Pros

  • Pretty rooms with English country decor; some with four-poster beds
  • Intimate property with just 22 rooms, in a 17th century-house
  • Michelin-star restaurant and family pub
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Free on-site parking
  • Pool, spa, and gym at sister hotel, Careys Manor
  • Room service available
  • Two meeting rooms
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Cons

  • Small rooms
  • Thin mattresses
  • Traffic noise in rooms from the proximity to the road
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Bottom Line

The 22-room Montagu Arms is a charming upscale hotel located in a 17th-century country house in the New Forest National Park. Though it's probably a bit too stuffy for children, adult guests will enjoy the quaint English decor, the gardens, and the two on-site restaurants, one of which is Michelin-starred. Features include free Wi-Fi and a couple of meeting rooms. Guest rooms are swanky, but small, and have thin mattresses and get traffic noise. Still, many prefer them the rooms at sister hotel Careys Manor -- though the shared spa facilities are located there (a 13-minute drive away). 

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Montagu Arms Hotel

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Old-fashioned ambience in a 400-year-old house

The 22-room Montagu Arms Hotel is a 17th-century country house located in the village of Beaulieu. The two-story, red-brick building covered in vines has two large white stone hounds flanking the entrance. Inside, the lobby has herringbone hardwood floors, a red-brick fireplace with a black lion statue on the hearth, and a gorgeous antique grandfather clock in one corner. The lounge is more modern, with contemporary furniture and lighter decor, but the 17th-century theme still peeks through in the oriental rugs and damask sofa. The backyard is well-maintained, with a grassy lawn and manicured topiary, and there's a stone porch with seating. This hotel is ideal for adult tourists or couples on a romantic weekend, but it's not the best choice for families, as rooms are small and there isn't much to entertain young children.

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Location

On a busy road in the charming English hamlet of Beaulieu

The hotel is located on a busy road that runs through the town of Beaulieu, in the middle of the New Forest National Park. Unfortunately, there isn't much within walking distance, save for a few shops, and the area is mostly residential. Beaulieu is a sightseeing destination in its own right, however, because of the 13th-century Palace House (a one-minute drive), and The Beaulieu National Motor Museum (a two-minute drive); if the roads leading to these destinations had sidewalks it would be possible to go on foot, but guests without their own car might feel stranded. All the major sights within the park are within easy driving distance: It's a 12-minute drive to the New Forest Wildlife Park; seven-minute drive to Buckler's Hard, an 18th-century village with maritime history; and a seven-minute drive to the famous Exbury Gardens.

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Rooms

Small rooms with upscale decor; some may get traffic noise

The small rooms are done up in a simple yet swank English country decor, featuring a color palette of reds, tans, yellows, and creams. Many of the rooms have four-poster beds and views of the hotel's gardens and the Beaulieu River across the street. Unfortunately, the hotel is right on the main road that winds through the town, so expect some traffic noise, especially if the windows are open at night. Rooms have flat-screen TVs, bathrobes, hairdryers, irons, and electric kettles (though there is also a free coffee and tea service brought up to the rooms each morning, if requested). Mattresses are on the thin side.

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Features

Two restaurants, free parking, and use of spa facilities at nearby Careys Manor

The hotel has two restaurants on site: the Michelin-starred Terrace Restaurant, which offers afternoon teas and dishes made with herbs from the hotel's own garden, and Monty's Inn, a family-friendly pub serving classic English fare. Room service is also available. There are two meeting rooms for business conferences, free Wi-Fi, and free parking. Guests can also use the swimming pool, sauna, steam room, hot tub, and gym found at the Montagu's sister hotel -- SenSpa at Careys Manor -- a 13-minute drive away, though access isn't free.

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Oyster Hotel Review

Montagu Arms Hotel

Scene

Old-fashioned ambience in a 400-year-old house

The 22-room Montagu Arms Hotel is a 17th-century country house located in the village of Beaulieu. The two-story, red-brick building covered in vines has two large white stone hounds flanking the entrance. Inside, the lobby has herringbone hardwood floors, a red-brick fireplace with a black lion statue on the hearth, and a gorgeous antique grandfather clock in one corner. The lounge is more modern, with contemporary furniture and lighter decor, but the 17th-century theme still peeks through in the oriental rugs and damask sofa. The backyard is well-maintained, with a grassy lawn and manicured topiary, and there's a stone porch with seating. This hotel is ideal for adult tourists or couples on a romantic weekend, but it's not the best choice for families, as rooms are small and there isn't much to entertain young children.

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Location

On a busy road in the charming English hamlet of Beaulieu

The hotel is located on a busy road that runs through the town of Beaulieu, in the middle of the New Forest National Park. Unfortunately, there isn't much within walking distance, save for a few shops, and the area is mostly residential. Beaulieu is a sightseeing destination in its own right, however, because of the 13th-century Palace House (a one-minute drive), and The Beaulieu National Motor Museum (a two-minute drive); if the roads leading to these destinations had sidewalks it would be possible to go on foot, but guests without their own car might feel stranded. All the major sights within the park are within easy driving distance: It's a 12-minute drive to the New Forest Wildlife Park; seven-minute drive to Buckler's Hard, an 18th-century village with maritime history; and a seven-minute drive to the famous Exbury Gardens.

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Rooms

Small rooms with upscale decor; some may get traffic noise

The small rooms are done up in a simple yet swank English country decor, featuring a color palette of reds, tans, yellows, and creams. Many of the rooms have four-poster beds and views of the hotel's gardens and the Beaulieu River across the street. Unfortunately, the hotel is right on the main road that winds through the town, so expect some traffic noise, especially if the windows are open at night. Rooms have flat-screen TVs, bathrobes, hairdryers, irons, and electric kettles (though there is also a free coffee and tea service brought up to the rooms each morning, if requested). Mattresses are on the thin side.

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Features

Two restaurants, free parking, and use of spa facilities at nearby Careys Manor

The hotel has two restaurants on site: the Michelin-starred Terrace Restaurant, which offers afternoon teas and dishes made with herbs from the hotel's own garden, and Monty's Inn, a family-friendly pub serving classic English fare. Room service is also available. There are two meeting rooms for business conferences, free Wi-Fi, and free parking. Guests can also use the swimming pool, sauna, steam room, hot tub, and gym found at the Montagu's sister hotel -- SenSpa at Careys Manor -- a 13-minute drive away, though access isn't free.

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Amenities

  • Cabanas

  • Cable

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Fitness Center

  • Internet

  • Kids Allowed

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Pool

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Spa

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