We had some Red Letter Day vouchers to use up and decided that we would take a chance on the Master Builder's. I say 'take a chance' because we had read through comments on Tripadvisor and had some concerns.
We need not have worried!!
Upon arrival, the friendly receptionist quickly checked us in and showed us to our room (offering to carry our bags).
The room (Romulus) was in the main building and was clean, tastefully decorated, with a comfortable bed (Egyptian cotton). The spacious bathroom had a power shower. Floorboards were a bit squeaky, but to be expected in such a fine building. Unlike some others, we were not disturbed by noise from other rooms, and slept like logs!
We'd booked a table for our evening meal and found the restaurant to be most welcoming, tables well spaced, and staff friendly and efficient. The food was excellent quality and well presented.
Breakfast was similar experience. Lots of choice of juices, fresh fruit, cereals, yoghurt etc.(help yourself). Fresh toast served as and when required. The full English was delicious and served piping hot. The only comment here was that it looked a bit sparse i.e. one egg, one rasher, one half tomato, one slice of black pudding, one sausage. It was enough for me, but maybe not for others. It would be nice if asked 'one egg or two?' and adding another rasher.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay, and would certainly recommend Master Builder's to others.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With its stunning location in the New Forest overlooking the Beaulieu River, this historic hotel at Buckler's Hard offers a relaxing stay of quirky but affordable luxury. Tuck into a pint and a snack in the Yachtsman's Bar & Gardens, or treat yourself to a sumptuous meal in the Riverside Restaurant. Most importantly, relax and enjoy every minute of your time with us. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Master Builders Hotel