Lime Wood Hotel Is a Countryside Getaway in England

March 16, 2011 by

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.

They like to think of themselves as a luxury country house hotel with a difference. They’ve used Lime Wood’s classical structure as the basis of their design but have affectionately renovated it with a new approach, reviving its architecture and grounds. They’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.

It’s been five exciting years in the making and the results are a rich collaboration of creative talent at its best. The architectural parts were designed by Charles Morris and Ben Pentreath. Interiors have been added by David Collins and food by head chef, Luke Holder. Combined with great food, immaculate service and facilities, Lime Wood is now thrilled to announce the arrival of the only 5 star luxury country house hotel in the New Forest National Park. With its proximity to London, their New Forest boutique hotel really is the ultimate countryside getaway; perfect for weekend breaks, a dash from the city, or an escape from home.

Lime Wood’s exterior is an architectural triumph in itself. A spectacular Regency country house originally well-known as a hunting lodge in the 13th Century, they took great care not to over-run its original charm when they started its renovation. It’s a charm that has evolved over years and one that’s given the country house a distinctive character.

Ben Pentreath of Working Group Design restored the main house and its extensions, comprising 16 bedrooms, a series of classically designed sitting rooms, library, dining room, informal eatery, bar, cellar and billiard room. Meanwhile Charles Morris, whose previous work includes the Orchard Room at Highgrove, designed the additional buildings which include a further 11 suites and two guest rooms.

There are 29 stunning bedrooms and suites in total at Lime Wood; 14 bedrooms and 15 suites, some with log fires or wood burning stoves. The rooms are divided between the main house and the garden lodges:

• Main house: 9 bedrooms & 7 Forest Suites
• The Crescent: 1 bedroom, 2 Forest Suites, 1 Forest Hideaway Suite and The Beech Suite
• The Coach House: 2 bedrooms, 3 Forest Hideaway Suites
• The Pavilions: Pavilion 1 is a duplex one bedroom suite with a single child’s bedroom and Pavilion 2 contains 2 bedrooms.

When they were designing the rooms, some things were a must: rooms had to be large, the accommodation needed to make sense with the beautiful grounds outside, and they had to be unbelievably comfortable. So, Lake Wood filled them with a mix of antiques, bespoke furniture and lots of handpicked art so that we didn’t lose any of the original charm of the house.

They made bathrooms, many with free standing baths, that the guests’ want to spend time in. And, at every opportunity, Lake Wood added the most comfortable and spoiling 5 star quality touches, from comfortable beds to stunning wooden floors to plate-sized shower heads. In addition, a number of the hotel rooms have been specifically designed to accommodate guests with disabilities.

Lime Wood’s New Forest luxury hotel interiors have been created by David Collins as a modern interpretation of the classic English Country House look. David’s style is both luxurious and relaxed – an elusive and enticing balance that has earned him a stellar reputation. He’s made the most of local materials like ash and stone and has used a simple and subtle palette so that the interiors ‘go’ with their surroundings. So they didn’t lose Lime Wood’s original charm, the furniture is an eclectic mix of antique and bespoke pieces while the hand-picked artwork and objects d’art. And because this is an old English country house, there’s the odd eccentric touch so that there’s always something to be amused by. Then all you have to do is kick back, relax and soak up the atmosphere to your heart’s delight.

It’s not easy to get the balance between high luxury and relaxed enjoyment, but Lime Wood has worked hard to get it right and their dining is no exception.

There’s a choice of two restaurants: ‘The Dining Room by Luke Holder’, a more glamorous affair and their brasserie, ‘The Scullery,’ is a more informal country house kitchen setting. Lime Wood is passionate about local, organic produce and both menus are bursting with delicious ‘forest food’ from their doorstep: wild mushrooms, garlic, local venison and home-reared beef and lamb. Lime Wood’s food is hearty British fare at its best: delicious and homely but creative and reliably sourced – New Forest dining at its best.

Service at Lime Wood is led by Hotel Director Justin Pinchbeck, formerly of the Zetter Hotel in London. A relaxed but sophisticated style is part of Justin’s intrinsic DNA and is at the heart of how they do things. Lime Wood set their standards high, delivering the very best in luxury amenities but in a way that creates a welcoming atmosphere full of character and individuality.

The guest certainly won’t be at a loss for things to do when staying at Lime Wood. You can make the most of an array of on-site activities from dining at the chef’s table to yoga lessons, spa treatments and bike rides. Shooting, sailing and horse riding are also available nearby.

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