Beaulieu

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Small, quaint and beautifully kept, Beaulieu retains the charm and atmosphere of a bygone era and is also home to the national motor museum.

About Beaulieu

Beaulieu is said to be the most beautiful and historically rich village in the New Forest, and we’d happily agree.  Small, quaint and beautifully kept, Beaulieu retains a charm and atmosphere of a bygone era. The little high street highlighted with cobbles is lined (as is much of the village) with houses, cottages and buildings dating back to the 16th Century.

You’ll find all the provisions you need for your holiday in the village, with traditional shops, gift shops, tearooms, pub and delicatessen, plus a spectacularly scrumptious chocolate studio. Half way up the high street, you’ll come across New Forest Activities, who offer a range of activities including bike hire and archery. They are the only providers with permits to provide tours along the privately owned Beaulieu River in 2-3 seat canoes and kayaks. 

Upon entering the village, you’ll pass a large mill pond and on the right a privately owned garage with a display of wonderful vintage and classic cars for sale. To the left and right are grassy banks dotted with free roaming ponies, donkeys and occasionally cattle. You’ll often see more animals wandering around the high street and the village car park. There are also grassy areas for picnics on the northern side of the river and mill pond in front of the Palace House grounds.

There are some terrific places to eat in Beaulieu. The Royal Oak keeps a collection of well-kept real ales to serve with country pub style food. The Old Bakehouse Tearooms serve homely food and cream teas in a quaint dining room lined with atmospheric old baking ovens. Steff's Kitchen at Fairweathers Garden Centre (well worth a look around) prepares home-cooked dishes, cakes and light bites using local produce and products.

Beaulieu is home to the National Park's most popular attraction - the National Motor Museum, Palace House and Beaulieu Abbey - collectively known as just ‘Beaulieu’. The massive 7000 acre Beaulieu Estate encompasses much of the parish including the entire Beaulieu River, the largest privately owned tidal river in the UK.

Look across the pond from the village and you will see Palace House, home of the Montagu family who have lived here since 1538. The house is open for tours and visits which are full of interesting rooms crammed full with artworks and stately treasures.

The enormous Beaulieu Abbey, founded by King John in 1204, was once a prosperous entity run by Cistercian monks.  The mill pool and dam was created by the monks who needed water power to drive their corn mill, and the Abbey thrived for centuries until Henry VIII in 1538 had it destroyed.

The Motor Museum is one of England’s top attractions with something to appeal to everyone. The museum houses over 250 vehicles with special exhibitions and events such as James Bond and Top Gear collections.

Beaulieu estate and surrounding areas attract wealthy house owners with some absolutely amazing properties, some of which can often be seen when walking or cycling. During the Second World War around 3,000 SOE (Special Operations Executive) agents came to the Beaulieu area, staying in a number of country houses before returning to occupied Europe to work with Resistance groups.

A couple of miles along Beaulieu River is Buckler's Hard. It’s a little hamlet of houses neighbouring the historic ship building yard, which is now a museum with indoor and outdoor exhibits about its history and heritage. It was here that naval boats were built to defeat the Armada in 1588.

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Fuzzacker Guided Walks
(Less than a mile)

As if the name itself wasn’t intriguing enough, Fuzzacker Guided Walks are named after the local word for the Dartford Warbler which dodges around in the gorse bushes of the New Forest.  So duck, dive and explore on their guided walks around this beautiful part of the world, taking in the New Forest with the added benefit of local knowledge and a passion for the conservation of the area.

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New Forest Activities
(Less than a mile)

Based in the pretty village of Beaulieu, New Forest Activities are a company offering instructor led, fun filled outdoor activities suitable for all ages and abilities.Take a canoe (seats for wheelchair users available) or kayak tour along the beautiful Beaulieu River, home to rare birds and wildlife, or hire bikes for all the family to explore the 100 miles of scenic cycle routes. Try your hand at archery, swing from the trees on the centre’s exciting Ropes Courses, forage for wild food or learn about the history of the area on a guided walking tour.

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Paddle boarding was amazing, the guide/staff was excellent couldn't recommned enough. Enjoy the views and learn a new hobby

April 2017


Palace House Beaulieu
(Less than a mile)

Formerly the gatehouse of the medieval Beaulieu abbey, Palace House has been part of the Montagu family since 1538 and retains its spectacular medieval style.  On the banks of the Beaulieu River surrounded by the beauty of the New Forest, this historic country house is filled with historic treasures and memorabilia to discover as you wander around the house and gardens.

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Enjoyed. Staff very friendly

May 2018


Very enjoyable and interesting house.

August 2017


Beaulieu Motor Museum
(Less than a mile)

Voted best large visitor attraction 2013 by VisitBritain, this is much more than just a Motor Museum, as well as telling the fascinating story of motoring through the ages, it also boasts the historic Beaulieu Abbey, and charming Palace House with its glorious gardens. 

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Such a great day out! Museum is facinating and interactive. Combined with the beautiful Palace House this is a must do attraction.

September 2018


A good day out - even if you do not like cars! Our grandson particularly enjoyed the museum and the 'Top Gear' attraction. The remains of the Abbey are worth seeing and one can dress up as a monk! Our favourite attraction was the demonstration of falconry - absolutely fascinating and we learnt a great deal about the birds and the history of falconry.

August 2018


Incredible place, well worth a visit (especially if you have a car-mad kid or two!). Really good day out- we did ours the same day as one of their Special days (Alfa day) which was good.

December 2017


A great day out for all the family. We spent all day here and would visit again.

August 2017


Hatchet Pond Course Fishing
(2 miles)

Fishing is a popular pastime in the New Forest, and at Hatchet Pond Course Fishing, open seasonally, it’s your chance to fish for Roach, Bream, Tench, Carp, Pike, Pearch, Eels and Rudd.  You can buy day or weekly tickets from £7.25 a day.  Turn up and enjoy in peace and quiet.

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Steff's Kitchen
(Less than a mile)

Near the top of Beaulieu's idyllic High Street, Steff's Kitchen is attached to the bustling Fairweather's Garden Centre. A diverse selection of food, from cupcakes and good coffee to cooked breakfasts, sandwiches and salads. All produce is locally sourced, with many ingredients coming from Partick's Patch, a vegetable garden opposite the café that you can stroll around.

Steffs Kitchen (T: 01590 614951) 

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Unfortunately they had run out of scones but otherwise it is a good place for tea and cakes etc.

July 2018


Absolutely love this place. Enjoyed coffee scones and went back the next day for a lovely brunch.

June 2017


Old Bake House
(Less than a mile)

A lovely tea room located in the centre of Beaulieu village. Old Bakehouse serves a range of light bites, delicious cakes and great coffee. A perfect stop for a spot of lunch.

Old Bake House (T: 01590 612777) Beaulieu,SO42 7YA

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Nice cup of tea - could do with some fans or air-conditioning as rather warm

July 2018


Montagu Arms
(Less than a mile)

Here you’ll find both a welcoming gastro pub, Montys Inn, serving classic English favourites; and also ‘The Terrace’ restaurant, one of best fine dining restaurants in the area.  Whichever you choose the menus won’t disappoint, with the chefs making good used of the excellent fresh, local and seasonal produce. 

The Montagu Arms  (T: 01590 612324) Beaulieu  SO42 7ZL  

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A wonderful place to eat and socialise - lovely garden where we enjoyed afternoon tea. However the length of time it took to serve us was unacceptable.

April 2017


The Turfcutters Arms
(2 miles)

A traditional New Forest pub with roaring fires in winter and with a large pub garden for the warmer months complete with children’s play area.  Well known locally for serving up outstanding food at reasonable prices along with a good selection of real ales and other drinks.  Dogs welcome. 

The Turfcutters Arms (T: 01590 612331) East Boldre SO42 7WL

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We ate here on our first night in the New Forest. We booked in advance but it was not too busy. The menu is typical pub food but of a good standard. The vegetarian 'Homity' pie was appreciated by one of our party. Staff were friendly. The pub is an easy walk from the cottage.

August 2018


What a gem of a pub! Lovely people, lovely food!

July 2018


A lovely 'local' with good food, great selection of ales and a friendly owner / manager and staff. They even had dog biscuits for our hound!

July 2018


A good honest pub with good cider and a good range of meals on offer.

June 2018


Excellent food a great pub and helpful staff.

March 2018


Excellent

January 2018


Great dog friendly pub. Staff / landlord were super accommodating and lovely atmosphere at weekend. Fish and chip takeaway was excellent value along with the other food on the menu.

October 2017


We had a lovely evening meal at the Turfcutters - proper home made food in a real country inn - brilliant!

August 2017


This is a lovely pub! The staff are very friendly, food is good honest pub food, with some lovely 'specials' available too. Very dog friendly!!! A must visit for anyone staying close by! Will visit again next time we're in the area.

June 2017


Great pub, friendly staff and in the heart of the New Forest. Make sure you plan a visit and enjoy the garden, food and a few drinks

April 2017


The Royal Oak - Beaulieu
(2 miles)

Located on the outskirts of Beaulieu, this cosy pub is a welcoming stop off for walkers, cyclists, families and horse riders.  With plenty of comfortable seating, roaring fires, sunny garden and lots of choice on the menu, this is a great spot for an enjoyable holiday meal or a few well-earned drinks at the bar.  Children, dogs and muddy boots welcome. 

The Royal Oak (T: 01590 612228) Hilltop, Beaulieu SO42 7YR

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Excellent food and atmosphere - drinks very expensive though and 10% service charge added

April 2018


Lepe Beach
(5 miles)

Some of the best views of the Solent can be enjoyed from over a mile of beach and pine fringed cliffs. Historic D-Day remains, wildflower meadows and children's play area. Beach front car park.

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Milford on Sea
(10 miles)

A beautiful shingle beach with pretty painted beach huts, plenty of parking, and excellent coastal walks along Hurst spit to Hurst Castle with clear views of the Isle of Wight and needles. The superb Raft Rocks Restaurant is worth a visit with its Art deco style and roof terrace. You can also walk across the wildlife marshes to Keyhaven harbour and (in season) take the boat to Hurst Castle or the Isle of Wight.

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Great for a dog walk along the spit to Hurst Castle. Needles Eye cafe is a welcome break, quite good food but very busy and a bit basic.

December 2017


Fantastic sea location with goods pubs, shops etc

November 2017


Lovely village, plenty of shops and places to eat - no post office though.

June 2017


Barton on Sea
(11 miles)

A stony beach with sandy areas as the tide goes out, and a great spot to do some fossil hunting. The cliffs are subject to considerable coastal erosion and at times parts of the beach can be cordoned off. The Beachcomber Café on the cliff top is one of the most popular cafés in the region. Plenty of parking in car parks along the cliff top as well as on-road parking.

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Highcliffe Beach
(12 miles)

A picturesque, tree-lined beach of shingle, and sand at low tide. Good facilities on the cliff top including an excellent tea room, award winning public toilets, baby change and a children’s play area in the Castle gardens. Plenty of parking, but there is no disabled access and quite a few steps to get down to the beach. Lifeguard cover from July to Sept. No dogs allowed.

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Lovely clean sandy beach and a really i would highly recommend this spot for your car to break down takes the ouch out of waiting for the recovery truck

April 2017


Mudeford Sandbank
(15 miles)

This is one of the most scenic of New Forest beaches. Lined with some of the most picturesque and expensive beach huts in the country! There’s no parking next to the beach, as it’s a traffic-free zone, but there’s pay and display parking at Hengistbury Head from where you can catch a little train to the sandbank, and Mudeford Quay which runs a small ferry (5 mins) over to the sandbank. Can also be reached on foot and by bicycle.

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Beautiful place, our favourite beach in south of England. It feels like an island, when you go over on the ferry and at times (off-season!) on sunny days it can feel like a little piece of Heaven, it's so peaceful and beautiful- bit of a sense of New England. There's a super little 'restaurant', the Beach Hut, which does great breakfasts, meals all day and some evenings. Also takeaway eg pizzas, you can eat on the beach. Very simple surroundings, with a sheltered veranda that can be uncovered in fine weather, and amazing views. Quite pricey and often very busy (and you are best to ring and check opening times and book since often weather and ferry-dependant) but the quality of the food and those stunning views make it more than worthwhile!

March 2018

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