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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 or try out the relaxing Nordic sauna. 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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79% recommended this accommodation to a friend 80% would stay again
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Bartley Lodge Hotel
I was so disappointed with this place - it looks amazing in the pictures and yes the location is lovely. But the fact is, is that I paid a good fee for this place and I have no idea why. Initially they put us in a tiny, cramped, colourless room - not at all worth the £125 for the night. I had to complain to get an upgrade to a room that looked like better value but with no perks for the money spent - no toiletries, breakfast or even personable staff. The breakfast, which we had to pay extra for, was served with countless mess ups - simple mistakes with orders etc. I just cannot justify nor recommend this place - for the price paid, it is simply not worth it.

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Kerry W

From London, UK
Who stayed in February 2014

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Wow.....stunning!
Couldn't fault this hotel at all.........absolutely beautiful. I stayed for two nights with my mother & daughter, my mother's room had been upgraded from a single to a small double so that her room could be next to the one that i shared with my daughter ( as i had requested at the time of booking)....... We found the staff friendly & warm yet courteous, proffessional & very helpful. We had breakfast both mornings .....the best breakfast choices i've seen & ate in the restaurant on evening, the meal was superb & the service at breakfast & dinner couldn't be bettered.

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C Sheridan

From UK
Who stayed in December 2013

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wanted a quiet stay
Stay excellent, Room small but clean and comfortable. Breakfast excellent

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P Speers

From Newtownards, UK
Who stayed in November 2013

Travelling alone

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Amazing
This hotel is amazing. The building, grounds, staff were all very good. Love the way they have combined old and new.

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Chris M

From Paignton, UK
Who stayed in November 2013

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An expensive weekend in the New Forest
Staff were approachable & helpful, room was provided with tea/coffe-making facilities, bathrobes, toiletries, comfortable bed & clean bedding, TV & wifi. Lovely setting.
However, view was of hotel roof, impossible to see forest, we had 2 small dogs but room was on 2nd floor. Charged £10 per night per dog despite absolutely no damage or mess left by dogs.
Breakfast not cooked, bacon overcooked despite asking for it to be less so. Why waiter service for breakfast when most hotels have self-serve and much more choice. Also, car park very muddy.

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C Topley

From Canterbury, UK
Who stayed in November 2013

Couple

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Nice place
Very nice place. Staff very friendly, room very comfortable.

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Anthony D

From UK
Who stayed in November 2013

Travelling alone

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Surprise Luxury
Lovely though tiny room through an amazingly cheap deal. Went for a run in the dark right into the New Forest. Wish I'd paid more attention to the ad and brought my swimsuit for the pool area!
nb. Didn't eat so the food score is irrelevant.

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Katharine Q

From Windermere, UK
Who stayed in November 2013

Travelling alone

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Pleasant hotel in nice setting. Room quite small. Service very slow at dinner.

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K Walker

From UK
Who stayed in October 2013

Couple

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Short New Forest Break based around 70s Prog band revival gig
Having read several reviews from other couples before arriving, I was a little concerned that the facilities and infrastructure might be rather care-worn. Although this was to a certain extent the case, it did not detract significantly from our stay, possibly partly because we were forewarned and possibly too because a little 'distressing' is not out of keeping with such a historic building. That said, the staff were all friendly, warm & welcoming and could not have tried harder or been more accomodating. With the exception of a none too cheap bowl of luke-warm soup, the rest of the food was good, tasty & reasonably priced, though some drinks at the bar were expensive with others puzzlingly cheaper than normal bar prices. The house itself is wonderful & atmospheric, the space afforded very generous and all in all a great venue with good facilities.

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Dale Barker

From Stevenage, UK
Who stayed in October 2013

Couple

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Good food
Good food and very helpful staff

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H Jones

From UK
Who stayed in October 2013

Travelling alone

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