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The Beach House, Milford on Sea, Hampshire
An impeccably styled Victorian seaside villa right on the beach at Westover, just south of the New Forest. The mansion was built in 1897 for the electricity magnate Alexander Siemens and it's a fine example of Arts and Crafts architecture. Inside you can enjoy stunning original features; such as Pre-Raphaelite fireplaces and stained glass, oak-panelled walls and parquet floors. The glorious gardens roll down to the sea and are surrounded by pine trees and wild grassland. Enjoy a gin and a game of corn hole on the terrace (you have to get a bag of corn in a hole) before retiring to the restaurant for some hearty upmarket pub food - a Malaysian curry, perhaps, or lager battered fish and chips.
Swish and swash through the tall grass at the end of the hotel's garden and you'll find yourself on the shingle beach of Westover.
The hotel is in the picturesque village of Milford on Sea, with direct beach access. It's also a 10-minute drive from the New Forest, and half an hour from Bournemouth.
By car: The Beach House is 45 minutes from Southampton, 2 hours 20 mins from London and 3 hours from Birmingham. There is free parking at the hotel.
By train: London Waterloo to New Milton takes 1 hour 45 mins. The station is a 10-minute taxi ride from the hotel. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
The Beach House is perfect for lovers of Victoriana wanting a seaside getaway - we love details such as the hand-painted floral tiles and the framed butterfly prints.
Service & Facilities
The shelf of 1940s orange Penguin Classics in the library is a nice touch.
- Free Wi-Fi
- Free parking
- Beach access
The Alexander Sieman room is very special. With a four-poster bed and in-room copper roll-top bath, it has fabulous views out to the Needles in the Isle of Wight. We love the Victorian short-story pamphlets in every room that are just a bit different from the usual interiors mags (although you get those, too).
Family Rooms, Standard Double, Superior Double, Luxury Double
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with shower, free toiletries, hairdryer, Smart TV, digital radio, desk, tea and coffee facilities, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
We love the unusual breakfast menu that includes Middle Eastern "Shakshuka" - eggs or avocado in chunky spiced tomato sauce - and spicy beans with scrambled tofu with wilted greens. The coffee shop in the dramatic entrance hall serves up delicious hunks of homemade cake.
The Restaurant: all-day dining, Bistro-style menu, British pub classics, fresh fish, burgers, sandwiches, Sunday roasts. Open daily. Mains starting at £11.95.