The Village of Beaulieu (pronounced
‘Bewlea’) is the quintessential English
village. Nestling alongside the Beaulieu River, near
to Palace House, it has been the home of the Montagu
family since 1538. Most of the Village forms part of
the 7000 acre Beaulieu Estate.
Formerly the 14th century Great Gatehouse of Beaulieu
Abbey, Palace House is set in glorious grounds and gardens
with immaculate spreading lawns and walkways overlooking
the Beaulieu River. The House has been in Lord Montagu's
family ownership since 1538, when Sir Thomas Wrothesley,
later 1st Earl of Southampton, bought the Estate after
the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Your visit is made
all the more fascinating by the Victorian characters
that you will come across in the rooms and grounds during
your visit. Stop and ask them about their life, job,
clothes and more!
Also visit the lovely Beaulieu Abbey - founded in 1204
by Cistercian monks on land given to them by King John.
Although much was destroyed at the time of the Dissolution
of the Monasteries during the reign of Henry VIII, there
is still much for visitors to see today and your guide
will be pleased to share her knowledge with you.
The Village itself centres around the High Street,
with its red brick terraced houses consisting of homes
and businesses. There is a Post Office, Primary School
and Village Hall as well as an active Parish Church.
Enjoy some free time in The Village with its varied
and interesting shops that are perfect for finding a
high quality gift or momento of your visit.
Finally, enjoy a relaxing scenic drive through the
Forest and through the pretty town of Lyndhurst en route
back into Southampton to your awaiting ship.