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... the train station, and boarding our train to Southampton, we said goodbye to London. One funny detail of our journey - whenever something good happens to someone in our family (a good parking spot opens up just when you need it, you get exit row seating on an airplane), my Dad always calls it "Kramer Luck". Well the Kramer Luck was on our side today - we showed up at the train station 3 minutes before the trip ...
... the most pleasant part through the New Forest where ponies and cows were roaming freely. Unfortunately, my foot and ankle problems resulted in my not being able to walk a step further with still two or three miles to my destination. I am now, sadly, in the position where I am unable to continue. My ankle and leg are both swollen and I have a blister across the sole and side ...
... Rose wine. At dinner we were on a table with two gentlemen from Sweden who had driven down over three days to be there, they were great fun, Thor and Bendt, so we invited them to join us for lunch on Friday at the Auberge in Malicorne. I also was talking with another gentleman called John who was interested in coming on the Tour de Piste with me on Saturday morning; I knew Anne would not be interested in getting up at 6am so we agreed he would come with ...
... HUGE!! Once on board, we had a good look around, got lost several times, ate far too much and did our safety drill. Will's best bit: the roast beef and yorkshire puds Beth: the food Jonathan: the food Jenny: the chocolate orange pudding Hmmm... do you spot a theme ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Balmer Lawn Brockenhurst
I booked a romantic weekend away at the Balmer Lawn Hotel, after reading some of the reviews I was expecting to be disappointed. How wrong I was!
We booked a night at Balmer Lawn last minute, as a short break away. The hotel looked impressive from the drive, and once inside we were not dissappointed.
As we approached this lovely looking hotel we were sure we made the right choice in booking this hotel. As we checked in a piano was playing creating a wonderful ambiance - however don't be fooled by this as this is where the good things end.
Went for a saturday night stay with a small baby. The family rooms have been updated (superior rooms), but have a view of the back of the buildings, though thanks to this web site we knew that. They can provide a small room adjoining a 'standard' room. Somewhere for the baby to sleep in. We went for that. Standard rooms have tatty bathrooms, and the room itself could do with some redecoration. Bed was very large, clean and comfortable. nice view over forest, made up for worn bathroom.You actually get a teapot and biscuits too.
A very disappointing 2 night stay at an extremely tired hotel. Our room was reminiscent of an old lady's bedroom. Everything was desperately worn, complete with cracked sink, cracked tiles, broken skirtings and an air of charity shops. The shower was no better than a leaking hosepipe, the showers in my local swimming pool are a million times plusher and more effective. We were expecting a wonderful weekend at a wonderful hotel but got quite the opposite. Room prices were well over the top, do not expect value for money. 1 out of 10 to Balmer Lawn, try looking in the yellow pages under 'Painters & Decorators'.
What a difference
The Balmer Lawn has regained its former glory, it had become a little tired and was in need of some refurbishment last time we visited three years ago. The transformation is geat, new bedrooms, new restaurant and friendly happy staff. Our family room was fantastic and even had its own Playstation 2 - great for the kids!!!
The restaurant food was second to none and the Restaurant Manager (Vincent) is a real character. We look forward to going back soon.
My husband and I stayed at the Balmer Lawn hotel for a weekend in March 2004. Overall, we had a lovely time but there were a few problems. Firstly, on entering the hotel, there was a distinct smell of paraffin in the lounge - not the most pleasant smell to be welcomed by. Secondly, our room looked out onto the centre of the hotel, so our "view" was of air conditioning units rather than the New Forest. As we were about to get changed we noticed workmen walking right outside our window, which was a bit disconcerting. Thirdly, the fitness centre was undergoing a major refurbishment, so we were unable to use the facilities in peace - something we were not informed about when we called to make our booking. Finally, after experiencing an enjoyable meal with excellent service on the Friday night of our stay, we decided to repeat the experience on the Saturday night. Unfortunately, the service was inconsistent to say the least. It took almost 40 minutes for the starter to be brought to our table and it was very late by the time our dessert was served, so we decided to forego the coffee and petit fours that were offered as an extra on the menu at ?5 a person. For some reason though, on checking out the next morning, these had been added to our bill. As I stated at the beginning of this review, despite these problems we had an enjoyable weekend in the New Forest. However, I feel the Balmer Lawn could certainly improve on aspects of its service if it is to truly justify the price it charges for its rooms.