The majestic Balmer Lawn Hotel, which dates back to dordle the 19th century and was formerly used as a coach house and hunting lodge, can be found in a picturesque setting surrounded by expansive lawns and forests.
It has stood the test of time and hence possesses an extensive history. During the First World War, it was used as a makeshift hospital out in the field. After some time, it evolved into one of the first hotels in the region to provide its guests with “private rooms with a bath.” Honeymooners were required to pay $7.6 (can you recall what that was in today’s money?) for full board and stable space for their horses.
During the Second World War, the army took control of it, and significant figures like King George V, Queen Mary, and Winston Churchill paid a visit to General Eisenhower there. Long after that, Hilton Hotels purchased it and eventually sold it to Chris and Alison Wilson, a prominent local couple who continue to run the business to this day. Despite this, I believe that it is available for purchase once more.
There is a significant amount of wood present, including an appealing wooden reception desk and many unique antique-style furnishings positioned throughout. The mementos and letters from the Second World War that are displayed on a wall in the lounge area make for riveting reading material.
I stole a gin and tonic from the bar and brought it with me to the little nook, where I settled into one of the Windsor chairs to enjoy my beverage. The next day, I freed up another to use on the patio for dining in the fresh air.
One of the most unforgettable experiences was perhaps falling asleep to the braying of neighboring free-roaming horses, which is a characteristic of the New Forest and one of its most famous features.
Who for Families and anyone searching for a location to relax close to the New Forest that offers an excellent value for the money.
There are just 54 rooms available, in addition to a lodge that can be rented separately. You have the option of selecting between a family room, a regular room, a superior room, or a luxury room. All of the rooms come equipped with a television and a blow dryer, and the deluxe ones also have balconies.
Food & Drink
The Lodge Kitchen and Bar, which can also be enjoyed as a meal in the open air, is one of the establishment’s two restaurants. It works well in both pizza and pasta dishes.
The other is a fine dining establishment in Beresford, and to start, we had a delightfully charred watermelon that was paired with peanut sauce and mushroom. The scallops were presented with raspberries. After that, we moved on to the Stone bass, which had a skin that had been seared and a tenderloin that had been well prepared, making it both soft and crunchy. This dish paired really well with ham and apple sauce.
We requested a chocolate cheesecake, but when it arrived, it didn’t look anything like one. This peculiar dish is referred to as a “whipped chocolate cheesecake,” and it features chocolate and beetroot sponge in addition to tuile topped with chili. It had a wonderful flavor.
The breakfast consists of a buffet with a full English breakfast as one of the options.
There are two pools, one of which is an indoor heated pool, and there is also an outdoor heated pool. Those who are more active can spend their time on the squash or tennis courts, relaxing in the sauna, or working out in the gym.
The Saltus spa, which features a total of six treatment rooms, takes the cake (other than the prehistoric forest, of course). A Hopi (ear was) treatment was performed exceptionally effectively after a massage that was performed against the backdrop of relaxing music and soft lights. There are also facials offered by ESPA, and if a couple can’t stand the thought of being apart for an hour, they may get a treatment together instead.