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Our emphasis is on comfort and great service.

Built originally in the mid 1800’s as a hunting lodge, the Balmer Lawn is a classic Country House Hotel set in the very heart of the New Forest National Park. Undoubtedly one of the most iconic buildings in the New Forest National Park!

The Hotel’s tasteful blend of the contemporary and the traditional ensures the perfect combination of old fashioned values with a modern twist.

The Balmer Lawn is the perfect destination for romantic escapes, relaxing getaways, family holidays or corporate events alike. You can even bring your dog with you!

The Hotel’s name is taken from the lawn to the front of the Hotel, originally thought to have been called Palmers Lawn (a historical typo culminating in Balmer Lawn). The name is mentioned in the Doomsday Book – how’s that for history!




Built originally as a private house/hunting lodge at around 1800 and transformed into the building you see today at around 1850.

The Hotel has a great history, as guests you will be in good company with many famous people throughout history having been to the Hotel to name drop a few – King George V, Russian Royalty, J.J. Sainsbury, Churchill and General Eisenhower.

The building was commandeered during both World Wars. During World War One the Hotel was used as a field hospital. Some still remember injured soldiers being wheeled on luggage trolleys from Brockenhurst Train Station to the Hotel!

In the Second World War the Hotel was transformed into an Army Staff College. Some of the “Orders for the Day” were issued from the Hotel for the “D Day” invasion. During our extensive refurbishment of the Hotel we frequently find spent ammunition under the floorboards.

The early years of the Hotel’s history was spent in private ownership. After the Second World War it was part of Myddleton Hotels and was in good company with sister Hotel, the Royal Bath in Bournemouth.

In 1979 the Hotel was acquired by the Ladbroke Group and latterly became an Associate Hilton Hotel.

In October 1997 the Hotel once again returned to private ownership. The Wilson family are now the proud owners of the Hotel and have worked hard to completely refurbish the property and return to its former glory as the best Four Star Hotel in the New Forest.

The emphasis is on friendly, efficient service. We know what delights and this is what we strive to deliver.


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