New Forest hotel unveils multi-million pound makeover as new owners look to make their mark


A hotel in the New Forest has unveiled the results of its recent multi-million pound renovation overseen by its new owners who have a wealth of experience in the area.

The Forest Park Country Hotel has been taken over by Kevin Wood, Brian Shone and Terry Taylor who previously headed up the Oceana Hotel Group which owned a number of seafront hotels in Bournemouth, including The Cumberland.

They have spearheaded a project to transform the venue into a destination country house hotel, with all 42 bedrooms given a refit and a new chef brought in to oversee the new-look kitchen and restaurant.

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The new design has been developed by Sue Mirco from AG interior design and features vintage fireplaces, Mulberry fabrics and striking artwork.

Chef Mateusz Nowatkowski has been drafted in to take the helm of the kitchen, having previously worked with the trio at the 2 AA Rosette Ventana Grand Café at the Cumberland Hotel.

He will be joined by senior sous chef James Gunn, who is local to the Forest and trained at The Dorchester.

Speaking to New Milton Advertiser and Lymington Times, Wood says: “We wanted to create the perfect country retreat for both locals and tourists,” said Kevin. “It’s both bold and tasteful and embodies the hotel’s central New Forest location.”

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