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Last update: March 2024

The Montagu Arms Hotel is a charming wedding venue set in the picturesque and historic village of Beaulieu, on the edge of the New Forest. Here, romance and history entwine, and from the moment you arrive, you will discover much that delights and inspires. The hotel's lovely oak panelling, open fireplaces, and quintessentially English gardens give it a unique character and make it the perfect setting for an intimate and unforgettable wedding celebration.

Facilities and Capacity

The Montagu Arms Hotel is licensed for civil marriage and partnership ceremonies and can accommodate parties of up to 100 guests during the day and up to 150 for your evening reception. The hotel has two main event spaces: the Oakwood Room, which features original parquet flooring and a traditional aesthetic, and the elegant Terrace Restaurant, which affords excellent views of the gardens. The hotel also has 33 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites. Some of these enjoy views of the magnificent Beaulieu Palace estate; others overlook the hotel's enchanting English gardens.

Services Offered

The Montagu Arms Hotel provides the quality support you need to relax and enjoy your perfect day in style and comfort. The hotel's experienced and talented wedding coordinator will also be on hand to help design the celebration of your dreams, right down to the smallest detail. At the Montagu Arms Hotel, they understand that your wedding is more than a day; it's an experience that you will look back on with fondness for many years to come, and they want to do their part to give you the wedding that your remarkable love story deserves.

Cuisine

The Montagu Arms Hotel's head chef will work closely with you to plan your wedding breakfast menu and ensure that you're satisfied with every aspect of the meal. The Terrace restaurant is renowned for its darling atmosphere and services, including mouthwatering buffets and delicious refreshments.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Small hotel
Pub or restaurant
Historic
Outdoor license
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:

Swimming pool
Health suite
Beautician
Fitness centre

Other features:

Exclusive use
Car parking
Confetti permitted
Changing room for wedding guests
Pet-friendly
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Reviews for The Montagu Arms Hotel

4.9 out of 5 rating
Hitched Wedding Awards 2024 Winner
4.9 out of 5 rating
28 reviews
98% recommend it
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Jessica
Jessica M. Sent on 24/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

A wonderful team and beautiful setting

We were impressed by the Montagu Arms as soon as we walked through the door and met with Clara our wedding coordinator, we even made a list of everything we loved about the venue. The hotel is luxurious and cosy at the same time, and the donkeys roaming in the village just add another level of enchantment.
We couldn’t have asked for a more friendly, attentive and professional group of people to plan and run our big day.

Liz
Liz N. Sent on 18/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Luxurious perfection!!

We couldn’t have chosen anywhere more perfect for our winter wedding. Clara and the team created such a wonderful and flawless evening, arranging just about everything so all we had to do was turn up!! We had a small intimate service and supper in the oak room which felt truly special with candle light and Christmas decorations, roaring fires and a cosy and warm atmosphere throughout. The food is outstanding and the service incredibly attentive, nothing was too much trouble. I really couldn’t recommend this venue enough and thank you Montagu Arms for creating such a wonderful occasion 💕
Julia
Julia M. Sent on 26/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Micro winter wedding

My husband and me still think back to our small big day a lot. We celebrated our wedding at the montagu arms in winter with a cosy round of about 20 people. Everything went super smooth. The bridal party arrived with me in the morning and we got room to get us ready before the ceremony in the afternoon, my husband arrived a little later and got a seperate space for the final touches. I really cant fault anything, the communication was great, the drinks reception, the discretion in changing the room for dinner while we settled for cocktails and pictures. The food was to die for, the sommelier did such a great job the wine pairings were superb. We had the tasting menu with wine pairings. On the run up to our wedding we were able to change the menu from pre-existing choices or to communicate preferences to the head-chef; we opted to communicate with the head-chef as the dinner part was the most important for our day (we had no dancing or anything so the focus was really on the experience around the food, wine and company). The head-chef kindly came up with a seasonal menu that matched the feel of our wedding. Even though we didnt have the exclusive use of the hotel we didnt feel like on display. The seperation of areas was done nicely and discrete.
And the next morning we and some of our wedding guests that decided to stay at the hotel went for a really relaxed and well rounded breakfast.
We could not have asked for more and we certainly think this whole day has turned out so much better then what we had hoped for.
So thank you very much again!

Ps. There is some lovely picture spots all around the hotel so definitely let your photographer check the location out. Worth it!
Charlotte
Charlotte W. Sent on 16/08/2023
4.8 out of 5 rating

Beautiful Venue, Amazing Food, Attentive Staff

Our intimate, last minute winter wedding was phenomenal. The venue itself is situated in the quaint, picturesque village of Beaulieu, surrounded by and the ethereal New Forest. A nearby lake has swans drifting along, neighboured by the wild donkeys grazing at the land. It perfectly set the scene for our guests who were travelling from out of town. "Showing off a bit here, mate?" were the first words from the Best Man. The staff were incredibly helpful, from our wedding coordinator Clara, to the wait staff, reception team and housekeeping. Nothing was too much bother, even for our small wedding. The recommended suppliers were outstanding, were well acquainted with the venue and knew exactly what they were doing. The venue itself has endless photograph opportunities, and plenty of places for guests to trickle off into groups as you enjoy the reception. The only critique of the whole experience was that our sober (no alcohol) guests weren't catered for, even though this was highlighted under dietary requirements/special requests. This became a problem during toasts as well as the wedding breakfast, where alcohol included in our package was plentiful, but our sober guests were left empty handed. A very minor inconvenience to an otherwise exceptional day. If we were to do it all again, there is nowhere else we'd rather pick. We look forward to returning on our anniversary!
Sally
Sally W. Sent on 16/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Nothing was too much trouble and staff were amazing!

We opted for a small ceremony in the Oakwood Room and we wouldn't change a thing. From the initial visit to the day itself, we could not fault our experience. The Montagu Arms were extremely accomodating, going the extra mile for our 2 dogs also. They made my 8 year old son feel like an absolute gentleman and they treated him with the same respect as everyone else but also found time to entertain him too, making sure he had the best day. The food was incredible and they were very accomodating with people's requirements (there were many given we had only 14 guests and some with additional needs). The building and rooms are superb and all staff, including the housekeeping staff and the gardener, were just delightful. They take real pride in everything they do at the Montagu Arms. As soon as we visited we knew instantly there was no need to view anywhere else and it was absolutely the best decision.
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Jessica L. Sent on 01/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing 5*

We got married here on the 10th August 2023 after booking back in July 2022 with Clara. From the first time we visited this place we just fell in love, the hotel, the gardens, the staff! Just incredible. From a little girl growing up i’ve been coming to visit Beaulieu for years and have always loved the picturesque magic it holds, with its horses and donkeys wondering around the cobbled streets! The Montagu has such a warm and homely vibe to it, The gardens are kept spectacular and the staff are incredible! So warm and friendly! Nothing is too much to ask! We wanted a small affair with just our immediate family and it was really important to us to have our dog Logie as our ring bearer, which Montagu was perfect for as their dog friendly! Clara was absolutely amazing from start to finish helping us with everything we needed, Any questions we had were always quickly answered via email and the day ran so perfectly we had no worries all day just pure excitement!! The actual wedding day was everything and more, just incredible. Myself, my maid of honour, flower girl and mum and dad stayed over the night before in the beautiful courtyard rooms which are stunning! and had a beautiful breakfast in the morning in our rooms before My hair and make up artist Olivia arrived around 8-9 to start getting us girls ready! The whole morning was so relaxing and organised, Clara collected everything i had to give to the suppliers when they arrived and my flowers were brought down to me by the fantastic Jo Wicks!!! Highly recommend! Absolutely incredible flower arrangements my bouquet, the ceremony room and the wedding breakfast was out of this world stunning!!!! Also flower crowns for my flower girls wow!!! Had so many compliments on these they were so full and just incredible! From the moment i entered the ceremony room i was just wowed! Looking round at everything we’d been planning for the last year come to life and then the wedding breakfast room which was just even more beautiful. The wedding breakfast food was out of this world, with comments from our guests that the seabass was the best seabass they’ve ever had! The whole day was just everything we’d ever dreamed of and more and were so grateful to Montagu arms for making it such a incredible day and chilled experience for us! We had no worries or concerns during the whole process. We would like to make a special shout-out to Jared who was Amazing waiting on all our guests hand and foot, sorting out the music and having a laugh with us and our guests! You really did help create a great atmosphere throughout our wedding breakfast and was always checking if there was anything more you could get myself and the groom! Ourselves and our guests absolutely loved you and are so grateful you were working on our special day! Thank you! & Matt who keeps Montagu arms gardens so beautiful! What a Lovely guy! He helped my make up artist with her stuff down to our room, and was really welcoming to our guests and gave myself and the groom some seeds to plant in spring which are the same flowers which were in the gardens on our wedding which is so special and we’ll most definitely be planting them! Such a nice touch thank you!! & Clara you are absolutely amazing at what you do, from start to finish you made us feel so relaxed and just excited throughout the whole process THANK YOU. If your thinking about getting married here don’t think twice! The whole experiance was 10/10 for us. Highly recommend!!
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Kasia W. Sent on 16/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Absolute Perfection on Our Best Day Ever

Clara and the Team delivered the best day ever! Everything was delivered to perfection, we had s super relaxed day. We had an exclusive use of the venue, all of our guests were really well looked after. The venue itself is stunning and the location couldn’t be better. Loved every minute of our day!
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Eloise A. Sent on 16/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Our wedding

Everything and everyone was perfect for our day, we couldn’t have asked for any better! I feel so grateful and lucky we found this hotel. We wanted a small intimate day, 16 people all together. All of our guests have said it was the best wedding they have been to and it really was down to the staff, venue and amazing food! We had vegans, pregnant women and babies and we were accommodated to so well! We can’t wait to go back as it was some of the best food we have ever! Couldn’t recommend enough.
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Sarah M. Sent on 17/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

A truly wonderful & romantic experience

We were married here last September in a small, intimidate and magical ceremony. The ambience, setting and facilities were so enjoyable and truly gorgeous. From the outset the assistance with flowers, cakes, photography, accommodation and family requirements were brilliant and all the staff were very professional and helpful. I would have no hesitation in recommending The Montagu Arms Hotel. Thank you for making our special day even better than we had thought possible.
M
Matthew R. Sent on 13/09/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Just fabulous

We had our wedding at the Montagu Arms in the New Forest. An intimate affair with only 8 Guests and 2 children. What an experience, the management and staff made us feel like a million dollars and nothing was too much trouble. Every last detail was carried out perfectly. Food was exquisite and the setting perfect for that intimate affair. The room was dressed beautifully and the accommodation was superb. Cannot recommend highly enough. Thank you Montagu
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Damon L. Sent on 24/09/2023
4.8 out of 5 rating

Couldn't have chosen a better venue

We had a great day - the team were fantastic, very flexible to our requirements. There was some minor confusion with the food timings, but that was all resolved without any issue. The day went seamlessly, which is down to Clara translating our plans into the reality on the day.
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Verity E. Sent on 28/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Just incredible

We booked Montague during the lockdown as sadly our planned wedding could not go ahead due to restrictions. Instead, we had 12 of our family members (and friends via zoom!) for a beautiful, intimate wedding at Montague in Spring 2021.
To say it was perfect is an understatement - we were thrilled with how attentive and organized Clara and the team were. We felt so lucky to be able to go ahead - even with three date changes due to ever changing restrictions, Clara went above and beyond to ensure we had the day we were hoping for.
We went for a 7-course tasting menu, which was incredible. We loved being able to treat our family and spend our money on such an intimate and special occasion.
I could not recommend the Montague Arms enough - our day was perfect.
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Nikki G. Sent on 28/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding Day - August 2018

Righty from our first viewing of Montagu Arms and initial meeting with Clara to our wedding day and even up to our first anniversary our experience was incredible. Every detail was considered and we felt truly special every time we met to plan our wedding. Our wedding day was perfect - we felt so confident in the team that we relaxed and had the most perfect day together and with our family and friends. The food was exceptional and the service was so attentive. We had such positive feedback from all of our guests too! If we could do this day again we honestly wouldn’t have changed a thing and that is completely down to Montagu Arms, Clara and the whole team!
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Wendy S. Sent on 30/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Personal, flawless and exquisite!

Literally the best day anyone could wish for. All our guest repeatedly say it was the best wedding they’ve ever attended.
We come back every year and are always greater with a smile and a warm welcome.
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Clare D. Sent on 25/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Exceeded all expectations!

Wonderful hotel with the best team, from the first meeting until the day after the wedding we felt like we were truly looked after, our guests were all so complimentary especially about the food and service, the location and gardens provided a perfect backdrop for photos, wish we could do it all again!
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