A bareboat charter should include sailing to Beaulieu. It is one of those magical trips that you will want to repeat again and again. Within the heart of the New Forest, the Beaulieu River and a few miles upstream the 18th-century shipbuilding village of Buckler’s Hard occupies a superb location surrounded by oak woodland within the Beaulieu Estate.
Buckler’s Hard has been in the private ownership of the Montagu family since it was founded in 1724.
The uniquely situated Yacht Harbour is one of the most picturesque marinas on the south coast of England & offers full marina facilities in a beautiful and sheltered reach of the Beaulieu River.
Everyone has heard of the Motor Museum at Beaulieu but few will have seen just how beautiful the river is leading from the Solent, past Buckler’s Hard and ending up at Palace House.
A nature reserve teeming with birds greets you as you enter the river and meander your way upstream past the moored yachts and idyllic houses set into the wooded banks.
Historically, it is famed as the place where some of the ships of Nelson’s fleet were built and the things to see and enjoy are as varied as the history of the area itself.
The Master Builder’s House hotel and the pub is a favourite meeting place for yachtsmen.
Originally the home of Henry Adams, Master Shipbuilder between 1749-1805 it offers a nice opportunity for a relaxing drink at the river-end of the village
The most convenient berths are at Bucklers Hard Yacht Harbour. You will pay for the convenience of being able to stroll ashore and it does get busy at peak times.
Harbourmaster’s Office: Buckler’s Hard Beaulieu Brockenhurst Hampshire SO42 7XB
Tel. 01590 616200
Fax. 01590 616211
National Motor Museum – 01590 612345
Exbury Gardens – 02380 901203
Country Lanes Cycle HIre – 01590 611029