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The pretty village of Beaulieu (pronounced beu-lee), has been owned by the Montagu family since it’s abbey was dissolved, and they’ve established it as an historic tourist attraction and car museum. There are limited options when it comes to staying in Beaulieu, but our Gurus have some excellent recommendations when it comes to the best places to stay in Beaulieu, including the local inn and an historic riverside building.
The Abbey is still at the heart of the town, but you’ll find the converted Gothic Abbey gatehouse, which is the current manor house (or Beaulieu Palace House and Gardens as it’s known), a little closer to the mill pond and the headwaters of the Beaulieu River.
The National Motor Museum has about 250 cars on display, including land speed record breakers and famous film cars.
Just along the river is Buckler’s Hard, which is where many British naval ships were made, including several which served under Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar.
- If you value luxury and a Michelin star in an historic setting then The Montagu Arms is for you. As well as the exceptional restaurant there’s a library bar, and terrace and 22 sumptuous rooms. Plus you’re in the heart of the Beaulieu Estate right by the car museum.
- The wonderfully historic Master Builder’s is right on the Beaulieu River just outside Buckler’s Hard, just above the river mouth. The Master Builders the name refers to are Henry Adams and his son’s Balthazar and Edward, who built ships for Nelson’s navy, including three ships present at the battle of Trafalgar. There’s a list of the ships built here in the wonderfully atmospheric bar - where you can also get a top class meal. Or if you’re looking for something more formal there’s a restaurant facing the river. Standard rooms have a traditional, country house feel, but you can upgrade to rooms in the actual house and those are really something - expect plenty of historic features and wonderful details
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Master Builder's 26 rooms from $124Brockenhurst, Beaulieu
Lovely historic property situated on the Beaulieu River. Maritime themed living rooms downstairs whilst bedrooms have a traditional country feel with the addition of colourful Indian fabrics. An award winning restaurant serves modern British cuisine. A host of activities. Ideal for families.Active Holiday - NFA, situated within the Beaulieu Estate, specialise in outdoor activities suitable both for team building and family fun.Country Escape - A stunning historic and cosy riverside property situated within the 9,000 acre Beaulieu Estate and the New Forest.Local markets - Make a trip to the quaint Lymington Saturday market and sample local foods and drink.Great walks - The very location, within the New Forest, makes this ideal walking terrain.Recommended by - I Escape, Sawdays
The Montagu Arms 22 rooms from $297Beaulieu
17th century country house hotel in the heart of the New Forest National Park. Michelin-starred restaurant, library bar, terrace, sumptuous rooms.Spa - Access to Spa at sister hotel Careys Manor.Four poster beds - For romantics.TraditionalRecommended by - Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Michelin Travel