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Gateway to the New Forest

The iconic Balmer Lawn Hotel, known as the “Gateway to the New Forest”, has been awarded a 4 Star rating as assessed and awarded by the AA. The Hotel is a family owned business, run as a Partnership by Chris and Alison Wilson.

Our philosophy for the business is best described by Chris and Alison.

“With all the current doom and gloom this hotel is a real ray of sunshine, not just for us as owners but for all the Management and Staff. This is a real team effort, our customers’ most repeated comment about their stay is about the “happy, friendly staff”. Although good facilities throughout the Hotel are important, staff that care, smile and who are prepared to go that extra mile are the real special ingredient that make a guest’s experience great not just good”.

Our fifty-four bedrooms have décor that includes classic country house to modern contemporary. A modern décor was recently introduced that represents the future style of the Hotel. By 2014, our third floor was refurbished in tones that reflect our Forest surroundings. Continuing with the refurbishments in 2016 & 2017, our four balcony rooms were refurbished to a very high standard with seven foot King beds, quality fabrics and fittings plus those all important luxury features such as slippers, gowns, Nespresso coffee machines and digital safes were also introduced. We have also recently created a new room category, our small standard rooms. These delightful rooms represent excellent value for money with a modern décor, walk-in showers and enormous televisions. We take pride in our rooms, so we have created our ‘choose your room’ facility which is available on our website. This wonderful feature allows our guests to choose the room that is best for them plus we have included the view from the window. We do charge a small fee for being able to choose your room.

Our restaurant, Beresfords, was awarded a second rosette by the AA in 2016 With an emphasis on using the best seasonal local produce, this is fine dining at its best. Our menu is seasonal, but our Executive Head Chef is always looking to create a new dish to celebrate the very best produce available. The lounge, bar and terrace are ideal for both drinks and a meal with friends, and our Afternoon Tea is not to be missed!

All of our function rooms enjoy natural light and have air conditioning. We are very proud to be a popular wedding venue and can seat parties of up to 120 guests. We are also licenced for civil ceremonies, including our Sylvan Pavilion in the Hotels gardens. Our function rooms host both residential and day conferences for many local and multi-national companies.

We are proud to recognize dogs as an important member of many families. We have dog friendly rooms in both our standard, superior and family categories. Please note there is a nightly charge for each dog.

Our Balmer Lawn Leisure Club features both an indoor heated and a seasonal heated outdoor swimming  pool. A jacuzzi, small gym, Nordic sauna, table tennis and a tennis court are also included in our leisure facilities. With our Saltus Spa offering the finest ESPA treatments and therapies, a riding stables just a few minutes walk from the Hotel and forest walks starting close to the grounds, this makes the Balmer Lawn Hotel ideal for all seasons.




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