Caroline Lever

Beaverbrook

  • Where:
  • Why:A post baby mini break
  • When:August 2021
  • Who:My best friend and I
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Beaverbrook  The fairytale first impression

The fairytale first impression

Beaverbrook The splendid Dowager Suite, formerly occupied by Lord Beaverbrook's widow, was ours for the night

The splendid Dowager Suite, formerly occupied by Lord Beaverbrook's widow, was ours for the night

Beaverbrook Dream bed

Dream bed

Beaverbrook Dowager in waiting?

Dowager in waiting?

Beaverbrook Complimentary Jersey-dairy ice cream!

Complimentary Jersey-dairy ice cream!

Beaverbrook  Sir Frank’s bar, the most sumptuous spot to start or end your evening with a cocktail

Sir Frank’s bar, the most sumptuous spot to start or end your evening with a cocktail

Beaverbrook The outdoor pool

The outdoor pool

Beaverbrook We discovered this magical treehouse hidden amongst the woodland grounds

We discovered this magical treehouse hidden amongst the woodland grounds

Beaverbrook The beautiful floral glass atrium of the Coach House Spa designed by Brian Clarke

The beautiful floral glass atrium of the Coach House Spa designed by Brian Clarke

Beaverbrook Gerhard Richter tapestry hanging by the main staircase

Gerhard Richter tapestry hanging by the main staircase

Beaverbrook The cozy private cinema

The cozy private cinema

Beaverbrook View across the walled kitchen garden toward the Garden House restaurant

View across the walled kitchen garden toward the Garden House restaurant

Beaverbrook Dinner of zucchini flower, estate honey, goat’s cheese and crispy sage and a seedilp martini

Dinner of zucchini flower, estate honey, goat’s cheese and crispy sage and a seedilp martini

Beaverbrook Final look at the magnificent view from our room

Final look at the magnificent view from our room

Highs & Lows

  • The Dowager Suite is SO spacious and luxurious — with two terraces, and the most most decadent free standing bath — I could have had a holiday without leaving the room!

  • The Spa. I had the ’Seasonal Treatment’ — a 90 minute massage including Tibetan bowls and oils infused with botanicals from the estate. My therapist Carrie was amazing. I don’t remember when I last felt so relaxed.

  • The hotel is home to an impressive and thoughtfully curated collection of artworks, prints, photographs and treasures by notable artists such as Jean Cocteau or Richter as well as unknown talent, from contemporary to classical, all assembled in a characteristically organic and effortless fashion.

  • The unexpected gems and eccentricities such as Lady Beaverbrook’s shell grotto, or the tree house nestled deep in the grounds of the hotel. If I’d had more time I would have loved to borrow a bicycle and enjoy more of the hotel’s 400 acres.

  • That I only stayed one night.

  • That I didn’t have an ice-cream from the van.

The Barometer

  • Design
  • Location
  • Future Forward
  • Night's Sleep
  • Service
  • Amenities
  • Takeable Treats
  • Refer a Friend
  • Overall Value
  • Life Changing
Total: 49/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    English Country House Estate

  • Vibe

    All the frills with none of the fuss. Beaverbrook manages to be incredibly luxurious, yet informal, heritage yet completely contemporary, sexy and yet family friendly. Remarkably pitch perfect in every way

  • Location

    A rural playground for children and adults alike

  • Rooms

    18 rooms in the main house, plus a further 11 in the Garden House and 6 rooms and suites in the Coach House

  • Arrival Experience

    Arrival at the hotel is via a long winding drive through a golf course. After taking the final turn, I was met with the most magical sight — six pink striped hot air balloons, perched in the Italian gardens, decking the facade of the hotel — which turned out to be a new dining experience. Reach for the Sky

  • Future Forward

    Beaverbrook offers a modern take on the classic 5* country house hotel experience

  • Music

    Unobtrusive

  • Year Opened

    2017

  • Designed By

    Interiors by Susie Atkinson, Coach Spa by glass architect Brian Clark

  • Health & Wellness

    The spa offering is one of the highlights of Beaverbrook and a reason to visit alone, featuring generous sized indoor and outdoor pools, a hammam-style thermal bath house, treatment rooms, fully equipped gym and deli serving healthy bites

  • Food

    We ate dinner at the romantic, rustic Garden House restaurant for dinner where we feasted on seasonal Anglo-Italian scrumptiousness much of which came from the grounds of the Estate. Breakfast was served in the Japanese grill where the menu fused traditional English breakfast items with nods to Japan. I enjoyed scrambled eggs with spinach and feta as well as a side of Japanese mushrooms

  • Bar, Events & Nightlife

    Sipping cocktails and nibbling on Japanese inspired bites at Sir Frank’s Bar

  • Minibar & Retail

    Complimentary mini bar. Boutique at the Coach House Spa sells oils and products created using herbs and flowers grown on the estate.

  • Accessibility

    The Coach House Garden Suite and restaurants are wheel chair accessible

  • Pet Friendly

    There are several dog-friendly rooms

  • Children

    There is so much on offer for children — including a dedicated kid’s club, family friendly movies and playgrounds suitable for all ages in the hotel’s expansive grounds

  • Price

    A big treat

  • Tel.

    +44(0)1372571300

  • Website

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