In 1988 Care Hotels, our family-owned business, migrated from Jersey to the New Forest. We renamed ourselves New Forest Hotels and set about achieving our aim of running a small group of classic country hotels that would offer 4-star service for a 3-star price.
Beaulieu Hotel was the first of our Hampshire hotels, with BEST WESTERN Forest Lodge in Lyndhurst and Moorhill House Hotel in Burley being bought soon after. We worked hard to upgrade the properties from their 2-star status, gaining an extra star for each hotel.
Then, less than a year later, Bartley Lodge Hotel in Cadnam was added to the group's accommodation in the New Forest. This Grade II listed lodge is well-known by historians and scientists for being the family home of Charles Lyell, who was not only a close and influential friend of Charles Darwin, but also a groundbreaking geologist whose work still influences our understanding of the world today.
The company has strong links with the New Forest, with all members of the family having lived and worked in the area. We have emphasised these links by using local produce in all the hotels' kitchens, as well as naming the bedrooms after the keepers, agisters and verderers who still work in the New Forest.
Continuous investment by New Forest Hotels has seen the addition of new conference rooms, purpose-built family bedrooms and function rooms. Bartley Lodge is currently being extended while over at Beaulieu guests love our four new annex rooms and the disabled access bedroom. BEST WESTERN Forest Lodge Hotel's bar area has been transformed into a stylish bar with decking, creating more room for guests to enjoy alfresco dining or an evening drink while taking in the view. Moorhill House Hotel has newly landscaped gardens and all four hotels have renovated bedrooms which reflect the personalities of each hotel.
We've also invested in the restaurants at all of our Hampshire hotels, making them destinations in their own right for hotel guests and non-residents. We're particularly proud of the Glasshouse Restaurant at BEST WESTERN Forest Lodge Hotel with its Two AA Rosettes, and our other hotels have all been awarded an AA Rosette for their culinary excellence.
If you want accommodation in the New Forest that is in touch with its heritage while offering an experience that only constant and sympathetic investment can bring, then New Forest Hotels is for you.
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