Lime Wood continues to be one of the best luxury country house hotels in the UK. Set in the ancient New Forest, just 5 minutes from the charming town of Lyndhurst in Hampshire, Lime Wood is a luxury country house hotel with a difference - in fact many differences!
Five years in the making, using the best of British creative talents, Lime Wood is now seen as one of the best family-friendly luxury hotels in the whole of the British Isles. Ben Pentreath and Charles Morris were the Architects extraordinaire, the sumptuous yet relaxed interiors were created by David Collins, and Luke Holder works his magic in the kitchen.
The result is a beautifully restored Regency country house full of contemporary twists with classically designed interiors. The original charm of the 13th-century hunting lodge still shines through and the use of local materials including stone and ash complement the eclectic mix of antiques, design pieces and selected art work.
Lime Wood is perfect for weekend breaks, a mid-week dash, or an escape from home with the family and four-legged friends. Lime Wood's restaurant Hartnett Holder & co. brings together Luke Holder, Lime Woods head chef, with Angela Hartnett and their team to create home-cooked food, not chefs food cooked for restaurants. Families of all ages are warmly welcomed at Lime Wood.
The Herb House Spa is where guests can go and be totally cocooned and pampered. Set in the forest, it has a state-of-the-art Technogym and offers only the best holistic and Ayurvedic therapies, putting it in a league of its own.
The huge Sauna enjoys forest views, and the Bath House has its own indoor pool. You can guess what happens in the Mud House, and the Bath Garden is a double treatment room with its own bubbling outdoor pool for those looking to enjoy some relaxation time together.
Refreshing drinks or a herbal tea can be enjoyed in the roof garden which is filled with fresh herbs. The Raw Bar serves an inspirational selection of fresh salads, raw fish, smoothies, and cocktails. If exercise in the fresh air is more your thing there are plenty of jogging,
During the cooler months why not play a game of pool or enjoy an evening drink in the library. Lime Wood is a great choice for families throughout the year.
Lime Wood has managed to succeed where many other luxury hotels have failed: offering a choice of restaurants for both those looking for relaxation in an informal setting and for others who are wanting a little bit more glamour.
Hartnett Holder & Co is Lime Wood's new restaurant where guests can relax, sink back into the George Smith chairs and sofas and enjoy food as it should be; fresh, plentiful and home made. Dark oak distressed-look tables are clad with simple, brushed silver cutlery and candlesticks and small plates and bowls are the china of choice from which guests are encouraged to share and taste just as Italians do.
To accompany the meal, peruse the award-winning wine list, praised by Condé Nast as innovative and exciting.
The Scullery is a brasserie-style room where guests can enjoy a breakfast feast.