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Stanwell House Hotel Finlaist for Caterer and Hotelier Web Award 2011

AA 1 Rosette for DiningAA 2 Rosettes for Dining

Restaurants with this Rosette award are deemed to achieve standards that stand out in their local area. They serve food prepared with care, understanding and skill, using good quality ingredients.


AA 3 Stars (86% Merit) Stanwell House Hotel

A 3 Star rating is awarding for acheving the following main standards; Staff smartly and professionally presented. All rooms are en suite and the restaurant or dining room is open to both residents and non-residents.


The New Forest Breakfast

Stanwell House are also proud to serve the New Forest Breakfast. The New Forest Breakfast is made up of at least three items from local produce, free range and in many cases organic. It consists of New Forest Marque ingredients any of the following which can be bought locally, eggs, bacon, sausages, mushrooms and even bread that has been made using wheat that has been grown, milled and then baked here within the Forest.


Green Leaf Tourism SchemeThe Green Leaf Tourism Scheme

The Green Leaf Tourism scheme is specifically designed to encourage New Forest tourism stakeholders to respect the destination and local people.  Green Leaf Tourism businesses support local communities and help to establish positive relationships between the tourism industry in the New Forest and local communities.


The Beautiful South – Awards for excellence 2011





The Beautiful South – Awards for excellence 2011

Stanwell House Hotel dates back to the 18th Century, and is situated in the picturesque Georgian market town of Lymington. Lymington is one of the South’s most attractive and historic locations, wonderfully positioned on the coast, and surrounded by outstanding natural beauty as well as numerous historical sites such as Henry VIII’s castle at Hurst Spit and Bucklers Hard where many of Nelsons ships were built.

Stanwell House was once owned by James Burcher, cousin to General James Wolf, who spent his last night in this country at Stanwell House before his departure to Quebec in 1759. From around 1820-1880 the house was used as a finishing school for young ladies. Somewhat later, between 1883-1890, it became the establishment of local solicitors Moore & Rawlings.

It first became a hotel around 1945 under the name Stanwell House Hotel.

Lymington is a traditional New Forest town lying only 16 miles to the west of Southampton. Dating back to the Iron Age there is a continuous thread of interest for the historically minded. This becomes better documented in the Middle Ages when it was developed as one of the country’s new towns. Then owned by the De Redvers family, Lymington flourished on the salt industry until the 19th Century, when the market collapsed (between 1865 and 1867).

Meanwhile, the arrival of the railway in 1858 helped the town become the main terminal for the Isle of Wight. This, in turn, encouraged people like Thomas Inman, a Hastings ship and yacht builder, and Mrs Beeston’s and Leggs with their sea water baths, to invest their skills and enterprise in the area. Thus the trend from commerce to recreation was started. Since then Lymington and the estuary has become one of the country’s top yachting resorts.

Events 2014

New Forest Wedding Showcase – Sunday 16th November – From 12 noon to 5pm
More than 20 venues  across the beautiful New Forest including ourselves will be opening their doors to showcase their beautiful wedding options and help inspire your perfect wedding day

New Forest Walking Festival – 18 October – 2nd November 

Choose from more than 30 expert-led walks through beautiful autumn landscapes at the New Forest Walking Festival 2014.

The Walking Festival is spread over a fortnight from 18 October to 2 November, including half term, and includes Wildlife Walks, History Hikes, Family Strolls, Accessible Walks, Food Trails and Activity Walks.

Led by the New Forest National Park Authority and partner organisations, the Walking Festival is the perfect opportunity to discover more about the National Park, with guidance from friendly and knowledgeable walk leaders to help walkers of all ages unlock the secrets of the Forest.

Most of the guided walks are accessible by public transport, and all walks are free or discounted if you arrive by bus, train, bike or on foot. Free minibuses will be provided for some walks which have no public transport links.


Book your walk today at


Beaulieu Fireworks – Saturday 1st November 

Be wowed by the explosive and dynamic fireworks display, set to a “Rock Legends” theme. Have fun on the Beaulieu Rides & Drives and Old-Time Fairground, all at good value extra charges. Hot food and drinks are available both inside and out, as well as roast chestnuts and candyfloss. Everyone is invited to get in the spirit of the night…in fancy dress…with prizes going to the best dressed.


Lymington Christmas Lights – Friday 28th November 

the High Street will be closed to welcome the arrival of Santa, and to turn the lights on at the tree at approximately 6:00pm. Also enjoy the late night shopping on the High Street 

Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway in the New Forest National Park

The Gardens are open daily from Saturday 15th March 2014 10 am – 5.00 pm. Visitors can enjoy exploring twenty miles of pathways, or “let the train take the strain” on a 20 min journey, or take a buggy tour to see the best of the colour.

Mr Eddy’s Tearooms are open from 9.30am, whilst the Gift Shop and Plant Centre will open between 10am and 5pm on all Garden open days.

Buckler’s Hard

On the banks of the Beaulieu River, in the heart of the New Forest National Park, you will find the peaceful haven of Buckler’s Hard. The Maritime Museum and Buckler’s Hard Story give an insight into the history of the village whilst a trip on the river or a walk beside the riverbank provides an opportunity to see some of its abundant wildlife. It is located within easy reach of the popular tourist destinations of Bournemouth, Southampton and Winchester.

Beaulieu Motor Museum

Beaulieu, one of the South of England’s top day visitor attractions, is set in the heart of the New Forest, the UK’S newest National Park.  Beaulieu is a guaranteed great family day out with lots for everyone to enjoy including the world famous National Motor Museum, Palace House, home of the Montague family, historic Beaulieu Abbey, World of Top Gear and James Bond Exhibition.

Brockenhurst Cycle Experience

Cycle Experience in Brockenhurst – are now able to offer everyone the opportunity to cycle in the New Forest with a brand new delivery of bikes for all abilities. Cycling in the New Forest is a great way to explore the sights and sounds of the New Forest and with lots of gravel footpaths that are fairly flat it is ideal for families!

Hurst Castle Lighthouse

Hurst Castle is situated at the seaward end of the shingle spit that extends 1.5 miles from Milford-On-Sea. The end of the spit, only three-quarters of a mile from the Isle of Wight, and the views from the top of the centre keep are spectacular.


Peppa Pig World,  Paultons Park

Step into Peppa’s World, with seven new fun rides, enchanted buildings and play areas.  The park opens from Sunday 16th February 2014.  For opening times please visit the official Paultons Park website.

The Sunday Telegraph June 1st 2008

“Lymington proves a fine port in a storm. Market conditions are volatile, but this pretty coastal town is still in steady demand voted ‘Best Seaside Location’.”

Daily Express Travel June 14th 2008

“A government study has identified Lymington as Britain’s most desirable coastal town.”


From the moment Mozzo began selling their 100% Arabica, Organic, Fairtrade coffee from the world’s first solar and wind powered art covered coffee cart, it was always going to be more than your regular coffee company.

Stephen Lees 

Local contemporary artist whose interpretations of British seascape, coastal landscapes and abstract paintings are characterised by a vivid use of colour and richly textured acrylics. Stephen displays his artwork in our seafood restaurant at the front of the hotel.

Stewart Mechem

Stewart’s creativity has evolved through various applications, from the original ‘blitz’ days of the late ’70s, to fashion as head of international marketing in the ’80s at Aquascutum, to developing the ‘HIP’ hotel Westover Hall from the ’90s. He started painting in 2003 and his prolific output has resulted in many solo exhibitions and group shows, both in London and Hampshire, including Cadogan Contemporary and the Pond Gallery who represent his work in London. Stanwell House now have a range of Stewart’s art adorning their walls.

Pure Skin Therapy

For some special pampering, we recommend Pure Skin Therapy.


ASR Photo

Allen-Scott Redgrave (known as Scott) is a highly experienced, established and fully qualified award winning freelance photographer

Exclusively Weddings

Specialising in flowers for weddings and civil partnerships in Hampshire and surrounding areas.


Peppa Pig World

It’s here! Peppa Pig World a UK exclusive and world first.  Peppa Pigs very own theme park, with seven fun rides and attractions.  Located at Paultons Family Theme Park, Hampshire.


New Forest Activities

New Forest Activities offer a wide range of attractions and activities for your stay in the New Forest.

We have continual career development opportunities for dedicated and professional individuals wishing to be part of our team.



We are looking for an experienced Senior Sous Chef for our two rosette restaurant.
The candidate would have a real passion for food, and the ability to cook to a two rosette level. To deputise and run the kitchen competently, and be a great team player, with good communication skills.



The candidate should have a good sound knowledge of reception, reservation and all front of house operations, a good organised team player with good communication skills.


Please contact us at 

Stanwell House Hotel, 14-15 High Street. Lymington. Hants. SO41 9AA


Download an application form:

Stanwell House Job Application.doc – (editable Microsoft Word file)

Stanwell House Job Application.pdf – (printable PDF file)


Email: CV’S to [email protected]