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A characterful hotel in an 18th-century property on the banks of the river Beaulieu. Enjoy the historic village setting, the luxurious rooms and fine food with river views.

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Bucklers Hard is a meticulously preserved 18th-century shipbuilding village and the hotel occupies a prime corner position right at the water's edge. For an adventurous experience, consider exploring the river with a kayak or canoe provided by New Forest Activities. The Palace and the National Motor Museum are close by.

The train station at Brockenhurst is a 20-minute drive away, and Southampton is half an hour's drive.

By car: From London, the drive takes just over 2 hours via the M3. From Southampton, the journey takes around 30 minutes.

By train: The closest train station to the hotel is Brockenhurst. The train runs regularly from London Waterloo and takes around 1 hour 30 minutes. A taxi from the station takes 20 minutes. Book trains to Brockenhurst.

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Constructed in 1729, this historic house boasts numerous original features, such as expansive open fireplaces and sturdy oak beams. The reception area is adorned with memorabilia showcasing etchings and flags from the ships built by Henry Adams, the renowned 18th-century owner of the house.

Service & Facilities

Right outside the hotel, New Forest Activities has a base offering paddle board, bike and kayak rentals. Consider booking a half-hour river cruise to the mouth of the river or enjoy a £1 discount on admission to the Buckler's Hard museum. Guests can expect to receive a warm welcome from the cheerful and friendly staff.

  • Riverside location
  • Pet-friendly
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Family rooms
  • Bar
  • Al fresco dining


Select a room in the main house unless you're accompanied by your four-legged companion, in which case, accommodations will be provided in the modern annex. The main house rooms exude period grandeur with a touch of Rajasthani influence, featuring luxurious fabrics and antique furniture. Bathrooms are equipped with showers or relaxing tubs.

Room types: Luxury, Chic, Posh, Posh Classic

Key amenities: ensuite bathrooms, antique furniture, tea and coffee-making facilities, free Wi-Fi

Restaurants & Bars

Modern British cuisine, such as slow-cooked pork cheek with squash purée, black cabbage, white pudding and glazed baby pears is served in the Riverview restaurant, while sharing platters of smoked fish, cheese or charcuterie and crowd-pleasing burgers, pies and fish and chips are available in the Yachtsman's bar. We loved the flavourful Brixham cod loin, served with mussels, chickpeas, venison chorizo and cavolo nero.

Riverview Restaurant: AA Rossette, comfortable surroundings, garden terrace, fine dining. Breakfast 7-10.30am, lunch 12-2pm, afternoon tea 3-5.30pm, dinner 5.30-8.30pm. Lunch plates from £10, dinner £29.50 for 2 courses, £34.50 for 3 courses.

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