Lime Wood, a boutique country house hotel, 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, keeping the spirit of its past, taking inspiration from its extraordinarily beautiful surroundings and adding the odd contemporary twist to bring it to life.
It was 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 more recently Martin Brudnizki, food is by Luke Holder and Angela Hartnett. Combined with great food, immaculate service and facilities, we're the only 5 star luxury country house hotel in the New Forest National Park. Our hotel really is the ultimate countryside getaway; perfect for weekend breaks, a dash from the city, or an escape from home.
ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIORS
Lime Wood's exterior is an architectural triumph in itself. A stunning Regency country house originally established as a hunting lodge in the 13th Century, we took great care not to over-run its original charm. It's a charm that has evolved over years and one that's given the country house a unique character that we can't get enough of.
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.
Our New Forest luxury hotel interiors were originally created by David Collins with our team and more recently by Martin Brudnizki who has created the interiors for our restaurant Hartnett Holder & Co and the Courtyard bar. The style is both luxurious and relaxed - an elusive and enticing balance. We've made the most of local materials to ensure that the interiors ‘go' with their surroundings. So that we 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. Because this is an old English country house, there's the odd eccentric touch so that there's always something to be amused by. Now all you have to do is kick back, relax and soak up the atmosphere to your heart's delight.
SERVICES AND FACILITIES
Service at Lime Wood is led by Hotel Director Kenneth Speirs, formerly of The Halkin Hotel in London. We set our standards high, delivering the very best in luxury amenities but in a way that creates a welcoming atmosphere full of character and individuality.
Make the most of an array of on-site activities from dining at the chef's table to yoga classes, spa treatments and bike rides. Shooting, sailing and horse riding are also available nearby.