Spa & Leisure
The Herb House spa at Lime Wood is a very special place indeed featuring everything from yoga in the rooftop herb garden to forest views from the sauna. Fitness comprises a gym, classes, personal training, and running trails around the grounds. There are also indoor and outdoor pools, a caldarium, hydropool, mud house, and aforementioned (enormous) sauna.
Using natural beauty brands including Bamford, VOYA, Pai, and Aromatherapy Associates, treatments include holistic and Ayurvedic therapies in eight single treatment rooms or one of two doubles, the first of which has its own steam room, garden and outdoor bath and the other with its own private bath and steam room. The Herb House also has its own food bar, Raw and Cured, serving salads, cured fish and meat, fresh juices and smoothies.
Hotel & Accommodation
Just outside Lyndhurst, Lime Wood is a boutique country house hotel in the heart of the New Forest National Park. Taking the classical structure of the Regency house, which was originally established as a hunting lodge in the 13th century, it was renovated with a contemporary twist that’s sympathetic to its natural surroundings to become the five star hotel it is today. While the main house comprises 16 bedrooms, additional outbuildings add another 11 suites and two guest rooms to the collection.
Overseen by head chef, Luke Holder, and TV chef, Angela Hartnett, food at Lime Wood is a gloriously big deal featuring English dishes with a nod to Italian ideologies. Hartnett Holder & Co is the main restaurant; it’s unpretentious, characterful, and packed with local produce. You can also sit at the working kitchen table and have a chat with the chefs over a coffee or a bespoke dinner for up to 10 people, or have cakes and cuppas in The Courtyard.