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Moorhill Burley, New Forest, Hampshire, BH24 4AH
Hidden in the enchanting village of Burley amidst the New Forest, this beguiling 17th Century Hotel offers peaceful, homely surroundings, award-winning dining, indoor leisure facilities, free Wi-Fi and parking. Approaching this inviting Hotel through a long winding drive of sun-dappled woodland, visitors are sure to feel as if they have been transported to a world far removed from the stresses of everyday life. Here beautiful landscaped gardens and captivating woodland help to cultivate an atmosphere of effortless peace and tranquillity. The property itself combines the grandeur and grace of traditional country living with a warmth and friendliness that is almost impossible to resist.

The Hotel offers 31 en-suite rooms, each immaculately maintained and above all, seductively 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 Freeview 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 beauty of their surroundings.

The Burley Restaurant at Moorhill House Hotel opens directly onto a raised patio area with great views over the landscaped gardens to the surrounding woods. The Hotel's strong links with the New Forest are emphasized by its use of local, seasonal ingredients, which is why this AA Rosette restaurant is a popular choice among locals and hotel guests alike. Evoking all that is great about traditional country dining, it offers everything from delicious cooked-to-order breakfasts, tasty bar snacks, afternoon tea and an exceptional dinner menu. With a tantalising selection of dishes, including Pan-seared Venison Haunch, Slow-Roasted Hampshire Pork Belly and Grilled Bream, there is something to satisfy even the most discerning of food lovers. Before dinner, guests can also enjoy a drink in the wood-panelled bar or relax in front of the fire in the lounge with its wide windows overlooking the woods.

There's lots of fun to be had at Moorhill House Hotel. On the lawns guests can challenge family and friends to a game of croquet, or badminton. Whilst those looking for a bit of peace and relaxation will enjoy the tranquil in-door swimming pool and Nordic sauna. Furthermore, the property’s stunning location and impeccable service make it a great venue for weddings and other celebrations. Whilst corporate customers are sure to appreciate the contemplative atmosphere and the Hotel’s two flexible conference rooms.

The Hotel is situated in the village of Burley in the New Forest National Park. It offers plenty of free on-site parking and despite its secluded location, is only a twenty-two minute drive from the M27 and just over half an hour from Southampton. The City offers excellent rail links to the rest of the country, whilst there are local train stations at Sway and Brockenhurst, each just a 15 minute taxi journey from the Hotel. For those flying in, Bournemouth International Airport is just over a twenty minute drive away, or it is an hour and a half to London’s Heathrow Airport. Burley is perhaps the quintessential New Forest village. Surrounded by an area of true outstanding beauty, it has a long association with witchcraft, dragons and smugglers, all of which make for a fascinating day out. The village still practices the ancient tradition of commoning (where animals are allowed to graze freely in the forest), so be prepared to see horses, cows, donkeys and the occasional pig wandering along the main road. Local deer can also be spotted roaming freely in the woodland surrounding the hotel. Fans of the great outdoors will be in their element, and there are plenty of opportunities for walking, cycling and horse-riding. There are many attractions not too far from Burley, such as 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 also the market town of Lymington, where visitors can catch a ferry to the Isle of Wight.

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81% recommended this accommodation to a friend 82% would stay again
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Room needs updating
The décor of the room was outdated and a bit shabby (and not chic). There were multiple small spiders, and accompanying spider webs, in the corners of the ceiling of my room--I counted 6 wee spiders and one large garden spider at one point. The double room was fairly small, but there was enough drawer and wardrobe space to tuck away my possessions. The breakfast was adequate. Although I had booked the room for 2 nights, due to business circumstances, I only needed it for one night, but didn't know this until around 2pm of the second day. There was no quibbling over the charges for the second night's stay and I only paid for one.

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Karen C

From UK
Who stayed in September 2014

Travelling alone

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Creaky floor boards!
As a old manor house, Moorhill has issues stemming from its age and structure. The floorboards in our room creaked very loudly. The stairs and room above us appeared to have stampeding elephants and very conversation could be heard. A quiet restful retreat was only obtained away from our room. But apart from that, I thought Moorhill was both idyllic and beautiful in its location. Would I return? Yes, but only in term time when there were less stampeding elephants and provided we were given a better and quieter room.

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Brian M

From Rochester, UK
Who stayed in August 2014

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Room Condition
The room looks tired and needs a face lift to bring up to current standards of other hotels of the same rating. When booking I was not aware that breakfast was not included .The hotel is located in a fantastic location and being able to walk to the local award winning village of Burley was a bonus with easy access to the local open top buses that allowed us to see the new forest from a different view.

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Nigel Thornborrow

From Erith, UK
Who stayed in August 2014

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Molehill House Hotel
Lovely hotel in great settings, enjoyed the stay very much and e running was to a high standard. Unfortunately on check out when I asked for some directions and was a little bit in a rush the receptionist thought it more appropriate to have a chat with the housekeeping ladies that came into reception rather than helping me as soon as possible making me late at my sestination and rather frustrated as I was made to feel very unimportant, which unfortunately spoilt the memory of my stay a little, by again: everything else was great and I was upgraded to a room with a bath on request before I arrived which was much appreciated.

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A McDonald

From Hemel Hempstead, UK
Who stayed in July 2014

Travelling alone

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Beautiful peaceful setting
I only spent one night here but I was very impressed with the hotel and the setting. It's very peaceful place so ideal if you are looking to relax. I had booked a four poster bed room which was lovely - no complaints at all in terms of quality. We had dinner in the hotel and the food was excellent, so was breakfast. This is charming place and ideal if you are looking for something special.

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Victoria I

From UK
Who stayed in June 2014

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Moorhill House Hotel
Friendly & helpful staff, good food, room needs some TLC.

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John W

From High Wycombe, UK
Who stayed in May 2014

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Great location
Nice location and hotel, our room wasn't the best but I Think there had been a wedding so full .. Still ok.

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Nila M

From Wallingford, UK
Who stayed in February 2014

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Tranquil position,nice stay but not for you if your looking for the "wow" factor
Booked 2 rooms for a well earned break with my son and partner.
Rooms were average but clean and tidy. The drive way to the hotel is very pot holed so be careful.
The pool is small not a problem for us as the hotel wasn't that busy.
I cannot comment on the food as we ate out.
On the whole we had an average stay.
If you book through late rooms READ the booking form, we were charged for breakfast on check out as its a room only basis.

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neal h

From Henley on Thames, UK
Who stayed in February 2014

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Wonderful secluded escape
Down a long drive it really feels as if your escaping busy life into the tranquil New Forest. The house has brilliant staff who will help in anyway they can.

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A Clarke

From Alresford, UK
Who stayed in January 2014

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Helpful staff, good location

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Phillips C

From Nottingham, UK
Who stayed in October 2013

Family with teenage children

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