Surrey, United Kingdom

Beaverbrook

Rates per night from$229.08

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP179.17), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Haute property

Setting

Surrey thrills

Storied stays in the English countryside don’t come more page-turning than Beaverbrook. Set within the Surrey Hills, just outside London, this fanciful, neoclassical pile was once the country home of Lord Beaverbrook, the early 20th-century owner of the Daily Express newspaper and political minister to Winston Churchill. Key wartime conclaves were held here and past guests – including Elizabeth Taylor, Rudyard Kipling and Ian Fleming – are hinted at in the opulent rooms. But this isn’t a hotel to languish in the past: interiors are by Susie Atkinson, of Soho House fame; a Japanese restaurant is run by an ex-Nobu chef; and a spa, designed by glass architect Brian Clarke, is yet to follow.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

29, divided between the House and the Garden House, including three suites.

Check–Out

11am; check-in 3pm. Flexible, but subject to availability. A luggage-storage room is available.

Rates

Double rooms from $229.08 (£179), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates usually include breakfast, with Continental, English and à la carte options available. The Asian-style Dining Room serves Japanese omelettes with daikon, while the Garden House Restaurant has bacon sandwiches on rustic campaillou bread.

Also

The Garden House Restaurant has a School of Cookery attached for budding chefs, with sessions for children and adults. Pick ingredients from the hotel's kitchen-garden, then learn to rustle 'Britalian' dishes with head chef Kaz Suzuki or sushi with ex-Nobu chef Taiji Maruyama.

At the hotel

Library, lounge, screening room, events space, kids’ club, free WiFi, 400-acre grounds, a walled kitchen-garden, woodlands, a trout-filled lake. In rooms: fireplaces, a minimum of king-size beds or larger, flatscreen Apple TV, free Sipsmith Sloe gin, minibar, free bottled water, coffee machine, Bamford toiletries, ensuite underfloor heating, robes, slippers.

Our favourite rooms

We love the Superior Turret rooms tucked up in the eaves of the House, with a private terrace and views over the Surrey Hills. For south-facing woodland views, choose the Guest Garden House rooms, painted in bucolic shades and dressed with botanical prints, that mirror the surrounding English countryside. Ensuite bathrooms feature roll-top baths and showers come clad in glossy green tiles. On the landing, a drinks station has tea, coffee and two whisky decanters, primed for a nightcap.

Spa

The Coach House Spa is set to open in 2019; in-room treatments are available until then. Designed by glass architect Brian Clarke and inspired by the English countryside, it will have six treatment suites, a steam room, sauna, hammam, indoor/outdoor pools, a gym and a nail lounge. Home-branded Coach House oils will use plants, flowers and fruits from the estate and an on-site Deli for home-made wood-fired pizzas.

Packing tips

People don’t dress up in the country – it’s all about cosy jumpers and comfortable jeans here. Even Elizabeth Taylor took the weekend off at Beaverbrook. Though, it is worth taking something to meet the smart-causal dress code at the Dining Room for dinner – shorts, flip flops and tshirts are not allowed.

Also

Don’t miss the afternoon tea on the terrace or sofa-filled lounge. Freshly made sandwiches, Sacher torte and home-baked scones are available from Thursday to Friday (3pm-5.30pm) and at weekends (3.30pm-5.30pm).

Pet‐friendly

This country-house hotel warmly welcomes four-legged friends and dog bowls are provided. If staying overnight, dogs must check-in to the Cottage rooms in the Garden House. See more pet-friendly hotels in Surrey.

Children

All ages are warmly welcomed. As well as a weekend kids’ club for 4-12 year olds and resident Sharky and George minders, there’s an outdoor play area with a treehouse and reams of child-friendly activities. Extra beds can be added from £60 a night.

Best for

Absolutely all ages: this is an all-action family hotel that caters for kids as much as adults.

Recommended rooms

The two interconnecting Guest Garden House rooms are best for families.

Activities

From crazy golf to geocaching, treasure hunts, night safaris and den building, the kids’ club has plenty to keep 4-12 year olds busy, plus resident minders Sharky and George to ensure grown ups can work their way through the wine list (cheers to that). Open on Saturdays and Sundays, it offers full day (11am–5pm) or half-day sessions (11am–2pm or 2pm – 5pm). The excursions list also extends to horse-riding, cycling and foraging, and there are board games, books and puzzles for rainy days.

Meals

Child-friendly options are available in the Garden Kitchen, from buttermilk pancakes at breakfast to Bolognese linguini and organic chocolate brownies at lunch and dinner. The wood-fired pizza at the Deli is also sure to be a hit when it opens in 2018.

No need to pack

Children's books, pens, pencils, paints and paper… they’re all available.

Also

An outdoor play area is the stuff of Enid Blyton with a treehouse tucked in the woods.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

The sun-warmed conservatory is the best spot in the Garden House Restaurant, with its period-style windows overlooking the grounds. In the Dining Room, snuggle up on the two-seater, olive-green banquettes, set beneath double-height corniced ceilings.

Dress Code

Cosy cashmere jumpers and well-worn jeans in the Garden House Restaurant. In the Dining Room, evening wear from Surrey-based boutique Feather & Stitch and sky-high heels (optional for men).

Hotel restaurant

Food is one of the highlights of Beaverbrook and much care and attention has been given to its two main restaurants. In the Garden House, the Anglo-Italian Garden House Restaurant, run by chef Kaz Suzuki, has views of the grounds and cosy, cushion-stacked chairs that invite you to linger for a menu of gnoccillini with goat’s cheese and pistachio, and open ravioli with crab and squid-ink pasta. If you’re feeling hungry, the ‘Chef’s Table’ tasting menu skips through Sardinian flatbreads, Ligurian bull’s heart tomato salads with burrata, Cornish blue lobster and Calvados-infused apple tarts.  In the House, the Dining Room is the more formal option, with an Japanese menu devised by ex-Nobu chef, Taiji Maruyama. The Omakase appetiser let’s you eat your way through the chef’s favourite starters and multi-course menus guide you through a range of other highlights. Prefer to go it alone? Choose from thinly sliced yellowtail tiraditos, popcorn shrimp tempura or ‘the Beaverbrook’ sushi platter.

 

Hotel bar

One of the high points of Susie Atkinson’s design is the Twenties-style Parrot Bar. Dusky, peach-painted walls set the tone of this decadent drinking den, accented with velvet stools around the antique-brass, Art Deco bar, tasseled lamps, palm-print armchairs and parquet floors. An ornate bird cage will soon house a resident parrot. Equally chirpy is the drinks menu, with swoops through artisan cocktails, such as the matcha-tea-infused Pacific Pisco Sour and the signature Spitfire Collins, concocted with Sipsmith vodka and peach liqueur. Snacks of Japanese tacos, edamame and caviar are served in the bar from 6pm to 10pm and you’ll also find an honesty bar in the Garden House, too. 

 

Last orders

Breakfast is 7am-10.30am (from 7.30am at weekends). The Dining Room serves lunch (Tuesday to Friday, noon-3pm; weekends 12.30pm-3.30pm) and dinner (Tuesday to Saturday, 6pm-10pm). The all-day Garden House Restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Room service

You can order upstairs to your room anytime between 7.30am and 10pm from dishes including chicken sandwiches with tarragon mayo, asparagus with poached egg or fillet of Loch Duart salmon, with salad from the kitchen-garden and dill-infused mayonnaise.

Location

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Address
Beaverbrook
Reigate Road
Surrey
KT22 8QX
United Kingdom

Planes

Two of the UK’s busiest airports are a 30-minute drive away: Gatwick to the south; Heathrow to the north.

Trains

A 10-minute drive from the hotel, Leatherhead station is serviced by regular Southern and South Western connections.

Automobiles

A car is great asset in the English countryside, enabling you reach tucked-away walking points and village pubs. However, at only an hour from central London (and well connected to other parts of the country), you could easily do without. There's valet parking at the hotel.

Worth getting out of bed for

You’re cordially invited to a weekend in the country… get ready to do as much or as little as you want. The 400-acre estate surrounding Beaverbrook is primed for outdoor pursuits, from rambling in the woods to horticultural tours with the head gardener and cycling on free-to-use bicycles. You can explore on four legs or two wheels, with horseriding and mountain-biking, or unearth the season’s bounty with guided foraging tours. Further afield, the steep climbs of Box Hill entice cyclists and there’s walking, running and riding in the Surrey Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. In spring or autumn, a trip to Winkworth Arboretum is particularly rewarding, while the village of Chiddingfold is regarded as one of England’s loveliest, with a handful of pubs and restaurants scattered around an idyllic green. Extensive eating and shopping options are available in Guildford and Godalming, but smart Chobham is the choice for quaint pubs and boutiques.

Local restaurants

If you’re keen on drinking in rural England’s best pubs, you’ve come to the right place. The upmarket town of Chobham has several superlative options, from the fire-warmed, gastro-style Four Horseshoes to smart Stovells, which has won four AA rosettes under chef Fernando Stovell and sits within a 16th-century Tudor farmhouse. In nearby Cobham – the ritzier big sister to Chobham, 12 miles away – The Plough and The Cricketers are two contemporary takes on the English classic. Several pubs provide end (or starting) points for walks up to Leith Hill – the highest point in the Surrey Hills – including traditional coaching inn, the Abinger Hatch, cosy Volunteer Inn and secluded Stephan Langton Inn. A five-minute drive from Beaverbrook, you’ll find The Cock Inn, with an outdoor beer garden, eye-catching interiors and hearty food. Finally, drive over to the pretty village of Chiddingfold to rub shoulders with locals at The Swan. For a high-end meal, book in advance at the Michelin-pipped Clock House, run by chef Fred Clapperton, within a handsome Georgian townhouse in the village of Ripley. In Dorking, chef Steve Drake has set up Sorrel, having trained under the Roux family and Marco Pierre White. 

Local cafés

Cyclists and walkers in search of a good cuppa and slab of cake are spoilt of choice in this swathe of Surrey. You can get afternoon tea at Treacle’s Tea Shop in Chiddingfold or stock up on local produce at The Dorking Deli in Dorking. The pretty village of Shere is a good post-walk stop in the Surrey Hills, with The Dabbling Duck providing a lovely, willow-draped patio, daytime refreshments and a refined take on afternoon tea. In the same village as the Clock House, Nest combines a café and antiques shop on Ripley’s high street.

Reviews

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If walls could talk, they’d have story or two to tell about Beaverbrook. The one-time home of Canadian-born press baron Lord Beaverbrook once welcomed the world’s actresses and authors to rip-roaring weekend parties, from Elizabeth Taylor to Rudyard Kipling, Ian Fleming and HG Wells. Set within the leafy Surrey Hills, it’s walls might also whisper of the wartime meetings that were held here when Lord Beaverbrook was minister to Winston Churchill. Indeed, the spitfire symbol that now crests the hotel’s uniforms and branding nods to a time when the right honorable Max Aitken oversaw aircraft production during World War II, including the iconic single-seater plane. Hints from the building’s history percolate through every corner of the hotel, from the book-stocked library, lined with the baron’s best-loved tomes, to the Art Deco cinema and Roaring Twenties-style Parrot Bar. Rooms also pay deference to past guests, including Churchill and Lord Beaverbrook’s wife, the Dowager, who gets the full four-posted, fireplace-filled tribute. Incredible art abounds too – including a Gerhard Richter tapestry in the opulent entrance hall. But far from languishing in the past, modern flourish is what really leaves a mark, from the Italian-inspired Garden House Restaurant to the Japanese-oriented Dining Room. Soho House designer Susie Atkinson looked to the glamour of Gatsby for her interiors and then gave it an English accent. Come spring 2018, a new spa will complete the set – the final chapter in this no-luxuries-spared transformation of one of the 20th century’s most storied houses.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Beaverbrook’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The room decor, the amazing Japanese food, the friendly service.

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Stayed on 9 Aug 2018

We loved

We loved the grand and bucolic setting, the utterly tasteful interior design loaded with historical references and objects, the library for those who appreciate a good book, the overall friendly and unpretentious approach from the staff and last, but not least, the excellent food in the restaurants.

Don’t expect

Party time.

Rating

Stayed on 31 Jul 2018

We loved

The beautiful building, rooms and grounds and the food and wine in the Garden House. The cocktails at the Parrot Bar are also not to be missed. We followed the bridle-path down to the start of the National Trust's 10 mile Box Hill Hike and spent a sunny day taking in some amazing views of the area and beautiful woodland with a well deserved final mile pint at the friendly Running Horse pub.

Don’t expect

Lively nights!

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Stayed on 17 Jun 2018

We loved

What an utterly fabulous hotel! In many ways, this is our new favourite place of all the hotels we have stayed in recently (including Cliveden and Ballyfin) and we travel extensively around the world every year and always aim to stay in the top hotels after conducting extensive research. My wife found Beaverbrook totally by chance when looking for a heritage hotel and it exceeded our already high expectations. As a newly opened hotel, it is probably still under most people's radar, but it won't remain that way for long. We stayed with two small children in the Elizabeth Taylor suite and my father in the Charlie Chaplin room. The Elizabeth Taylor suite was not the biggest suite we have stayed in but is magnificent with a lovely balcony and superb bathroom with top quality finishing throughout the suite and wonderful furnishing. Apparently the same interior designer was employed as for Soho House and every detail has been nailed, from the curtains to the wall paper which both would have cost a small fortune. The main house itself is exquisitely furnished to the very highest standard, giving the property an extremely cosy and unstuffy feel akin to a sumptuous home rather than a hotel. For us, the contrast with Ballyfin was noticeable, given that hotel was rated recently by Conde Nast as the best new hotel in the world. Notwithstanding impressively renovated communal rooms, Ballyfins environment was not relaxing for us whereas we immediately felt comfortable in Beaverbrook and want to return. We loved every room in The House; the lounge, the library, the bar (which serves excellent cocktails), the restaurant, the expansive staircase. On top of this, the gardens and surrounding countryside are beautiful and there was also a great childrens tree house and play area. We spoke to the estate manager Ed, who is an engaging young man and impressed us very much; an excellent choice as estate manager. He mentioned that the new spa will be opened soon (it looks like it will be extensive) and with additional accommodation also being built Beaverbrook should be even better by the end of 2018. As we were staying on Monday we were initially disappointed that we wouldnt be unable to experience Beaverbrooks Japanese restaurant, which is closed on Mondays, given the superb reviews. Instead, we had dinner in The Garden House restaurant. What a treat! The quality and precision of cooking is of the very highest standard and the setting borders perfection. We enjoyed our dinner and the relaxed atmosphere of the restaurant immensely and Im sure, if the restaurant was nearby we would be frequent visitors. It isnt cheap but high quality rarely is. I will be writing a separate review just for the restaurant as it merits it. I think the kitchen team in The Garden House are culinary superstars. In summary, in our opinion this hotel can easily can easily take top spot from Ballyfin and Cliveden in the Conde Nast best hotel category. One thing to improve is guest welcome on arrival as there was no one there when we arrived at the hotel.

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Stayed on 11 Jun 2018

We loved

Great hotel! So relaxing and peaceful.

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Stayed on 26 May 2018

We loved

Great place close to London and already so far from the rush... Garden house was just a great place – their staff were very helpful. 

Don’t expect

Quiet place – no crazy evenings but that was not the point of our stay.

Rating

Stayed on 20 May 2018

We loved

The high-spec interior design and decor (the attention to detail and the quality is immaculate). The food and the dinner we had in the Japanese – some of the best sushi we've ever eaten (and we've been to some good places in the past). The dessert platter was a feast for the eyes and had some really refined flavours. The personal attention and personable demeanour of the hotel manager, who took active interest in all of the guests. A very well presented and passionate lady who knew a lot about the history of the manor.

Don’t expect

The staff on the check-out desk in the garden house weren't as slick as they could have been and didn't notice that we'd been charged twice for dinner.

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Stayed on 17 Mar 2018

We loved

Everything was wonderful. The staff were all lovely and very helpful, the food was outstanding and we also loved the decor of the whole place. We will definitely return, especially when the spa is open.

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Stayed on 15 Feb 2018

We loved

Lord Beaverbrook had a good eye for a country house. The former Cherkley Court has beautifully proportioned rooms, splendid fireplaces, a magnificent staircase and massive windows from which to enjoy the Surrey Downs. He'd probably approve of the renovations. All is discreet luxury, and there are pictures and memorabilia on loan from the Beaverbrook Foundation, so you are gently reminded of its remarkable history - Beaverbrook was at the centre of British political life for decades. Rooms are named after former guests, such as Churchill and Asquith. A pity, though, that the new owners have overlooked his close friendships with leading Labour figures. You won't find a Bevan or a Foot room here, despite their frequent visits. Still, at least this hotel has captured the spirit of Beaverbrook's legendary hospitality. Guests announce themselves to the porter at the main gate, then drive up to the house where staff greet them warmly by name and whisk their car and luggage away. Our superior turret room (W Somerset Maugham) in the main house was so comfortable I could have happily spent a week holed up there. Decorated, Soho House style, in modern chintz, it had Melin Tregwynt blankets, a decked balcony with table and chairs, and a luxurious bathroom spread out under the eaves. Worth venturing out, though, for the well-executed Japanese food at dinner and the glories of the Parrot Bar. Bar a few glitches in the service – the staff were delightful, but lacked direction – this is a genuinely special experience. The history is palpable but it's not a museum piece. Rather, it's so warm and vibrant that you half expect Lord Beaverbrook to walk in, chewing on a cigar and berating a lowly editor (there is a framed example of his ascorbic proofreading up on the wall, and his desk survives in the library). We were shown Churchill's suite, with his original bath and decidedly grand toilet. It's hard to believe he would not be equally at home there today. We loved: Grade A comfort, well-plumped cushions, the scent of log fires, a blissful night's sleep, the fact that it felt luxurious yet lived in

Don’t expect

Don't expect: the flexibility you get in modern country house hotels such as Babington, a generous breakfast buffet, copies of the Guardian on the newspaper rack

Rating

Stayed on 19 Jan 2018

We loved

The location itself, the decor and the cinema that can be hired! The food is great too, especially the Japanese restaurant.

Don’t expect

Lots to do nearby if you do not have a car.

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Stayed on 12 Jan 2018

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