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The Montagu Arms, Beaulieu, Hampshire
In the sleepy New Forest village of Beaulieu, the Montagu Arms Hotel is the hub of the area, with a 3 AA-rosette fine dining restaurant the Terrace, and a 1 AA-rosette brasserie in the cheery country pub Monty's Inn. The wisteria-clad 19th-century building is Grade II-listed and full of historic charm with roaring open fires, exposed brickwork and wooden beams. With just 33 rooms and suites the service is personal and friendly and you can choose between a four-poster bed and wood panelling in the main house or a stylish contemporary two-storey barn conversion suite in the grounds. Enjoy croquet on the lawn in summer and board games by the fire in winter and plenty of walks in the forest directly from the hotel.
You can step out of the hotel straight onto the sleepy Beaulieu high street with its range of shops and cafés.
Beaulieu is a beautiful village in the heart of the New Forest. Calshot Beach and Castle are only a short drive away.
By car: around 2 hours 15 minutes from London and Bristol, and 3 hours from Birmingham. Free parking available.
By train: London Waterloo to Brockenhurst takes 1 hour 30 minutes. The hotel is a 15-minute drive from the station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
The hotel suits walkers and watersports enthusiasts who want to explore the forest and the river. We loved the wood-panelling in the Terrace restaurant which dates back to the 19th-century.
Service & Facilities
Complimentary newspapers are laid out in reception. Pets are allowed in selected rooms and areas, including the lounge, conservatory and Monty's pub, but not the Terrace restaurant.
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
The two-storey Hayloft Suite comes with an upstairs sitting room and spacious bathroom with a free-standing tub and walk-in drench shower. Each room differs in character and décor.
Snug, Feature, House Suite, Hayloft Suite, Courtyard Retreat and Courtyard Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with The White Company toiletries, bathrobes, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
The menu states where all the ingredients are sourced, including game from the Beaulieu estate. We recommend the South Coast sea bass, served with a seaweed potato puree and rich shellfish reduction.
The Terrace: Fine dining. Local produce, seasonal menus. Open Sat & Sun for lunch, Wed-Sun for dinner. À la carte menu and tasting menu available.
Monty's Inn: country pub, serving traditional fare. Dishes include fish and chips, burger and lamb shoulder. Open daily for lunch and dinner.