The Montagu Arms – Beaulieu, Hampshire
Combining all the attributes of a traditional country house hotel – roaring log fires, oak panelling, pretty gardens and warm, comfortable bedrooms – with the pleasures of a picturesque village setting, The Montagu Arms makes an ideal base for a break. Browse Beaulieu’s pretty high street, take a riverside walk to Buckler’s Hard or explore the surrounding New Forest National Park. Back in the hotel you’ll find a dark oak hall that contrasts with the bright, cream-panelled sitting room, leading in turn to a sunny conservatory and flower-filled gardens. Upstairs there are fabulous, newly refurbished bedrooms, which stay true to the hotel’s heritage while enjoying contemporary colour schemes and designer fabrics. In the elegantly decorated, award-winning Terrace restaurant a treat is in store: the modern, refined cuisine of new head chef Matthew Whitfield, who uses the best of the New Forest and the hotel’s own produce to create dishes that take local provenance seriously, engage all the senses and bring an element of theatre to the table. A stay you won’t forget in a hurry.
Doubles from £229
+44 (0)1590 612324; montaguarmshotel.co.uk
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