The Master Builder’s House is much more than just a hotel. Thriving and in its prime, this famous, romantically located hostelry fulfills many roles, for both visitors and locals alike. Its rustic bar with open fire is a natural meeting place for yachties, while the airy, pale green restaurant, with views over the Beaulieu River, makes a fine setting for informal dining, and there is a lovely, cleverly terraced garden, justifiably popular for summer lunches. This is the perfect estate inn, maintaining a close relationship with Lord Montagu’s Beaulieu fiefdom. And the location is stunning: wake on a sunny morning in one of the charmingly quirky yet luxurious main house bedrooms and watch the river coming to life… it’s hard to think of a more captivating view. No problem, though, if you have a room in the Henry Adams wing: they are smartly decorated and seaside chic. After breakfast, take the riverside walk to charming Beaulieu. Doubles from £99.
Name to Know: James, the bar manager, who knows everything there is to know about a good pint from local brewers in the New Forest.
See: Visit Exbury gardens for a lovely walk.
Eat: Choose between the award-winning Riverview restaurant and the Yachtsman’s Bar & Garden.
Buy: Perfectly located for Beaulieu attractions and events – ask the hotel about the tickets available at special rates for guests.
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