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Last updated: 26 December, 2023
Expert travel writer: Annabelle Thorpe

Staying at the Master Builder’s is like checking in to a slice of Britain’s industrial history. Buckler’s Hard was a major shipbuilding centre in the 18th century, and the main house dates back to 1729, when it was home to those who designed ships for Nelson’s navy.

A hotel since the 1920s, it’s a classy establishment run with real warmth, offering fine dining in the restaurant and cosy rooms that retain the heritage feel.

The surrounding area offers some of the best New Forest scenery. The hotel can organise kayaks and canoes to hire for a trip along the picturesque Beaulieu River, and there are 30-minute river cruises available to book.

Surrounding area

The Master Builder’s is in an idyllic setting; at the end of the grassy street that leads down to the Beaulieu River.

Part of the Beaulieu Estate, it is minutes from the National Motor Museum and stunning Beaulieu Abbey, while the shady trails and picturesque villages of the New Forest are a short drive. Although Buckler’s Hard remains tranquil, it is at the heart of tourist country and gets crowded in the summer months.


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General amenities

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 amenities

Room types


Room facilities

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

Bedding options

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

Destination guides


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New Forest

Hampshire, United Kingdom (UK)

New Forest

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