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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.
spa treatment room
Beaulieu Rd, Lyndhurst SO43 7FZ, Hampshire, New Forest National Park, United Kingdom
Directions to Lime Wood: 1. From the M3 - after junction 13 the M3 divides (Junction 13)- follow the signs to join the M27 West to Bournemouth and Poole 2. Exit M27 at Junction 2 (Fawley, Totton, HGV Lyndhurst) and take the A326 following signs for Fawley 3. Continue on the A326 for approximately 3 miles until you see signs for the A35 Lyndhurst, turn left onto the slip road which will bring you to a set of traffic lights 4. Turn right at the traffic lights onto the A35. At the next roundabout (after c.50 yards) take the first left exit (proceeding virtually straight ahead on the A35) 5. Continue on the A35 passing through Ashurst and after c.4 miles you reach the ‘Welcome to Lyndhurst' sign 6. Continue for approximately 8o yards after the sign until you reach the first left turning after the sign (signposted to Beaulieu) 7. Turn left onto the Beaulieu Road continue along the road for c.1 mile until you reach the white Lime Wood sign - the hotel is situated on the right.
Ben Pentreath restored the main house and extensions with their 16 bedrooms as well as many of the stunning interior rooms. Charles Morris, whose previous work includes the Orchard Room at Highgrove, designed the additional outbuildings which house 11 suites and 2 guest rooms. Some of the rooms and suites have their own wood burning stoves, perfect for a cold winters night with a creamy hot chocolate. The rooms are split between the main house and the various lodges and outbuildings, but what they all have in common is that they are all large, comfortable and incredibly indulgent. The rooms at Lime Wood have been so cleverly put together; the antiques, works of art and handmade furniture that surround you make you feel as though you are staying at a very good friends house who has immaculate taste and style. Don't be surprised if you find yourself giving your room a makeover as soon as you get home! Some of the en-suite bathrooms feature free standing baths and all of the rooms have king size beds, WiFi, satellite TV, DVD player, iPod docking stations and of course wonderfully big fluffy gowns. If you fancy a midnight feast you can always raid your very own in-room pantry!
In 2014, Lime Wood opened the two Forest Cottages which are located in the grounds, surrounded by forest and meadows. These two storey family suites melt into their surroundings and are perfect for those looking for a little more privacy and independence as they both have a kitchenette, dining area and living area with snug log fires. Both cottages have an upstairs master bedroom with a four poster bed and an en-suite bathroom with free standing bath and double monsoon shower. Cottage 1 has a downstairs twin bedroom whereas Cottage 2 has an upstairs bunk bedroom, both with an additional shower bathroom. These cottages can be interconnecting making them perfect for larger families or groups. The Forest Cabin sits near the cottages and is a cosy ground floor family suite that sleeps 4 with a multipurpose kitchenette, dining and living area with a log fire.
Our rooms have a 72 hour cancellation policy prior to arrival. If you cancel within 72 hrs we will charge for the room rate unless we can re-let room on your behalf.
Check in is guarenteed from 3pm and check out is at 11:30 - You have full use of the hotel for the whole day on check in and check out.
Check-in time: 15:00
Check-out time: 11:30
Early check-in: no
Late check-out: no
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Special benefits only guests booking through Chic Retreats obtain.
If you find your stay cheaper elsewhere we will give you £50 towards your next stay with us.