The Mill at Gordleton is in the delightful New Forest where horses, donkeys and cattle are free to roam. Lymington is nearby and is a charming Georgian sailing town.
The Mill itself is home to some happy ducks and geese. A Heron often swoops in for a breakfast of salmon, poach or perch. You are invited to join in the fishing.
We turned up in the dark, but through the windows the Mill looked cozy and inviting.
This snuggly room greeted us like a warm Christmassy hug.
After a friendly relaxed welcome we head off to explore our room. The Millars Suite.
Cute and comfortable, we felt very at home. Crispie the Duck (the cute hotel character) features everywhere.
The bathroom was really stylish, with a huge roll top bath and the cutest orchids that looked like chummy bumble bees.
Our living room was part of the original 400 year old Mill, with giant beams and the sound of water rushing beneath the flooring.
I can not express how much Hubby loved this room. He said it was like a therapy room and wanted to doze on the comfy armchairs with the lights low, just enjoying the sound of the rushing water. After 26 years of marriage you get to except this kind of stuff…
Very happy with our lot, we grabbed the chance to see the rest of the hotel before dinner.
We poked our head into the private dining room. This was booked every lunch and dinner time during our stay.
The main restaurant was beautiful. I loved it. It was separated into two areas, one for mainly larger tables and the other for more intimate dining.
The Christmas decorations in here were stylish, plentiful and celebratory. They made me and hubby feel very festive.
The staff suggested we explore the gardens, which get lit up and where you can find interesting and quirky pieces of art.
This would be a lovely place to sit on a warm evening. But on this chilly December night just a few couples stroll around beneath the tree decorations.
We found beneath our room the source of the much beloved gushing sound. No wheel here now, but plenty of power.
We finally snuggled down by a fireplace and enjoyed our complimentary flapjacks (so good) and much needed pot of tea.
We were eating in the bar tonight. I loved this painting which shows it off beautifully.
Homemade pub food was exactly what we craved tonight and this intimate bar had a nice atmosphere.
Finally we got a table and looked over the various menus. We were famished.
A very tasty burger with the trimmings.
Sweet potato and apple mulligatawny with mint yoghurt, plus a cheese toasty with homemade fruit bread, plus hand cut chips. Too full for pud, we head for bed.
After a rare lie in, the gardens called and our tummies rumbled once again.
We were warmly welcomed and picked a table by the window.
A big pot of coffee each went down very well.
We tucked into fruit salad and thick hot brown toast while our orders were cooked.
Fjordlings traditional kippers on the bone with brown bread & butter (a bit over cooked sadly)
I had the Mill Full English (it also comes with beans and fried bread).
Happy and hand in hand we follow paths in the garden.
It was much bigger than we’d expected, with hidden rooms and pieces of art round every corner.
Outside seating makes you dream of warm summer evenings.
Having worked off our breakfast a little, we head off to explore the local villages, history and wildlife (even making friends with a donkey or two!)
Back after a busy day we readied ourselves for a dinner in the Mill’s restaurant. We couldn’t resist starting in the hotel’s bar. Chatting about our day and soaking up the atmosphere.
Our table was ready and we were excited to see crackers on the table (little pencils and nail clippers in case you are wondering). There was a real celebratory buzz in the room.
Andy ordered this wonderful smoked haddock and spring onion soufflé with light curry cream.
I ordered this delicious plate of pan fried tiger prawns, oriental vegetables, toasted sesame seeds coated in a chilli butter sauce. Sooo good.
Next up, fillets of bream stuffed with pine nuts and basil, caponata vegetables, parmesan mash with a pepper coulis.
But my choice was the best. The fillet of Aberdeenshire Beef, pancetta and onion galette, wild mushroom cream with a rich red wine jus. Hubby has more than his fair share!
For pud, Andy chose the chocolate marbled cheesecake with a minty sauce that went down extremely well. I had more than my fair share of this one.
My blackberry soufflé was as light as a cloud and came with an apple compote, granola and and apple sorbet.
Waving goodnight to the busy but cheerful staff we left the bustle of the restaurant behind and head to our room to collapse with full bellies on the lounge armchairs, where the water gushed endlessly beneath us. We chatted about our hopes and dreams for the future until Andy’s head began to bob and sleep beckoned.
We had a fantastic stay at The Mill at Gordleton I would recommend to check out their website.
The Mill at Gordleton,
Hampshire, SO41 6DJ