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Spot in the Woods, Lyndhurst, New Forest
A bijou B&B with a popular cafe tucked away in the north east corner of the New Forest. Easy access to the M27 makes it a good base to explore the surrounding cities of Southampton, Winchester, Salisbury and Bournemouth, which are all less than 40 minutes' drive away. The business was founded by the late international sommelier Gerard Basset and his wife, but has recently been acquired by Hillbrooke Hotels who run the very popular Master Builder's hotel on Buckler's Hard, so changes may be afoot, including reintroducing evening dining. At the moment simply book yourself into a room and let them make you up a platter of treats for an in-room picnic. You will have a fabulous brunch in the cafe to wake up to.
Ashurst station is just a few minutes away, which connects to the mainline route to London via Brockenhurst, or on to Bournemouth in the other direction.
Spot in the Woods is in the middle of the New Forest, surrounded by woodland, 10 minutes' drive from Lyndhurst.
By car: The hotel is 1 hour 45 mins from London, 2 hours from Bristol and 2 hours 30 mins from Birmingham. There is free parking on-site.
By train: London Waterloo to Ashurst New Forest (via Southampton Central) takes 1 hour 30 mins. The hotel is a 5-minute taxi ride from the station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
The hotel is especially popular with hunter-welly wearing walkers and dog owners. We love sitting on the wooden veranda watching the squirrels scamper around the secluded garden.
Service & Facilities
There is a night porter on duty which means you can order drinks from the bar well into the evening, even after the café has closed. Dogs are allowed in three of the rooms at a charge of £20 per dog, per night and they get a dog bed, towel and chew on arrival.
- Family rooms
- Private gardens
- Pets allowed
- Free parking
Room 3 "Solera" is child-friendly and dog-friendly with it's own sheltered patio garden, a separate seating area and a roll-top bath. We love sitting out on the patio with a glass of French red wine and nibbles purchased from the café.
Classic, Chic, Luxury, Shepherd Hut
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, organic toiletries, free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee facilities, TV, safe, desk
Food & Drink
Platters can be ordered, and you can spread out on the veranda for a private evening picnic - the garlic mushrooms and avocado on sourdough with chilli oil is delicious!
Kitchen Café: breakfast, brunch, all-day dining, burgers, toasted sandwiches, pub classics, sharing platters. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mains from £12.50.