Join The Club: Home House Review
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At a time where the need for escapism has never been greater but travel has never been more turbulent, planning a retreat is somewhat challenging. If you’d rather find a luxury sanctuary close to home, a night at London private members’ club Home House might be worth considering. Rebecca Cox reviews…
Home House Hotel Review
It is not often that you get to glimpse life inside London’s most exclusive members’ clubs, unless, of course, you’re willing to shell out the membership fees and are accepted in. Which is why the opportunity to spend the night at Home House is all the more appealing; not only can you chose from 23 beautifully and uniquely decorated rooms and suites, you can become part of the Home House family; if only for the night. The rooms vary from Feature Rooms to Suites with striking design features ranging from original Chinese Chi’en Lung paper, hand painted in vibrant indigo and coral and dating back to 1820’s (found in ‘Patricia Portman’) to the actual Duke of Newcastle’s mirror (found, unsurprisingly, in the ‘Duke of Newcastle’ suite). We stayed in the ‘Lady Islington’ suite, home to surely one of the most impressive bathrooms in England, covered in the same red marble as can be found in St Paul’s Cathedral and featuring a towering glass ceiling and enormous bathtub flanked by stone pillars. Those not already in possession of a manor will instantly feel like the Lord or Lady of one when bathing in such surroundings.
Since you’re part of the club for the duration of your stay, we advise you fully immerse yourself in club life and refuse to leave the premises. The Garden is a true summer oasis where social distancing is easy (if not always desirable, with so many interesting people to meet) with the spacious dining and drinking areas, so set yourself up for the afternoon with a chilled bottle of something sparkling and explore the club as it comes to life. Currently running at slightly altered opening hours and schedules, two of the club’s three houses are up and running, with newly renovated House 21 a playful modern antidote to the classic glamour of House 20 thanks to Russel Sage Studio’s transformation.
Overnight guests and Home House members can now enjoy breakfast in the Garden, thanks to an exclusive new ‘English Garden’ breakfast by Alexandra Dudley. Inspired by British summertime seasonal favourites, look out for griddled courgette with ricotta, garden mint and toasted hazelnuts on sourdough toast and a herb garden omelette with basil, parsley, tarragon and dill served with roast heritage tomatoes and crème fraiche.
THE FINAL WORD
Commissioned in 1773 and created by George III’s architect, James Wyatt, Home House was built purely as a party house, for visitors’ enjoyment and entertainment. Almost 250 years later, the hedonism lives on (adapted to meet current safety measures, of course), and in these times, a little escapism goes a long way.
The Garden Breakfast is available from 3 August to 3 September 2020 | Overnight stays at Home House start from £233 per night | Details of how to book a stay at Home House and further information on membership can be found at HomeHouse.co.uk