We have mixed feelings about Lime Wood. We usually spend our annual night away without kids at Cowley Manor or Babington House and it was with much persuasion I got my husband to try Lime Wood. First impressions were good, although reception staff seemed too busy to show us around when we first arrived. We had a whirlwind tour which was fine, but we felt like we had arrived at an awkward time.
The room was lovely. Very traditional but comfortable and served its purpose. The spa was wonderful and the best we have been to in a UK hotel. The big downside was our evening meal. I have never complained in a restaurant (or hotel) before but my main course was barely edible and my dessert was so burnt I couldn't eat any of it! We also waited for nearly 1.5 hours before receiving our main course (I was close to going and helping the chef prepare!) The restaurant Manager was suitably apologetic but I was so disappointed with the meal that went to speak to the Manager, who adjusted our bill accordingly. And we weren't the only ones to complain in the restaurant. The guests next to us were unhappy as their meals weren't hot.
Our overall feeling about Limewood was that it was trying just a bit too hard. They really need to spend some time training staff. Reception staff seemed nervous, Raw and Cured staff ( in the spa restaurant) were too busy chatting and Spa staff were very loudly discussing guest massage requirements with lots of innuendo- not appropriate at all!
Lime Wood could be such a fantastic hotel, but like other reviewers on here, we felt that it lacked any charm so we left feeling no warmth for the place. In our opinion, it doesn't compare to Cowley Manor, which is naturally welcoming, nothing is too much trouble and you feel at home as soon as you set foot through the door. Cowley, we missed you and will see you next year!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lime Wood, a boutique country house hotel in England, is set in the heart of the New Forest National Park, 1.5 miles from the small town of Lyndhurst and just an hour and a half drive from London. We like to think of ourselves as a luxury country house hotel with a difference. We've used Lime Wood's classical structure as the basis of our design but we've lovingly renovated it with a fresh approach, reviving its architecture and grounds. We've kept the spirit of its past, taken inspiration from its extraordinarily beautiful surroundings and added the odd contemporary twist to bring it to life. The food is by Luke Holder and Angela Hartnett. With its proximity to London, our New Forest boutique hotel really is the ultimate countryside getaway; perfect for weekend breaks, a dash from the city, or an escape from home; whatever your motivations, we can't wait to show you around. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lime Wood Hotel Lyndhurst, New Forest National Park