Stylish country hotel set in the New Forest National Park, Hampshire. Recently refurbished, Balmer Lawn offers a mixture of classic and contemporary rooms all of a 4 star rating. With its impressive spa and fine dining restaurant, Balmer Lawn is an idyllic location in which enjoy a refreshing short break away.
- Heated indoor and outdoor pool with extensive spa facilities
- Award wining restaurant
- Individually designed bedrooms mixing the contemporary and traditional
- In the heart of the New Forest
- Recently Refurbished
The following offers are showing provisional availability*.
Exclusive to OPL
Classic Country Escape
Stay in a Superior room and receive:
- Dinner for two on the first evening (£30 pp allowance)
- 20% discount on all pre-booked spa treatments
- Complimentary use of all leisure facilities
- Full English breakfast daily
1 night stay
Package Price: £105 per person per stay (based on two sharing) £210 per room
- Friday & Saturday night premiums will apply
All of the above prices include all taxes / service fees.
* Offers showing provisional availability are subject to confirmation with the hotel and availability is not guaranteed. No funds will be taken from your card until the booking is confirmed, which will usually be within a few hours.
Offers showing instant availability are live and will be confirmed immediately.
Facilities at Balmer Lawn Hotel
The hotel has extensive spa and leisure facilities with both a heated indoor and outdoor pool, treatment rooms,
Saltus spa, 2 squash courts, tennis court, fully equipped gym, Finnish Sauna and spa bath.
The hotel this year has a new additional where the doors at the front of the hotel open up onto the Terrace which overlooks the cricket pitch at the front of the hotel and the grounds of the New Forest.
Good to know
- Hotel check-in time: 3:00 PM
- Hotel check-out time: 11:00 AM
There is ample complimentary parking on-site
The public areas are accessible to guests with limited mobility. The Hotel has a limited number of rooms with walk in showers available, but we recommend you contact our team to discuss your specific requirements prior to booking.
History of the hotel
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! Originally built 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 this is one of the most iconic buildings in the New Forest National Park!
The Hotel has a very proud history. During some of the most dramatic chapters in modern British history, the Balmer Lawn Hotel has played its part. During the First World War the Hotel was commandeered and used as an Army Hospital. The local area has a strong link with New Zealand as some of their Army was located here. In the Second World War, the Hotel was first used as an Army Staff College. It subsequently became the Headquarters of the Canadian 3rd Infantry Division as they prepared for the Allied Landings in Normandy. In 2016, with local dignitaries and the Canadian Military Attaché present, a Maple tree was planted in the grounds in memory of the brave men that never returned home.
In the late 1940's, the building returned to being a Hotel. The Balmer Lawn Hotel was part of two separate hotel groups, and in the late 1970's, a fire in the roof changed the appearance of the Hotel to its present look. In October 1997, the Hotel returned to private ownership with Chris & Alison Wilson as its proprietors. Since acquiring the Hotel from Hilton in October 1997 it was always the desire of the Wilson's to return the Hotel to its former glory. In the 60's and 70's the Balmer Lawn was probably the most prestigious Hotel property in the New Forest, but sadly due to a lack of investment, the Hotel was allowed to deteriorate through the 80's culminating in the loss of its 4 Star rating and was down-graded to a 3 Star Hotel. Chris and Alison were determined to regain the Hotel's rightful place as one of the best Hotels in the area and have worked extremely hard to refurbish the Hotel over the past 20 years. Chris says "it was one of our stated business objectives to obtain our 4 Star rating in 2008, with the actual inspection taking place on the 12th December the self-imposed deadline was fast approaching, however, when the inspector confirmed we had achieved the required standard – I was absolutely delighted". The Wilson Family celebrated twenty years of ownership of the Hotel in 2017. Chris & Alison have retained the traditions of a warm welcome, comfortable rooms and wonderful food. Our décor has changed over the years and a modern contemporary style has been introduced to all of the public areas and some of the bedrooms. There are very exciting plans for our future, but our traditional values welcoming all to 'our home' will always endure.
A number of Superior rooms can accommodate an extra bed for children at a cost of £30 per child. Children above the age of 15 are viewed as adults.
Cots can be provided and are charged at £15 per stay.
Children can use the swimming pool between 7am to 9pm (no restrictions), must be accompanied by an adult.
The New Forest is an ideal location for all of the family, including the dog, and we are proud to recognize them as an important member of many families.
There are dog friendly rooms in the superior room category. Please note there is a nightly charge of £20 for each dog, this includes dog bowls, treats and towels only.
We ask that dogs are always kept on a lead inside the Hotel and remain with their families even during meal times. We do offer pet friendly dining options in our lounge, bar or on the terrace, but we do not allow dogs in Beresfords restaurant or in the indoor leisure facilities.
We welcome well behaved dogs, but do ask that consideration is given to all of our other guests. We are mindful of animal welfare, and do not allow dogs to be left alone in guest bedrooms.
Maximum of two dogs per room
Situated in 3 acres of grounds with the most amazing sweeping views.
The Rooms at Balmer Lawn Hotel
Individually designed and decorated all the rooms have all the modern touches you would expect from a quality 4 Star Hotel. Our front facing and balcony rooms affording great views across the cricket lawn to the Forest beyond
The superior rooms offer higher standards of fit and fabric from traditional to the contemporary we have something to suit all tastes, most offering views over the cricket lawn to the front of the Hotel or the Forest for our side facing rooms and include bathrobes, tea/coffee making facilities, and WifI
Individually designed and decorated all the rooms have all the modern touches you would expect. The four-poster rooms include a Queen sized hand carved four-poster bed, and many have balconies offering breathtaking views of the Forest. All offer bathrobes, tea coffee making facilities and Wifi
This award wining restaurant combines fantastic service with mouthwatering fine dining modern dishes, whilst the kitchen team produce daily menus using fresh local produce wherever possible.
During the summer season don't forget to use the terrace at the front of the hotel enjoy the dishes from Beresford whilst taking in the amazing views of the New Forest.
Breakfast Monday - Friday 7am to 10am Weekends and Public Holidays 8am - 10am
Lunch 12pm - 2pm
Dinner 6.30pm - 9pm
Lounge 12 noon to 21:30
The Spa is a fantastic area of the hotel with ample treatment rooms and extensive leisure which incorporates: 2 squash courts, tennis court, heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools (outdoor pool open from May-September, weather dependent), fully equipped gym, Finnish Sauna and spa bath. A true relaxing experience
Balmer Lawn Hotel Location
Map & Directions
There is ample complimentary parking on-site
How to get here
The hotel is eight miles from M27 Junction 1. When you come off of the motorway, follow signs to Lyndhurst and then Brockenhurst. The hotel is on the left as you approach Brockenhurst, and is clearly visible from the road.
The Railway Station, which provides a direct 90 minute connection to London Waterloo. There is a taxi rank next to ticket office. Alternatively, the hotel is about a 10 minute walk along the main Lyndhurst Road.
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Location & Local Attractions
The hotel is surrounded by the beautiful New Forest National Park; you will see the horses roam freely it is a truly magical spot.
For those wanting a day to suit all and only 20 minutes from the hotel is Beaulieu which has countless attractions in the one area there is Beaulieu Motor museum, Palace House a gothic style country home, Abbey where the monks once lived, secret army exhibition and lots more.
Southampton and Portsmouth are both within a short distance from the hotel with ample shopping and not forgetting the Solent for water sports.
Balmer Lawn Hotel Reviews
- 19 reviews
- Member since 2015
Brockenhurst, Hampshire, SO42 7ZB
I had hoped to discuss our experience with the hotel manager but he wasn t at the hotel when we left and he hasn t responded to our email.
Our superior room (23) was shabby, with a hole in the wall and torn wallpaper where presumably a curtain tie was originally fitted. The furniture has seen better days. There were large stains in the ceiling. The tv room had a very strong smell in it, possibly of vinyl. Neither the decor nor the hanging pictures reflected the description of the rooms provided on your website. Presumably because the wall mounted air con unit no longer worked, a large free standing unit was in the bedroom, which added to the feeling of clutter with a second wall mounted tv (why two TVs?). In any case we couldn t have used the air con unit as the venting hose wasn t venting to outside. So pretty pointless. No fridge. No view except of outside walls, other bedrooms and plastic grass. And a pretend sheep. All a little surprising for a superior room. The bath plug mechanism needs sorting; when my wife took a bath, we couldn t get the plug out without some prising. Ceiling bulbs not working. The overall effect reminded me a little of a rather tired b&b
We have stayed in a number of dog friendly hotels, one not far from this hotel, and this is the first we have stayed at not to have anything at all in the room for the dog eg bowls, towel, treats. It wouldn t be an issue but for the surcharge.
At dinner, my wife had torched mackerel which left her feeling slightly peculiar. I tasted the fish, which made me gag immediately. I thought it might be off . We mentioned this to the waitress and she made enquiries. The chef said it definitely wasn t off but was the result of the curing process. I don t think the curing process had much to do with what I tasted! We were offered a different starter but declined as I d already finished my starter. The rest of the food was ok but three rather plain and small scallops for a 16 starter made me feel like a mug! It is always a preferred starter for me and this was seriously underwhelming especially for the money. We were also very surprised to see that a couple of breakfast options that I would have gone for had 6.00 surcharges.
The spa was also underwhelming; a small indoor pool, a very small jacuzzi and sauna. The changing rooms were messy with towels and rubbish on the floor. Shouldn t staff be checking?
There were other observations I made in my email to the manager that I won t bore you with. Suffice to say, we were utterly underwhelmed with our experience, felt ripped off and treated like mugs.
Happy customers (with a few moans)
I stayed in early July with my daughter and was very impressed. The food was of a very high standard, and our room was lovely.
Unfortunately the return visit with my husband was less impressive from the food point of view. Also, we had a room (room 4) outside which there were extractor fans. We needed our windows open because it was a very warm night. So the noise of the fans disturbed us.
I will say though that we will not be deterred and will return another time. We enjoyed our weekend irrespective of these negative points.
We really enjoyed our stay made even better with a complimentary room upgrade with a wonderful balcony overlooking the cricket ground.
Excellent staff, great amenities!
Thank you for a lovely stay and making my mum's 70th special!
Highlights for us were:
Attentive staff - nothing was too much trouble
Relaxing atmosphere and welcoming families and dogs! (very well behaved as well!)
Since being back we have recommended the hotel to a number of our friends and also dog loving friends!
The highlight for the children was the lovely warm outdoor swimming pool which kept them entertained all weekend!
Thank you once again!
Dinner; ok but overpriced for the food quality.
Breakfast; on 1st day, cooked food ran out and was some time before this was replenished, despite being told several times "only 10 minutes" By the time one item was replenished, others were unavailable, by which time supplied drinks were cold. Napkins supplied to hold hot plates; well all plates were cold. By 2nd day we gave up and didn't bother attempting a cooked breakfast.
Not the service one would expect from a 4 star hotel.
Recently returned from a three night stay at Balmer Lawn .
We really enjoyed our stay and were very impressed with all aspects of the hotel.
We paid extra for a superior room and couldn't fault it.
One small criticism is that you can choose your room in advance on line but there is an extra charge of 30.00 to do so.
We enjoyed two dinners in the hotel restaurant - the service and food were both excellent however you will pay more than the 30 per person allowance - probably worth it though!
Breakfast was good. -plenty of choice.
Drinks in the hotel bar were reasonably priced.
The spa is ok but the pool is small and three children playing in it make it unusable for anyone wanting to swim - not complaining though!
Whilst we don't have a dog we applaud the hotel's policy on allowing dogs in the hotel.
Best of all though is the location.
We have stayed at all the main hotels around Brockenhurst - Balmer Lawn is as good as any!