After a long old drive from Norfolk down to Hampshire, and the night before we were due to set sail from Southampton to Norway, we had the sheer joy of driving through the New Forest for stay at Burley Manor. I’ve only ever been past the outskirts of the New Forest in the past, on the way to the Isle of Wight, and have always wanted to have the chance to explore it further. Burley Manor just so happens to be situated deep in the heart of the area, so beautiful views are to be seen all around.
The rooms are the perfect combination of luxury details, understated yet vivid use of colour and gentrified furnishings. I also found the bed to be insanely comfy which made rising for breakfast in the morning a task in itself.
Dinner was of top quality too and we even had the pleasure of having a mini wine tasting session from the wonderful waiter who made it his mission to convince me into considering something besides pinot grigio for a change. Considering I was only buying two glasses worth and not a full bottle I was super impressed to be treated to some expert wine knowledge before our meal. I always think the staff make or break a place and as everyone we met was so warm and friendly it made the stay that bit more special.
A stay at Burley Manor on a Bed and Breakfast basis will start from £119 in a snug room. To book or for more information see www.burleymanor.com.