• Livingetc Loves: Surrey’s Beaverbrook

    by  • February 28, 2017 • Life.Style.etc Loves • 0 Comments

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    Despite being less than an hour away from central London by train and car, the Beaverbrook estate feels like it’s in the middle of the countryside. And the 400-acre former home of newspaper magnate Lord Beaverbrook is currently being transformed into an exciting new venture that is set to make it a must-visit. Gorgeous new 11-room boutique hotel The Garden House, above, is phase one of the ambitious project, which will see it joined by a laid-back-luxe 18-room hotel called The House, below, as well as pampering beauty retreat The Coach House Spa and self-catering The Glasshouse Cottages.
    Screen Shot 2017-02-28 at 11.12.03But that’s not happening till summer, so we were perfectly content to pop along to Leatherhead to enjoy a quick taster of this supremely family-friendly venture.Screen Shot 2017-02-28 at 10.41.09
    Hidden behind a high-walled working organic garden that feeds the English-Italian restaurant with a bountiful array of  fruit and veg and the rooms with beautiful blooms, The Garden House makes for the perfect weekend escape.
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    The interiors, expertly crafted by Nicola Harding, have a distinctly shabby-chic feel, complete with battered Ladybird books, lived-in furniture and soothing Farrow & Ball shades. The vibe is very much that of a gently eccentric private house and you are positively encouraged to make yourself at home. The cosy snug, above, with its blazing fire and comfy chairs, was a big draw.
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    Each of the nicely sized rooms is named after one of the herbs grown on the estate – ours, Chamomile, had a fabulously firm modern bed, others have gorgeously romantic four-posters, above. And all the bathrooms come complete with roll-top baths, below, and power showers.
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    The view from our window inspired us to take leisurely stroll around the grounds and when Little Livingetc happened upon the epic tree-house, below, he was off!Screen Shot 2017-02-28 at 11.36.57All that invigorating fresh air made us feel very hungry and the food in the conservatory-style dining room, below, was an absolute pleasure. Screen Shot 2017-02-28 at 12.45.52
    Renowned Japanese chef Kaz Suzuki has concocted an English menu with an Italian twist – two of his standout dishes were the meltingly good ‘Gnoccholini’ with crunchy zucchini fries on the side and Chocolate Nemesis, below, a wickedly yummy, gluten-free delight.
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    If you’re inspired by Kaz’s dishes – and we certainly were – you’ll be pleased to hear that there’s a cookery school on site, below, which takes bookings of ten and will tutor you in everything from veggie cuisine to cordon bleu.
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    We can’t wait to return later this year to check out the big house – bagsy the room Beaverbrook’s bestie Churchill regularly stayed in – and state-of-the-art spa…
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    Double rooms, from £280 per night (beaverbrook.co.uk)

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