Luxury hotels – worth the money?

I’m in two minds about this. The amount of money we spent at Limewood, Hampshire, could have funded a nice city break away but then at the same time I left saying it was worth every penny. Here’s why…

  1. The Spa

I love a spa. And to be honest, I think Ollie enjoys it just as much. I’ve been to several spa’s in the UK and abroad but the Herb House spa is a cut above. It’s tranquil but you can chat without being glared at, the different rooms, indoor and outdoor pools and jacuzzi’s are all just that little bit better than anywhere else I’ve been and the Bamford products they use for a massage smell heavenly.


  1. The food

You may have realised by now that we love our food. We started off by having lunch at Raw and Cured, which, as the name suggests, comprised of only raw and cured food. I do try to be healthy most of the time but when I’m away it goes out the window but I was pleasantly surprised at how incredible it all tasted. We ended up cancelling our plans for lunch elsewhere the next day so we could go back.

Raw and cured

The food in the Hartnett and Holder restaurant was equally as good. We were on a foodie package so there was a set menu included, although we could deviate from it if we wanted.

Afternoon tea is always worth adding at Limewood too.

  1. All the special touches

This is one of the things I love the most about hotels like these. They think of everything. From the warm welcome, the Hunter wellies for you to borrow if you want to explore the New Forest, the tea pigs tea in your room, the little bottle of lavender oil left near your pillow that helps you sleep, the fact they’ll come and light your open fire for you.

  1. The bed!

Best. Bed. Ever.

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  1. The hotel itself

Rather a general one I know, but Limewood manages to combine country chic with elegant glamour perfectly, marrying tweed and sumptuous silk in its décor with no hesitation. It immediately makes you feel at home as soon as you enter; nothing about it is pretentious, just extremely well executed and stylish.


  • We stayed using the foodie package which is a special deal at certain times of the year. Keep an eye on the deals page for more info. There are some great mid-week deals to be had.
  • We stayed in a Forest Suite just opposite the main house and it was by far the nicest hotel room we’ve ever stayed in (see white building above…the whole thing was our room!)
  • Order breakfast in your room – we had a private terrace outside and living room but didn’t really use it which was shame.
  • The New Forest has so much to offer and is literally on your doorstep, you’ll hundreds of wild ponies and maybe even a rainbow.

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