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Passford House Hotel, Lymington, Hampshire
A charming and friendly country house hotel. Don't come here for the latest in interior design, but come for roaring log fires, expansive and characterful gardens and warm, attentive service. The food in the restaurant is very good, with classic dishes such as twice baked cheese souffle and glazed lamb shank with red cabbage and mash. The massage room overlooking the garden is a peaceful retreat and the hotel's masseuse Heather McGee-Parkin will work her magic on your body. The Monet-inspired garden has a bridge over a little lake flanked with a wooden hut on one side and a treehouse on the other. Some bedrooms are slightly dated, with polished brown wooden desks and tables, however fresh flowers and floral fabrics make them cheerful places to stay.
We love the remoteness of the location. This really is a country retreat.
Passford House is just inside the New Forest National Park, and a short drive from Lymington on the south coast.
By car: The hotel is 2 hours 15 mins from London and Bristol, and 35 mins from Southampton. There is free private parking on-site.
By train: London Waterloo to Brockenhurst takes around 1 hour 30 mins. The station is a 10-minute taxi ride from the hotel. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Families, dog-owners and couples looking for a relaxing retreat in the country will love it here. The wood-panelled oak room, with its comfortable brown leather sofas and roaring log fires, is perfect for a post-dinner game of charades.
Service & Facilities
The staff are happy to accomodate you. If you want to eat an omelette (from the bar menu) in the main dining room, then no problem. Dogs are welcomed with a letter from the owner's dog Ruby and they get a mat and a dog bowl. Treats and poo bags are available from reception and there is a fridge service if you need food chilled. Reception staff may even dog-sit for you while you dine.
- Swimming pool
- Croquet lawn
- Spa treatments
- Free parking
- Family rooms
- Free W-Fi
Room 149 has a grand four-poster bed and bay window, with a table to sit at, and is decorated in calming harebell blue. The bathroom has a carpet-lined sunken bath for full 1980s glamour. We love the vases of seasonal flowers in every room.
Standard Rooms, Superior Rooms, Four Poster Rooms
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, luxury toiletries, TV, tea and coffee facilities, hairdryer, complimentary water, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
If you are vegan they will ask you what your favourite thing is to eat, and then cook it up for you for breakfast. The twice-baked Somerset Barber Cheddar soufflé is light in texture and served with a richly flavoured chive and cheese sauce.
Passford House Hotel Resaturant: modern European cuisine, fine dining, light lunches, Afternoon Tea. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mains from £16.