Why go there?
The quiet town of Beaulieu has many picturesque views to offer, not to mention some adorably inquisitive donkeys, and the historic ship building village of Buckler’s Hard up the road feels like a tiny piece of the past brought vividly to life.
Where to stay?
The area surrounding Beaulieu offers a wealth of rentable cottages and self-catered houses. For smaller parties there is the Ashdene guest house, a friendly, family run business right on the edge of the forest. For full immersion in the Beaulieu experience the best place to stay is the Master Builder’s House Hotel, which inhabits the old house belonging to Buckler’s Hard’s last master builder Henry Adams. Situated at the end of the street, its rooms have a stunning view over the river.
Where to eat?
Beaulieu town itself boasts a range of tea rooms and pubs to suit every taste; the best of these being the Michelin starred Montagu Arms Hotel, offering fine food and open fires. Throughout the town there are plenty of opportunities to buy food locally sourced from the estate, mainly game, apple juice and Beaulieu’s own wine.
Tell us a local secret
Much of the south coast has a rich smuggling history so shrouded in secrecy that today most of the knowledge of underground hideouts has been lost. Passages run under the High Street in nearby Lymington and St Mary’s Chapel in Buckler’s Hard houses the most recent discovery. At the back of the Chapel, stand over the glass floor and take a look at the secret tunnel, which, experts suspect, runs the whole length of the street.
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