From Marmite to Mystery Shoppers: Discover Our Recent Press Coverage


Would you like to discover our recent press coverage?

In this blog, we provide an unfiltered glimpse into what journalists and the general public have been saying about us. 

From mystery shopper visits to being dubbed ‘marmite’, read on to uncover some of our favourite reviews in the past couple of months:

Press coverage: Dubbed a 'Marmite' hotel

Press Coverage | Mystery Shopper ‘Tells It Like It Is’

One of the best ways to gain an insight into a hotel’s offering is to read about mystery shoppers’ experiences.

Recently, we (unknowingly) welcomed a journalist from the Daily Mail into our hotel. Rating his overall experience 4/5 stars, he touched upon our ‘floral-is-back’ look, and ‘upbeat’ mood, before opting to dine at our main restaurant, Samphire.

Here, he devoured ‘delicious’ scallops and sea bass. He even threw in a reference to our impeccably-dressed waiter (we dress to impress here at Stanwell House!).

Concluding the press coverage, the mystery shopper left a passer-by with an enthusiastic recommendation, “you should give it a try!”.

This glowing endorsement showcases that, regardless of who walks through our doors, we always strive to maintain our exceptional standards.

So, if you happen to be a mystery shopper reading this — our team is ready and waiting for you!

Fish on the menu

Press Coverage | The Telegraph’s Honest Review

As well as mystery shoppers, we’re pleased to have been visited by esteemed Telegraph journalist, Fiona Duncan.

Recently, Fiona paid our hotel in Lymington a visit, before publishing a refreshingly honest review. 

From our impeccably attired staff donning Harris tweed and silk waistcoats, to the curation of spaces with dusty-hued delights, Fiona completely understood the unique aesthetic we were striving for.

Despite dubbing us a ‘marmite hotel’ in the title of her article, she rated her overall experience 8/10. Accompanied by myriad other positive comments, her parting words were ‘the hotel is run with warmth and commitment, and service was smooth, friendly and professional’.

This marmite hotel will certainly take that! Plus we love Marmite!

Press Coverage: The Telegraph

Press Coverage | Muddy Stilettos Award Win

Alongside gaining press coverage from top publications left, right and centre, we’ve also been busy winning awards!

Amidst the competitive landscape of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, 27 exceptional local independent businesses emerged victorious in the prestigious Muddy Stilettos Awards 2023. We’re delighted to share that our very own Stanwell House was one of them!

Driven by the voice of the public, our Salt Bar emerged as the crowned champion in the coveted ‘Best Bar’ category. 

This remarkable achievement is a testament to the excellent service and unwavering commitment of our dedicated team. We couldn’t be prouder! 

We’ve also been shortlisted for the National Finals, so watch this space to find out if we’re officially named the best bar in the country!

Press coverage: quirky uniforms

Have Your Say: Book a Stay With Us!

Why limit yourself to reviews when you can swing by and experience Stanwell House firsthand? 

A hidden gem nestled in the heart of Lymington, our welcoming hotel offers a perfect blend of comfort, luxury, and unique touches.

From soft furnishings to modern amenities, we’ve created a relaxing home-away-from-home environment.

Don’t just take our (or the reviewers’) word for it — book a stay and experience it all for yourself. If you’re in the area, why not venture down for a meal or a drink at our (award-winning) Salt Bar?

We can’t wait to welcome you!

If you’d like to discover more about our recent press coverage, or book an overnight stay with us, please get in touch
Alternatively, why not take a look at our previous blog to discover the flavours of Stanwell House?

Days Out in Hampshire for Couples: Explore our 5 Best Date Ideas

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Are you ready to explore the most romantic days out in Hampshire for couples?

Whether you’re looking for an adventure-packed day outdoors or a relaxing stroll through a charming city, we’ve got you covered!

Hampshire is a county full of surprises, and we’ve handpicked 5 date ideas that are sure to impress your significant other. Read on to explore some of our favourite options:

Days Out in Hampshire for Couples: A view of the harbour

Days Out in Hampshire for Couples: Walk through Winchester

If you’re searching for days out in Hampshire for couples, then Winchester is a must-visit destination.

Offering a combination of history, culture, and natural beauty, this idyllic city is perfect for those seeking a romantic getaway. 

Take a stroll through the vibrant streets, admire the stunning cathedral, and stop for a bite to eat at one of the many quaint cafés and restaurants. 

Couples with a penchant for nature can also opt to explore the city’s picturesque water meadows; a tranquil oasis in the heart of the city.

Days Out in Hampshire for Couples: A Close-up of Winchester Cathedral

Days Out in Hampshire for Couples: Explore the New Forest

Would you like to organise an adventure-filled date with your significant other? If so, look no further than the New Forest! 

Here, you can take a romantic stroll or bike ride through the forest’s stunning landscapes, spot wild ponies, and enjoy a dreamy picnic amidst nature. For a unique experience, you can even book a hot air balloon ride and enjoy the spectacular views from above!

To end the day on a high, why not book an overnight stay with us here at Stanwell House? Nestled in the heart of the New Forest, our boutique hotel offers warm hospitality and stylish décor, making it the perfect base for exploring all that the forest has to offer. 

So, why not book your stay and start planning your perfect New Forest adventure?

Days Out in Hampshire for Couples: Beaulieu Village in the New Forest

Days Out in Hampshire for Couples: Vineyard Wine Tasting

For wine-loving couples, a visit to a vineyard is a must — and, thankfully, we have one right on our doorstep!

An 8-minute drive from us at Stanwell, Setley Ridge is set in the centre of the New Forest National Park. Family-run and offering tours, the eco-friendly winery allows you to sample some of the region’s most remarkable sparkling wines. 

Venture through the vineyard, learn about the wine-making process, and enjoy a glass of bubbly with your loved one.

Hands raised, toasting with a glass of wine

Treat Your Loved One: Cruise on the Solent

Are you scoping out date ideas with a difference?

One of the best days out in Hampshire for couples is a romantic cruise on the Solent, one of the UK’s most beautiful stretches of coastline. 

As well as seeing stunning views of the Isle of Wight and the surrounding coastline, you may even spot playful dolphins or seals along the way!

For an extra special touch, why not bring along a picnic basket and a bottle of wine? Whether it’s an anniversary, or just a regular date, a cruise on the Solent is an experience to remember. 

Sunset over The Solent, Hampshire

Treat Your Loved One: The Hidden Gems of Lymington

If you’re looking for a romantic getaway in the UK, Lymington is the perfect destination.

With beautiful coastal views and quaint streets lined with boutique shops, there are many fun activities for couples to enjoy.

And, if you get peckish, why not swing by our Stanwell House for a bite to eat? Considered one of Lymington’s hidden gems, we offer three distinct dining options, each with its own unique charm and flavour. 

Treat your loved one to an elegant meal at Samphire, or enjoy a more laid-back vibe at Salt Bar. For a relaxed afternoon, head over to The Orangery for a scrumptious afternoon tea or a refreshing cocktail. 

Whatever your preference, we offer the ultimate dining experience for you and your special someone.

Image of the food at Stanwell House

If you’d like to discover more about days out in Hampshire for couples, or book an overnight stay with us, please get in touch

Alternatively, why not take a look at our previous blog to discover the flavours of Stanwell House?

Thoughtful Father’s Day Gifts | 5 Unique Gift Ideas for Dads


Searching for inspiration for thoughtful Father’s Day gifts?

As Father’s Day draws near, we’ve curated a selection of our top gift ideas. From personalised, fun experiences to an overnight stay at Stanwell House, our local area of Lymington offers ample opportunities to keep your dad entertained.

Read on to uncover some of our favourites:

Thoughtful Father's Day Gifts: Lymington Harbour

Thoughtful Father’s Day Gifts: Cycling Adventure Experience

When it comes to thoughtful Father’s Day gifts, why not think outside the box?

Show your appreciation for your dad this Father’s Day by planning an exciting cycling adventure. Just a stone’s throw away from our Stanwell House hotel, you’ll find New Forest Bikes, offering a selection of scenic trails that wind through the breathtaking New Forest area.

For a truly memorable experience, why not rent their premium quality bikes and embark on the popular Surf & Turf route? At just £50, this is a fantastic gift for dads who thrive on outdoor exploration.

Thoughtful Father’s Day Gifts: Relaxation and Self-Care Kit

Everyone can do with some relaxation every now and then — and dads are no exception!

So, this Father’s Day, why not help your dad unwind with a homemade men’s self-care kit?

When putting this together, you can include items such as his favourite grooming products, a limited-edition cologne, and even his favourite snacks!

If he needs further encouragement to indulge in some relaxation time, consider including a voucher for an overnight stay with us at Stanwell House. 

We promise to take good care of him by offering exceptional service, delicious food — not to mention luxurious, comfy beds!

Overnight stay at Stanwell House

Thoughtful Father’s Day Gifts: Brewery Tours

Still scoping out ideas for thoughtful Father’s Day gifts?

If your dad considers himself a beer connoisseur, why not treat him to an exciting brewery tour? On June 17th, Vibrant Forest Brewery is organising an hour-long tour that promises an immersive exploration of their brewing process.

Following an afternoon of beer tasting and brewery insights, join us afterwards to sample our exquisite collection of handcrafted whiskies!

Treat Your Dad: Fine Dining at Stanwell House

Does your dad appreciate life’s little luxuries? If so, we have the ultimate gift idea for you — a memorable trip to a fine dining restaurant!

At Stanwell House, we take pride in offering three distinctive dining experiences that cater to various preferences. 

If your dad appreciates a delicious, high-quality meal, we recommend checking out either our Samphire restaurant or The Orangery. Or, if he prefers to indulge in traditional, gastropub food, our Salt Bar is the perfect option.

Whilst each setting boasts its own unique ambiance and menu, they all share a common commitment: exceptional food and outstanding service!

Thoughtful Father's Day Gifts: Image of a beef dinner with all the trimmings and gravy

Treat Your Dad: Spending Quality Time Together

When it comes to thoughtful Father’s Day gifts, spending quality time with your dad can be the ultimate present.

Consider planning a special outing or an activity that you both can enjoy. This could be a fun hiking adventure, a friendly game of golf, or even a relaxed and cosy film night at home.

No matter what you choose, few things are better than spending quality time with your loved ones!

Whilst you’re ruminating on the perfect gift, why not book an overnight stay at our Stanwell House Hotel? 

Nestled in the heart of Lymington, our hotel offers a haven of refined luxury and comfort. From exquisite accommodations to exceptional amenities, we can tailor every aspect of your stay to create a truly memorable Father’s Day celebration.

If you’d like to discover more about what we have to offer, please get in touch

Alternatively, why not take a look at our previous blog to discover the flavours of Stanwell House?

Lymington Afternoon Tea | A Delicious Escape from the Everyday

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Would you like to elevate your day with a Lymington afternoon tea?

At Stanwell House hotel, we provide comfort and luxury in a relaxed, elegant and welcoming atmosphere. This attention to detail extends to our food offering, where we offer three distinctive dining experiences for our guests to enjoy. 

In this blog, we’ll be sharing our delicious and decadent afternoon tea options — perfect for a midweek indulgence or weekend treat.

Keep reading to explore what our sumptuous afternoon tea entails:

Lymington Afternoon Tea: Stanwell House Hotel

Lymington Afternoon Tea | The Setting

Your experience begins once you step foot into The Orangery

Flooded with light and alive with colour, this stunning setting boasts a high ceiling and period features, creating a bright and inviting space.

As well as being the perfect place to indulge in our Lymington afternoon tea, it’s also an excellent place for friends to unwind. 

Why not take a break and catch up over a mid-morning coffee, a spot of lunch, or even a cocktail after dinner?

Lymington Afternoon Tea - A glimpse of The Orangery

Lymington Afternoon Tea | The Options

If you’re looking for an afternoon tea experience in the New Forest, Stanwell House is the perfect choice!

Sample our Spring Afternoon Tea (£28 per person), which consists of unique savoury bites such as smoked salmon, crayfish and dill cream cheese sandwiches, and a beetroot, goat’s cheese and rocket wrap.

Alongside this, we offer an array of delectable sweet treats, perfect to combine with savoury. Our dessert options include pistachio and olive cake, peaches and cream panna cotta, and a vanilla and raspberry choux bun.

Those who fancy an extra special touch can opt for our ‘Champagne Afternoon Tea’ (£40 per person). This upgrade includes your choice of hot beverage, paired with a glass of House Champagne to add some sparkle to your experience.

Lymington Afternoon Tea - Our sweet delights up close

Stanwell House | Explore Our Surroundings

After indulging in the delicious treats of our Lymington Afternoon Tea, why not venture outdoors to explore the surrounding area

Take a stroll along the historic Lymington Harbour, where you can admire the yachts and boats that line the marina. 

For nature lovers, the nearby New Forest National Park offers opportunities to hike, bike, or relax amidst the picturesque scenery. 

Lymington is also known for its independent shops, boutiques, and art galleries. Take your time to browse and discover unique souvenirs to take home with you. 

Stroll along the Lymington Harbour.

Stanwell House | Book a Getaway

Following a day of decadent treats and adventure, you deserve to relax in a cosy and comfortable setting.

Fortunately, our boutique hotel in Lymington offers exactly this! Treat yourself to a restful overnight stay in one of our beautifully appointed rooms, featuring luxury soft furnishings, thoughtful amenities, and carefully curated details. After all, a relaxing getaway is the perfect end to an unforgettable day.

Unwind in one of our beautiful bedrooms

If you’d like to discover more about our Lymington afternoon tea, or book an overnight stay with us, please get in touch

Alternatively, why not take a look at our previous blog to discover the flavours of Stanwell House?

Reducing Food Waste | How We Cut Down on Waste at Stanwell House

Hotel Updates

How are we reducing food waste at Stanwell House?

As environmental awareness grows, we believe it’s our responsibility as a hospitality business to set an example.

Recently, our Executive Head Chef, Chris Wheeldon, sat down with Catering Today to discuss our sustainability initiatives. 

Keep reading to discover some of his top strategies for reducing waste in the food industry:

Reducing Food Waste: Introducing Chris Wheeldon

Reducing Food Waste: Why is it Important?

Did you know that the UK food industry wastes around 1.9 million tonnes of food annually?

Figures such as these have led to a surge of campaigns and initiatives aimed at tackling the issue. One such initiative is Stop Food Waste Day, which falls on 26th April. 

At Stanwell House, we’re proud to be implementing ways to minimise waste. We recently caught up with our Executive Head Chef, Chris, who shared his thoughts on the importance of reducing food waste in the hospitality industry.

Reducing Food Waste: Chris Wheeldon in action

Reducing Food Waste: Repurposing Ingredients

Our whole ethos at Stanwell House revolves around sustainability. For us, this starts in the kitchen.

Chris regularly introduces new, innovative ideas that help us to achieve our eco-friendly goal. 

He ensures that much of the meat that enters the kitchen is smoked and salted so that it lasts longer, reducing food waste. Chris also makes use of our various food and beverage outlets to minimise waste, as we strive to become more environmentally conscious at Stanwell House.

Elaborating on this approach, Chris said: “I try to interlink as much as I can. So, if I’m using a garnish, say asparagus or something as a starter in a bar, then I’ll use it as a garnish in the restaurant on a couple of dishes which reduces our footprint and reduces our payroll.” 

Reducing food waste: An image showcasing Chris' culinary delights

Reducing Food Waste: Portion Management

In Chris’ opinion, one of the best ways of reducing food waste is through portion management. 

Here at Stanwell House, we don’t believe in piling plates high or ordering more food than necessary. Chris knows that this is one of the major culprits of waste in the hospitality industry, and we’re committed to changing that. 

“By managing portions carefully and mindfully, we can reduce waste and make sure that every meal is just right – for the environment and for our customers.

Chris said: “The biggest cause of food waste, I would say, is over ordering or portions being too large. Also, it’s always a majorly important thing not to over order, you have to know what’s in the fridges. 

“If we run out of a dish, I don’t mind too much because it’s a good sign that we’re running out of fresh food and again, assists us in less waste.

“It’s a hidden cost to the business I don’t think people really appreciate. I’m hoping it will become more focused on and I hope people are buying into it a bit more.”

A fish meal served up at Stanwell House

The Responsibility of Restaurants

Sustainability is more than just a matter of business — it’s our passion and responsibility.

We believe that the UK food industry should unite in the fight against food waste, and we’re proud to be doing our part.

Discussing why restaurants should consider reducing food waste, Chris said: “I think it’s very much a big responsibility and I think it’s very important. When food waste is reduced as much as possible it’s good profitability for the business and it’s good for the environment. 

“The customers keep quite savvy these days in terms of where products are coming from and some people will openly say that, if it’s not a sustainable product, they’ll certainly let you know. 

“At the moment, I’m looking at salmon issues and the sustainability of that. So we don’t have salmon on our menus because some people are very against it.”

A mouthwatering Mac and Cheese

Chris’ Thoughts on The Long-Term Effects of Food Waste

At Stanwell House, we’re all about looking to the future and ensuring that our practices are sustainable in the long run. That’s why we take food waste seriously and Chris is leading the charge to future-proof our luxury hotel. 

With our efforts to reduce waste, we hope to set an example for the rest of the food industry and encourage others to join us on this important journey towards sustainability.

Speaking of this, Chris said: “At the moment, we’re looking into an automated composter. That will take all our food waste (apart from any large bones, which we try to avoid buying anyway) and compost it, all within 24 hours. 

“I would like to really think that if we can lead the way in terms of automated composters, more companies will follow with their time and effort. They’re not cheap to set up and there are implications but I think, in the future, I’d like to see more restaurants take the bet on waste. 

“They can sell it as a byproduct or they can give it away as a byproduct to their local communities, and I think that’s really important.

“The more the systems are in place, the more economical they’ll become and I think it’s better for the environment. Hotels are a luxury market which uses electricity and gas all day. So you need to make it as sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible.”

If you’d like to discover more about our eco-friendly initiatives, or book an overnight stay with us, please get in touch

Alternatively, why not take a look at our previous blog to discover our installation of a UK-first cooking range?

In The Press | A Roundup of Our Favourite Reviews

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Did you know that we frequently feature in the press?

Since our grand reopening, we’ve featured in The Independent’s exclusive ‘UK’s Hottest New Hotels’ round-up, and received wonderful coverage from local publications like Hampshire Live and New Milton Advertiser & Lymington Times! 

Read on to discover more about our brilliant press coverage, and what it means to us:

In The Press: Stanwell House Hotel

At the start of this year, we reopened our doors following an extensive multi-million-pound revamp project. 

Innovating a complete upmarket redesign, our goal was to provide a refreshing, modern twist to the picturesque market town of Lymington. 

Sharing our transformational reopening in the press helped to showcase our unique offerings, amenities, and services — generating buzz and excitement around our hotel and helping to put Lymington on the map.

In the Press: The beautiful, upmarket town of Lymington

In The Press: Local Publications

Coverage in local publications can be incredibly valuable for hotels, as it helps to establish a strong local presence and community engagement.

At Stanwell House, we’ve received some wonderful local coverage in the press, such as:

Looking to the future, our goal is to continue creating a strong local identity. In doing so, this will set us apart from other hotels and allow us to provide a memorable experience for our guests.

In the Press: An image showcasing the local publications Stanwell House has been featured in.

In The Press: The Independent

Our success isn’t limited to local press — we’ve also secured coverage in leading trade titles!

Recently, we featured in The Independent’s exclusive ‘UK’s Hottest New Hotels’ round-up. The list comprised leading hotels from London all the way to the New Forest, and we’re thrilled to be amongst some big names in hospitality.

The good news doesn’t stop there! We’ve also secured coverage in the sector’s biggest publications, such as:

From features on our unique dining experiences to details of our new, versatile function room space, it’s been fantastic to see how our new offering has been received in the press.

A graphic showcasing our feature in The Independent's 'UK's hottest new hotels'

Our Review in The Times

Restoring Stanwell House to its former glory has attracted the attention of some notable guests.

Susan D’Arcy from The Times recently paid us a visit, and to our delight gave us an overall rating of 8/10! Our surroundings ranked particularly highly (9/10), where Susan referenced the wittily-named boats in the harbour (‘Water You Looking At?’).

As The Times is highly regarded for its insightful coverage, we’re thrilled to receive their recognition. It’s a tremendous honour for our amazing team, who go above and beyond to provide exceptional customer service. 

Being recognised both nationally and locally is testament to their unwavering dedication to delivering a high-quality, memorable experience for our guests. We couldn’t be prouder! 

But, don’t just take The Times’ word for it — why not come down and check us out for yourself?

New Forest Boutique Hotel - Our feature in The Times

If you’d like to swing by for a cocktail, or book an overnight stay with us, please get in touch

Alternatively, why not take a look at our previous blog to discover the features of Stanwell?

Affordable Holidays | Discover the Benefits of a UK Staycation

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Are you feeling the pinch of the cost of living crisis?

Don’t worry — you’re not alone. But, don’t let that stop you from taking a well-deserved break! 

Fortunately, affordable holidays like staycations offer a great way to explore new places and cultures whilst keeping your budget in check.

Read on to discover why a staycation might just be the perfect solution to help you save those pennies:

Affordable holidays: One of our luxurious bedrooms at Stanwell House hotel.

Affordable Holidays: The Effects of the Cost of Living Crisis 

The rising cost of living has made it more challenging for people to set aside money for a holiday abroad. 

But, it’s not all doom and gloom! A staycation can be a budget-friendly alternative, with plenty of opportunities to explore all that the UK has to offer. 

Best of all, you can avoid the hassle and expense of international travel, allowing you to truly unwind and enjoy your much-needed break.

Affordable Holidays: Unwind and relax in one of our cosy rooms.

Affordable Holidays: The Surge of Staycations

Staycations are rapidly gaining popularity across the UK, with more and more people opting for a break in their home country. 

According to a recent RSM UK survey, more than a third of respondents (36%) are planning to take a short break within the UK for 1-4 days over the next year. 28% are even planning to take a long-stay break of five days or more!

It’s clear that even after the pandemic, many folks are choosing to explore affordable holidays close to home, rather than jetting off overseas. Not only do you save money on pricey travel and currency exchange rates, but you can also enjoy a holiday that’s tailor-made for your budget.

However, staycations offer much more than just saving money. They provide ample opportunities for discovering hidden gems, making unforgettable memories with loved ones, and experiencing the unique culture and beauty of the UK.

Affordable Holidays: Discover the beautiful area of Lymington.

Affordable Holidays: Stanwell House Hotel

With this in mind, why not book a stay at our luxury boutique hotel?

Located in the heart of Hampshire, our newly-renovated hotel is the perfect place to unwind and explore. Offering luxurious rooms and exceptional service, we strive to provide a memorable stay for our guests.

Our hotel is also ideally situated for exploring the natural beauty of the New Forest, as well as the charming town of Lymington. Venture down to the impressive weekly market to secure local produce, or scope out the nearby harbour to see what’s on.

The harbour in our charming town of Lymington.

Things to Do in the New Forest

The New Forest is a haven for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. 

Take a walk through the ancient woodland, discover hidden waterfalls, or explore the picturesque trails dotted throughout the area. 

If you’re an animal lover, we’d recommend visiting the New Forest Wildlife Park. Here, you can see rare and endangered animals up close, including European bison, otters, lynx, and red squirrels.

Or, for a more relaxing day out, why not tee off at one of the many local golf courses, or indulge in a sumptuous meal at our very own Samphire restaurant?

A dish cooked at our Samphire restaurant.

Booking Your Break

Hopefully, we’ve inspired you to plan a UK-based getaway — and we’d love to be your next go-to destination!

Here at Stanwell House, we offer a wide range of options that cater to different budgets and preferences. Whether you’re looking for a cosy couples’ retreat or a solo weekend away, we’ve got you covered.

So, don’t let the current cost of living crisis stop you from treating yourself to a much-needed break. With our affordable options and on-site amenities, you can enjoy a memorable getaway without breaking the bank.

If you’re looking into affordable holidays, and would like to book a stay at our boutique hotel in Hampshire, please get in touch
Alternatively, why not take a look at our previous blog to discover the features of Stanwell?

Luxury Hotels in Lymington | Discover the Features of Stanwell

Hotel Updates

Are you looking for luxury hotels in Lymington?

If so, look no further! At Stanwell House hotel, we offer an array of unique features to create the ultimate lavish getaway.

Keep reading to discover some of our personal favourites:

Luxury Hotels in Lymington: Our unique bedroom features

Luxury Hotels in Lymington: Introducing Stanwell House

Many luxury hotels in Lymington offer a standard hospitality experience. 

Although it’s good to know what you’re getting, at Stanwell House we want to elevate expectations and create an unforgettable staycation in Hampshire.

Whether you’re booking a romantic getaway, a quiet business retreat or a solo trip for one, we’ve got you covered!

Luxury Hotels in Lymington: One of our scrumptious dishes

Our Bespoke Touches

Our mission is to surpass expectations by incorporating personalised, bespoke touches whenever we can. 

Setting us apart from other luxury hotels in Lymington, we go above and beyond to create a unique experience tailored to you.

If you have an inclination towards the finer things in life, we can happily accommodate. Why not sample some of our luxury chocolates, sourced from a local supplier? Or, treat yourself by requesting a sparkling bottle of champagne. If given advance notice, we can set this up in your room, allowing you to enjoy a glass of fizz upon arrival!

Keen to cater to all, we also offer an alcohol-free Sea Change wine. Alongside looking and tasting great, it’s also eco-conscious — perfect for those looking for non-alcoholic alternatives. 

After all, we don’t want anyone to miss out on a celebratory glass of bubbles!

Luxury Hotels in Lymington: Sample our alcohol-free Sea Change wine

The Orangery

The Orangery is our pride and joy here at Stanwell House hotel.

In our (admittedly slightly biased) opinion, this stunning setting is the perfect place to meet with friends for a pick-me-up coffee, a champagne afternoon tea, or even a cocktail (or two!).

One of our favourite Stanwell spaces, The Orangery comprises a high ceiling and period features, creating a warm, welcoming and inviting vibe.

Don’t just take our word for it — why not swing by and check it out for yourself?

The Orangery

Our Corporate Space

We can’t be all play and no work!

Those searching for the perfect events venue in the New Forest needn’t look further! Recently, we’ve created a brand-new corporate space that can accommodate up to 32 people.

It’s well-equipped, with comfortable seating and delicious food — the perfect trifecta for a successful business event. 

Our versatile setting doubles up as an intimate celebration and events venue, hosting baby showers, private dining experiences and afternoon teas. It’s also ideal for those wishing to unwind, offering the opportunity for unique experiences such as wellbeing yoga sessions. 

Whether you’re using the space for a formal presentation or to perfect your rising sun, we strive to make your event come to life.

Our new corporate space

Dog-Friendly Rooms

Yes, you read that right! 

At Stanwell House, we don’t discriminate against our four-legged guests. We’ve taken steps to ensure our luxury staycation is dog-friendly, allowing our furry friends to stay and dine in our Orangery and Salt Bar, as well as the garden area (although, please ensure top table manners!).

We also allow your pampered pooch to stay overnight in our terrace rooms, offering special treats to ensure their staycation is as enjoyable as yours!

Our beautiful room offering at Stanwell House

Luxury Additions

Filled with personality and unique touches, each of our boutique rooms create the ultimate home-from-home experience.

Alongside gorgeous décor and soft furnishings, we believe luxurious additions are vital to a tranquil getaway. To treat yourself further, revitalise by indulging in our various luxurious, bath products.

If you’d like to find out more about one of the best luxury hotels in Lymington, please get in touch

Alternatively, why not take a look at our previous blog to discover our recent feature in The Times?

New Forest Boutique Hotel: We’ve Been Featured in The Times!

Hotel Updates

Have you heard the latest?

We’re delighted to share that our New Forest boutique hotel recently featured in The Times. What’s better, we received an excellent review — with our location, food and drink, and rooms all receiving high scores!

Read on to discover more about our exciting news, and what it means to us:

New Forest boutique hotel: Our stunning food offering

Introducing Our New Forest Boutique Hotel

Following an extensive £4 million refurbishment, we opened our doors to the public in early December.

We worked tirelessly to give our Grade II listed building a complete makeover, transforming our previously small bar into a cosy and welcoming reception, upgrading our kitchen and creating three brand-new dining experiences. 

New Forest Boutique Hotel: Discover one of new dining experiences; afternoon tea at The Orangery

The Success of Our New Forest Boutique Hotel

Since our grand reopening, we’ve welcomed many guests back through our doors.

From celebrations to parties, special occasions to social gatherings, we’ve entertained both locals and tourists alike at our New Forest boutique hotel.

By returning Stanwell House to its former glory, we’ve also garnered the interest of some very special guests — the most recent being Susan D’Arcy from The Times

New Forest Boutique Hotel: A collection of our Stanwell-inspired keys

New Forest Boutique Hotel: Discover Our Feature

At Stanwell House hotel, we welcome all and any feedback.

We take on board our customers’ comments, using them to improve upon our services and create an exceptional guest experience. 

With this in mind, we loved reading our recent feature in The Times, which detailed Susan D’Arcy’s experience of our luxury suites, food and drink offering and location — which received an impressive overall rating of 8/10!

One of our alcoholic beverages, featured next to an orange

The Times Review: Thoughts on Our Suites

Our New Forest boutique hotel offers an array of cosy yet luxurious suites.

In The Times feature, Susan referenced our rooms’ subtle colour palette, sedate ambience and pastoral scenes on the walls. 

She scoped out all 14 of our Georgian rooms, complimenting the retention of original features. In particular, she enjoyed our loft rooms, commenting that the eaves added ‘cuteness and character’. 

One of our beautiful, Georgian bedrooms

The Times Review: Thoughts on Our Food

During her stay, Susan opted for our red shrimp risotto in the Samphire restaurant. Showcasing our chef’s attention to detail, she labelled the dish ‘moreish’ and complimented the ‘perfectly-cooked’ pan-roasted sea bass.

The next morning, Susan opted to have breakfast in the idyllic setting of The Orangery. She enjoyed our selection of classic options, noting that we offer a range of dishes — from full English to smashed avo on toast (not just a millennial favourite!). 

Our delicious, cooked breakfast offering

The Times Review: Thoughts on Our Location

Situated in the heart of Lymington, we’re particularly proud of our surroundings.

Fortunately, Susan felt the same way — rating our location an amazing 9/10! She loved the cleverly-named boats in the harbour (Water You Looking At?), and dubbed our nearby Saturday market ‘worth a mooch’ (we agree!).

We’d like to say a huge thank you to Susan D’Arcy and The Times for a wonderful feature. We can’t wait to welcome you back soon!

If you’d like to find out more about our New Forest boutique hotel, please get in touch

Alternatively, why not take a look at our previous blog to explore our range of boutique hotel rooms?

Casual Dining | Stanwell’s Food Stories: Introducing Our Salt Bar

Hotel Updates

Are you looking to enjoy a casual dining experience in Lymington?

At Stanwell House, our cosy Salt Bar offers an informal dining space in a comfortable yet stylish setting. Featuring exposed brick walls, soft furnishings and warming décor, our atmospheric bar is the perfect place to unwind after a busy day. 

Read on to discover more about Lymington’s finest hotel bar:

Casual Dining | An image of someone making a delicious Stanwell cocktail

Casual Dining | Introducing Salt Bar 

Those seeking a casual dining experience will delight in our Salt Bar offering.

Our chic and comfortable bar provides the ultimate cosy setting, where guests can enjoy a light bite or a casual feast from the comfort of our beautifully-decorated space. 

With a brick-walled finish and a warming log burner, our intimate bar is the perfect place to relax after a long day. 

Casual Dining | Our cosy Salt Bar

Casual Dining | The Food at Salt Bar

Our Salt Bar provides an unforgettable casual dining experience. We offer attentive service, charming décor and, of course, exceptional food!

All our comforting, seasonal dishes comprise the highest quality ingredients. With a unique twist on classic flavours, we offer an array of traditional favourites — all with an added touch of Stanwell sophistication. 

Guests can opt for family favourites, such as fish and chips, chicken kiev or ham, egg and chips. Or, they can treat themselves to a dish with finesse, such as our lobster macaroni, grilled steak or shallot tarte tatin.

Casual Dining | Stanwell House's lobster macaroni

Casual Dining | Our Sharing Boards

At Stanwell House, we believe in creating a casual dining experience that is suitable for all.

That’s why we’ve introduced the concept of delicious and nutritious shared dining options — creating the ultimate ‘home-from-home’ experience. 

Guests can tuck into one of our delectable sharing boards, which serve up to two or three people as a starter, or one for a main course. For £28, guests can enjoy our ‘From the Land’ board, consisting of sliced continental meats and pulled pork sausage roll. 

Or, for those who prefer the taste of the sea, we also offer a ‘From the Sea’ board for £26. This comprises flavourful accompaniments such as trout pastrami, mackerel scotch egg, mussel popcorn and pickled crab.

Striving for inclusivity, we even cater to those with vegetarian dietary requirements. Why not opt for our ‘From the Garden’ board, consisting of olives, beetroot hummus and stuffed peppers?

Enjoy one of our platters at our Salt Bar

Introducing Our Cocktails

Our Salt Bar provides the perfect space to catch up with friends and loved ones.

Living by the ethos ‘drinks are best served with friends’, we offer various handcrafted cocktails in a warm, cosy setting.

Guests can indulge in classic favourites such as a Cosmopolitan, Old Fashioned or Espresso Martini. Alternatively, they can opt to sample one of our unique cocktail concoctions. These include an indulgent Apple Crumble, a Winter Aperol Spritz or a Chocolate Orange Martini.

Indulge in one of our handcrafted cocktails

Perfectly located, our Salt Bar is situated just off the High Street — ideal for those wishing to unwind after a long day. We accept walk-ins only, so no need to book in advance; just swing by and enjoy! 

For more information about the casual dining experience we offer, please visit our website.
Alternatively, why not read our previous blog on our installation of a UK-first cooking range?

Luxury Hotel Rooms | 5 Reasons To Stay at Stanwell House

Local Area

Why are luxury hotel rooms vital to a cosy getaway?

At Stanwell House, we strive to create the ultimate home-from-home hotel experience. Brimming with personality and personalised touches, our hotel offers a warm, welcoming atmosphere for guests to enjoy.

Keep reading to discover 5 reasons to stay at our boutique hotel in Hampshire:

Luxury Hotel Rooms | Showcasing our luxurious bedroom

Stanwell House: Introducing Our Luxury Hotel Rooms

Are you looking for luxury hotel rooms in Lymington? 

At Stanwell House hotel, we offer an array of room types to cater to a wide range of requirements. Whether you’re looking for a comfortable bed for the night whilst travelling for business, a welcoming base from which to explore the local area or something indulgent to celebrate a special occasion, we’ve got you covered! 

Opt for our luxury hotel rooms and suites, unwind in our cosy loft rooms, or drink in the small details in our uniquely Georgian house rooms. 

For those who prefer a view, we also offer peaceful terrace and garden rooms, overlooking our secluded grounds. A perfect haven for guests, these are ideal for those wishing to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Luxury Hotel Rooms | A double bed with a luxury throw at Stanwell House hotel.

Luxury Hotel Rooms: Our Personalised Touches

At Stanwell House, we believe attention to the finer details can make for an unforgettable experience. 

With this in mind, we offer a range of personalised touches and bespoke services to tailor to our guests’ individual needs. 

Available upon prior request, these thoughtful additions include locally-sourced flowers, indulgent chocolates, or even a bottle of champagne!

Luxury Hotel Rooms | Personalised touches and unique decor at Stanwell House hotel

Luxury Hotel Rooms: Unwind After Exploring Our Local Area

Not only do we offer thoughtful, personalised touches — we’re also perfectly situated. 

Located in the heart of Lymington, our boutique hotel is just a stone’s throw from the Quay. We’re also fortunate to have a variety of walks, trails and hikes nearby.  Keen hikers and nature enthusiasts can venture down to the beautiful New Forest National Park, which is a short drive away. 

Those planning a weekend getaway with us should consider scoping out the Saturday market. This takes place every Saturday on the Lymington high street, and is an excellent opportunity to sample local produce whilst supporting small businesses.

The local area of Lymington

Stanwell House: Three Exclusive Dining Experiences

At Stanwell House hotel, we aim to offer options to suit whatever takes your fancy.

That’s why we’ve chosen to offer three unique dining experiences; all of which serve up dishes of exceptional quality. 

Those seeking a refined, fine dining experience can sample our seafood restaurant, Samphire. Or, for a more casual experience comprising classic favourites, we’d recommend paying a visit to our Salt Bar. 

With a stunning high ceiling and period features, The Orangery is the perfect place to meet with friends for a mid-morning coffee, a spot of lunch, or even a cocktail (or two!) after dinner.

Experience fine dining at Stanwell House

Stanwell House: Offering Dog-Friendly Getaways

Do you enjoy sharing luxurious getaways with your favourite furry friend?

If so, we’ve got good news for you! Here at Stanwell House, we’re delighted to share that our premises are dog-friendly — welcoming well-behaved, four-legged companions to stay and dine in our Orangery and Salt Bar, as well as the garden area.

So your pampered pooch doesn’t miss out on our luxury hotel rooms, we’ve ensured that our terrace rooms are dog-friendly. We also include a number of special treats to make their stay just as enjoyable as yours!

If you’d like to find out more about our luxury hotel rooms, please get in touch

English Wine Week

In honour of English Wine Week, we are delighted to offer a special edition of our Francesca’s Favourites Wine menu, for which our talented Restaurant Manager, Francesca, has perfectly paired Gusbourne Wines with delectable dishes. Join us all this week from 12pm-9pm, and let’s raise a toast to good food, great wine, and unforgettable moments!