“In one of the loveliest and most historic locations of any coastal hotel, the Master Builder’s is the former home of Henry Adams, the man in charge of building warships, including Agamemnon, at Buckler’s Hard, still preserved as it was in his 18th century day. Today the hotel has a delightfully quirky interior, with furnishings and fabrics from India giving the main bedrooms a laid back yet luxurious air. There’s an elegant brasserie style dining room, and in summer a popular barbecue in the garden, as well as the local yachtsman’s bar opening onto to the grassy street that runs down between the shipwrights’ cottages to the water. Choose between feature rooms in the main house, or less expensive, smaller ones in the annexe. A special place.”
Written by Fiona Duncan
“Why do people love staying in your hotel?
With beautiful views over the Beaulieu River and set at the end of the grassy street that is Buckler’s Hard village, it is difficult to imagine a more picturesque setting for a hotel on the whole south coast of England.
What is there to do in the area or on site?
The Master Builder’s House Hotel is located on Lord Montagu's Beaulieu Estate, one of the South of England’s top day visitor attractions, in the heart of the New Forest National Park.
Beaulieu is a guaranteed great family day out with a host of attractions for everyone to enjoy, including the renowned National Motor Museum, home to a stunning collection of automobiles telling the history of motoring through modern rally cars and F1 Grand Prix machines; Palace House, home of the Montagu family and historic Beaulieu Abbey, which was founded in 1204 by Cistercian Monks.
Being in such a prime location on the river also has its advantages. For example, Beaulieu River Cruises are available from Easter to October – ticket prices are approx. £5 per person.
We offer great discounts to guests staying at The Master Builder’s – such as 10% off ticket prices to the motor museum or Exbury Gardens. Beaulieu is also located within easy reach of the popular tourist destinations of Bournemouth, Southampton and Winchester.
What kind of breakfast do you offer?
A full choice - from a comprehensive continental buffet to a menu of hot delights, including the full English of course.
Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
You can eat at the bar or in the restaurant for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner – there’s no need to hunt around anywhere else for great food. We also have a great garden to eat al fresco, and we have a BBQ in the summer!
Which are your most popular room types, and why?
Call us biased, but we think all of our en-suite rooms are popular because they are all individually designed, extremely comfortable, quirky and fun! We have a range of rooms, starting with Classic Rooms, Chic Rooms and ultimately Luxury Rooms.
What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers?
That the Master Builder’s is a really special place to stay or eat in the New Forest, our location is really unique overlooking the Beaulieu River. We’re passionate about great service and our rooms are quirkily designed, comfortable and luxurious so you’re sure of a great night’s sleep.”