Beaulieu village is a charming little place in the New Forest National Park, which snuggles alongside the Beaulieu River and is close to and the outstandingly beautiful Exbury gardens which can be found a few miles down the road. The village is also home to the beautiful Beaulieu Palace House, which has been the residence of the Montagu family since 1538.
The majority of Beaulieu village is part of the 7000 acre Montagu estate and most of the village life is centred around the high street, with its striking red brick terraced houses, mainly consisting of the villages local businesses, and family homes and of course the village green where you can stop off for a lunch time picnic if you are simply passing through.
Beaulieu conjures up and delivers the vision of a truly typical quaint English village with, the village hall, the little post office, primary school, and not forgetting the hub of the village life the active Parish Church.
A lot of people may not find out whilst visiting this area, that Beaulieu village was once the home of Beaulieu's reluctant debutante, Elizabeth Montagu, it is well worth enquiring if a book can be purchased on this remarkable lady.
Elizabeth gave up her privileged life to enter a fascinating career in war torn Europe. Going from being a formidable actress, fashion model, journalist, spy, and many more choices of careers.
It has to be said her story is amazing, never settling down till late in life when she married in 1962, she settled in Devon, and sadly passed away on the 6th May 2002 in Beaulieu. Well worth a trip to that local book shop.
While strolling around this lovely area, there are many other activities you can enquire about, and being in the heart of the New Forest (and not too far from Lymington and Lyndhurst and Bucklers Hard), there is something on offer for everyone.
If it's water activities you want, then on the Beaulieu Estate enquire about kayaking and canoeing, or for those that prefer dry land, there is a chance to explore the forest by bike, or for the keen rambler a chance to go off and explore the forest. It is advisable to get local knowledge or ensure you have a map so as not to get lost.
Beaulieu also hosts numerous events throughout the year ranging from local produce markets to motorcycle and car rallies keeping in line with the heritage of the Beaulieu Motor Museum.
For those with the hidden artist in them, there is some really fantastic scenery in and around the area, to paint in water colour, or sketch using charcoal pencils and for the keen David Bailey's of the party, fantastic photo shots can also be taken.
There is plenty of local accommodation if you wish to stay here with hotels, bed and breakfast, campsites, and self catering all in the vicinity so there is a wide choice for everyone.If you found this page useful please bookmark it for others to share - Thank you
Don't forget to check out a tour around the historic Beaulieu Abbey while you are here and set aside a day to the motor museum, with its numerous famous vehicles from formula 1 racing cars to land speed record breakers, and of course not forgetting the famous cars seen in many movies.
The memories of a trip to Beaulieu village will stay with you for many years.