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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The Balmer Lawn is a lovely venue, the tables were beautifully dressed with crackers and personalised menu cards. Sadly the dining area lacked any atmosphere as we were the only table occupied during lunch. However, the biggest disappointment was the main meal which as a group we all thought was very poor. The meal was incredibly dry, we had to ask for extra gravy boats. My small amount of carrots were in part undercooked, the stuffing was awful (I couldn't eat it) along with a very pale chipolata sausage wrapped in a poor excuse of a tiny piece of limp pale bacon. 3 roast potatoes (served dry) on the plate, no sprouts, just a spoonful of sliced green? no parsnips in fact nothing else except for two thickly sliced rounds of a turkey roll. This meal was very
poor for a top New Forest hotel. My classic choice of Christmas pudding and small amount of vanilla custard was tasty but left me feeling I was hungry for more. This was a very unsatisfactory meal for £24.50 plus £7 for a glass of white wine. A venue I wouldn't return to.
I stayed at Balmer Lawn last weekend with a group of girlfriends as a Secret Escapes deal for 2 x Superior rooms, including breakfast, dinner on one evening and 20% discount on a spa treatment. As there were 5 of us we had booked one standard room at the normal b &b rate. On arrival, the manager greeted us and checked us in, he then offered the same package for the single room and ensured a robe was sent to the room.
The rooms were lovely, spacious, clean and well equipped.
We had a drink & sandwich in the lounge bar which was comfortable and light and airy and found the prices very reasonable for a hotel. All the waiting staff were extremely polite and efficient.
Breakfast was equally good, with plenty of choice.
On the second evening we enjoyed the tasting menu at a £20 a head supplement and this was delicious.
The indoor pool area is not very big, so I can imagine it could get crowded, but we were lucky and had it to ourselves mid afternoon which was a bonus! We all enjoyed 55 minute spa treatments in the quiet, relaxing spa area. We particularly liked the relaxation beds at the end with the fur rugs!
The outdoor pool and sitting areas would be lovely in the summer.
Brockenhurst is within walking distance during the day and Lyndhurst only a ten minute drive with a choice of restaurants, pubs and cafes as well as plenty of walks.
This was a birthday treat for my hubby. We have stayed at the Balmer Lawn on a few occasions and the excellent service and delicious food never disappoints. Nothing seems to be too much trouble - we received a complimentary upgrade to a superb room with a balcony and view over the cricket pitch where we watched a beautiful sunset on the evening of our visit. My hubby even got a message from all of the staff wishing him a happy birthday. Next year is our silver wedding anniversary and no doubt we shall return to Balmer Lawn to celebrate.
Stayed here last week for 2 nights, as a birthday treat from my partner. From the moment we arrived the staff were helpful and friendly. The girl on reception was lovely and very welcoming. The level of attention and detail carried on in the bar. Abi took our order for some food and had noticed we were looking at the wedding brochure. She said if we had any questions she’d be happy to help answer them as she had worked on weddings at the hotel. We asked her about the rooms available and if it was possible to view them. She said no problem and even arranged for us to see the wedding co-ordinator - we didn’t need to do anything she arranged it all for us. Nothing was too much trouble for her. After spending two nights at the hotel on a dinner bed and breakfast rate, using the pool/spa and speaking with Ruth the wedding co-ordinator we knew this was the venue for us. On our second night we were even sent 2 glasses of Prosecco on the house which was such a lovely touch. You can tell this hotel is privately owned by the level of service you get. We loved it so much we provisionally booked our wedding for 2020!!
Thank you so much to Abi, Ruth and all the staff as we had a wonderful 2 nights break and are now looking forward to our wedding.
Excellent! Booked on a Friday afternoon and they gave me a free upgrade! Booked a package including dinner and breakfast. The restaurant serves incredible food which is amazing and great value for money. Great service - went in July and the pool outside was heated - staff are great