Limewood Hotel & Terrace. Photos Courtesy of NHYM 2018
We first heard about Limewood about 10 years ago after it first opened through a friend and colleague’s of my husband’s who raved about it and kept telling us that we should go, saying that it was her favourite country hotel. But then, something overwhelming happened: we had kids and you-know-how-it- is, only hotels with kids clubs came onto our radar and we said we would go when our children were older. Well, they are now – a little – older, and we finally made it to Limewood last weekend for the most glorious weekend in the history of UK bank holidays. We wanted to run to this friend to tell her how much we loved it, but sadly we couldn’t, because this friend succumbed to her fight against breast cancer a few years ago. So, it was with some sadness that we loved this place, a place that for us, will always be linked to her.
Garden. Limewood. Courtesy of NHYM 2018.
I tell my children to appreciate everything we have and not to take anything for granted, whether family, friends or our health – all of which I have lost at some point. When I feel myself getting angry and frustrated by little things, I try to tell myself not to ‘sweat the little things.’ And in some ways, the harder times I’ve experienced over the years have taught me about appreciating the happier times and how to be happier overall.
Limewood Pathway. NHYM 2018.
But enough philosophising, you’ve probably come for a hotel review, rather than a lecture on happiness! So, back to Limewood: so much of it is ab-fab. We had a wonderful ‘Pavilion’ which is comprised of two interconnecting rooms, one on the ground floor where the kids stayed and one on the first floor where we stayed. It felt like your own little house at the back of the hotel’s garden with plenty of space, charm and was very family friendly where we could open our door and let the kids run around wildly in the garden.
Bathtub in bedroom. NHYM 2018.
Our bedroom had a large four-poster bed and a bathtub literally amongst the trees. It felt as if you were in a treehouse somewhere far away. Limewood is in the middle of the New Forest (not in the outskirts like Chewton Glen) with wild ponies roaming around freely, which we saw when we went tandem bicycling.
Limewood Bar. NHYM 2018.
Other parts of the hotel I really liked were the bar, the huge spa and pool, and the breakfast room called the scullery. What differentiates Limewood from many of the other grand old hotels is that it is a boutique hotel but with 5 star amenities and it is equally as luxurious as any 5 star. It is just the right size and is beautifully designed, from the rooms to the breakfast room, whereas some of the larger hotels can become impersonal like the Grove or the Four Seasons.
The Pig. NHYM 2018.
On Saturday, we went to the Pig, which is the sister hotel of Limewood. It is basically its younger, hip sister, equally beautiful, but more rustic-chic than grownup Limewood, in a drinks-in-a-jam-jar kind of way.
The Pig Conservatory. NHYM 2018.
The restaurant is in a very cool conservatory with food that is all locally sourced. Like I said, hipsterville. We ate outside on the terrace because it was so beautiful out, but would love to go back at night one day as it is apparently quite stunning as well for dinner. The Tomahawk pork is its claim-to-fame, so be sure to order that if you go.
Limewood Grounds. NHYM 2018.
Back at Limewood, the children spent hours on the swings, but we also went bike-riding, swimming in the pool and to a cute little farm Longwood, when we decided that Paultons and Peppa Pig World didn’t quite flow with our weekend plans ;). There were plenty of children because it was a bank holiday weekend, so if you’re looking to go for a romantic weekend as a couple, don’t go on a BH weekend!
Back Garden Limewood. NHYM 2018.
Everything about the weekend was stunning: the weather, the hotel, the food, and the room, although I couldn’t have called it a relaxing weekend: there were moments when I longed for a kids club, but nonetheless it was absolutely lovely and we will certainly be back. Everyone I speak to loves it there and I can understand why. Our friend would have loved to hear that we finally made it there ten years later and loved it too.
**In memory of my husband’s Limewood-loving friend who fought so bravely and strongly against breast cancer**