Beaverbrook – Surrey, England
Very few places can boast a visitor’s book like that at Beaverbrook Surrey. 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.
At A Glance
Why We Love It:For its delicious food, country views, excellent spa & luxurious touches. You feel a whole world away from London but you are just 40 minutes away.
Style:Elegant, timeless & steeped in history
Location:Beaverbrook Hotel is set in the calm of 470 acres of Surrey countryside, with gorgeous green views.
Rooms:35 rooms & suites.
Swimming:In the outdoor pool or in 20 metre indoor pool. The little ones will particularly enjoy the kids outdoor splash pool.
Children:Children are extremely welcome here!
Open From:All year round!
Price:From £620 per room, per night.
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). 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. The Coach House rooms and suites can be interconnected, making them ideal for families.
At Beaverbrook Hotel 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.
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.
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.
Beaverbrook Hotel is 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.