I've dreamt of staying at the Rhinefield House Hotel since I was little and spent most summers camping in the Forest with my family... I booked a Classic Weekend Break for my me and my husband as a surprise to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary. I was informed on booking that there would be weddings over the whole weekend, however was comfortable that their room recommendation would mean that we were well away from the celebrations and this did infact prove to be the case, the weddings didn't impact our stay at all. The Classic rooms are well equipped (hubby loved the big telly), very comfortable and very clean. Turn down service was included and nice to get back to after a long day walking/riding.
Over and above all the positives of this lovely hotel the staff absolutely stand out for me. From the moment we first walked in until after we had checked out they couldn't have been more accommodating, friendly, helpful and just really very good at what they do. They really did make this special weekend an unforgettable one.
We ate both evenings in the restaurants - the first, Friday, in the Amada Restaurant which was lovely, service impeccable, great wine list, beautiful room. The second, Saturday, in the more casual Grill but again, service impeccable, etc. We wouldn't usually eat in the hotel but venture out to local restaurants or pubs but are both really pleased that we did. The breakfast is perfect - with a good (and very fresh) continental buffet as well as hot choice (made to order) selection.
The hotel location and setting is superb, right in the midst of the New Forest National Park. We did a full day bike ride on the Saturday - rode all the way to Bucklers Hard, which is worth a visit. The second day, unable to sit on a bike again, we did a good walk to Lyndhurst and back. Surprisingly and disappointedly, we struggled to find somewhere for Sunday lunch in Lyndhurst - the only hotel in town (the Crown I think, on the main high street) only served until 2pm, so we missed that. Maybe we were looking for something a 'bit special' after the two meals in the hotel, as there are plenty of pubs in the town and all seemed to be busy. If you're planning on going to Lyndhurst for food then check it out ahead.
My only disapointment with the hotel, not even that really, is that the main lounge/bar area feels as though it's underground (it isn't) as its quite dark/dingy but again the service made up for that.
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- Also Known As:
- Rhinefield House Hotel Brockenhurst
- Rhinefield Hotel Brockenhurst
- Rhinefield House Brockenhurst, New Forest National Park