Beaverbrook – Surrey
*Covid-19 adaptations: All of their facilities will be open and be adapted to comply with government guidelines. They are also offering free cancellation up to 24hrs before. View their list of adaptations here.
Hotel Type: A beautiful quintessentially English country house hotel and spa
Location: Set in the calm of 470 acres of Surrey countryside, with gorgeous green views. Guests will feel a whole world away from the busy city yet it is just a 37 minute train ride from London Waterloo or London Victoria, as well as easily accessible from London Gatwick and Heathrow airports.
Style: Elegant, timeless and steeped in history
Rooms: Stay in the charismatic and historical ‘The House’ (18 bedrooms), or country inspired ‘The Garden House’ (11 bedrooms) or the peaceful and perfect for families ‘The Coach House’ (6 bedrooms).
Ideal For: Relaxing, indulging and celebrating.
Dining: They share our love for good food. Try The Garden House restaurant for a relaxed Italian affair or head to the Japanese Grill, run by former head chef at Nobu, for something a little different. Don’t forget to head to Sir Franks Bar for a cocktail or two before or after dinner. If you fancy a pool side snack then The Coach House Deli offers a selection of tasty fresh produce including wood-fired pizzas, superfood salads, and juices.
Swimming: Relax in the sunshine by the outdoor pool or do some laps in the 20 metre indoor pool. The little ones will particularly enjoy the kids outdoor splash pool.
Activities: With 470 acres to play in there is plenty to do here. Wander the woodland trails, take lessons at The School of Cookery and masterclasses in mixology or learn survival skills Bear Grylls style, relax in the cinema, play lawn games, badminton, tennis or table tennis, go clay pigeon shooting or fishing on the lake, explore the Surrey countryside on two wheels, head to the Boutique & Apothecary if you would like to purchase some British brands, or just while away the hours at the spa. The children will love the Sharkey & George minders and the reams of child-friendly activities on offer.
Spa: Magnificent spa designed with natures holistic healing properties at the core. The spa has 6 treatment rooms, a beauty room, Barber’s Salon and English Bath House. It also has an indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and ice fountain.
Furry Friends: There is no charge for your four-legged friends with you to stay. They are welcome to stay in the Thyme, Verbena, and Woodruff Rooms in The Garden House, and the Oak, Ash, and Beech suites in The Coach House
Price from: £480 per night B&B for a Garden House Cosy Room
Very few places can boast a visitor’s book like that at Beaverbrook. An opulent mansion built for entertaining, guests included statesmen, writers, film stars and luminaries of the beau monde. Churchill, Kipling and Chaplin, friends of the press baron Lord Beaverbrook, would weekend here, looking out over the North Downs and soaking up the some of the most lavish hospitality of the era. Elegantly restored and decorated to reflect the age in which it was built, there are reminders everywhere of its glory days, and even the service has a delightfully old fashioned touch. Standing magnificently in 470 acres of Italianate gardens, undulating countryside and woodland, it’s not hard to imagine how this once was one of the greatest party houses in the country.
Staying in the main house feels like taking a step back in time. Each of the 18 rooms and suites are evocatively named after former famous occupants, with atmospheres packed with glittering stories (and complimentary mini bars). The Classic rooms are elegantly furnished, sympathetic to the time in which the house was built, with 21st century touches. With sumptuous king size beds, underfloor heating in the bathrooms and individual pieces of art on the walls, they are all thoroughly charming. We love the Turret Rooms with their views over the gardens and rolling hills beyond. They all have high ceilings, beautiful bathrooms and their own balconies. The romantic suites are something else. Glamorous and so grown up, they are full of history. Soak in Rudolph Nureyev’s roll top bath in the Elizabeth Taylor Suite, or take in the views from Joe and Rose Kennedy’s favourite rooms. Next to the estate’s traditional walled garden is The Garden House, with 11 Cosy and Comfy Rooms. More country cottage in décor, they are welcoming and peaceful – and some of them are dog friendly. Most have king size beds, and a couple have queen size, with the Comfy Rooms being slightly larger. The Coach House rooms and suites can be interconnected, making them ideal for families. Here, the Classic Rooms are spacious and simply decorated with pretty fabrics and balconies looking over the surrounding countryside. And the Suites, with their copper roll top baths and Snowdon photograph on the walls, are airy and relaxed.
You know you’re in for a dining experience, when all things culinary have the magic touch of the former head chef at Nobu. The country house elegance of the Japanese Grill is an extraordinary contrast to the innovative Asian dishes created here, whilst the Victorian glassed Garden House serves fresh Mediterranean fare, with vegetables from the kitchen garden, and many of the ingredients sourced locally. Take afternoon tea on the terrace, served in bone china, or snack on fresh salads and home made flatbread in the Coach House Deli, with ingredients picked from the garden that very morning. And before dinner, sip cocktails in the art deco Sir Frank’s Bar, named after the man who originally designed and curated the house’s lavish interiors.
If your children can’t be found, then check the tree house. And if they don’t want to leave, don’t be surprised. With Sharky & George in charge of activities (for children aged five to 12) there’s wall-to-wall adventure in the “Wild Woods” and around the property. From playing pirates to roasting marshmallows, from creating exotic costumes to learning essential life skills like making booby traps, it’s all here in the place where the man who wrote The Jungle Book used to frequent. An outdoor splash pool, just for children and their very own menu all add up to kiddie heaven.
It would be wrong not to indulge yourself in the iridescently decorated Coach House Spa, with its tranquil indoor pool and views over the garden. There’s a couple’s suite, Hammam, thermal Spa and a relaxation lounge for post treatment peace and quiet. Outside, the estate is strewn with trails where you can wander through the gardens and woods, or take one of their bikes for exploring. In the garden you’ll find croquet, boules, badminton and tennis (there are professionals on hand for private tuition), and there’s clay pigeon shooting. For evening entertainment, enjoy a movie in the very cinema where Winston Churchill watched Pathé news reels, before taking a nightcap that has been left out for you.