned country hotels in England. Loved by the Lime Wood family, the food has come highly recommended. Local, some of it grown on site, with an abundance of country charm.

Just a short drive away.

Highcliffe Beach in New Milton

Waterford Rd, Highcliffe, Christchurch BH23 5DG, UK

Just a short drive away.

Spot the famous and very friendly wild ponies.

Venture out to the New Forest Pastures

New Forest National Park

Spot the famous and very friendly wild ponies.

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