Lime Wood, Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst, Hampshire SO43 7FZ, England; +44 23 8028 7177, limewoodhotel.co.uk. The website offers Late Lime Wood deals for last-minute stays; published rates start from £245 a person twin-share for a midweek stay in an Eaves room on the attic level of the Main House. The hotel is a straightforward 90-minute drive from London; see website for directions and map. Couples on indulgent weekends, spa junkies and foodies on a pilgrimage to the new restaurant. Yes, to all the rooms on the ground floor of the Main House, including the restaurant and bar. Access to first-floor bedrooms is by lifts. There are books on pig-rearing, mushroom-picking and henfarming in guestrooms. For New Forest-set fiction, try Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth. Each room has a pack of walking maps in waterproof transparent pouches.
At some point, you’ll have to leave. Lime Woodhosts regular Smoked and Uncut evenings, with local bands playing in the Main House.