Beaverbrook, a fabulous addition to Britain’s crop of must-go country house hotels, opened two years ago. 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, floral and fun – and underpinned by historical photographs of the newspaper magnate and his famous visitors. There’s Japanese cuisine in the Dining Room, stunning views across formal gardens, a 470-acre woodland estate including a treehouse for the Kid’s Club, and the separate brick and flint Garden House, offering a bar, Anglo-Italian restaurant, cookery school and 11 bedrooms, bringing the total to 35. The crowning glory is the new holistic Coach House Health Club & Spa, designed by stained glass artist Brian Clarke, with bespoke skin products and treatments. All this so close to London, in the heart of the Surrey hills.
Sir Winston Churchill’s Suite and famous bathroom – extended to accommodate his Secretary’s chair at the foot of the bath.
The best Japanese cuisine outside of London.
A class at The School of Cookery.