We have just come back from a 3 night stay at the Master Builders. This was our second stay at the hotel because we love the tucked-away location, and the beautiful views right on the doorstep. The ambience of the hotel is really unique with a beautiful lounge area and a quirky little pub/bar attached. The staff are always really helpful and friendly and the food at the restaurant is very pleasant.
We decided to upgrade to a luxury room on a Winter Warmer deal (having stayed in the newer Henry Adams suite last time) but other than a lovely view and an atmospheric decor we didn't find this to be very good value for money. We stayed in the Hussar room which was incredibly dark even with all the lights on (we had to go to reception and ask for more lights to be put in our room) and had to carry the floor lamp around the room to see better which is pretty ridiculous in hindsight! The room is also directly above the bar, and even though there were no functions on during our stay, the ambient music that is played from 7am still sends the base through the floor which woke us each morning. The bathroom was incredibly small, and the shower very, very noisy. The floorboards in the room about were really noisy too so be prepare for that to keep you awake too. Definitely not a luxury room in our opinion, despite the description. If we stay again, then we will stick with the less expensive rooms - we would rather have a comfortable stay than a beautiful view.
The restaurant in the hotel is good - we had a nice meal on the first night, but I wouldn't say it was as good as on our first stay 2 years ago. We also tried the food in the Yachtsman's bar which was pleasant albeit from a very limited menu. However there is something really lovely about not having to venture out in the dark, staying in the warm hotel and then simply retiring to the lounge for a sit by the fire. We did have a meal out on one of the evenings which was by far the best meal that we had during our stay and this was at Monty's in nearby Beaulieu which I'd definitely recommend.
Overall, this is a beautiful, quirky hotel and we had a nice stay but we didn't feel that we got very good value for money in the more expensive rooms which made it a bit frustrating and disappointing. We might try a different hotel next time, or if we do stay here, we'll stay in the Henry Adams wing.
- 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