Bartley Lodge Hotel – 5 mins from Paulton’s park

We have wanted to take Emmy to Paulton’s Park for quite a while now and thought the best time to do it was en-route to Cornwall, our plans didn’t quite work out so we changed this idea and took her on the way home from our Cornwall holiday.

Leaving Coombe Mill on Saturday we drove from Cornwall to Hampshire to stay at the Bartley Lodge Hotel which is part of the New Forest Hotels group.  Bartley Lodge is one of 4 hotels in this group of 3-star hotels.

We arrived at around 5pm after a long drive so set about checking in first before unpacking the car.  We were warmly welcomed at the beautiful reception and shown to our room.  We were staying in one of the large Verderer family rooms which are conveniently located near to the swimming pool, which we intended to use during our stay.

Our room was lovely – a huge bed for Paul and I, bunk beds for Emmy with a bed guard on the top and bottom bunks, tea and coffee making facilities which were much needed after our long journey and Emmy loved the large selection of biscuits awaiting for us, and the Peppa Pig sticker book which had been kindly left for her.  This came in very useful during dinner.

There was also a huge flat screen TV on the wall opposite our bed meaning it was far enough away not to disturb Emmy once she was asleep which had free view channels, there was also a heater, ironing board and iron should you need to use them – we didn’t but I always like to see them in hotels just incase you should need them. 

The Verderer bedrooms are named after the Verderers who protect the Commoners interests and who employ the Agisters to look after the animals of the forest.

After a much needed cup of tea I was given a guided tour of the hotel by the Manager Chris Garrett who not only showed me around the hotel but talked me through the fasinating history and talked through all the new renovations.  The classic country hotel has just been refurbushed and extended, there are 10 new bedrooms, a new reception, lounge, function suite, orangery and bar.  A cute new feature is the hidden snug – the old entrance has been used to full potential and fitted out to include a cute hidden seating area over looking the front of the hotel.
The new wing is fittingly named after famous geologist Charles Lyell, whose home it used to be.  Lyell was a man who not only changed the way the world viewed the formation of the Earth, but was also an influential friend of Charles Darwin. 

We booked into the Crystal restaurant an an early dining time set aside for families for 6.45pm and were rather impressed by the menu: 

To Start: Paul and Emmy had Carrot & Ginger soup while I had Oak Smoked Salmon with Pumpernickel bread.
For our main course: Emmy had lasagne, I had Venison and Paul had 28 Day Mature Sirlion Steak
For dessert: Paul had a cup of tea, Emmy had ice-cream and I had Vanilla Creme Brulee.
Paul and I also shared a lovely bottle of red wine between us.

The food was amazing – Paul and I ate everything we were served, Emmy was in a mood as she was tired so didn’t eat as much however she did enjoy it.  The restaurant has been awarded a rosette for the food and it is easy to tell that not only is the chef highly trained but loves his job too.  Infact during my tour Chris was telling me how the Chef locally sources the food as well as preparing certain dishes at home in his own time.


After dinner we were joined by my eldest friend and her family, I have known Claire since we were born as our parents are good friends and we grew up together, I was Claire’s chief bridesmaid at her wedding and her 2 eldest children were bridesmaids at my wedding.  They happen to live 30 minutes away from the hotel so came to join us for a drink and a catch up, meeting Emmy for the first time.  We all sat and chatted in the lounge area of the hotel.  Even though the hotel was busy during our stay as there was a wedding and a large function we were easily able to comfortably sit and chat and didn’t have to wait at the bar either. 

After retiring for the evening Emmy happily went to sleep in her bottom bunk (and luckily hadn’t even realised that there was a ladder by her head). 

We headed downstairs early for Breakfast which consisted of a serve yourself cold selection of cereals, fruits, yogurts and juices which we all enjoyed, our hot breakfast order was taken during this time and was promptly served to us once we had finished the cereals.  This set us up for a long day ahead at Peppa Pig World, after making full use of the hotels swimming pool.

Barley Lodge Hotel is situated on the edge of the New Forest in Caldnam and Lyndhurst is just a few minutes’ drive away.  All 4 New Forest Hotels are within 20 minutes of Paultons Park with Bartley Lodge being the nearest at less than 5 minutes drive away.

The prices for these hotels vary slightly between the hotels and the room type but overnight stays with Dinner and Breakfast begin at £198.00 per room at this time of year in this hotel.  Breaks of two nights or more begin at £313.00 per room with children under 16 staying for free with just their meals to pay for.  The hotel is very child friendly and is also pet friendly too.

We really enjoyed our stay here and would definately come back to stay to break up the journey when visiting Paultons Park – Peppa Pig World again. 

To get the best rates available on short and holiday breaks guests can book 6 months in advance to recieve a 20% discount.  Barley Lodge are currently offering a Winter Warmers offer which is 2 nights for the price of 1 – for every night you pay for until 31st january 2012 you recieve the next night for free – the offer can be found here: Winter Warmers Offer

For further information on this or the other 3 hotels please visit www.newforesthotels.co.uk

Disclosure: I received a discount on our stay at the Bartley Lodge – however all thoughts and views are my own.

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