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Cadnam New Forest, Hampshire, SO40 2NR
Nestled in the medieval hamlet of Cadnam yet only minutes from the M27, this luxurious Grade II listed hotel offers secluded New Forest accommodation with elegant dining, free Wi-Fi and parking. Tucked away at the end of a long meandering drive, this classic hotel provides a warm and welcoming haven from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Originally built as a hunting lodge in the mid-18th Century, it is well-known by historians as the former home to the famous geologist Charles Lyell. The refined grace of its historic past combined with 8 acres of beautiful grounds, help to cultivate a heady atmosphere of enchanting romanticism and genteel grace.

The Hotel offers 40 en-suite rooms, each immaculately maintained and above all, exquisitely comfortable. As one would expect from a property of this calibre, every room comes fully-equipped with free Wi-Fi access, flat screen TV with Sky Channels, complimentary toiletries and tea & coffee making facilities. Many rooms also offer spectacular views of the surrounding grounds and woodland. The Hotel is committed to preserving the rich heritage of the New Forest and encourages others to do the same. Such a stunning landscape would not exist if not for the keepers, agisters, verderers and the crown. In tribute to their work, the Hotel has named each of its room types after them. So, whether enjoying the luxurious grandeur of the Crown Rooms, the spacious Verderer Rooms, the delightful Agister Rooms or the cosy Keeper Rooms, travellers of all kinds are sure to appreciate the spectacular history of their surroundings.

The AA Rosette Crystal Restaurant serves delicious meals using local produce in a beautiful dining room overlooking the gardens. In the summer months, guests can appreciate the cool breeze as the French doors onto the garden are opened whilst in the winter a roaring log fire keep everyone warm and cosy. Providing an authentic New Forest experience, the award-winning chefs are committed to using the finest and freshest locally sourced produce wherever possible. There is also a comfortable lounge area, a terrace and a traditional bar area each of which is perfect for enjoying pre and post-dinner drinks with friends old and new.

There is plenty to do when you stay at Bartley Lodge. Take a moment to relax in the Hotel's ornate, heated, indoor swimming pool. The stunning location and impeccable service also make for a great venue for weddings and other celebrations. What’s more corporate customers are sure to appreciate the peaceful atmosphere and the Hotel’s five flexible meeting rooms. The hotel hosts weddings and private functions with music throughout the year. Please note disruption is kept to a minimum.

The Hotel is situated by the village of Cadnam, not a five minute drive from Junction 1 off the M27 and with ample free on-site parking it is both convenient and accessible. The nearest city is Southampton, just over a 15 minute drive away and it offers fantastic rail links to the rest of the country. There are local train stations at Totton and Ashurst, both just a 10 minute taxi ride away. For those flying in, Heathrow is a 75 minutes by car or there’s the smaller Southampton Airport just 15 minutes away. The New Forest is a renowned for its beautiful landscape and diverse wildlife; as such it offers plenty of opportunities for walking, cycling, nature treks, bird-watching and horse-riding. The hotel can be found in Cadnam, a quaint hamlet with many friendly pubs as well as the Cadnam Cricket Club. Just a short distance away, visitors can discover Furzey Gardens, Minstead Church, the Rufus Stone (which marks the spot where King William II is said to have been killed by an arrow in 1100 AD) and the village of Lyndhurst with its shops and museum. A little further afield and there is a whole host of other attractions including the Beaulieu Motor Museum, Bucklers Hard, Paultons Park and Peppa Pig World in Romsey, Exbury Gardens and Marwell Wildlife, all of which make for a fantastic day out. Southampton, Winchester and Bournemouth are all just a short drive away as are the beaches at Mudeford and Highcliffe. There’s even the market town of Lymington, where visitors can catch a ferry to the Isle of Wight.

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75% recommended this accommodation to a friend 76% would stay again
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Comfortable stay
I had a comfortable stay at the hotel, which is conveniently located and has a lovely countrified feel. The swimming pool is tiny - great for small kids but not for adults! Sauna not working alas.

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Jennifer W

From UK
Who stayed in October 2014

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The Perfect Stay
I stayed at Bartley Lodge as I was attending the Southampton International Film Festival. I had planned to check in early, get ready and head to the event from there. However fate, better known as traffic, was against me and I ended up going directly to the festival. I rang Bartley and asked if it was alright to check in very late!! I spoke to a friendly and professional woman who assured me it was no problem and gave me clear instructions on what to do upon arrival.
I eventually turned into the hotel gates at sometime after 2am. Out of the darkness appreared this stunning manor house, welcoming and beckoning before I even set foot inside. I rang the hotel again and was then met at the huge original door by a lovely girl who showed me into the imposing entrance. She checked me in efficiently and was friendly and genial, despite the late hour. My room (a small single with en-suite) was delightful. Full of charm and with everything one could possible want. It was also the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in.
I skipped breakfast, opting for a lie in and hot shower instead, but the smells permeating from the dining room as I checked out were truly divine.
I did however make time to appreciate the granduer and beauty of the original features of this glorious building; the galleried landing looking down on the drawing room, the art on the walls, the immense fire place. It is like stepping back into a better time.
One note I particularly praise this hotel for is that they allow dogs to stay. BRAVO!!!! Please don't ever change that. It was a hunting lodge after all and it is only right that dogs be permitted to stay. If only more hotels weere so sensible.
A wonderful place to stay and one I hope to return to again - with my spaniel!!

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Holly K

From Carmarthen, UK
Who stayed in October 2014

Travelling alone

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Food not good, gloopy soup, tart pastry with gnocchi & potatoes, so starchy, just weird.

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Craig G

From Henley on Thames, UK
Who stayed in October 2014

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Lovely short break
I took my mum for a 2 day break to the New Forest and we stayed in the Bartley Lodge Hotel. We had a single and a double room. Both rooms were tidy and on the whole clean, although there were some hairs in the shower of my room and the carpet didn't look as if it had been vacuumed. In both rooms (and probably in all) there was a shredder/pump attached to the toilet which was very noisy and could be heard every time someone in a nearby room pulled the flush. In fact my mum said that hers kept making a noise even when it wasn't being flushed, and this in fact kept her awake all night on her first night. We had the buffet breakfast both mornings, and could not fault it. There was a big selection of continental and cooked breakfast items and the staff in the restaurant were so accommodating and pleasant and couldn't do enough for you. In fact the staff throughout the hotel were all very welcoming. All in all a very pleasant stay and would definitely return.

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M Rejek

From Swindon, UK
Who stayed in October 2014

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Lovely hotel staff and food will be staying there again
Friendly , really lovely hotel and comfterble rooms

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amanda prowting

From Waterlooville, UK
Who stayed in August 2014

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Seek an alternative.
The good bits first - quiet location, free wifi, very helpful staff. That's it. Now for the rest. The décor is unbelievably dated. The bedrooms are in desperate need of modernizing/fefurbishment. The plumbing in the en-suites is noisy and antiquated. The bar is tiny and grubby. The "lounge" is impersonal. The buffet breakfast was fine. The dinner menu looked limited and expensive - I didn't bother.

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John Barrie C

From Newport, UK
Who stayed in August 2014

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Staff were very friendly and helpful
Room was clean and comfortable
Service at breakfast was excellent as was the food
I would definately book again

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M Dawson

From UK
Who stayed in August 2014

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a beautiful place to stay
Booked online via another website and i couldnt of been happier with the choice of hotel. Turning up still in my work clothes later than most, i felt a little uneasy as the lodge isnt like other hotels ive been used to staying in. But instantly, the staff on reception made me feel very welcome regardless of my appearance. Pleasant, friendly and approachable staff made my stay very comfortable. My room, had everything that i needed. TV, radio, tea/coffee facilities, ensuite, wifi, adequate towels and a very comfy bed. Breakfast in the morning was just what i needed too. The option for all cereals but i couldnt resist a proper full english! Situated in stunning grounds, id highly recommend for anyone i knew to stay there and wouldnt hesitate to stay there again myself. First class.

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matt newman

From Birmingham, UK
Who stayed in July 2014

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Could do better
This has the potential to be a great hotel. The building and setting is lovely, and very convenient for M27. However, it lacked the edge I expect for somewhere like this. Nothing major but small things like: receptionists on auto pilot and lacking personal touch; bar menu uninspiring and expensive (as a result walked though grounds to very good local pub - much better menu and cheaper); dirty food trays left in hallway for 11+ hours; breakfast not available before 7.30; loud, very intrusive music in all public areas (not fitting with type of hotel); etc. All easily fixed - though may need change at top. Even though I got a good deal on room via Laterooms I 't be rushing to return.

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Nigel L

From UK
Who stayed in July 2014

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behind the facade
Sat nav took me to a stables behind. Beautiful building and grounds but the room was tiny and the shower poor. Food again looked nice but I was ill afterwards with no wine involved

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nigel e

From UK
Who stayed in July 2014

Travelling alone

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