Set within 400 acres of beautiful, privately owned Surrey countryside, Beaverbrook is one hell of a country-house hotel. This eccentric property was once home to press baron, Lord Max Beaverbrook, less than an hour’s drive from London. Unsurprisingly, the hotel is immersed in history and has been under an extensive £90 million transformation for the past few years.
Designed by the eponymous Susie Atkinson (who designed Soho House no less), Beaverbrook has it all. The Suites in the Main House are all named after former guests of Lord Beaverbrook. Elizabeth Hurley, Sir Winston Churchill and Rudyard Kipling have each had beautiful suites designed with them in mind. Expect pastel hues and delicate furnishings alongside jaw-dropping bathroom suites. Rooms in the 11-bedroom Garden House are slightly less formal and grand but no less impressive – boasting views over the wild meadow and impressive kitchen garden.
The Potting Shed restaurant offers comfy booths and plump pillows to work your way through the delicious menu. You can expect plenty of fresh, seasonal produce both here and in the Main House’s exquisite Japanese restaurant.
Unfortunately, the 18-hole golf course adjoining the hotel is members only. But instead you can play tennis, go horse riding or hop on one of their bikes to pedal around the estate. You can even join one of the Bear Grylls Survival Academies for some family bonding! If you are bringing your little ones, they ingeniously provide weekend activities for the kids, as expertly crafted by Sharky & George (available daily in August from 10AM – 12.30AM or 13:30PM – 16:00PM at £25 a session for children aged 5 and over). With sessions mainly held in the Treehouse in the woods, professional children entertainers will plan a day of den building, scavenger hunts, team games, bug hunting and cooking marshmallows over a (controlled) fire.
What more could you want from a family weekend away?
> Mensos Concierge guests will each receive a glass of champagne