Set in the heart of the stunning New Forest National Park, just an hour and a half drive from London, and 20 minutes from the coast, Lime Wood is laid-back luxury at its best – the perfect secluded hideaway.
The 33 bedroom house 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, Rob Angell and Susie Atkinson.
Chefs Angela Hartnett and Luke Holder do the cooking, pulling together both of their much admired signature styles, to create Hartnett Holder & Co, our relaxed Italian restaurant. At the Herb House Spa you can do yoga on the roof in a herb garden, revive together in double treatment rooms and take in the forest views from the massive sauna.
The ultimate countryside getaway; perfect for weekend breaks, a dash from the city, or an escape from home.
At the beginning of lockdown (March 2020) we saw our industry friends respond to lockdown measures with creativity and impressive speed. In a heartbeat we saw meals rustled up for the NHS by Michelin starred chefs, videos on how to create a kitchen garden in your one-bed London flat - the list goes on. We watched with pride at being a part of such a creative industry. Out of seeing our colleagues' creative flair, the Lime Wood Lowdown was born. This Lime Wood newsletter is a light and informative read and has been very well received by our loyal audience. We're glad we took our time to get it right.
Over recent times we've watched some of our industry friends respond to racism issues. Again they show great adeptness of thought and action and some of the most cherished voices in the hospitality sector have made valuable headway in escalating certain matters to the top of the agenda.
We all have a part to play in meaningful change but recognise that simply repeating a slogan is not enough. Like so many, we do not know the answers yet but by listening to others and educating ourselves we have a far greater chance of having a lasting impact. If this has taught us anything it is that change happens when enough people engage. We feel that one way to achieve the greatest impact is to engage with our team in a considered way on this subject. We employ nearly 1,000 people and by starting the dialogue with them we start something that has sincerity, structure and kindness. As we always say, we are not perfect, we will keep trying to be the best that we can be.