Bed down in one of the luxury rooms and sample the excellent local food at this quirky, luxury hotel and restaurant.
Sitting at the kitchen table, having a chat with the chef while they prepare ingredients freshly brought in from the garden – you’re right, this doesn’t sound like your average hotel restaurant at all.
But then Lime Wood has a thoroughly modern approach to staying the night, with bespoke, carefully chosen features set within the historic walls of a Regency country house.
Many of the original 13th century touches are still in place – including the odd eccentric item and decadent free-standing bath tubs – and the grounds even include a spa and outdoor plunge pool. If it’s sunny, the New Forest has plenty to see ¬– you’ll find a pair of wellies in the boot room to borrow.