The Garden House, Beaverbrook

are hotels that you appreciate for their design daring
(though you know you could never live with their eccentric décor).
There are also hotels that you welcome for their remoteness (but
you know you’d go mad if you had to stay forever). And then there
are hotels that you genuinely wish you could turn into your own

Welcome to The Garden House, an English
countryside retreat located just a hop, skip and a jump from
London. With
interiors designed by Nicola Harding, this 11-bedroom getaway,
located on Beaverbrook Estate, has all the laid-back glamour of

The Pig
, combined with the colourful accents of the Firmdale

Take the snug, for instance. With a geometric, green-and-purple
carpet, bright floral wallpaper, teal window frames and a
perennially burning fire, it’s the perfect spot for perusing
papers in style. Look out of the window for a glimpse of the walled
grounds that are home to a vegetable patch and a meadow spangled
with wildflowers. Cast your gaze a little further and you’ll arrive
at Beaverbrook House. Owned by Lord Beaverbrook (who was a close
friend of Winston Churchill) the late-Victorian house date backs is
approaching the end of a six-year renovation period, which has
breathed new life into the stately home.

Come September, 24 rooms will inside the main house and the
grounds will also host a state-of-the-art spa.
But we must admit that we’re more than happy to make do with The
Garden House for now.


English through and through. Think deep beds, rose chintz
curtains, antique writing desks and walls lined with botanical
prints. Our bathroom was painted Dorset green and had a cavernous
claw foot tub as well as a veritable library of Penguin classics by
the double sinks. Rooms from £280.

What’s for breakfast?

A continental table of pastries, fresh bread and fruits is
included in the price of the room. You can also order off the a la
carte menu – the spinach scramble and buttermilk pancakes with
bacon hit the spot.

How about lunch and dinner?

The Garden House restaurant is usually fully booked for both
lunch and dinner throughout the weekend. And for good reason.
Expect “Britalin” dishes such as devon crab linguini and monkfish
and pancetta on a bed of puy lentils. Roasts are served on a

Is there a bar?

Not as such, but there’s a “drinks hole” located in the snug
through which carefully crafted nightcaps appear. There’s also a
communal mini-bar on the landing stashed with Sipsmith spirits.


Cooking classes led by chef Kaz Sazuki, free bicycle rental,
endless walks and a spa (due to open in September of this

Things you should know

The estate at large is still under construction, so expect the
odd sign of behind-the-scenes work.

Within a short walk you can find…

Beaverbook House and acres of open fields and ancient

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Beaverbrook, Surrey