Where have we been?
Nestled in the heart of the New Forest, Herb House at Lime Wood is a spa designed to create a sense of serenity and well-being. From the moment of arrival, every day stresses were instantly forgotten! I was given a warm welcome, a friendly tour of the three-level spa and then allocated my own locker complete with robe, fluffy towel, water and flip flops.
Starting my day with good intentions, I headed straight to the state of the art Technogym, however this is not just any gym, with wrap around forest views, chilled water AND towels, you soon feel inspired to train. You can take a gentle yoga or Pilates class on the Herb House Roof Garden, a kettle bell class or ride along a forest bike trial if you prefer. Feeling virtuous, I followed my workout with a visit to Raw & Cured, the in-house food bar serving seasonal & nutrient dense lunches and snacks and opted for an invigorating Ginger Tease Juice.
Next up was a round of Hydrotherapy treatments including a Sauna, Steam, and a circuit of underwater massage treatments which perfectly pummelled my muscles in preparation for my massage.
The Bamford De-Stress Massage is pure holistic indulgence beginning with a foot soak and choice of oils depending on your mood and requirements. The treatment is deeply relaxing and restorative and ends with a hot towel neck compress and some much-needed time in a darkened relaxation room so that you can come back down to reality slowly!
For lunch, it was back to Raw & Cured for a colourful, delicious dish called Mexican Feast - a mixture of Corn Tacos, Salsa, Guacamole Coriander & Sweetcorn - completely fresh & spicy. My sweet tooth was satisfied by a raw Carrot Cake and Almond Milk Cappuccino. Raw & Cured offers a selection of Salads, Fish, Cheese & Meat Boards from Lime Woods own Smokehouse, as well as raw cakes, snacks, juices and smoothies. There is of course carefully selected wine and Champagne for those wishing to indulge.
There is a choice of an indoor lap pool with loungers, or a steaming outdoor hot pool surrounded by lavender, and this is where I whiled away a blissful hour reading a book. This is also the perfect place to enjoy a glass or two of the afore mentioned chilled Champagne.
I reluctantly realised it was nearly time to depart & used the luxurious changing rooms to refresh with Bamford products, enormous showers, a beautiful copper Bath (if you so choose) and hairdryers/straighteners - they have thought of everything!
I left feeling re-energised & relaxed, but not before popping into Curated by Lime wood, a shop selling a selection of hand-picked exclusive items combining art, fashion, beauty & interior design, perfect for unusual but stylish gifts or a little treat for yourself!
Visit the website here