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... 10 years we will be off again but next time, we will be coming back to a different lifestyle. By the time we next return we will both be heading towards our 50’s and life’s too short to work forever!! In the meantime, we will be planning out the next trip and keeping the bug under control by taking more challenging and interesting
holidays alongside weekends away. It’s all out there for the taking and we're off to get ...
Travelled to a campsite just outside Winchester yesterday.
The plan was to do the final section of the SDW today but just as we were about to set out, it started raining. We decided to sack that idea and have a cultural day in the Saxon capital of England, Winchester.
Walked into the city and visited lots of historic sites including the cathedral. There was a choral concert taking place as we wandered around, ...
So the fun challenge of packing 2 months worth of clothes into a fairly small backpack begins! This time next week we shall be in the air/waiting for our transferring flight from Singapore to Perth.
Got to decide what to pack - such a wide range of temperatures - at least we will miss a good part of the English ...
... illustrations next to the real thing. This is true Beatrix Potter land. On the way back, we tried to go onto the Ullswater Steamers but the car park was full. Turns out there is an overflow car park, which was badly signposted when we went! Our boat trip was amazing, probably due to the weather - brilliant sunshine! We downloaded an app to accompany the trip, it was interesting but repetitive. The boat was comfortable with facilities on ...
... or the shower head adjusted. The water got a little too hot in the shower and the sinks. They play the radio constantly which is a little surprising in the middle of the night! We liked the bar and free wifi as the weather was unseasonably warm we could sit outside with wifi and a drink - great as we couldn't easily get a signal on our phones or own ...
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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.