Book A Stay: The Village, Beaverbrook

J.R.R Tolkien room, The Village, Beaverbrook

Shake off the last of the winter blues with a reviving weekend in the countryside, from a cosy corner of the Surrey Hills, to cold water therapy in the Cotswolds

Charlie Chaplin once entertained guests at the baby grand piano at Lord Beaverbrook’s Surrey Hills estate. Churchill, Kipling and Tallulah Bankhead mingled over cocktails and croquet. The piano remains to this day, as does the Art Deco cinema (the first private screen in the UK) and the glamour of a bygone age imbues every corner of this English country house. The 470-acre estate remained in the family of the influential press baron until 2011, before becoming a destination hotel.

Writer’s paradise

JM Barrie

While guests can stay in the 18 rooms in the Victorian main house and the further 11 in the Garden House, the newly opened Village offers something altogether different. Rooms are an informal and family-friendly option for those who prefer to be separate from the hotel.

Surrounded by ancient yew forest, The Village was built on the site of former servants’ quarters. Rooms are named after authors – Tolkien, JM Barrie, Wordsworth – and are designed by Nicola Harding, with old Penguin classics lining shelves and colourful fabrics hanging from four-posters.

Traditional food

Mrs Beeton’s Restaurant

There’s a traditional pub menu at the accompanying restaurant, Mrs Beeton’s (think posh chip buttie, sausage rolls, roast lamp chops). With the convenience of your own electric buggy, guests can zip up to the hotel to eat at the Japanese Grill, or relax in The Coach House health club & spa. For those craving ultimate privacy, you can now book the five-bedroom Dower House, with butler, chef, and pool. It’s the country estate experience, but with a retreat of your own.

Rooms in The Village, Beaverbrook, start at £600 a night,

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