From Scotland to Surrey, Beaverbrook is my final favourite of Britain’s country estate hotels.
There’s definitely a sense of Italian glamour here; you can almost imagine it being a Lake Como hotel with its ornate balustrades, ornate stone carvings and cream canopies. And when the weather is on your side, sitting outside in its manicured gardens with a book in hand is as enjoyable as being somewhere far away.
What I enjoy most about the rooms here is that they offer a different sort of English heritage decor. It’s less heavy and dramatic and more about lightness of touch, delicate wallpapers and prettiness of palette. Floral embroidery is a feature in most rooms and so is painted furniture nestled next to Edwardian antiques, from escritoires to chests and trunks. There are only 18 rooms so the hotel never feels too full and nor too quiet. Every time I stay it feels, as the saying goes, just right.
You can choose to stay in The House, The Garden House or The Coach House, and all three have a sense of character that is consistent and yet distinct at the same time. Those in the Coach House are described as being ‘designer whimsy’ and are the work of Susie Atkinson whereas The Garden House rooms have farmhouse-inspired furniture and botanical prints as their main theme with woodland views. In the main house, be sure to inspect the Elizabeth Taylor suite which is as glamorous as the name suggests and was in fact once owned by ballet legend, Rudolph Nureyev.
Go forth and choose whichever of these gems speak to you most. I hazard that you will be booking your return trip before you’ve even checked out.
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