My second day in the New Forest was spent exploring Beaulieu, a beautiful and charming little village not far from where I was staying in Lyndhurst. Beaulieu dates back to the 13th century. The village grew up around Beaulieu Abbey, which was founded in 1204 by Cistercian monks. Following Henry VIII’s dissolution of monasteries in the 1530s, Beaulieu passed into the ownership of the Lord Montagu family, where it has remained to this day.
I started my day in Beaulieu by walking around the town and along the Beaulieu River. It was a glorious day outside.
Interestingly, the present Lord Montagu founded Britain’s National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, of all places. If you love cars, be sure to check it out! Not interested myself, I walked right next door to visit the Beaulieu Palace and Gardens.
It’s absolutely breathtaking, isn’t it?! It almost doesn’t look real.
It was at Beaulieu Palace that I first developed my slight obsession with daffodils. You will see them time and time again in my photos – it seems as if they are scattered across the entire country! A true sign that spring is here.
In the 13th century, the Palace was formerly the Great Gatehouse of Beaulieu Abbey. As I mentioned, it’s been in Lord Montagu’s family since 1538. I didn’t take pictures of the Palace interiors, but it is well worth a visit inside!
After exploring the Palace, I headed around the back to visit the remains of Beaulieu Abbey.
Although much of the Abbey was destroyed during the reign of Henry VIII, what’s left of it is remarkable.
It was a pretty perfect day.