Archives for September 16, 2010

Having opened in November 2009, LIME WOOD in the New forest is a luxury country house hotel with a difference and a hot favourite with the discerning leisure traveller.

Lime wood is set in the heart of the New Forest, Lime Wood is a regency country house dating back to the 1740’s, which houses 16 of its 29 rooms. Additional buildings accommodate the final 13 and all have the most sumptuous interiors with hints of lime green throughout. Enormous, squashy beds, open fire places (in most rooms) and views of the forest and woodlands can be appreciated by all, whether you stay in a ‘cosy’, ‘generous’ or ‘pavilion suite’ room. Many rooms have duplex facilities and it is not uncommon to see old fashioned bath tubs in the centre of the bedroom.

There is many a cosy corner in the main house and the welcome flexibility of the hotel ensures you can eat breakfast or take tea wherever you wish. The Scullery offers all-day dining and has a delightful menu including beans on toast, fish fingers & chips and Ploughman’s with new Forest ham – none of which will break the budget, despite the high class of this hotel. Marmite mushrooms on toast were my choice and on a wet September afternoon were just perfect.

Whilst the ash panelled, fine dining restaurant at Lime Wood gives the impression of glamour, the atmosphere is warm, welcoming and informal. No dress code is imposed and children are happily allowed to dine with their parents in the evening. In addition to the Dining Room and Scullery a unique concept is the Kitchen Table where guests are welcome to join the chefs during service and have lunch, dinner or simply afternoon tea. The chefs will happily chat to guests or perform culinary demonstrations should they wish.

If you a lover of wide open spaces then the position of Lime Wood is perfect. Borrow a pair of ‘Hunters’ or take a bike for a ride. Rooms are all equipped with walking and running maps and there are motorised scooters for children to enjoy as well. Pets are welcome in select rooms so the whole family can enjoy Lime Wood together.

Whilst there is currently no children’s club, the hotel will go out of their way to accommodate families of all ages. DVD’s, computer games, board games, bikes and scooters can be provided and meals catered for accordingly. There is also a games room for older children and the young at heart.  baby sitting is available upon request.

The Herb House Spa is a truly special place for both relaxation and pampering as well as serious health and fitness.For a mid-week retreat or a weekend catch up with the family, Lime Wood will fulfil all your needs of a country house escape.

For further details please call Gemma on 01428 658 777


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