Country: New Forest National Park, Hampshire, England
England designated a new national park in Hampshire County in 2005. The 219-square-mile parcel of land, once royal hunting grounds and located 90 minutes by car from Central London, is pure English countryside—and developers aim to keep it that way. In 2009, Lyndhurst Hotels opened Lime Wood (from $475; Beaulieu Rd.; 44-23/8028-7177), a restored 13th-century Regency hunting lodge just outside the small town of Lyndhurst. Interior designer David Collins bedecked the 29 rooms in bespoke antiques and rich textiles; the 22,000-square-foot Herb House Spa has a forest sauna and hot pond; and head chef Luke Holder emphasizes local sourcing. Lime Wood’s little sister, The Pig (from $200; Beaulieu Rd.; 44/01590 622354), opened in neighboring Brockenhurst this spring. Chef James Golding leads this self-proclaimed restaurant with rooms and works with a gardener and a forager on its menus.