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Montagu Arms Hotel
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Beaulieu
Certificate of Excellence
West Sussex
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11 reviews
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“Wonderful birthday trip”
Reviewed July 5, 2013

Stayed here for one night as a birthday treat and booked the spring dining package which included B&B, cream tea on arrival and dinner in the evening. The hotel grounds and location are beautiful and we had a great experience. The dinner itself was absolutely fantastic, some of the best food we've ever eaten! Afterwards we spent some time in the bar and chatted to some of the very friendly staff. The room that came with the package was just a standard double which we realised, but it could have done with a little updating. It's very nice to be able to use the spa facilities in the sister hotel down the road, and overall we had an extremely enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Watford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

My wife and I stayed at the Montague Arms on 30th June and 1st July. The room was excellent, the location was excellent the service was excellent. As should be expected at the prices they charge.
The only one thing spoiled the stay was that part of the English breakfast I ordered on the morning of the 1st had clearly been kept warm for far too long. The fried egg had a crust on the yolk and the white was leathery as was the bacon. The fried bread was completely hard. The sausage and mushrooms were fine though, suggesting that the egg, bacon and fried bread had been cooked well before the rest - I suspect even before I ordered it. I could have complained, but I did not have the time to wait for a new breakfast which I am sure they would have provided.
On the morning of 2nd July, I ordered the same breakfast and asked for it to be freshly cooked and that time the breakfast was excellent.
The meal we had at Montie's was also excellent - apart for an apparent obsession the chef seemed to have of serving rocket dressed in Vinaigrette with everything.
Watch for the cattle, sheep and pigs (and, of course, horses) wandering past the hotel on the High Street in the evenings every 2-3 nights!!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

Lots of charm. Amazing English cottage gardens. The staff is outstanding. We were there for 5 nights and were well taken care of. There is a Michelin rated restaurant in the dining room, as well as a brasserie on the property. This hotel has a very traditional English country house decor and feel. The village of Beaulieu is very cute too. Since this is in the country, you will need a car if you plan to stay here.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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West Sussex
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

We've stayed at the Montagu Arms before and as we liked it so much decided it would be the perfect place for our 5th wedding anniversary, somewhere to relax and enjoy ourselves. We booked on one of the special offers available at the time, including overnight stay, cream team, drink before dinner plus a 3 course meal in the michelin star restaurant. Friends who live close by joined us for the cream tea, can thoroughly recommend the freshly made scones and home made jam, yummy. As the weather was so lovely we got to enjoy the beautiful garden at the back of the hotel, full of lovely flowers, not to mention all the local birds vying for food from the feeders provided by the hotel, lovely to watch while sipping a cool drink. We did have a minor issue on this visit to the hotel, our cream tea was a wee bit delayed as the staff got confused, however this did not spoil our time in any way, Pierre the restaurant manager handled everything exceptionally well and made sure that we were made very welcome and offered drinks during our meal to compensate. The Terrace Restaurant was superb, the food devine, we always get to try something new and thoroughly recommend to anyone, please don't be afraid of the michelin star, what this does mean is the staff are attentive, knowledgeable, everything is well presented yet still relaxed and inviting and very friendly too. So far we have stayed 4 times, each time in a different room and all have been lovely. The next visit is already planned late summer for a birthday treat so if you are looking for somewhere in a beautiful location to treat yourself, look no further.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sandefjord, Norway
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

We stayed here for two days. When we arrived we got upgraded to a suit. The room and hotel is very nice. They have a lovely backyard where you can take a glass of wine. Just outside the hotel horses and donkeys are wandering around.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

I needed to plan a surprise birthday bash for my wife. The manager at The Montagu Arms was very helpful and helped me get everything sorted out in secret, and in advance. I booked a number of rooms, and a surprise dinner for twelve, and everything went off really well. The whole party had a great time, eating excellent food (tasting menu), in great surroundings, and then retiring to luxurious bedrooms, before leaving the next day after a lovely cooked breakfast.
It wasn't cheap, but the feeling of being spoilt for a time by the friendly and attentive staff made it all very worthwhile. We will return without a doubt.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

We were anxious to get away from too much hard work and treat ourselves to a relaxing weekend.

The Montagu Arms was perfect. You get a feeling about somewhere when you first walk in. I was concerned that it might be a bit 'golf club' but the staff were delightful and genuine. We were lucky to be upgraded to a junior suite and then joined an unexpected but fascinating ad hoc wine tasting with the sommelier. We liked the feel of the hotel so much that we changed plans to go to the sauna and pool and stayed put. The pub next door is a treat if you like a good ale before dinner. The dinner did not disappoint. Rabbit is a big favourite and cooked 'three ways' as a starter was memorable.

All in all a wonderful day and evening - so much so that Englands defeat to New Zealand next day at the Rose Bowl did not even dent the mood.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Montagu Arms Hotel
Address: Palace Lane, Beaulieu, New Forest National Park Hampshire, Brockenhurst SO42 7ZL, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > New Forest National Park Hampshire > Brockenhurst > Beaulieu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Beaulieu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Montagu Arms Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Montagu Arms Hotel offers luxury accommodation in the quaint village of Beaulieu in Heart of the New Forest. The Michelin Starred Terrace Restaurant makes it the venue of choice for indulgently delicious fine dining with a taste of tranquil country life. The 18th Century Hotel is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway, walking holiday or a midweek break; oozing traditional charm with its open brick fireplaces, oak panelling and impressive gardens. The historical village of Beaulieu is just 30 minutes from Southampton Cruise Terminal making us the ideal base both pre and post your cruise. The Terrace Restaurant has held its Michelin Star for 5 years running and pays homage to both tradition and innovation; whilst Head chef Matthew Tomkinson uses the finest seasonal ingredients available to create award winning dishes. We are not ones for passing fads, every ingredient has to deserve its place in our dishes. No gimmicks, Just great food.For a more relaxed meal, Monty’s offers wonderful home-cooked classics or country fare, whilst delectable Afternoon Tea can be served in our conservatory or gardens. ... more   less 
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