The Master Builder’s House Hotel

Brockenhurst, Hampshire

Quirky hotel lost in the forest - you’ll find deep peace, yachts on the river, birdsong in the air and good food in the restaurant


32 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4


The position here is hard to beat: lawns run down to the river, yacht masts flutter in the breeze, ancient woodland runs along the water, soundproofing this beautiful landscape. As for the house, it dates to 1729 and was home to the shipwrights who built Nelson’s fleet; several ships built here saw action at Trafalgar. These days peace reigns. A chic sitting room opens onto a smart garden, where gravel paths weave past colourful beds to tables for lunch in the sun. There’s a lovely old bar and an airy restaurant – both have terraces that drink in the view, and both serve tasty local fare, too, perhaps a pizza or posh fish and chips in the bar; smoked rabbit chorizo, pot au feu with local veg, salted butterscotch crème brûlée in the restaurant. Bedrooms in the main house have big views, Indian furniture, then colour and character in spades. Those in the annexe, recently refurbished (a few await their turn), come in crisp blues and whites, with a wall of wood, Bose sound systems and excellent walk-in showers. As for the New Forest, walk, cycle or kayak though it. A great forest base.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
Lunch from £5. Dinner: in the bar from £12; in the restaurant, 3 courses, £30-£35. Afternoon tea from £15. Sunday lunch £19.95-£23.95.


Nightly price
from £71
Singles from £100.
9 Doubles
From £105
9 Twin/doubles
From £95
2 Cottages for 4
From £71
6 Doubles
From £150
2 Doubles
From £95


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Nisa Tariq

  • The Master Builder's House Hotel is part of the magnificent Beaulieu Estate, with its famous National Motor Museum, Beaulieu Palace House and a whole host of attractions, set in the heart of the ancient and beautiful New Forest National Park.
  • The Master Builders is in historic Buckler’s Hard. The Maritime Museum and Buckler’s Hard Story explains the history of this beautiful 18th century shipbuilding village, focusing on its vessels including those built for Nelson's Navy.
  • Nearby Exbury Gardens are a spectacular 200 acre (100 hectare) site, world-famous for the Rothschild Collection of Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Camellias and rare trees and shrubs.
  • Hurst Castle is situated at the seaward end of the shingle spit that extends 1.5 miles from Milford-On-Sea. The end of the spit and the views from the top of the centre keep are spectacular.
  • Set in 25 acres of scenic and ancient woodland within the New Forest Heritage area visitors to The New Forest Wildlife Park are able to see some of Europe’s largest gathering of otters, owls and other indigenous wildlife.