Britain’s most exciting new country-house hotel flung open its stately doors a year ago. We’ve been, we’ve seen, and it’s fabulous. The former home, Cherkley Court, and estate of newspaper magnate Lord Beaverbrook, the newcomer has weekenders falling over themselves to revel in the 19th-century wedding cake architecture of the mansion and its stylish yet relaxed interiors. They are pretty keen, too, on the modern Japanese cuisine in The Dining Room, the gorgeous Shepherd’s Hut providing spa treatments nestled in the formal gardens that lead to the wider estate incorporating extensive woodland and a magical treehouse, centrepiece of the impressive Kid’s Club. Meanwhile, the separate Garden House, former home of Lady Beaverbrook after the death of her husband in 1964, offers a bar, restaurant, cookery school and 11 oh-so pretty bedrooms. The brick-and-flint house mixes cosy cottage charm with understated boutique hotel luxury and, like those in the main house, are spot-on successful. All this, so close to London.
Doubles from £280
+44 (0)1372 571300; beaverbrook.co.uk
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
CLAIM TO FAME
Frequent guests of Lord Beaverbrook’s included Elizabeth Taylor, Charlie Chaplin, Rudyard Kipling and Ian Fleming.
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