Beaverbrook is a magnificent, must-visit country house hotel. We’ve been, we’ve seen, we’ve stayed, we’ve played (several times) and it’s fabulous. Originally Cherkley Court, the former mansion of Lord Beaverbrook has weekenders falling over themselves to revel in the 19th century wedding cake architecture and Susie Atkinson interiors: grand yet homely, romantic and fun – and underpinned by historical photographs of the newspaper magnate and famous visitors, like Elizabeth Taylor and Rudyard Kipling. There’s Japanese cuisine in The Dining Room, stunning views of formal gardens, a 470-acre woodland estate with a treehouse and kids’ club. The separate brick and flint Garden House, with interiors by Nicola Harding, offers a bar, Anglo-Italian restaurant and 11 bedrooms. The Coach House Suites are perfect for families, totalling the number of rooms at 35. The crowning glory is the nature-based Coach House Health Club & Spa, designed by stained glass artist Brian Clarke, which offers an array of transformative wellness experiences curated by spa director René van Eyssen and her team. All this so close to London, in the heart of the Surrey Hills.
Doubles from £505
+44 (0)1372 571300; beaverbrook.co.uk