The perfect English escape should comprise character, charm and elegance.

A modicum of whimsy and an abundance of eccentricity. It’s what we English do best.

Beaulieu could well be the ideal spot for this sought-after escape. Time just seems to move more slowly here. The classic car capital of The New Forest, this countryside is best seen from behind the wheel of an immaculately preserved vintage vehicle.

Afterwards, opulent, comfortable rooms await. Bespoke scents fragrance the air, warm wood panelling lines the walls, leaded windows look out onto a quintessential English garden. Free-standing baths, a decanter of seasonal gin and four poster beds complete the vision.

The perfect escape should also include gastronomy. The English forest, coast and countryside are the larder for the hotel’s award-winning restaurant. Seasonal and exciting cuisine, an epicurean’s dream. Could this be the perfect English escape? We think so.

Read about The Montagu Arms in the Good Hotel Guide.

Need to Know


Check-in at 2:30pm


Check-out at 11:00am


The Terrace

The Terrace, designed by innovative head chef Matthew Whitfield is undoubtedly the focus of every guest’s visit. Enjoy superb fine dining in Hampshire served in the opulent Oakwood room, Paris room or The Terrace restaurant overlooking the garden of this award winning restaurant. Starters start from £14, Mains from £22 and Desserts from £10.

Please note that The Terrace is not open on a Monday or Tuesday lunch time.

Monty’s Inn

Monty’s Inn is an on-site traditional bar and brasserie which serves award-winning hand-pulled Ringwood ales, a collection of excellent wines and a range of beverages. If you’re looking for a family pub you’ve come to the right place. Monty’s Inn serves an extensive kids menu using fresh, local and organic ingredients. We have a designated baby changing area and a selection of games to keep your little ones entertained.

The Library Bar and Magnolia Lounge

The Library Bar and Magnolia Lounge: offer a relaxed, warm and cosy atmosphere. Elegant and stylishly decorated the Library Bar and Magnolia Lounge are the perfect place to enjoy relaxed all-day dining, beverages and pre or post dinner drinks.

Restaurant opening times

  • Breakfast: 7.00-9.30am weekdays, 8.00-10.00am weekends.
  • Dinner: 7.00-9.30pm Tuesday – Sunday

Room service

24-hour, with limited for hot food.

The Spa


Your visit to The Montagu Arms Hotel wouldn’t be complete without a day at the award winning SenSpa, located just 6 miles away at our sister hotel Careys Manor. A visit to the SenSpa at Careys Manor is a magnificently tranquil and invigorating experience, with over 16 treatment rooms you can indulge and be pampered with the finest treatments. Guests of the Montagu Arms are welcome to use the health club at SenSpa, which includes an indoor pool, gym, poolside Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna on a complimentary basis. Use of the spa facilities is available at preferential rates.

Spa Facilities

Large hydrotherapy pool, herbal sauna, crystal steam room, laconicum, tepidarium, experience showers, ice room, swimming pool, rhassoul mud room, hammam rooms and vichy showers, relaxation room, quiet room, Thai temple studio, gymnasium, 19 luxurious treatment rooms, boutique, zen garden Thai restaurant, disabled facilities.

Spa Treatments

Massages, facials, body wraps, body polishes, pure spa, finishing touches, pregnancy treatments


Guide price: Double room for two persons per night including full English breakfast from £219.

For best available rates call 0800 089 3929

What the Experts Say

“This smart village hotel makes a sophisticated and relaxing place to stay while exploring the New Forest, with the benefit of really good food, charming staff and a timeless atmosphere, with a décor that will appeal to young and old alike.”

The Telegraph



The Montagu Arms

Beaulieu, New Forest, Hampshire, SO42 7ZL.

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Resident Manager

Andrew Nightingale



By Road

From London: Follow the M3, bypassing Winchester and join the M27 westbound, following signs to Bournemouth. Leave the M27 at Junction 2, and turn left at the roundabout, following brown Tourist Board signs for the National Motor Museum and Beaulieu (A326). Continue along the A326 until Dibden Purlieu, and turn right at the roundabout onto the B3054 signposted to Beaulieu. As you enter Beaulieu village, The Montagu Arms Hotel is on your left..

By Air

18 miles from: Southampton Airport.
20 miles from: Bournemouth Airport.

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Attractions Near The Montagu Arms

A Day Out for All in Beaulieu

Just a three minute drive away from The Montagu Arms is Beaulieu, a stunning Palace House that features the unique addition of the world famous National Motor Museum. The Museum displays brilliant exhibitions such as ‘BOND IN MOTION’, F1 Grand Prix Machines, and even plays host to the ‘World of Top Gear’. Seasonal events are held throughout the year, details for which can be found on the site. Family tickets can be purchased for £52.50, with free entry for children under 5 years. Opening times vary according to the season.

New Forest Wildlife

The New Forest Otter and Wildlife Park is set across twenty-five acres of ancient woodland, welcoming visitors to see a variety of both native and extraneous animals, from the fascinating European wolf to the cheeky North American River otter. For the devoted animal-lover, The New Forest Wildlife Park offers a full day keeper experience for £180 that allows you to get more up-close with animals.

The Wildlife Park can be found a short drive from The Montagu Arms, and is a popular attraction to those visiting the nearby city of Southampton.

New Forest Gardens to Explore

Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway can be found nestled in the spectacular setting of the New Forest, just 20 minutes from junction 2 of the M27. Exbury’s steam railway winds its way around the tranquil gardens offering viewers the chance to sit back and enjoy the scenery. A standard adult ticket costs £11, with free entry for children aged 0-15 years.

Weddings at The Montagu Arms

Nestled in the heart of the New Forest National Park, this beautiful country house hotel offers timeless elegance, world class service and exceptional fine dining to make a dream wedding come true.

The charming 17th Century house with beautiful English country gardens is the most romantic of settings and can be yours exclusively; 22 sumptuous bedrooms, Michelin Star dining and exquisite service awaits you, surrounded by your friends and loved ones. Your special day will be absolutely unforgettable at The Montagu Arms Hotel.

Need to know

Facilities & Features

The rooms we have available for weddings and civil ceremonies include The Oakwood Room, which is perfect for the civil ceremonies and wedding breakfasts. The Library Bar offers a range of first-rate beverages and use of the relaxed Magnolia lounge with huge sofas by open fires. The picturesque gardens and ambient private dining facilities (Paris Room – up to 10 people, The Terrace Restaurant – catering up to 100 guests) make seamless additions to creating your perfect day.

Menu Options

Menu options cater from reception drinks with canapés and nibbles, to a sumptuous wedding breakfast, and the delectable option of a hog roast for your evening reception. Bridal couples also have the option of tailor-made packages for the evening reception which includes the use of The Terrace Restaurant, a beautiful room catering for larger parties of up to 150 guests. Monty’s Inn can hold a maximum of 80 evening Guests, with the use of the restaurant area only.


Exclusively Yours

This package includes exclusivity of all 22 bedrooms to accommodate you and your guests.

Intimate Weddings

For up to 30 guests, hold your ceremony in our sumptuous Oakwood Room.

Civil Ceremonies

The Montagu Arms is licensed for civil ceremonies for up to 100 guests and can accommodate up to 130 guests for your evening reception, plus 100 people for the wedding breakfast.

Planning Services

Planning services are available.

Meetings at The Montagu Arms

Day delegate rate: from £60
24-hour delegate rate: from £170

Maximum number of delegates:
25 (boardroom style)
60 (theatre style)