Amazing rural location. Friendly staff although not as knowledgeable about forest walks as I would like!!! ;) Used their 'map' to go for a 7 mile round trip to Lyndhurst - after 3 hours found a pub and booked a taxi!!! Walk was lovely but instructions impossible to follow!!! Delicious dinner and fabulous breakfasts. Slippers in the room for using to walk to the spa would have been lovely.
We only had one night's stay, but we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
Food was excellent and room was very comfortable with high quality complimentary bathroom products.
Staff were exceptional.
Food and drinks were expensive, but the quality of the food was worth it.
"Pleasant hotel ideal for New Forest and Lymington"
This hotel is under new private ownership following years of decline. The restaurant and bar have recently been refurbished to a very high specification and there still appears to be much work planned for the future. Once complete there is no doubt this will be a very comfortable and desirable hotel.
I believe a number of the rooms have already been refurbished but we had one that although spacious, clean and comfortable was very tired, especially the bathroom but that was all reflected in a discounted price.
The restaurant menu had a good selection of food and wine and the service was very good. The modern bar is a feature and there is a very comfortable seating area. the décor is of a very high standard.
There is no doubt that with the money already invested and with the continuing refurbishment this hotel will become very popular.
We booked a night as we were visiting the area by car. After finally finding it (the address number is barely 2" high) we parked in front of what looked like a house with no address or signage. We entered and were greeted by a nice lady who confirmed our reservation and gave us a key.
The room was quite small - but nicely appointed. The tiny bathroom was adequate. The bed was quite squishy for my taste, but ended up getting a good nights sleep.
The breakfast the next day was outstanding, and quite the spread. If you leave hungry, it's your own fault.
The hotel sits mid forest between a clump of trees and a railway halt...an oasis in a fairly flat landscape. A welcome sight on a wintry night. We stayed for 4 nights in the new extension and had a very nice time. We were welcomed with cheery helpful staff who were happy to sort out any query we had. There was a good choice for breakfast in the hotel and again the staff were excellent. In the evenings we ate at both the Drift Inn and the Hotel where served good food at different levels of comfort with prices to match. The staff in both were very good.
The room was very nice...clean, spacious and modern. One issue (and not for the first time in many hotels I have reviewed) there was no grab-rail over the bath...essential for wobbly older folk, children and those with some walking difficulties.
Overall we had a good stay...the beds are indeed firm, not to everyone's' taste but then neither is soft!
Cheery log (quality) effect fires in the lounge and dinning arrears with Christmas decorations made the hotel feel comfortable.
I guess the elephant in the room for 2015 is communication. No phone signal from my provider in the room (went to the car park for urgent calls). Wifi was indeed slow, but like everywhere, we are all waiting for Hi speeds to arrive in rural areas, I suspect the Hotel is doing the same.
There is noise from the railway nearby but its not too intrusive....have a long walk and get really tired, you will not hear the trains!
We would go and stay again.
Traveller from Gloucestershire
In the middle of a vast open heathland by the village of Beaulieu, this former coaching inn offers a peaceful New Forest …More
The New Forest covers 144 square miles of unspoiled heath and woodland where ponies, donkeys, deer and cattle still roam freely. It is best explored by bike or on foot. Beaulieu is home to the National Motor Museum and a stately home of monastic origins. Picture-postcard villages include Burley, Brockenhurst and maritime Buckler's Hard. The area's attractive little 'capital' Lyndhurst is home to the New Forest Museum and Visitor Centre.