While this former hunting lodge in the New Forest was constructed in the 19th century, its long front lawn is mentioned as far back as the Domesday Book. With a quintessential, country-inspired interior design, it has stayed true to its rural roots ever since. From the grand staircase in the lobby to the wood-panelled ceiling in the indoor pool area, Balmer Lawn has a heritage feel.
Rooms, on the other hand, tend to combine classic interior design with modern features. Spread out on vintage-inspired sleigh beds, while making the most of contemporary amenities such as a personal Nespresso machine for coffee on tap.
If you like keeping active when you’re away, there’s plenty to do. When you’re not out walking, cycling or playing golf at the nearby course, you can enjoy the wide range of leisure facilities. There are squash and tennis courts, an outdoor pool and a gym, complete with a personal trainer. You’ll also have access to the wellness facilities, including a Jacuzzi and Finnish sauna to unwind in. Opt for tailored treatments at the Saltus Spa, whether that’s calming aromatherapy massages or radiance-boosting facials, administered using much-lauded ESPA products.
Staying on a Sunday? Settle in at the award-winning Beresfords Restaurant for a traditional carvery that includes options such as 28-day aged beef with fragrant pan jus. In the summer months, make the most of warm weather by gathering around the barbecue on the leafy terrace instead. The chargrilled meats are mouthwatering, especially when accompanied by a Smokin Deer bitter, brewed on-site. There’s entertainment, too, with regular live piano, saxophone and guitar performances. Dogs are welcome in certain rooms, so you can explore the countryside together.