‘Our sixth visit, and a wonderful end to our holiday,’ write readers who stopped over at this wisteria-smothered hotel in an unspoilt New Forest village. Built in 1888, in Arts and Crafts style, it hosted Sir Arthur Conan Doyle while he wrote The White Company. Now, whether or not in homage, its ‘comfortable, well-equipped’ bedrooms sport White Company toiletries. Most have a handmade, king-size bed, some a highly ornate four-poster, one has beautiful stained glass. Hayloft suites have a freestanding bath and private terrace. The big news this year was the arrival of chef Matthew Whitfield, from New York’s triple-Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park. He works with locally sourced and home-grown organic produce, apples from the orchard, eggs from the hens, to create dishes served in the Terrace restaurant, overlooking the ‘most attractive’ garden. Typical of his repertoire are glazed Pennington lamb belly, salt-baked celeriac, rosemary and hazelnut; turbot, curried mussels, Cornish saffron, broccoli and almond. Provenance is no less important at Monty’s Inn, where you might enjoy a ploughman’s with real ale from Ringwood Brewery. ‘As ever the ambience was great.’ (RC, MK-O). This hotel is also a member of Pride of Britain.
Palace Lane Beaulieu Hampshire SO42 7ZL England
24. 2 new Hayloft suites.
all year, Terrace restaurant closed Mon, Tues lunch.
lounge, conservatory, library/bar/brasserie, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 3-acre garden, access to spa at Careys Manor (6 miles away), public rooms wheelchair accessible.
Classic FM all day in reception.
all ages welcomed.
assistance dogs allowed.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B £219–£399. Tasting menu £90, à la carte £60 (Terrace restaurant), £28 (Monty’s Inn). 1-night bookings sometimes refused Fri/Sat, peak season.
Experience the flavour of the forest with this Forest to Fork Dining Break special offer – From £249 per room. Uncover the history of Hampshire’s literary heroes or Beaulieu’s monastic past before spending long lazy afternoons in front of a crackling log fire, sipping a glass of your favourite bubbly. Includes: Half-bottle of Taittinger champagne in your room on arrival. Luxury overnight accommodation for 2 guests sharing a double bedroom. 5 course tasting menu in the Terrace Restaurant. Full New Forest Breakfast (can be served in your room at no extra cost). Free New Forest A-Z to help you explore the beautiful surroundings. From £249 per room. Terms & Conditions: Special offer available from Tuesday – Friday from 2nd December 2019 – 31st March 2020. Excludes Christmas, Twixmas, New Year, Valentines and bank holidays. Prices are per room based on 2 adults sharing a room. Single bedrooms are available at a £59.50 supplement. Please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.
This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.
Guide Book Vouchers
This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 25% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. Each printed copy of the Guide contains six vouchers worth in total about £150.
This hotel accepts room upgrade vouchers which entitle readers to a space available room upgrade. The voucher must be presented at check-in and is entirely at the hotelier’s discretion.
Comments about Montagu Arms
We stayed here first 15 years ago, the one-night stay on this occasion was returning from a week's holiday in Dorset. Our sixth visit, and a lovely end to our holiday. The manager Andrew Nightingale made us very welcome as returning clients. As ever the food was delicious and the ambiance great.
- Monty Knight-Olds - June 2018
We had breakfast in the restaurant overlooking the most attractive garden at the rear. The hotel,was full, and had a definite buzz. Dinner in the restaurant was excellent. The staff were helpful and attentive, the public rooms and sitting-out areas in the garden were comfortable, and our room also comfortable and well equipped..
- Robert Cooper - August 2017