Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel & Resort
(Lymington (New Forest))
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- Set within 23 acres of private grounds
- On-site bar & restaurant
- Free parking at hotel
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Sat within 23 acres of private grounds just outside the magnificent New Forest the Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel & Resort is a fantastic country retreat.
With the stunning Solent Coast and quaint town of Lymington also within walking distance from the hotel, this is the ideal spot in which to enjoy a peaceful getaway.
Spend a leisurely day at the Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel & Resort which boasts an array of fantastic facilities onsite.
Soak up the fresh air, enjoy a lovely meal and then retreat to one of the spacious, tasteful and thoughtfully designed guest room, situated only a minutes walk from the Main Manor House, at the Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel & Resort. To help you sleep well and feel at home each room is fitted with a large bed, en-suite bathroom, TV and complimentary refreshments.
Relax and rejuvenate in the swimming pool, sauna, steam room, tennis courts, gym or beauty therapy rooms.
The Waterfront Restaurant at the Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel & Resort is the place to be for a flavoursome fine dining experience. Meanwhile the Sails Bar and Brasserie offers a more relaxed fare whilst the Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel & Resort’s Tudor Bar is a comfortable spot ideal for a relaxing night cap.
Hotel Facilities & Services
- Total Floors Number: 2
- Total Rooms Number: 42
- Non-Smoking throughout the hotel
- 24 hour front desk
- Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
- Room Service Not 24hr: Yes
- Non Smoking Rooms
- Ground Floor Rooms
- Direct Dial Telephone
- Iron/Ironing Board
- Trouser Press
- Laundry/Dry Cleaning Services
- Housekeeping (daily)
- Sofa Beds Children Only: 10
- Parking at Hotel Free: Yes
- Indoor Pool Free: No
- Open to: September (depending on weather)
- Open from: May (depending on weather)
- Free: No
- Treatment Rooms
- Tennis Free: No
- Sauna Free: Yes
- Solarium Free: Yes
- Table Tennis Free: No
- Steam Room Free: Yes
- Gym Free: Yes
- Childrens' Play Area Free: Yes
- Name: LYMINGTON PIER
- Distance: 300 metres
- Name: SOUTHAMPTON
- Distance: 25 miles
- Cots/Cribs Free: No
- Interconnecting Rooms
Bar and Restaurant
Breakfast served from
- Saturday/Sunday: 08:00
- Monday to Friday: 07:00
Breakfast served to
- Saturday/Sunday: 10:30
- Monday to Friday: 10:00
- Bar in Hotel
- Restaurant in hotel
- Children's Menu available
- Highchairs available
- Nearest Rail Name: Lymington Pier Distance: 300 metres
- Nearest Airport Name: Southampton Distance: 25 miles
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SuperBreak Customer Rating
- Overall: SuperBreak Overall Rating: 4.4 out of 5 based on 22 reviews
- Sleep: SuperBreak Sleep Rating: 3.9 out of 5
- Breakfast: SuperBreak Breakfast Rating: 4.3 out of 5
- Staff: SuperBreak Staff Rating: 4.2 out of 5
- Location: SuperBreak Location Rating: 4.4 out of 5
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
- Overall: based on 1552 reviews
- Sleep Quality:
Stay Date: 20/01/2017, a customer aged 45-64 from GB who stayed in this hotel wrote this review.
The Macdonald Elmer Resort Hotel is set in a beautiful location on the edge of Lymington in the New Forest. The grounds are beautiful and the hotel is next to the sea. Great play park for kids in the grounds. We stayed in one of the outside chalet st… See more
The Macdonald Elmer Resort Hotel is set in a beautiful location on the edge of Lymington in the New Forest. The grounds are beautiful and the hotel is next to the sea. Great play park for kids in the grounds. We stayed in one of the outside chalet style rooms which was lovely, if the French window entrance took a bit of getting used to and in busier times may make privacy a challenge. The food in the hotel was great and the staff very welcoming. It may have been that there was staff shortages the weekend we stayed as the staff did seem overworked and struggling to keep up which didn't make for a relaxing atmosphere. The main hotel building itself could do with some sprucing up. Regardless of this we had a great weekend. Collapse
Overall Hotel Rating: 4 out of 5
- Destination: 4 out of 5
- Sleep: 4 out of 5
- Breakfast: 4 out of 5
- Staff: 4 out of 5
- Lymington Town: 4 out of 5
Relaxing spring break in the New Forest
Stay Date: 22/03/2016, a customer aged 65+ who stayed in this hotel wrote this review.
Lovely hotel situated on the edge of the Solent. We had an excellent suite (which we had not anticipated!) - spotlessly clean - beautifully equipped - really peaceful - warm and relaxing. Just what we needed. See more
Lovely hotel situated on the edge of the Solent. We had an excellent suite (which we had not anticipated!) - spotlessly clean - beautifully equipped - really peaceful - warm and relaxing. Just what we needed. Collapse
Overall Hotel Rating: 5 out of 5
- Destination: 5 out of 5
- Sleep: 5 out of 5
- Breakfast: 5 out of 5
- Staff: 5 out of 5
- New Forest: 5 out of 5
Nice hotel, let down by certain staff!!
Stay Date: 11/09/2015, a customer aged 45-64 from United Kingdom who stayed in this hotel wrote this review.
In general a nice hotel but our experience of it was marred by a certain rude bar man. Upon arrival we were greeted by a very efficient and friendly pleasant receptionist - 10/10 We had a top floor chalet room that was very nice, good facilities, r… See more
In general a nice hotel but our experience of it was marred by a certain rude bar man. Upon arrival we were greeted by a very efficient and friendly pleasant receptionist - 10/10 We had a top floor chalet room that was very nice, good facilities, roomy & clean - 10/10 We chose not to eat in the hotel restaurant as it looked a bit grim and looked as if it would lack atmosphere. So we made a reservation at Stanwells restaurant in Lymington.. Thank goodness!! We went to the hotel bar whilst we waited for our taxi, due to arrive at 7.15. We walked into the bar that had an overpowering smell of body odour.. Rather unpleasant!! We were greeted..if you can call it that, by a very angry faced barman who rudely told us to take a seat. Anyway a long story short, the barman was very rude in the 20 minutes we were in the bar to ourselves and 2 other lots of couples that entered the bar, one being a young couple who quite honestly looked petrified. We had ordered our drinks but never managed to get them by the time our taxi turned up, the barman said he couldn't find keys for part of the bar but his supposed apology was delivered again in an extremely rude manner!! Barman's hospitality - 0/10 Barman's body odour 0/10. We complained to the man on reception but he gave us a frankly uninterested apology. Hotel therefore very pleasant but totally let down by certain members of staff. Don't eat or drink in this hotel for an evening you will probably have a miserable time, go into Lymington and try Stanwells, every aspect there, service, food, ambience etc 10/10 Collapse
Overall Hotel Rating: 4 out of 5
- Destination: 3 out of 5
- Sleep: 4 out of 5
- Staff: 1 out of 5
- Stanwells boutique hotel & restaurant: 5 out of 5
Elmers Court Hotel
Stay Date: 13/03/2015, a customer aged 45-64 from Bracknell who stayed in this hotel wrote this review.
The hotel was nice and the room was very comfortable. The leisure facilities were very good. The evening meal was excellent but the breakfast was disappointing. See more
The hotel was nice and the room was very comfortable. The leisure facilities were very good. The evening meal was excellent but the breakfast was disappointing. Collapse
Overall Hotel Rating: 4 out of 5
- Destination: 3 out of 5
- Sleep: 4 out of 5
- Breakfast: 1 out of 5
- Staff: 3 out of 5
- Lymington: 3 out of 5
- Elmers Court Hotel: 5 out of 5
Great Location But......
Stay Date: 14/02/2015, a customer aged 45-64 from Hampton who stayed in this hotel wrote this review.
Access to outside room was up steep staircase which would have been an issue for some. The room nice and large... the pillows were bricks and the bed very hard. There was terrible water pipe noise... I mean very loud when people were using the bat… See more
Access to outside room was up steep staircase which would have been an issue for some. The room nice and large... the pillows were bricks and the bed very hard. There was terrible water pipe noise... I mean very loud when people were using the bath/showers. The on switch on the shower was almost prohibitive to use due to its stiffness. The breakfast was average and totally chaotic on the Sat (as wedding guests) but not an excuse as thats what they do ! Tried to go to the Steak Restauarant on the Sunday but were told we should have booked so went to town instead. The restaurant/breakfast room is 'soulless'. The grounds are lovely. Collapse
Overall Hotel Rating: 3 out of 5
- Destination: 4 out of 5
- Sleep: 2 out of 5
- Breakfast: 2 out of 5
- Staff: 4 out of 5
Short Late Summer break
Stay Date: 09/2017, snowflakes2017 wrote this review.
We were a little concerned after reading some reviews what the Hotel would be like. However, we were very pleased with everything. Our Room was very clean and spacious, the grounds were delightful, all Staff were very welcoming and helpful. We enj… See more
We were a little concerned after reading some reviews what the Hotel would be like. However, we were very pleased with everything. Our Room was very clean and spacious, the grounds were delightful, all Staff were very welcoming and helpful. We enjoyed our evening Meal very much. The only criticism we would add is that the Wine prices are extremely inflated. Breakfast was excellent, varied and plentiful. We have no hesitation in saying we would revisit if a 'Good Deal' is offered. Collapse
The resort is undecided as to what it actually is....
Stay Date: 09/2017, petenat13 wrote this review.
We visited on a lovely weekend in September for a couples Spa get away. On arrival the main house looks really nice along with the entrance and reception. The reception staff were very helpful and friendly and quickly checked us in and told us wher… See more
We visited on a lovely weekend in September for a couples Spa get away. On arrival the main house looks really nice along with the entrance and reception. The reception staff were very helpful and friendly and quickly checked us in and told us where are room was. The hotel rooms are not in the lovely building you drive upto as these appear to have been sold of as holiday appartments. The actual hotel rooms look more like posh butlins holiday appartments around the back of the hotel. The room itself was modern, clean and tidy and had ample space for the two of us. The large floor to ceiling windows that span the front of the room let in plenty of natural light however did not allow for much privacy as the rooms all face each other around a courtyard. There is a small patio area outside each room which would have benefited from a table and chairs to sit at. We went for a walk around the grounds which are very nice and exceptionally well kept. We opted to eat in the steakhouse as the ala carte menu was very limited and did not grab our attention. On arriving at the steakhouse it was very quiet so we were quickly seated and offered drinks and menus, which did not offer anywhere near the same options as displayed online. This is where it all started to go wrong... we ordered the sharing charcuterie board and a burger with blue cheese sauce. The charcuterie board took an eternity to arrive and when it did it was on a single plate with items missing and only one small slice of dry brown bread. Not much of a sharing platter? Before we even finished the starter we heard the chef call our table for our mains which then sat on a hot plate for 5 minutes. When they arrived the soft brioche bun was crispy and brown due to being burnt, the burgers were over cooked and dry and the fries were soggy. Too top it all off the blue cheese sauce consisted of 2 small lumps of stilton on top of the burger. We asked for some condiments which took so long to arrive that the waiter delivered them just in time to clear our plates! I've had a better burger at Mcdonalds, please excuse the irony. When it came to paying the bill we complained about the standard of the food, unfortunately the two young lads working didn't have a clue, to the point I had to add up my own bill and tell him how much to charge me, so we left it at that and retired for the evening. We woke Sunday morning after a really good night's sleep hoping for a better breakfast experience. Breakfast was delivered on time and hot, this unfortunately is as good as it got. The breakfast consisted of one of everything including quite possibly the smallest sausage I've ever seen and a spoon full of beans. The toast and preserves we ordered must have been eaten by the waiter en route? Finally the Spa treatments... The Spa area was very nice and so were the staff. The treatments we received, a deep tissue massage and a facial were both very good, although it was a little noisy with doors banging and people talking outside the treatment rooms. In summary it would appear the hotel cannot decide if it is a Spa, a hotel or a holiday village therefore it doesn't appear to do any of these particularly well. I would stay here again on a room only basis as the room was nice and the hotel itself is in a lovely location for exploring. But if you are looking for a Spa break weekend I wouldn't advise this resort. Collapse
Nothing too much trouble
Stay Date: 09/2017, Claire J wrote this review.
I have to say I was abit concerned following the reviews on this hotel but as soon as we arrived nothing could be further from the truth. The receptionist was friendly and welcoming and could accommodate the party if rooms were ready , we did arriv… See more
I have to say I was abit concerned following the reviews on this hotel but as soon as we arrived nothing could be further from the truth. The receptionist was friendly and welcoming and could accommodate the party if rooms were ready , we did arrive at 9am before leaving for a team building event locally. We then arrived back at the hotel around 6pm to be swiftly checked in for all 30 + rooms. The evening reception was a great success due to the fabulous staff who served us well and could not fault. Even breakfast for us all was amazing considering there was only 1 member of staff serving! I would definitely recommend and we will be back! Thank you Elmers court. Collapse
Last minute deal B and B and evening meal
Stay Date: 09/2017, Cathy S wrote this review.
This is a lovely looking hotel with nice grounds and a good view of lymington harbour. There are good amenities - use of pool and gym. Room was really nice with very comfortable beds in blocks not far from the main building and car park. The dining r… See more
This is a lovely looking hotel with nice grounds and a good view of lymington harbour. There are good amenities - use of pool and gym. Room was really nice with very comfortable beds in blocks not far from the main building and car park. The dining room is a bit tired and the service was really slow. The drinks were very expensive - £11 for a glass of Sauvignon. The wifi was poor and when we arrived there were plates and glasses left outside from a wedding. Breakfast was very good with plenty to choose from and good service. Everything is there but you just feel that it is not being made the most of. It is also a bit out of the way and no where to really walk to. Collapse
Dreadful Spa Day Experience
Stay Date: 07/2017, LovesMaryjane wrote this review.
This was booked in June this year, as a Hen Party for my Sister-In-Law for seven friends and family, and was supposed to have been a fun-filled, relaxing day. I was rather apprehensive prior to the day as, other than an automated email confirming my… See more
This was booked in June this year, as a Hen Party for my Sister-In-Law for seven friends and family, and was supposed to have been a fun-filled, relaxing day. I was rather apprehensive prior to the day as, other than an automated email confirming my purchase, I received no other communication from the company. I had telephoned on two occasions and was advised that I would be called back when the Spa manager was available, but this never happened and I had to make several further calls in order to have my queries answered. Again, I telephoned on the Wednesday prior to our visit to ask what time we needed to arrive and was advised that our party should be at the Spa by 10.30am as our first treatments commenced at 11am. I was also given a breakdown of the times for the other treatments. At 10.15am I received a call from the Spa as I was driving to the hotel to advise me that our treatments had actually started at 10am and that as we were late and the Spa was fully booked, we had to forfeit them. On arriving at 10.30am, we were met by the acting Spa manager, who to begin with was not particularly pleasant and tried to apportion blame to me. I was advised that I would have received an email with an itinerary for the day and specifying times. I replied that I had not received any communication from the Spa apart from confirmation afore mentioned. I also advised the young lady that I had been surprised not to have received anything and had found it rather unprofessional. I was asked who I had spoken to, to which I replied The Spa Manager- a gentleman. Apparently the Spa Manager is a lady, so I am completely in the dark as to who the person was purporting to be the manager! (And obviously giving out incorrect information!) Eventually the young lady managed to reorganise our treatments (as, "fortunately we have had a cancellation "). I did have to point out to her that this was supposed to have been a special day and a pleasant experience and having to dispute this at the desk in front of the party did not constitute either pleasant or special! We were then advised that our first treatment would be at 1pm and afternoon tea at 12.30pm - giving us 30 minutes to 'enjoy' the tea. After bringing to her attention that this was not acceptable, she managed to arrange for the tea to be served at 12pm. Further disappointment was delivered with the afternoon tea. The bread for the sandwiches was stale. Not just a little stale but bordering on the consistency of cardboard. We brought this to the attention of the server who stated (quite animatedly) that it wasn't stale at all but was due to a problem with the supplier that had been occurring all week! It is beyond my comprehension, as a business owner, how this can be considered acceptable! It is also beyond my comprehension that these sandwiches were made and considered acceptable to serve to paying guests. The server offered to have some more bread taken out of the freezer and the sandwiches remade. They arrived at 12.40pm (bearing in mind that our treatments started at 1pm). The bread certainly had less of the constitution of cardboard, but was perfectly evident that it was of poor quality to start with. For a problem that had been occurring all week, one would think that the restaurant manager would have sourced an alternative supplier? One of our party was vegan. She had contacted the hotel several weeks prior and was advised that it was not a problem at all and that she would be catered for. The poor lady received a plate of lettuce and cucumber sandwiches, also with cardboard bread. No cakes or alternatives were offered and the experience was totally embarrassing. I cannot think of any restaurant that I have visited in the last twenty years that does not cater for vegans, especially when they have been given several weeks prior notice. I would point out that other than ourselves, there was only one other party of diners in the restaurant. Apparently, we were supposed to have been given a tour of the spa facilities on arrival. This was never offered and so we had no idea what was available to us. The entire day felt rushed and unorganised and we certainly did not feel welcome. Personally, I feel embarrassed as the organiser of this debacle. Having paid over £800, I have been left rather speechless at the total lack of organisation and professionalism from the company, not just the from the Spa but the restaurant too. On 15th July I emailed my complaint to the General Manager but despite following this up with FOUR phone calls, I have never received the courtesy of a reply. One has to wonder if this is considered acceptable by the MacDonalds Group? Collapse
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