By Lauren Jade Hill
Beaverbrook estate sits in the Surrey countryside just a short journey from central London. Spread across 400 acres of privately owned land, the estate affords a true country house experience amid resplendent luxury. Over the past five years, Beaverbrook has been on a path to complete renovation and now the heart of the estate has been unveiled.
The House is the key phase of a five-year multi-million-dollar renovation project encompassing the entire Beaverbrook estate. The first phase saw the opening of the 11-room Garden House; with interiors designed by Nicola Harding, this house exudes elegance and a whimsical feel, while featuring its own School of Cookery and an Anglo-Italian restaurant.
The House encompasses another 18 rooms and suites, with décor by Susie Atkinson (who is also behind the interiors of Babington House and Soho House) combining the integration of antique fabrics, furniture and lighting with a fresh contemporary feel. A Japanese restaurant by chef Taiji Maruyama—formerly of Nobu and Kiru—can also be found inside, along with a range of other luxury amenities. Much of the house’s charm can be attributed to its history having once been home to Lord Max Beaverbrook and where a number of renowned guests have stayed. The House’s rooms and suites are now named after some of these esteemed visitors, including Sir Winston Churchill, Elizabeth Taylor, Ian Fleming and Rudyard Kipling.
In addition to the restaurant, the House features a 16-seat private dining room and the glamorous 1920s-style Parrot Bar where guests can sip on cocktails created by head barman Rafael Sanchez. An outdoor terrace then commands views across the lawns and Surrey hills.
As the final phase of the renovation, the Coach House Cottages and Spa will open later this year. Incorporating stained glass windows, mosaic tiles and paintings by Brian Clarke the spa promises to be particularly striking.
Ingredients for the restaurant at the House and Garden House are sourced from the local area, with many grown on the grounds in the estate’s kitchen garden, and fish is delivered fresh every day. These seasonal dishes then feature on each of the curated chef’s menus.
Rooms at Beaverbrook range from $289 to $1,220 per night. Go over to beaverbrook.co.uk to find out more.
Images by Angus Taylor