“Country house hotel: pure luxury, exceptional spa, friendly service and world-class food”
Hit your luxury sweet spot with a choice of rooms spread between the Main House and garden lodges: the Coach House (an Italian loggia-style building), the Crescent (a Franco, Scottish-New England influenced style) and the Pavilion (enchanting Charles Morris design).
Some rooms come with four-posters, some with roll-top baths, some with wood-burning stoves. But wherever you stay, all are jolly comfortable; there are simply no duffs. Stay in the Main House if you want less of a stagger after dinner, but stay in one of the lodges to get closer to the forest.
All rooms have beautifully comfy beds, great bathrooms with walk-in rain showers and Bamford goodies, and a quality feel that comes from finely tuned attention to detail and deep pockets. The 'pantry drawers' contain tempting snacks from tasty Daylesford nibbles to Sherbet Fountains, as well as those little things you might forget to pack.
Smallest are the Eaves, tucked at the top of the Main House; Cosy are slightly larger. Spacious and Generous give yet more room.
We opted for a Forest Suite, where no expense had been spared in the decor. We loved the super-lux Lefroy Brooks taps, sophisticated light-dimming and jazzy tiger-style marble bathroom. Bigger still, the Forest Hideaway Suites each have 2 floors, sitting rooms and fireplaces and are all in the Coach House and Crescent.
More rustic in style are the Forest Cottages and Cabin; we're yet to personally view them but their small kitchenettes and secluded settings suggest they'd be great for families or longer stays.
For a detailed description of individual rooms, see Rates.
Lime Wood's food formula encompasses everything from super-cool to super-healthy. And all boosted by seadonal fare from their herb garden, smoke house and spoils foraged from the forest.
We kicked off our evening with excellent passion fruit 'Pornstar Martinis' in The Courtyard Bar, before heading to Hartnett Holder & Co, where chandeliers, fine art and delectable dishes await.
If you think the name sounds familiar, you’re right; this is a joint venture between Lime Wood’s Luke Holder and high-profile chef Angela Hartnett. Of their appealing Anglo-Italian menu, we particularly enjoyed the smokehouse sharing board with pickles - all made on site - and the double agnolotti pasta with chicken, new season garlic and chicken liver jus (so good we could have had it twice!).
Breakfast is a picturesque buffet on a long wooden table in the Scullery, and you can order anything hot from bacon sarnies to kippers or smashed avocado on sourdough with poached egg and tomatoes. Food is tasty and well presented, yet good value, too. You can also eat in the courtyard under its vast sliding glass roof - a favourite afternoon tea or morning coffee.
For healthy options, try the Herb House spa's Raw & Cured. Our imaginative fresh rhubarb, plum and ginger juice completely hit the spot.
Lime Wood is chic but not too chic for kids. It actively welcomes them (the rainbow of Hunter wellies in the hallway also includes children's sizes). But it has a distinctly smart if homely feel, so you feel best behaviour when mixing with other guests is expected.
The in-room 'pantry' drawers have treats aimed at children, though we couldn't resist the Sherbet Fountains ourselves!
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
All Generous rooms and above can hold an extra bed or baby cot. We'd particularly recommend the 2-storey Forest Lodges (each with a second twin bedroom or single bedroom) and the Forest Cottages and Cabin, all of which have a double bedroom plus a set of twin or bunk-beds, as well as simple kitchenettes. Most also have their own entrance, making them hassle-free
Babysitting is available for an additional charge (minimum 4 hours). Our sitter couldn't have been more lovely; our 4-year-old daughter adored her
Baby monitors are available but don't reach everywhere within the hotel. Book in the Main House if you want to be sure
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Children's menu and half-sized, half-price kids' portions available on request. Child-friendly cafés nearby; plenty of takeaways and nearby restaurants, too
There are ponds (canals) behind the Main House and a lake in front of the house which are unfenced, so children should not be left unsupervised. Take care by the pool as the wet tiling is very slippery