For those seeking a luxurious countryside getaway, Lime Wood Hotel in Hampshire is a destination that promises an unforgettable stay.

ByAndrea Thompson

March 18, 2024
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Nestled in the heart of the New Forest and surrounded by the infamous ponies,  Lime Wood Hotel is more than just a place to stay, it’s an experience. With its attentive service, exquisite dining, and an array of amenities, the perfect blend of relaxation and indulgence. Lime Wood caters to all with its unique charm and understated elegance.

Originally a small farm known as Pondhead Farm, evolving through the years from a private residence of William Morant to a preparatory school in 1877 then back to a private residence and just after World War II  a hotel.  It was then around 2008 that the collaboration between Robin Hutson (who currently runs the hotel) with billionaire Jim Ratcliffe, who invested millions, turned this into a tranquil retreat with more than a touch of luxury.

The architecture is a pair of Grade II listed Georgian Townhouses, and the interiors are a result of the creative talents of Charles Morris, Ben Pentreath, and David Collins, to name a few.

The first impression of this dog friendly hotel is the sense of tranquillity, a great place to wander through the verdant grounds, explore the forest trails (wellies supplied), breathe in the crisp air and let nature guide you through the New Forest.  With a total of 33 bedrooms and suites, 16 of these are in the main house and the others are split between the pavilions, cottages, and coach house all of which are forest facing in a secluded setting with roll top baths, walk in showers and all the amenities you would expect in a luxury hotel.

Limewood Hotel, luxury hotel, Limewood, New Forest

The main house beautifully decorated with polished wood floors, open fires, and stunning Portland stone throughout.  Rooms open to the guests include a billiard room, study, library, and private dining rooms.  Spoilt by the attentive staff as soon as you arrive it is nice to have a personalised and memorable stay.

The Herb House Spa, set over 3 levels has 10 treatments rooms together with a 16-metre ozone treated lap pool with glass doors leading out to the gardens.   It even has its own herb garden on the roof hence the name.

The Spa offers holistic treatments inspired by the ancient forest surroundings and has its own health-conscious food bar, Raw & Cured, run by Ria Rhodes and Lime Wood’s Luke Holder.  Serving lighter wholesome snacks, smoothies and where guest can even create their own healthy takeaway.  They also offer nutritional advice and for those that want to indulge, a traditional afternoon tea.

Hartnett Holder & Co is the hotel’s stylish restaurant.  This vintage-style restaurant overlooks the gardens and a large metal fish sculpture.  It also has its own smoke house.  Run by its namesake and Michelin Starred Chef, Angela Hartnett and Lime Wood’s Luke Holder.

This cosy but elegant dining experience is full of character and charm.  The menu is of course Italian inspired with fresh locally sourced and seasonal produce as you would expect.  With a horseshoe bar, wooden block floors and monochrome artwork it has a fun vibe.  The set lunch is a steal and changed daily.

Whether you seek a romantic escape, a family adventure, or simply a tranquil corner, Lime Wood Hotel awaits – a symphony of nature and luxury set in a stunning location.