Combining all the attributes of a traditional country house hotel – roaring log fires, oak panelling, pretty gardens and 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. There are 33 bedrooms – 22 upstairs, the others located within the grounds – that stay true to the hotel’s heritage while enjoying contemporary colour schemes and designer fabrics. In the elegantly decorated and award-winning Terrace restaurant, a treat is in store. Tuck into modern, refined cuisine, which uses the best of the New Forest and the hotel’s own produce to create dishes that take local provenance seriously, engaging all the senses and bringing an element of theatre to the table. Alternatively, there’s Monty’s, the hotel’s country pub, just next door, which offers delicious heritage cooking and much-loved English classics.
Doubles from £229
+44 (0)1590 612324; montaguarmshotel.co.uk