We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“A breakfast to die for!”
Review of Old Bells B&B

Old Bells B&B
We can't find prices for this accommodation
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this accommodation, but we can search other options in Lymington
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Old Bells B&B
Ranked #39 of 43 Lymington B&B and Inns
Rye, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A breakfast to die for!”
Reviewed August 21, 2012

We had wonderful weather for a day in Lymington, arriving at the Old Bells just after 6. Our hosts Ann and Phil made us very welcome. On arrival we were treated to tea and cakes - and for any visitors from outside the UK - this was a proper cup of tea and an excellent cake! The house is very old and has the idiosyncrasies that go with age but was very comfortable. We had our dog and he was made very welcome by Ann and Phil's dogs. He also had a large filed to exercise in. There is a wide range of home cooked breakfasts - but for me the eggs benedict with their fresh eggs is to die for!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Mike P
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

4 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    0
    3
    0
    1
    0
See reviews for
2
1
Solo
0
1
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room Tips
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Te Awamutu
1 review
Reviewed July 28, 2012

We were in Lymington recently for a family reunion.The Old Bells was one of several places relatives suggested we might like to stay for 2 nights..Our hosts Anne and Phil were very welcoming as was our room. The room was warm and cosy and quite large enogh for the two of us. The weather outside was horrible (it is summer!) so the tea and cake as we settled in was a nice touch.The Old Bells is a B&B not a hotel,we prefer not to stay in motels or hotels which can all seem very alike.We home host in New Zealand and appreciate the efforts Anne and Phil have made to make things nice.The Old Bells is very old so has the eccentricities that make for a unique and memorable stay- flagstone floors and an old fireplace in the breakfast room.The breakfast room also gives a view of the family dogs in the conservatory- quite amusing.Breakfast was fantastic-lots of choice and much on offer was produced locally.The bed was comfy and huge,lots of pillows, the ensuite was bright and clean and there was plenty of hot water and fluffy towels.There was also tea and coffee making facilities.That's pretty much everything you ask for in a B&B
Despite being close to the road it was surprisingingly quiet.Maps and information were on hand for sightseeing and eating out locally.We tend to agree with a previous reviewer that a more professional looking guest book might be a good idea.For guests with pets this place would be spot on.We enjoyed our stay at the Old Bells and recommend it as a nice place to stay and explore the forest.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Carol L
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Rugby, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed July 18, 2012

We booked a two night stay at Old Bells at the start of July with our 9 month old baby and dog. The owners were really friendly and very helpful with catering for our needs with the room, The sofa was moved out of the room to accommodate the travel cot and when we arrived we were greeted with tea and cake.
The breakfast provided was fantastic, with homemade bread and conserves and a great full english with fresh eggs from the chickens in the garden.
However the whole experience was let down by the very poor quality of the twin beds pushed together to make a super kingsize.
We both tried sleeping on each side and one mattress was marginally better than the other but we must have only had 3-4 hours of broken sleep. We agreed we wouldnt be able to stay for the second night due to this.
Our hosts were surprised by our opinion on the bed stating everyone else had said they were really comfortable in the reviews left in the guest book. They were clearly very old mattresses. I read through the guest book (which was an A4 notepad with perforated pages) and i suspect any critical reviews had been removed. There were loose sections of pages with reviews in the guestbook which made me think this.
No partial refund was offered or asked for so it made for an expensive night at £125 including the surcharge for the dog.
The layout of the property and room is very quirky given the age of the building which I liked.
But a few things do need addressing. There is a damp smell behind the bed which was evident in the night as i couldnt actually sleep. The building is approx 350 years old so i imagine it will be an ongoing battle. It isnt helped by the lack of ventilation in the room, there is a bay window but it has no opening windows. The recently extended en-suite has another bay window which is the same. There is only one small opening window at the back of the shower enclosure. The finish of the en-suite is poor. The tiling and grouting along with the shower enclosure installation are particularly bad.
The strangest thing in the room is a waste pipe from the shower or bath above that comes through the ceiling and across the room on into the en-suite for about 2metres. It looks strange plus we had the pleasure of hearing someone having a shower and it sounded like a river running through the room. We couldnt actually hear each other talking albeit for only 10mins or so while it was running. At the very least it should be boxed in.
The owners were talking about setting up another room upstairs for guests but i would suggest improving the existing room to a better standard should take priority.
Its a shame as there is certainly potential there. We did find another b&b for our second night in the area in the centre of Lymington for the same price last minute. The standard and decor of the facilities were a lot better in comparison.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Darryl526
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers are raving about these Lymington hotels

London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
Reviewed August 19, 2011

My boyfriend and I decided to go to the New Forest for a weekend break. We found this b&b after searching a few websites.

They only offer 1 double bedroom with an en-suite bathroom (only big enough for one person to stand in and turn around) but it is very cosy and a lovely building.

The owners couldnt have been friendlier, more helpful and cooked a fantastic breakfast with homemade breads - superb! We were greated with a cuppa and some cake as soon as we were in the door.

The room is definitely random, but we lovely random, quirky places and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. They allow you to bring your dog too (if you have one).

We would definitely stay there again and would recommend to anyone wanting a nice couple of nights stay somewhere in the New Forest.

Room Tip: Just phone them and ask if the room is available!
See more room tips
  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Sleep Quality
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
3 Thank muffworm
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these Lymington hotels
0.0 mi away
South Lawn Hotel
South Lawn Hotel
#1 of 1 in Milford on Sea
442 reviews
0.0 mi away
Passford House
Passford House
#3 of 7 in Lymington
718 reviews
0.0 mi away
The Mill at Gordleton
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.0 mi away
Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel & Resort
0.0 mi away
Premier Inn Lymington (New Forest, Hordle) Hotel
0.0 mi away
Marine House
Marine House
#2 of 9 in Milford on Sea
151 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Old Bells B&B? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Old Bells B&B

Property: Old Bells B&B
Address: Silver Street | Hordle, New Forest National Park Hampshire, Lymington, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > New Forest National Park Hampshire > Lymington
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #39 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Lymington
Also Known As:
Old Bells B&B Lymington, New Forest National Park Hampshire

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing