Perfectly placed to explore the New Forest, this Victorian Arts and Crafts inn, on the Beaulieu river near Lord Montagu’s home, is a mix of cosy bolt-hole, luxury hotel and fine-dining restaurant, with a pub in a 1920s wing.
Perfectly placed to explore the New Forest, this Victorian Arts and Crafts inn, on the Beaulieu river near Lord Montagu’s home, is a mix of cosy bolt-hole, luxury hotel and fine-dining restaurant, with a pub in a 1920s wing. Beyond the stone dogs that guard the door you find ‘great ambience’: beams, panelling and open fires. There is a wide choice of bedrooms, each different, with a mix of antique and contemporary styling. All have a king- or super-king-size bed and White Company toiletries; many have a four-poster. Duplex Hayloft suites, in a converted Georgian barn, have a private terrace overlooking the Gertrude Jekyll-inspired gardens. In the Terrace restaurant, Matthew Whitfield’s ambitious à la carte and tasting menus, including one for vegans, feature locally sourced and home-grown ingredients in such dishes as chalk-stream trout with pine nuts and Hampshire watercress. You can eat less expensively in Monty’s Inn, with imaginative fare such as garden herb sausage roll, potato and garden artichoke rösti, fish pie or a burger with Laverstoke mozzarella. The staff are ‘helpful and attentive’.
Palace Lane Beaulieu Hampshire SO42 7ZL England
24. 2 in Hayloft suites.
all year. Terrace restaurant closed Mon all day, Tues lunch.
lounge, conservatory, library/bar/brasserie, restaurant, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 3-acre garden, public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
Classic FM all day in reception.
all ages welcomed, no under-12s in Terrace restaurant at dinner, but welcome in Monty's.
assistance dogs allowed.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B £219–£449. Tasting menu £75–£90, à la carte £60 (Terrace restaurant), £28 (Monty’s Inn). 1-night bookings sometimes refused Fri/Sat, peak season.
Paddle To The Pub Break. The Beaulieu River is one of the few privately owned rivers in the world and has been in the ownership of the Montagu family for over 400 years. Land here is cherished and its surrounding waterfront has been carefully conserved. Canoe down its tranquil waterways and into hidden creeks to surround yourself in wildlife and natural beauty before returning back to The Montagu Arms for a delicious dinner at the hotel’s country pub, Monty’s Inn. Includes: Luxury overnight accommodation for 2 guests sharing a double bedroom. Full New Forest breakfast (at The Terrace Restaurant or served to your bedroom with our compliments). Dinner at Monty’s Inn (£30pp allowance for food and drink). 3 hour kayak hike along Beaulieu River. Use of Careys Manor leisure facilities from check-in until check-out (Swimming Pool, Sauna, Steam Room & Fitness Suite). From £304 per room. 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 had a wonderful weekend at the Montagu celebrating our daughter's 30th birthday. The cheerful staff could not be more helpful. Everything seemed effortless. Delightful bedroom. Super breakfast. I love the log fires. Very happy memories.
- Geoffrey Bignell - October 2020
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