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Rhinefield House, Brockenhurst, New Forest
From the moment you turn into Rhinefield's ornamental drive - with its giant redwood trees and colourful rhododendrons - you begin to realise you're heading somewhere special. Then the impressive turreted mock-Tudor manor house appears. Inside you'll find elaborate interiors too, including the bejewelled Alhambra room, created as a miniature version of the Alhambra palace in Grenada. In fine weather you can enjoy the extensive gardens and the sheltered outdoor swimming pool, along with games of croquet on the lawn; in wet weather retreat to the health club for spa treatments and use of the indoor pool and gym. The menu in the wood-panelled Armada restaurant uses plenty of local produce, with venison and rabbit on the a la carte menu.
If you want to be car-free, you can get the train to Brockenhurst, which connects to London in about an hour and a half.
Rhinefield House is in the heart of the New Forest, 10 minutes' drive from Brockenhurst, with country walks, woodland and wild ponies all around.
By car: the hotel is 30 mins from Southampton, 2 hours 20 mins from London and 2 hours 40 mins from Birmingham. There is free parking on-site.
By train: Brockenhurst station is a 10-minute drive from the hotel. The journey takes 13 mins from Southampton and 1 hour 40 mins from London Waterloo. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
It's the perfect place for romancing couples who love romps in the forest. The pièce de résistance is the ornate Alhambra room, which is encrusted in mosaic, with Venetian glass, beaten copper and Prussian onyx to look like the Islamic palace in Grenada.
Service & Facilities
We love playing croquet and giant dominoes on the lawn.
- Indoor and outdoor pools
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
The Heron Suite is the most modern of the three, but has dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows for wildlife spotting from bed. We love having TVs over the baths in the Executive rooms, for an indulgent soak.
Classic, Executive, The Munro Suite, The Walker Suite, The Heron Suite
Facilities include: ensuite with shower over bath, Gilchrist and Soames toiletries, seating area and coffee table, fairtrade teas, coffees, hot chocolate and biscuits, still and sparkling water, fridge, fresh milk, magazines, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
Book the Alhambra room for private dining to make any occasion special. Baked Alaska to share, with melting orange sponge and vanilla parfait, is indulgence on a plate.
The Armada Restaurant: classic British dishes, fine dining, local produce, vegan menu. Open every day for dinner. Mains from £17.
The Conservatory: seasonal dishes, sandwiches, platters, pizzas, afternoon tea. Mains from £13.50. Open every day noon-9pm.
The Lounge Bar: beers, wines, cocktails, light lunches, afternoon tea, outdoor dining. Food served daily 1o.30am-9pm.