Lime Wood

New Forest, England

At a Glance

  • The Hartnett Holder restaurant is a real treat for all foodies

  • Smoked and Un-cut are Lime Wood's live music sessions which happen monthly, in conjunction with The Pig

  • A stunning historic building retaining its charm but with a contemporary twist

  • The three storey Herb House Spa provides a tranquil haven with a vast array of treatments - alternatively push yourself to your limit in the impressive Technogym

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It is very difficult to predict the weather in the United Kingdom - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but the UK does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.

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Insider's View

It's worth dragging yourself out of the sumptuous bed to do some yoga in the herb garden on the roof, then borrow a bike for a peaceful early cycle through the forest watching out for ponies and deer. Then return to Lime Wood for a well deserved hearty breakfast.

Why not borrow bikes and cycle over to the sister hotel The Pig for lunch?

Call us on 858 345 1764 to start planning your vacation to Lime Wood or take a look at our itineraries to Southeast England


Lime Wood is a stylish boutique hotel occupying a fine Regency Manor House in The New Forest National Park close to the picturesque town of Lyndhurst, Hampshire, UK. Lime Wood has been lovingly restored without losing its original character.

Set in beautiful grounds, Lime Wood was originally used as a hunting lodge in the 13th Century before becoming a prep school for Royalty and Aristocracy so there is plenty of history. Today Lime Wood is a luxurious country house hotel which has many original features but with added contemporary touches. The main house has been restored by Ben Pentreath and has 16 bedrooms, a number of classical sitting rooms, the library and the billiards room. Charles Morris designed further additions in the form of pavilions, suites and lodges hidden away in the grounds. The interiors were styled by David Collins and more recently by Martin Brudnizki who is responsible for the Hartnett Holder & Co restaurant and the lovely courtyard bar. Set in the heart of the New Forest National Park, Lime Wood is surrounded by plenty of wildlife and natural beauty to explore, on bike, foot or horse-back.

Lime Wood is a real treat for any self-respecting foodie. Angela Hartnett and Luke Holder have an excellent team who together create interesting menus which are built around the availability of fresh seasonal produce. Both the chefs have their signature favorites on the menu whilst some dishes may change daily, the food is English with a hint of Italy. Next to the restaurant guests are welcome to join a huge worn oak table in the working kitchen to watch, chat or just soak up the atmosphere of the cooks at work. If you are a little more serious about food you can book in for a cookery master class where you will be shown how to prepare an indulging three course lunch which will depend on what is in season.

Lime Wood's Herb House Spa is the perfect place to totally relax and indulge in full-on pampering. It can also provide more serious health and fitness in the state-of-the-art Technogym or the lap pool both of which look over the garden and forest. Designed over three floors, every detail has been thought of from the mud house and steaming hot pool to the huge sauna with forest views. There are eight single treatment rooms as well as two double treatment rooms. The roof-top is a herb garden where guests can take a yoga class, meditate or enjoy a relaxing drink. Raw & Cured is the Herb House food bar which prepares delicious natural and healthy food including cured fish and meat from the smoke house in the grounds. In fact the Herb House offers so much it's like a vacation in itself!

A popular event on occasional summer evenings, are the 'Smoked and Un-Cut' live music sessions which take place at Lime Wood or just a ten minute drive through the forest at the sister hotel, The Pig. There is an eclectic mix of bands offering free music in a very relaxed and chilled setting.

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King sized bed

- Complimentary Wi-Fi

- A well stocked in-room pantry

- Telephone line

- Spacious bathroom

Lime Wood offers a huge range of wonderfully luxurious rooms from the Eaves Rooms to the Forest Hideaway Suites and cabins in the forest. All the bedrooms have Satellite TV, iPod docking station with iPod, DVD player, hair dryer and personal safe, Fluffy bathrobes and slippers. The rooms are individually styled and have sumptuous marble bathrooms.

There are rooms which are suited to wheelchairs and some rooms are even dog friendly! Extra beds or cots can be requested for young children.

Eaves Room

Eaves rooms are in the rafters of the Main House, they’re comfortable bedrooms with king sized beds, overlooking both the lawns and the fields as well as the gardens and canals with the forest beyond. The bathrooms have fitted bath tubs with overhead showers and skylights overhead, the floors are wooden oak and some even have 2 sinks.

Cosy Room

Cosy rooms are very light and airy with views over the grounds and surrounding forest. The cosy rooms in the Main House have large fitted baths in front of the window and separate walk in showers. The cosy room in the Coach House has a fireplace in the room, a small outside eating area looking out onto the forest and the bathroom has a walk in shower.

Spacious Rooms

Based in the Main House and Crescent building these rooms are very comfortable, light and airy, overlooking the lawns, fields and the forest beyond. Most of the rooms have four poster beds and one even has a fireplace. They all have very large and bright bathrooms with walk in showers and a bath, some are free standing roll top baths.

Generous Room

All rooms in this category are very individual – in the Main House they range from a king sized bed in the center of the room that connects to an open bathroom with a centerd free standing bath tub to a more conventional laid out bedroom with separate bathroom. In The Coach House there are visible beams, panel walls, oak wooden flooring, a fire and a large balcony looking out onto the forest and there is an open fire place in the Pavilion room. All have stunning views of the grounds or forest.

Forest Suite

These large suites have a mixture of four poster, double or twinned beds. Some of these beautifully decorated rooms are based on two floors, but all have lounges (some with dining tables) and large en-suite bathrooms with a bath tub and separate walk in shower. The views look out onto the grounds and the forest.

Forest Hideaway Suite

The Forest Hideaway Suites are located in the grounds and laid out on two floors with the lounge downstairs and some even have cosy fireplaces and dining areas. The bathrooms either have fitted bath tubs with overhead showers or a standalone bath and walk in shower. They all have either patios or balconies with private views out onto the Forest.

Forest Lodges

These two rooms are Lime Wood's most extensive suites, Crescent 3 and Pavilion 1. Both are on split levels with a lounge, fireplace, dining area, outside patio and garden all downstairs.

Crescent 3 has a single bedroom and en suite bathroom downstairs and the main room upstairs has a semi four poster bed, a balcony and large bathroom with walk in shower and free standing bath.

Pavilion 1 is a standalone lodge with a bunk bedroom downstairs and a large bedroom upstairs with an open fire, four poster bed and in the bay window, facing the forest, is a free standing bath. There is also an en suite bathroom with a walk in shower. Besides the views onto the forest, it overlooks the gardens and canals as well.

Forest Cottage

There are two Forest Cottages located in the grounds surrounded by forest and meadows. These two storey family suites have a kitchenette, dining and living area with snug log fires. There is a master bedroom with king sized bed, en suite bathroom with free standing bath and double monsoon shower.

Cottage 1 has a downstairs twin bedroom and Cottage 2 has an upstairs bunkroom, with with addiontal shower bathroom. The rooms are rustic sophisticated with oak floors. Both the cottages can be interconnecting making them perfect for larger families or groups.

Forest Cabin

The Forest Cabin is located in the forested part of the grounds and has bags of rustic charm. It’s a cosy ground floor family suite, the master bedroom features a king size bed, en suite bathroom with free standing bath, monsoon shower and 2 sinks and there are bunk beds with en suite shower for the kids.

There’s a multipurpose kitchenette, dining and living area with a log fire to cosy up to making it warm, comfortable and stylish.


Children are welcome at Lime Wood and can be accommodated in cots or an extra bed in some of the bedrooms. Babysitting is also offered to those that require it.


'Hartnett Holder & Co' is Lime Woods stylish restaurant offering only the freshest local seasonal food, 'The Kitchen Table' gives guests the chance to watch the cooks in action while 'Raw & Cured' is the Spa's answer to delicious and healthy. There is a wonderful bar inside the main building as well as a pretty courtyard bar outside.


The New Forest National Park provides plenty of wildlife and natural beauty to explore and guests can join forest foraging trips with the resident forager. The Herb House Spa has a wealth of holistic treatments, classes and one-to-one sessions in yoga, pilates, meditation in fact you name it and they probably do it! There is also a lap pool and Technogym to keep up the training. Mountain bikes and helmets are complimentary to guests and there are plenty of walking trails around the grounds and surrounding forest. Further afield, Lime Wood is not too far from the Cathedral towns of Winchester and Salisbury and the historic dockyards in Portsmouth and Southampton are also interesting to visit.



Katie Fewkes (Staff)

A beautiful country retreat in the beautiful New Forest, Lime Wood has had a lot of great press so my expectations were high, but it certainly didn't disappoint. They have managed to carefully balance a luxurious hotel with charm, comfort and just perfect service - always attentive, never over the top. It is both beautiful and stylish, yet somewhere you can kick back and totally relax. It's a difficult thing to do, but they have absolutely got it just right! The attention to detail is superb, with thoughtful touches everywhere, right down to pairs of wellies to borrow for a muddy walk.

The food here is outstanding and definitely a real highlight - delicate gnocchi with freshly shaved truffles was one of the standout dishes, and the meats cured and smoked locally were melt in your mouth. The head chef Luke is a true master of his craft. The wine list is extensive and the staff are superb at suggesting the best bottle to pair with your meal.

Only a couple of hours away from London, it's really accessible and a perfect place to breathe in the country air and really escape the world. My visit was short but sweet and has only left me longing to return for a longer stay.


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Location & directions

New Forest, England

Lime Wood is located in a country house on Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst in the New Forest National Park in Hampshire

How to get there

From London, Lime Wood is under 2-hours from London by car and about 1.5-hours by train. It is 22 miles from Winchester and 12 miles from Southampton.

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