Herb House at Lime Wood

The lowdown

A gorgeous Georgian Manor in the heart of the New Forest with a laid-back luxe vibe, a super spa and fabulous food. Everything about Lime Wood is thoughtfully designed and delivered – from the top-to-toe treatments in the glass-encased spa, to the lovingly landscaped gardens and cracking cocktails. Transport concerns are equally well taken care of, with a couple of EV charge-points for your Tesla, and a helipad in case you’re arriving by chopper.

Spavellous for

A romantic retreat, foodies, family escapes, solo spa goers, special occasion spa break, afternoon tea, escape to nature, anyone who’s got a big bonus burning a hole in their bank account.

Spa info

Lime Wood’s Herb House spa has been cleverly designed to make the most of the natural forest surroundings and, as a result, it has a very tranquil feel. Treatments are holistic and benefits are designed to last well after your return home. Lime Wood also offers wellness retreats – a nutrition and wellbeing retreat with nutritionist Amelia Freer and a fitness retreat with Matt Roberts.

Herb House Spa facilities include:

• 16m indoor pool • Large outdoor hot pool with a mediterranean feel • Spacious and indoor hydro pool with pretty forest outlook • Sauna – also with lovely forest views • Steam room • Well-equipped modern gym • Pretty planted roof terrace with outdoor classes during summer months

Treatment highlights

Herb House spa offers a great range of treatments and is available to non-residents as well as hotel guests. ‘A Little Me Thyme’ is a dream of a spa day offering a restorative combination of treatments, imaginative healthy food and relaxation in the calming spa space and garden.

If you’re after a specific treatment, you can chose from spa brands Voya, Bamford and Sarah Chapman / Skinesis.

Treatments are luxurious and expertly delivered, with favourites that include:

• The Bamford Massage – an energising treatment that’s perfect for relieving tension and reducing stress

• Voya Massage – organic and seaweed-rich products are used to exfoliate and nourish the skin while ginger chai fragrance uplifts the mind

• Time for Two – with use of the spa, including a private sauna and soak in Herb House’s sumptuous double bath, with choice of herbal or seaweed products

• Sarah Chapman Skinesis Luxury Bespoke Facial – a real treat for you and your skin and a must for dedicated facial fans

Spa staff are very helpful and will happily talk you through options to help you find the treatment best suited to your needs, but we strongly advise booking any treatments well in advance


Like the rest of the place, rooms are beautifully designed and have a top-end feel, from the roll top baths to the marble bathrooms. There are various accommodation options depending on your fancy and finances, ranging cosy rooms in the eaves to a ‘floating’ rustic lakeside cabin. In the main house there’s a lift to the first floor and some of the bedrooms have wet rooms. Family suites and interconnecting rooms are ready to accomodate groups and families.

wining & dining

You know a place is serious about its food when it has its own smokehouse and grows its own produce.

There are two dining options at Lime Wood: the acclaimed Hartnett Holder & Co. restaurant, co-helmed by Michelin Star-winning Angela Hartnett and specialising in tantalising Italian fare. And the plant-oriented Raw and Cured café in Herb House spa, offering smoothies, fresh platters and healthy breakfasts. The Courtyard Bar in the main hotel is perfect for a pre-dinner drink or two and will inspire you to get round to that lounge makeover once you’ve made your reluctant return home.

why so spavellous?

Lime Wood is a real treat in every way – from the delightful design to the just-right level of service. The food is fabulous and the spa leaves you feeling perfectly pampered. And, there’s something truly special about the forest setting and the sense of natural calm.

spavellous tips

Don’t bother packing wellies or kids’ bikes – Lime Wood has a selection of both available for use during your stay.

Check you know where you’re going – it’s not the easiest place to find, especially after dark.

Children are actively welcomed at the hotel, but the spa is adults-only. You can bring your dog for an additional fee.

Lime Wood also has its own cookery school.

spa-goers say

‘Our stay and treatments were perfect in every way’

‘It’s worth the overnight stay – even though it’s very expensive’

‘I loved doing yoga on the roof terrace’



Lime Wood, Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst


SO43 7FZ
Photo credit: Lime Wood
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