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Last updated: 31 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Annabelle Thorpe

High-concept design hotels are all very well, but sometimes a roaring log fire, pristine floral drapes and G&Ts in a flower-clad garden are what’s really required.

That’s not to say the Montague is all chintz ‘n’ pearls; the Michelin-starred Terrace restaurant serves up elegant cuisine, the chic, cream Library bar is a great spot for a light lunch, and rooms come with yummy White Company toiletries, fluffy robes and wonderfully comfortable beds.

Spa lovers can book treatments at Carey’s Manor, the Montague’s sister hotel, a short drive away.

Surrounding area

The Montagu Arms is in the picturesque village of Beaulieu, little more than one street lined with traditional old cottages, and the odd gallery and tearoom.

This is a lovely, scenic part of the New Forest, surrounded by pasture, heathlands and forest; deer are common, and wild ponies and horses have been known to wander along the High Street. The Beaulieu Estate – home to the famous Motor Museum, house and gardens, and 13th-century abbey – is a short stroll away.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

National Motor Museum

Beaulieu, Hampshire, United Kingdom (UK)[0.7 miles]

A world-famous motoring museum, boasting the biggest collection of vintage and contemporary cars in the country, alongside iconic vehicles from film and TV.

Best for ages: 4+ | £26

Mary Rose Museum

Portsmouth , Hampshire , United Kingdom (UK)[24.1 miles]

One of the world’s most extraordinary historic remains, the Mary Rose offers a unique glimpse into life at sea during the reign of Henry VIII.

Best for ages: 6+ | £24 | 1-2 hours

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Buckler’s Hard village

Beaulieu, Hampshire, United Kingdom (UK)[3 miles]

A waterfront hamlet that was once the centre of English shipbuilding. The picturesque row of Georgian cottages is now a living history museum.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

Pond with reflection of Azalea bushes trees in background

Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway

Exbury, Hampshire, United Kingdom (UK)[4.1 miles]

Owned by the Rothschild family, this glorious 200-acre garden is home to a world-famous collection of azaleas and rhododenrons, and has its own steam railway.

Best for ages: 4+ | £15

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New Forest Wildlife Park

New Forest Wildlife Park

Southampton, Hampshire, United Kingdom (UK)[8.3 miles]

Specialising in species that are native to the UK, the park is home to otters, badgers, bison and polecats, as well as ten different owl species, with regular feeding sessions that guarantee sightings.

Best for ages: 4+ | £14

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Setley Ridge Vineyard

Setley Ridge Vineyard

Brockenhurst, Hampshire, United Kingdom (UK)[8.6 miles]

Just outside Brockenhurst, Setley has been producing white, red and rose wine for twenty years, and offers pre-bookable tours and tastings.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Destination guides including or relevant to this place to stay

New Forest

Hampshire, United Kingdom (UK)

A magical, highly accessible region of ancient woodland, open heathland and postcard-perfect traditional English villages.

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