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.
Lime Wood is a luxury country house hotel with a difference. They've used Lime Wood's classical structure as the basis of their design but 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. Architecture design is by Charles Morris and Ben Pentreath, and interiors are by David Collins. Martin Brudnizki designs the new Hartnett Holder & Co restaurant and Courtyard, and food is by Luke Holder and Angela Hartnett. Great food, immaculate service and superb facilities ensures Lime Wood is the only 5 star luxury country house hotel in the New Forest National Park. The 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 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.
The New Forest luxury hotel interiors were originally created by David Collins with his team and more recently by Martin Brudnizki who has created the interiors for the restaurant Hartnett Holder & Co and the Courtyard bar. The style is both luxurious and relaxed - an elusive and enticing balance. They've made the most of local materials to ensure that the interiors ‘go' with their surroundings. So that Lime Wood's original charm wasn’t lost, 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.
Lime Wood has it’s own luxurious spa called the Herb House; a three storey destination spa dedicated to natural wellbeing that has, without question, significantly raised the bar for destination spas around the world. Inspired by its forest surroundings the Herb House naturally invites a sense of calm and serenity bringing clients the ultimate rejuvenating retreat.
Set over three floors the spa has ten spacious treatment rooms including two double signature rooms - the Bath House with an indoor double bath and private steam room, and the Bath Garden with an outdoor double bath and private steam room - and eight further single treatment rooms. The treat in store continues with hot pools, thermal rooms (the Forest Sauna, the Steam House, the Mud House, the Caldarium), the Hands and Feet Room for manicures and pedicures, and private soak baths in changing rooms that feel like decadent bedroom suites fit for royalty. The Herb House goes on…. there’s a state-of-the-art roof top gym with forest views and the very latest in Technogym equipment, a 16 metre Ozone treated indoor lap pool with retracting glass doors to the garden and a workout studio offering fabulous classes from Body Pump to Zumba; Yoga to Tai Chi.
Beyond the gym is the Herbary which is a beautiful roof garden that truly consolidates the forest experience. Filled with fragrant herbs, including a mintarium, these herbs and their fragrances will be incorporated into as many of the spa treatments as possible. With such a tranquil and at-one backdrop, The Herbary provides the dream setting for meditation and reflection. Home-grown herbs will be used in creations made at Raw & Cured which offers delicious, natural and organic food including freshly made salads, sushi and items from Lime Wood’s Smoke House.
The Herb House is the first spa to offer Bamford spa treatments outside of the original Gloucestershire ‘Hay Barn’ spa. Other British brands being used are renowned Irish seaweed spa brand Voya, natural skincare brand NUDE and Ayurvedic specialists Tri Dosha.
Central to the spa is the Herb House’s life style assessment program where the team offers practical advice to clients to help them feel better for longer. Treatments start from the moment guests step into the spa and continue long after they’ve left with regular follow up calls from their personal therapist.
Exclusive to Herb House:
Bamford Rose Relaxing Upper Body And Facial Massage – 60 minutes - £90 – A luxurious treatment that begins with exfoliation of the back using Bamford’s Exfoliating Cleanser with Bergamot, Camomile and Patchouli followed by a relaxing massage with Bamford’s Camomile Body Oil. The hands and arms are massaged, followed by a soothing neck and shoulder massage. Finally, a facial massage with their precious blend of Rose, lemon and Camomile will leave you completely relaxed.
Signature treatments include:
Forest Escapes - a 30 minute consultation with your therapist to establish your body type and ‘dosha’. Once recognized, an Ayurvedic therapy is selected from the four choices – Harmonise, Revitalise, Release, or Ease - to suit the needs for that day, leaving guests with a grander, fuller vision of themselves.
Guests at Lime Wood feel excited, they feel as though they’ve discovered a hotel that ticks all of the boxes and pulls it all off in a calm, relaxed way. As noted by Victoria Mather, doyenne of the luxury travel world, “at Lime Wood you feel cool”.
To stay at Lime Wood costs from £255 per room per night. Lime Wood (02380 287 177; www.limewood.co.uk)
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