On a recent weekend away, I came across this beautiful 4 star hotel in the New Forest. As soon as I pulled up in my car, I knew I had found something special. A large hotel, overlooking fields on one side and forest on the other, it is in an ideal spot for walks and exploring the area with your dogs!
It has a real holiday feel to it and on a sunny day, the terrace at the front of the hotel is delightful. Inside, the interior of the hotel, although grand, is warm and welcoming and the staff are extremely friendly. They are also truly dog friendly and genuinely love dogs. I heard so many wonderful stories of four legged guests who visit with their owners regularly and whose names are all known!
Dogs are allowed in all of the public areas, apart from the restaurant and the spa... yes, there is a spa, along with an outside pool, an inside pool and a tennis court! There are tables in the large, open plan lounge, as well as comfy sofas, so it is an ideal place for eating alongside your pooch if you prefer to sit inside, or if the weather is bad. A large number of superior rooms and most of the family and standard bedrooms are dog friendly and some even have balconys. I looked at several of them myself and they are beautifully deorcated, extremely comfortable and a lot of them have lovely forest views.
The hotel lounge is currently traditional in style. However, it is about to undergo a redesign and based on the planned changes I was told of, I can't wait to go back in a few months and check out the new look!
I was lucky enough to sit at the table in the cute and cosy little bar, which leads out to the terrace and I had the pleasure of sampling some of the best cocktails I have ever had! A Lounge Menu is available all afternoon and at lunch and dinner times, there is a choice of a Table d'Hôte or an A La Carté Menu, all of which can be served in the lounge. Also, regular Sunday BBQs with live music are held out on the terrace during the Summer months. The restaurant has an AA Rosette for Fine Dining and needless to say, the food is delicious!
I can highly recommend The Balmer Lawn Hotel. I spent a wonderful afternoon there and met some really lovely people. My little one was treated like a real Princess and we both agree it is a well deserved Find of the Month!