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The Master Builder's, Beaulieu, New Forest
This 18th-century house was once the home of shipbuilder Henry Adams, the Master builder on a host of ships for Nelson's navy, including three which fought at Trafalgar - Agamemnon, Swiftsure and Euryalus. The property is right on Buckler's Hard in Beaulieu, where the ships were built before being launched into the river that runs alongside. It proves a pretty setting for a hotel: rooms look out on a row of redbrick cottages (which are available to rent) or over the Beaulieu river. Inside many original features remain: grand fireplaces, oak beams and narrow staircases. Rooms are luxurious with antique furniture and rich colours. The two AA-Rosette Riverview Restaurant serves up modern British cuisine in a fine-dining setting, while the Yachtsman Bar has tables spilling towards the river.
We love sitting outside with a gin and tonic watching the comings and goings on the river.
Located on the side of Lord Beaulieu's estate and flanked by a river, the hotel couldn't really be in a better spot. Plus, there are good transport links making the house easily accessible.
By car: From London, the drive takes just over 2 hours via the M3. From Southampton, the journey takes around 30 minutes.
By train: The closest train station to the hotel is Brockenhurst. The train runs regularly from London Waterloo and takes around 1 hour 30 minutes. From Southampton, the journey is a mere 15 minutes to Brockenhurst station. A taxi from the station takes 20 minutes. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Perfect for dog-owners and walkers looking to enjoy the glorious countryside. The large collection of house plants in the restaurant bring the outdoors in.
Service & Facilities
The garden which runs down to the river is particularly picturesque and we love the enthusiastic local staff who are passionate about the area. Dogs are heartily welcomed and provided with their own dog bed, bowl and special treats. There is even a dog room service menu to ensure they get the finest food during their stay.
- Riverside location
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
- Family rooms
- AA Rosette restaurant
- Al fresco dining
The rooms are named after ships. Husar has lovely views over the village, dark feature wallpaper, a brick fireplace and an antique trunk. The little complimentary bottle of elderflower spirit and the interesting objet d'art on the mantelpiece are nice touches.
Luxury, Chic, Posh, Posh Classic
Facilities include: ensuite bathrooms, free Wi-Fi, antique furniture, coffee machines and Teapigs tea
Food & Drink
The ambience of the restaurant is fantastic, especially on a fine day, when you can dine on the leafy terrace with views of the river. The Brixham cod loin, served with mussels, chickpeas, venison chorizo, cavolo nero, is bursting with flavour.
Riverview Restaurant: AA Rossette, comfortable surroundings, garden terrace, fine dining. Breakfast 7-10.30am, lunch 12-2pm, afternoon tea 3-5.30pm, dinner 5.30-8.30pm. Lunch plates from £10, dinner £29.50 for 2 courses, £34.50 for 3 courses.