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“What a lovely weekend” 4 of 5 stars
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Rufus House
4.0 of 5 Guest house   |   Southampton Rd., Lyndhurst, New Forest National Park SO43 7BQ, England   |  
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Ranked #7 of 24 Lyndhurst B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
London, UK
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“What a lovely weekend”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2007

We stayed here last weekend and it was really nice - we had quite a small room but it was very cosy. The breakfast was lovely and the hosts are really friendly. The area was wonderful and I would really recommend the overall trip for a relaxing weekend away.

  • Liked — Convienient location and friendly feel
  • Disliked — Small room
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Leicestershire, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2007

We have just returned from a weekend break here, and were very pleased that we chose the Rufus House. Its location is great in most respects, a short walk into Lyndhurst and opposite a section of the New Forest where you can walk for miles. The only downside can be the rather noisy main road, which did disturb us on our fist night despite the traffic decreasing overnight. We were in the ground floor turret room [room 1], however, which faces onto the front carpark and road so is likely to suffer more than most of the rooms. This room is also next to the front door so we were a bit disturbed again by people coming in late. The room itself is spacious and was absolutely spotless, as was the shower room, and is comfortabley furnished, including a four-poster bed plus has a good sitting / TV area.

Probably the best thing about the Rufus though is the service, and the owners really show how it should be done. They are welcoming, friendly and you get the impression that nothing is too much trouble, with similar attitude from their breakfast staff. This type of excellent service shows the benefits of going to an owner-managed B&B / hotel over larger hotels where it is so often very different. Breakfast is fine, plentiful, and made to order, with a good choice for this size of place.

Overall we had a really good time here, and I would certainly stay again, though I would prefer a different room to have a more peaceful night. Otherwise, though, there was nothing I could see to complain about.

  • Liked — friendly owners, excellent standards of service
  • Disliked — some noise from road and bedroom being by front door
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2007

This is how service should be. I've only stayed in hotels before and was used to their 'do the least amount possible' attitude, but staying at Rufus House made me release what a difference it makes when you actually enjoy your job.
We arrived at Ashurst train station and tried to find a taxi, which prooved to be quite hard. I rang rufus house to say we would be later than the specified 12-1 check in and was told to stay where i was, and her husband would come and pick us up. WOW. Imagine that from a hotel! ha!
Everything else was perfect. A clean room. Amazingly resonable mini bar. Great breakfast cooked to order.
And we even got a lift back to the station when we left!
There is nothing I can fault here.
We went to The Rhinefield hotel on a bike ride for lunch, and the comparison was even more evident. The staff were disinterested, SLOW, there was building work going on. Beautfiul surrounding, but almost NO service.
Rufus House shows what happens when you love your job. Which made me love my holiday!
GO HERE!

  • Liked — Service
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2007

Myself and my girlfirend stayed at the Rufus House Hotel over the weekend and it could not have been a more pleasant stay. The owner was warm and welcoming and nothing seemed too much trouble. The place itself was clean and tidy. We stayed in one of the back rooms (room 5) over looking the garden and it was a lovely room, with an en-suite and nicely packed mini bar. Only a short walk from Lyndhurst with has some lovely pub and restaurants, right in the middle of the new forest and only 15 minutes drive from Southampton. This is a top little place and I would highly recommend it.

  • Liked — Friendly owners and clean and pleasant accomodation
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2007

My husband and I stayed for two nights at this guest house for the bank holiday weekend. It's run by couple who seem to take a real pride in their business. The accommodation is spotless and homely. We stayed in room five, which overlooks the garden and is very private.
It's location is perfect - right opposite the New Forest and just a few minutes walk from the centre of Lyndhurst. If you're after a relaxing, affortable break in the heart of the New Forest, then this is a great place to stay.

  • Liked — Personal touch
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Horsham, West Sussex
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2007

My partner, Ian and I have just returned from a very pleasant stay at this delightful B&B right opposite the forest. Just a few minutes walk from the village, Rufus House is immaculately presented and the service is excellent, with the owners going out of their way to make guests feel very welcome. There's even a lockable store for bikes, which was really useful. Lots of nice touches made for a hotel feel within the bedroom, with a well stocked mini bar and modern ensuite. Go for a bedroom to the rear of the property and you won't hear the road at all. Highly recommended. Martin

  • Liked — The cleanliness and service
  • Disliked — The garden is rather small
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Essex
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2007

My partner, son, his wife and I stayed at Rufus House for a weekend in April 2007. We were so pleased with it that I wanted to write this
review. The charming, delightful couple who own it made us feel welcome from the moment of our arrival and couldn't have been more helpful. The accommodation was spotlessly clean, there was plenty of hot water, the beds, although not kingsize, were very comfortable and
attention had been paid to detail. The breakfasts were individually prepared to order, very appetising (not a hint of grease on the cooked meals) and attractively prepared. I was particularly pleased to see a vegetarian option and natural Greek yogurt in addition to the standard fruit cartons. The location was perfect for exploring the New Forest. We all agreed that we would be very happy to stay there again if we return to the area.

  • Liked — friendly, helpful owners, appetizing breakfast, clean and comfortable surroundings.
  • Disliked — decor and colour scheme in bedroom
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Southampton Rd., Lyndhurst, New Forest National Park SO43 7BQ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > New Forest National Park > Lyndhurst
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Lyndhurst
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Rufus House 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With acres of exceptional woodland and open heaths as our front garden, Rufus House is the perfect location to explore the New Forest and surrounding areas of natural beauty all year around. Enjoy a relaxing break in peaceful surroundings overlooking views of the forest, ponies, cattle, donkeys. A grand Victorian house ideally located in the cent re of the New Forest. Many good restaurants and pubs are all walking distance from Rufus House. ... more   less 
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