Lime Wood

The term country house hotel can conjure up images of crumbling Edwardian piles with drafty rooms, threadbare furnishings, and a culinary oeuvre that trades heavily on spotted dick and bangers and mash. Lime Wood—a voguish 29-room gem helmed by hotelier Robin Hutson, formerly of the classic country retreat Chewton Glen—defies the stereotypes.

Situated among wooded glades in the heart of the New Forest, an hour-and-a-half drive from London, Lime Wood is the product of a deft transformation of a Regency country house. Its five-year, $48 million reinvention included the addition of three ancillary buildings by architect Charles Morris (known for designing the Orchard Room at Prince Charles’ Highgrove House). The hotel, which opened in November, features the obligatory fireplaces but breaks the country house mold with stylish interiors by David Collins Studio. Plush velvety seating areas in royal blue and abstract paintings abound. Lime Wood also offers a pair of eateries by Alex Aitken, former head chef of the Michelin-starred country restaurant Le Poussin in nearby Brockenhurst. Lime Wood, +44.23. 8028.7177, www.limewoodhotel.co.uk

The Top 100 Hotels 2015 Europe: Hotel Alfonso XIII, a Luxury Collection Hotel...
The hotel will host its own exhibition along with events with contemporary artists…
Escape the crowds of Cinco de Mayo revelers in the States by escaping to one of these indulgent...
The Shangri-La Hotel, at the Shard, boasts the 2,000-square-foot Shangri-La Suite and tremendous...
Photo by 2010 Hilton Worldwide
The Arizona resort’s one-day package for four golfers includes personalized coaching and a 19th-...
Photo by Sammy Todd Dyess
The $215,000, Fourth of July weekend package includes meals, guest accommodations, and other perks…
Photo by Don Riddle
The event at the Four Seasons Hualālai allows guests to attend dinners, classes, and activities...
Geneva’s namesake suite at the Grand Hotel Kempinski is enormous and offers some of the city’s best...
The famed fashion designer Vivienne Westwood decorated the 11,000-square-foot, $25,000-per-night...
Photo by Didi Lotze
The intimate accommodations tempt guests with ocean views and private plunge pools…