The Montagu Arms

Brockenhurst, Hampshire

A charming base in historic Beaulieu - expect delicious food, chic country-house interiors, and walks that start from the front door


24 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


Beaulieu, an ancient royal hunting ground, was gifted to Cistercian monks by King John in 1204. Their abbey took 40 years to build and you can visit its ruins in the nearby grounds of Palace House, seat of the Montagu family since 1538. As for the village, its tiny high street is a hotchpotch of 17th-century timber-framed houses that totter by the tidal estuary drinking in the view. The hotel dates to 1742, but was re-modelled in 1925, giving interiors an Arts & Crafts country-house feel. You’ll find roaring fires and deep sofas, then a library bar and a courtyard garden where you can eat in summer. Chic bedrooms come with period furniture, smart fabrics, fresh flowers and robes in spotless bathrooms. Downstairs, ambrosial food is the big surprise, perhaps truffle risotto with wild mushrooms, saddle of roe deer with parsnip purée, Seville orange soufflé with pepper ice-cream. There’s a gastro pub if you want something lighter: local fish pie, ham and chips with poached eggs from resident hens. A kitchen garden provides much for the table, too. Beautiful walks start from the front door. 


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • 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

Special offer: Experience escapism at its most luxurious with a retreat to the picturesque New Forest National Park, and the choice of FREE attraction tickets this spring. From £179 per room

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights at weekends.
Lunch, 3 courses, from £25. Dinner from £18. 7-course Tasting menu, 7 courses, £90.00. Sunday lunch from £32.50.


Nightly price
from £157
Singles from £129. Dinner, B&B from £140 per person.
4 Four-posters
From £197
7 Suites for 2
From £257
12 Doubles
From £157
1 Twin
From £187


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Gemma Gilbert

  • The beautiful fountain that forms the focal point of the gardens at The Montagu Arms was designed by sculptor, Giuseppe Lund OBE.
  • Has played host to discerning clientele including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, British Actor Henry Irving; Writer, Sir H. Rider Haggard and former French president, General Charles de Gaulle.
  • During WW2 the Montagu Arms was used by the home-guard as a firing position in the event of invasion.
  • A scrapbook of top secret orders, letters and hand drawn maps by war-time Home Guard commander, Sir Morgan Crofton, revealed a rare insight into the real ‘Dad’s Army’ of the New Forest.
  • The Beaulieu River is one of the only privately owned rivers in the world.
  • The famous Beaulieu Motor Museum and Palace Gardens make for a lovely day out discovering the history of motoring. The museum is located close to the hotel.