Lime Wood, a boutique country house 5 star hotel in England, is set in the heart of the New Forest National Park in Hampshire, 1.5 miles from the small town of Lyndhurst and just an hour and a half drive from London.
The original building is a Regency country manor house on the site of an earlier property originally established as a hunting lodge in the 13th Century. Before becoming a hotel it was a prep school for royalty and aristocracy.
This Relais & Chateaux property was stunningly decorated by the famous interior designer David Collins. David's style is both luxurious and relaxed - an elusive and enticing balance that has earned him a stellar reputation. He's made the most of local materials like ash and stone and has used a simple and subtle palette so that the interiors ‘go' with their surroundings.
I just spent an amazingly relaxing two days here this past weekend in a luxury duplex Forest Suite in the main house and would highly recommend Lime Wood to anyone looking to get a taste of the English countryside. The adorable sea port of Lymington is just down the road and the beauty of the New Forest, with its greenery and wild horses, is simply stunning.