Friday, 6 May 2016

Review: Burley Manor restaurant & boutique rooms. An adults-only country retreat in the heart of the New Forest.

Burley Manor

The Manor. Copyright Dancing Dandelions
'A brand new, yet very old restaurant & boutique rooms in the New Forest National Forest.'

Me & P were lucky enough to be invited to review Burley Manor, which we made the 3 hour trip to over the bank holiday.

Child-free? For a whole night? With a lie-in?

We seriously jumped for joy at the chance!!!

And good old Nanny & Granddad jumped at the chance to look after the children for a night - although Nanny did need to book 2 extra days off work to recover afterwards.

The kids? They were ecstatic. Because Nanny gives them treats and let's them stay up super late.

Win, win, win!
The entrance. Copyright Burley Manor

This was to be our first ever night away without the children in tow and we were giddier than a couple of teenagers about it.

And the excitement mounted as we drew ever closer to the Manor through the thick of the New Forest and down a windy lanes.

The historic beauty of this Grade II listed building the minute you catch glimpse of it along the driveway. It stands amongst beautiful grounds and looks impressive.

The reception fireplace. Copyright Dancing dandelions.

The Manor dates back to 1852 and the history of it all shines through amongst contemporary interiors.

The drawing room. Copyright Dancing dandelions.
Burley Manor has recently undergone a £1.8m refurbishment and was relaunched as a boutique hotel & restaurant in December 2015.

The drawing room. Copyright Dancing dandelions

Burley's new design feels like a home from home.

The views. Copyright Burley Manor.

The Manor is just a few minutes walk from the village of Burley, in the heart of the New forest which stretches from the south coast right across Hampshire making it an ideal base for walking, cycling or pony trekking.

The views. Copyright Burley Manor.

Or if it is something more 'Sun, sea & sand' you are seeking - Burley is 20 minutes away from seaside towns including Milford-on-Sea and just a little further is Bournemouth, Poole & Southampton. 

The garden wing. Copyright Dancing dandelions.

We stayed in a Garden suite which are in a separate wing to the Manor. All of the Garden suites & the Burley Suites all open out onto the Manor grounds.

View of the Manor from the Garden wing. Copyright Dancing dandelions.

Our Garden Suite with balcony. Copyright Dancing dandelions.

And offer fantastic views across to the local deer park!


Views across to the deer park. Copyright Burley Manor.

The room was very spacious, with a huge comfy bed (with amazing pillows!) and separate seating area.

Garden Suite bed. Copyright Dancing dandelions.
Garden Suite seating area. Copyright Dancing dandelions.

The interiors are clean and fresh without looking clinical and white.


The garden suite seating area. Copyright Dancing dandelions.

Natural, vibrant accent colours and soft lighting make the rooms homely and warm.


Water & biscuits. Copyright Dancing dandelions.

It was clear a keen eye for detail was used when designing these rooms and it is this attention to the little things that really make it - from the tea/ coffee bureau with complimentary biscuits to the retro style DAB radio and vintage telephone.


Complimentary biscuits. Copyright Dancing dandelions.
Retro DAB radio. Copyright Dancing dandelions.
Retro phone. Copyright Dancing dandelions.

The attention to detail travels right through to the spacious bathroom, where you will find robes and slippers waiting for you along with a selection of Mediterranean-inspired TempleSpa goodies.

[Two spa treatment rooms are due to open shortly with a comprehensive suite of health & beauty treatments]


Complimentary TempleSpa products. Copyright Dancing dandelions.

After settling into our room we headed back to the Manor for drinks & a meal.

We were seated in the comfy lounge for drinks before being taken to our table in the restaurant. 

Drinks in the lounge. Copyright Dancing dandelions.

"Award-winning chefs select the very best Seasonal produce from the New Forest as well as across the British Isles and beyond. They then craft them into vibrant, rustic dishes with bold flavours and delicate tastes of the Mediterranean."

The restaurant. Copyright Burley Manor.

The chunky wood tables and chairs of the restaurant compliment the rustic menu and gives off an overall relaxed vibe.

There was nothing 'stuffy' about this place, with the staff even wearing a relaxed uniform, looking smart but comfortable and approachable. They were all so attentive all evening and could be seen chatting away happily to everyone, which contributed to a overall lively atmosphere.

The wood-fired oven. Copyright Burley Manor.
The restaurant. Copyright Burley Manor.

The food was delicious.

It was sophisticated, yet simplistic.

I opted for squid to start, lamb shank for main and a fig & almond tart for dessert and P had bresaola to start, steak for main and a cheese board to finish.

The portions were a great size and we were both pleasantly stuffed by the end of it all.

The restaurant. Copyright Burley Manor.

The same room is the transformed overnight to make way for breakfast in the next morning.


The breakfast table. Copyright Dancing dandelions.

There were two self serve tables laid out with everything from toast & jams to pastries and cereals on.

Tea/ coffee & fruit juices are brought around straight away and then you could order a variety of hot foods from the breakfast menu.

Me & P both opted for the cooked breakfast. 

Not just any old cooked breakfats thought.

The Burley Breakfast of course!

What makes this one different?

Cobley Wood sausage, maple cured bacon, balsamic plum tomato, roasted mushroom, white pudding, smoked paprika butter beans & free range egg cooked to your liking.

All cooked to perfection.

 A Burley Breakfast. Copyright Dancing dandelions.

We seriously had the most wonderful time at Burley Manor and my only fault is that it all went to quickly.

It felt like a real treat & something extra special whilst still feeling comfortable like home.

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To stay at Burley Manor on a bed and breakfast basis - prices will start from £119 per couple in a snug room. 

To book or for more information see www.burleymanor.com or call 01425 403522.
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*Disclaimer: Burley Manor offered us a complimentary stay with dinner and breakfast for the purposes of review but all opinions stated above are my own and true*

2 comments:

  1. Oooooooh adult only! Sounds bliss! I have never stayed in an adult only hotel or eaten in an adult only restaurant - it would be a real treat for me as I have four little ones!

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