Taste the world The New Forest is an idyllic escape

During our visit to the New Forest, we stayed at Burley Manor, an impressive adults-only hotel (and former manor house) set in the New Forest countryside. Burley Manor bills itself as a ‘restaurant with rooms’, a concept which many country hotels seem to be adopting.

Having recently been refurbished at the end of 2015, all of the décor is brand spanking new, apart from the gorgeous antique furnishings.  The dark, classic colour scheme (think Farrow and Ball ‘Pelt’ and ‘Calke Green’ painted walls) help to create a luxe feel, while chairs covered in a variety of wildlife print motifs lend a nod of hunting lodge chic to the décor.

We loved the sophisticated drawing room decked out with opulent furnishings and the attractive lounge with its roaring fire, which was very inviting after a brisk walk in the drizzling rain.