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Your independent accommodation (annex), with main house to the left.
Main living area
Your kitchenette, which is stocked up with your breakfasts. Will be topped up during your stay.
Outside seating area.
private bathroom
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view of Defoe House with independent annex to the left.
Lymington river nearby.
Beautiful walks on your doorstep.
Lymington cobbled street.
Lymington river, where you can catch ferry to Isle of Wight.
Close to Exbury gardens, famous for its spring and autumn colour.
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Private Room, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Lymington, New Forest, Hampshire, England

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London198...
London
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26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“the most hospitable place in the world”
Reviewed July 25, 2013 for a stay in July 2013

Vanessa and her family (including Alfie the dog!offered us such a warm welcome in such a lovely place. The room/block was large and well appointed with a handy little kitchen and lovely fresh decoration. The breakfast was amazing and the extra little touches like banana loaf and use of the wooden train set really made this place. Highly recommended, thank you Vanessa, we hope to return!

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Liked best: The lovely host!
Liked least: We had to leave!
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed July 20, 2013 for a stay in July 2013

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Liked best: Being detached from main house, like a self catering place
Liked least: No real negatives, except maybe distance from shops etc, but that's what you give up for a countryside holiday.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Pontefract, United Kingdom
Reviewed July 12, 2013 for a stay in July 2013

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Liked best: Friendly with lots of extras
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Young Children
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Oliver153
Worcester, United Kingdom
1 review
“Highly recommended!”
Reviewed June 28, 2013 for a stay in June 2013

A lovely B&B. Warm hospitality and great breakfasts. Idyllic location for exploring the New Forest. We loved this place! From the eggs from the chickens in the garden, to the cows wandering around the village - this place is a gem.

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Venom2006
Perth, Western Australia
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3 reviews
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“Best B&B I've stayed in for a long time!”
Reviewed June 11, 2013 for a stay in June 2013

This comes down to several points. Firstly and most importantly, it's separated from the owners house via their converted garage I don't know about you but staying in the house always feels like you have to move quietly around grandma & grandpa's house and not disturb them as they watch their TV or do their household chores. So having the room away from the house is brilliant for privacy in all respects making us feel extremely comfortable and relaxed. Secondly Vanessa is a wonderful host in every aspect, from having a home made cake (lemon drizzle sponge I believe) on arrival and making welcome tea too. Vanessa was always happy and helpful in every way and gave us extremely helpful advise and directions to the cycle paths in the New Forrest, a community fair in Lyndhurst, the lovely town of Beaulieu (chocolate!) and the Saturday market of Lymington and the Quay. But most of all the recommendation of having a lovely meal at the Turfcutter Arms in East Boldre for my Birthday dinner. Not only does Vanessa have a great helpful and local knowledge and bake delicious cakes, she also makes the most delicious breakfast from localy sourced produce of bacon, eggs (anyway you like), sausages, mushrooms, tomato and locally made bread/toast with butter/strawberry jam/marmalade all washed down with orange juice and fresh brewed coffee. Cereals were also supplied in the room with milk, tea and coffee but there was no way I would fit these in as well.
The room had a great layout with a double bed with feather down quilt & pillows, heating, wardrobe, sofa bed, table & chairs, TV/DVD ( DVD's supplied or bring your favourites along), decent bath/shower with plenty of hot water (bath was just the thing after cycling) and a kitchenette with plates, glasses, mugs & utensils supplied with a fridge and microwave only. Everything you could possibly need to get you started on exploring the best, tranquil side of Hampshire.
Again I cant stress how comfortable we felt having privacy with the accommodation set aside from the main house and how lovely and helpful Vanessa was as our hostess. So if you're looking for the most relaxing weekend getaway in Hampshire, Defoe House is the only B&B to look for bar none!

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Liked best: Breakfast!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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Nigel1066...
Ascot, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful location and such hospitality”
Reviewed June 7, 2013 for a stay in May 2013

My family and I visited Norleywood for the Bank Holiday. Vanessa and her family gave us such attention, the accommodation was just right for our needs. Starting with Vanessa's full English was so tasty as were the scones and cake. The cottage was clean, comfortable and flexible for my two sons. Thank you, Vanessa, we will visit again when we get the opportunity.

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Liked best: The cleanliness and flexibility of the accommodation
Liked least: It was just right for us
Travelling group: Other
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Jennifer...
Noosa, Australia
1 review
“Wonderful nights sleep, delicious breakfast, enjoyable New Forest walks”
Reviewed May 29, 2013 for a stay in May 2013

My husband and I enjoyed five nights in Norley Wood staying in the little flat beside Defoe House. We were attending a conference in Brockenhurst. It was an easy drive from Norley Wood to Brochenhurst, and also Lymington. We enjoyed visiting the local pubs, walking in the forest and Vanessa's hospitality. She delivered a very large breakfast at the time that suited us, helped with our laundry and more. The feather pillows were a luxury we enjoyed, and the hot baths.
The Wifi was great, but our mobile phone did not work in that part of the forest.
Jennifer Abbot, Noosa, Queensland, Australia

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Liked best: The bed and bath
Liked least: No mobile phone access in that part of the forest
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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