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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.

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