Combining all the attributes of a traditional country-house hotel – roaring log fires, oak panelling, pretty gardens and warm, comfortable bedrooms – with the pleasures of its picturesque village setting, The Montagu Arms makes an ideal base for a weekend away. Browse Beaulieu’s pretty high street, visit the National Motor Museum, take a riverside walk to Bucklers Hard or explore the surrounding New Forest. Back in the hotel, you’ll find a dark oak hall that contrasts with a light and bright cream-panelled sitting room, leading in turn to a sunny conservatory and flower-filled gardens. Upstairs, the bedrooms are either stylishly contemporary or charmingly traditional, some with four-posters. In the elegantly decorated Terrace restaurant, a treat is in store: the cuisine – sophisticated and unusual yet unpretentious – of chef Matthew Tomkinson. The excellent sommelier recommends imaginative and delicious wines. Matthew’s delicious pub grub is also served next door in convivial Monty’s Inn.
Doubles from £149
+44 (0)1590 624467; montaguarmshotel.co.uk
Step back in time and visit the historic Beaulieu Palace House and renowned National Motor Museum where exciting motoring events are held all year round.
At the hotel’s Terrace restaurant for award winning food, or Monty’s Inn for relaxed country pub dining.
Visit the Senspa at Careys Manor for a stress relieving massage.
CLAIM TO FAME
Eminent former guests include Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Henry Irving and General Charles de Gaulle.
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