Balmer Lawn Hotel
What We Love
- A New Forest stay in a 19th-century hunting lodge, with breakfast, a spa discount and moreFull-day forays in the New Forest, whether on bike, foot or horseback
- The woodland sanctuary of Saltus Spa and the delicious cuisine at Beresford’s
- Getting to choose between a pampering spa treatment and a delicious afternoon tea
What To Know
- The hotel is a great starting point for day trips to nearby Lymington, Milford-On-Sea, Barton-On-Sea, and Muddeford
- Free parking is plentiful
- WiFi is hit or miss
England’s stunning New Forest, in southwest Hampshire, has been bewitching visitors for nearly 1,000 years – ever since William the Conqueror commandeered it for hunting “beasts of the chase” in 1079.
Within three acres of manicured grounds sits the four-star Balmer Lawn Hotel. This 19th-century former hunting lodge boasts individually styled, thoroughly contemporary rooms, which have previously hosted none other than King George V, Winston Churchill and General Eisenhower during the property’s illustrious history.
The VIP treatment continues today, with the plush Saltus Spa, fine dining at Beresford’s restaurant, an on-site gym, an indoor swimming pool, plus tennis and squash courts. Best of all, the woodland playground of the New Forest National Park is just a few strides from the door.
Good to know
Please note that due to high demand, it is essential to book your spa treatment prior to your stay. All bookings are subject to availability.
Please contact the hotel directly if you require a twin-bedded room.
Please note that the hotel is unable to meet requests for specific room types or numbers. Rooms are allocated on a category level only.
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Just got back from a fantastic short break at Balmer Lawn Hotel what can I say! the staff are just so attentive and only want to make your stay the best ever and they succeed with us. Our room was one of the best we have ever had, it looked out over the cricket green and with the forest ponies it was picture postcard.
We arranged to have a lunch party to celebrate a 70th birthday. The group was 38 including some young children as well as adults. We made the arrangements through Ms Tiffany Tatt who is the events coordinator for Balmer Lawn. From our first enquiry to the the last person leaving the hotel, we received nothing but a sense of cooperation and helpfulness from every member of staff. The lunch venue was extremely stylish with the presentation of the meal of the highest quality. The waiting staff were attentive and very competent. Most of the guests had not been to the hotel before and commented most favourably on our choice of venue. I am sure many will come back again.
Brilliant friendly service and lunch bar food. Good food. Well stocked bar with knowledgeable staff. Will certainly come back for another visit.
So many nearby attractions. Will recommend to friends wanting to visit the new forest.
We stayed here for two days (with a small well behaved dog!) and had such a fantastic time. The hotel is beautiful and in a lovely setting really close to The New Forest, so great for lots of long walks. Our room was lovely (room 44), with a great view of the countryside - and the bed was so comfortable. We were woken by the sounds of horses and bird song each day, so very peaceful. The hotel staff are amazing, really friendly and welcoming, and extremely efficient. We ate in the main restaurant both nights - the food and service were exceptional. Breakfast was a wonderful buffet with a massive range of choices, and the bar garden was fab. They serve a wonderful pot of tea! Couldn’t fault the Balmer Lawn Hotel at all. I would definitely recommend the hotel, and hope to come back for another visit soon
I booked into this hotel for a birthday party. On arrival our luggage was taken into the hotel for us, we followed and after a very brief greeting was asked for my credit card to pay the balance of our stay, before we had even hardly set foot into the place. It would appear that payment up-front removes any chance for complaints or deductions at the end of the stay.
We made our way to the allocated room to find a dowdy, badly furnished small room. The wardrobe and dressing table looked as if they had been bought from a cheap sale room, tatty and of very poor quality and no item of furniture matched. All this for £125 per night, B & B. No aircon and a room overlooking a brick wall. The hotel is advertised as a spa, but no bathrobes or slippers.
Downstairs the staff were very attentive and helpful. The restaurant food was very expensive (£30 for a fillet steak) and £4.75 for a Carling lager.
The party the next day was fantastic, again the staff were very attentive and helpful, the food well presented and tasty, if a little on the cool side.
As for choosing what sort of room I wanted, I was not aware, nor made aware, that there was a choice to be had so expected the best for what I was booking. I did'nt get it.