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OVERVIEW

All the family will love staying at this three-star country-house hotel with its indoor heated swimming pool, relaxing panelled lounge, panoramic outdoor terrace and eight acres of grounds to explore. First-class cuisine that's creatively presented and a casual ambience are the ideal ingredients for a restful break.


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OUR REVIEW

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Situated in eight acres of beautiful grounds at the end of a very long drive just off the busy A337; bustling Lyndhurst with its array of cafés, restaurants and independent shops is ten minutes by car. It's a five-minute drive from the M27 and 15 minutes from the M3. Nearby, you'll find acres of wonderful forest with grazing ponies, Rhinefield's ornamental drive with its giant redwood trees and glorious azaleas, Furzey Gardens and Beaulieu Motor Museum are all nearby.

By car: the hotel is around 2 hours from London and Bristol and 4 hours from Sheffield. Free parking is available on-site.

By train: London Waterloo to Southampton Airport Parkway takes just over an hour. The hotel is a 15-minute drive from the station. Book trains to Southampton.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

This former hunting lodge and Grade II-listed family home of geologist Charles Lyell, friend of Charles Darwin, oozes country house panache with its spectacular panelled gallery lounge with Chesterfield sofas and brick fireplace and smart orangery with wonderful views over the gardens. The atmosphere is relaxed and Lyell memorabilia on the walls is interesting.

THE FACILITIES

An inauspicious start from an unhelpful barman was remedied at dinner when friendly waiters went out of their way to explain the various dishes. There's an indoor heated pool, lounge with squishy sofas for relaxing, outdoor terrace for drinks and grounds for young ones to play in.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Gardens
  • Swimming pool
  • Pet-friendly
  • Family-friendly
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

Each bedroom is individually appointed in the country house style - some with florals, bold patterns, king size beds, robes and slippers, others in neutrals and pastels with double beds. There's no air-conditioning, only fans. Bathrooms come with rainfall showers and Temple Spa products - some have a bath.

Room types: Extra Snug, Snug, Classic, Deluxe, Grand Deluxe, Charles Lyell Suite

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with power shower, Temple Spa products, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

The food is seriously good and largely sourced locally. Seared scallops zing with pickled apple, fennel and vanilla foam, plus there's pan-fried sea bass and roast monkfish. Country-house offerings include wild boar, venison and pistachio terrine and pot-roast pheasant. The cooked breakfast excels with quality bacon.

New Forest Restaurant: informal, local ingredients, contemporary British cuisine. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mains from £16.

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