Balmer Lawn Hotel

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love It

  • This 19th-century former hunting lodge is in the New Forest, with walking and cycling trails on its doorstep
  • The hotel housed the Canadian army in WWII -- a recent renovation uncovered secret D-Day landing documents
  • Leisure facilities include a spa, squash and tennis courts, and an indoor swimming pool

Enjoyed This
(30 Member Ratings)
"the gym and swimming pool"
Dec 14, 2017
Kettering, United Kingdom

Map & Directions

The nearest railway station is in Brockenhurst, a 5-minute drive or 15-minute walk from the hotel. Southampton and its airport are 30 minutes' drive away, while Bournemouth and Portsmouth are both around 45 minutes away by car. Parking is free.

Rooms & Rates

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Balmer Lawn Hotel is a 4-star hotel on the edge of Brockenhurst village in the New Forest National Park. One of the largest properties in the area, the hotel is almost a destination in itself. The 19th-century former hunting lodge housed the Canadian army in World War II, and secret D-Day landing documents were found during the 2016 renovation. 

The hotel is in a peaceful spot near the Lymington River, with ponies grazing nearby. There are plenty of walking and cycling trails in the local area, and Brockenhurst Manor Golf Club is a 5-minute drive away. Also worth a visit are Beaulieu Motor Museum (a 15-minute drive) and Exbury Gardens & Steam Museum (20 minutes' drive).

There's plenty to keep guests entertained, including an indoor pool and squash and tennis courts (all free for guests), and a spa that offers treatments (charges apply). The 2-AA-Rosette Beresford's restaurant specialises in modern cooking that makes the most of local ingredients. The terrace is open in fine weather, and Sunday lunch is accompanied by live music until 3:30pm.

The individually decorated rooms offer views of the countryside and cricket pitch, and have free Wi-Fi. Dogs are welcome (charges apply).



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Indoor pool
  • Outdoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • Sauna / Steam Room
  • Pet-friendly
  • Spa
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Baby-sitting service on request
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Safe in reception

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Sitting area
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub (in some rooms)


  • Complimentary parking


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible pool area
  • Wheelchair accessible


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Extra guest charges will apply as follows: £30 per night for children aged 12 and under. Infant's cot/crib are available free of charge, for children aged 2 and under. This includes breakfast. Baby cots/cribs and extra beds are on request and available in Superior and Family Rooms only. There is no extra bed available for older children and adults. Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel. See room descriptions and rate policies for information about room occupancy and prices. Please use the Special Request field on the checkout page to confirm the age of the extra child.

Pets: Dogs are allowed on request and will be charged at £20 per dog, per night. Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer Service available Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

Enjoyed This
(30 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Balmer Lawn Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.4 Ambiance
4.8 Location
4.0 Rooms
4.6 Quality of Service
4.3 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
the gym and swimming pool
Other Comments
the bedroom we were in was small, badly laid out (no mirror by the hairdryer) the plumbing was very noisy and no storage for clothes.
Andrew Dec 14, 2017 Kettering, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The New Forest location is fabulous.
Other Comments
We were disappointed with our dinner. It was very small portions - I think it was probably 'fine dining' style of food but it did not appeal to us. Also, we had to hang about awkwardly waiting for someone to seat us for breakfast - this situation seemed to be happening to everyone at breakfast as there was no staff to welcome you in to breakfast, we were all at a loss.
Alison Dec 09, 2017 Lanark, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great location with fab grounds and comfortable facilities. Extremely friendly and helpful . Simply a lovely place to stay.
Paul Dec 06, 2017 Torquay, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Beresford restaurant was very good. The service & food was superb.
Tracey Nov 29, 2017 London, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The room, an upgrade was great and the food is wonderful
Other Comments
I have had a less than good room in the past paying full price, this was much better.
Alf Nov 22, 2017 Camberley, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The atmosphere
Other Comments
Wonder they had changed chefs since our last visit rather disappointed with our evening meal. Breakfast excellent
J S Nov 21, 2017 Teddington, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Dinner & Breakfast
Other Comments
Hotel room 39 was a bit tired looking, no bedside lamps and general lighting was strange. Excellent bathroom though.
Barry Nov 20, 2017 Dorking, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Food and location
Other Comments
Room tether small number 52
Alan Nov 17, 2017 Dickleburgh, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Good spa facilities and ambience in the bar area.
Other Comments
We specifically asked if sufficient vegetables were included at dinner and we were told 'yes'. However when the meal arrived, it came with only three tiny potato pieces, the size of 10p pieces! As no-one came to ask us if everything was OK we had to summon a waiter ourselves. We were promised action, but when nothing appeared we had to ask again! Finally, after finishing this disappointing celebration meal, they produced a bowl of new potatoes, enough to feed four people! Sadly my wife had severe indigestion all night - she never has it usually! The coat hangers kept falling from their worn plastic runners - and the toilet seat needed realignment!
Giselle Nov 16, 2017 Swanage, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
the welcome that everyone made, nothing was to much trouble the food was wonderful
Other Comments
Your hotel is amazing your staff wonderful
Susan Nov 15, 2017 Andover, United Kingdom

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