It may be tiny but this
secluded hamlet has quite a tale to tell. It
lies on the Beaulieu River and for a short
time was a major shipbuilding centre where
4,000 men toiled to build some 40 oak-hulled
fighting vessels for Lord Nelson – including
Nelson’s favourite ship, Agamemnon - in the
The village was created by John, Duke of Montagu as part of an ill-fated plan to lead an expedition to the West Indies. Today it is an important centre for leisure sailing. A maritime museum adds to the sea-faring flavour while the Master Builder’s House Hotel was once the home of the area’s most prominent shipbuilder, Henry Adams. Two cottages have been turned into ‘living’ museums to show what life was like in the 18th century.