After driving from Manchester to England’s rugged Peak District to the posh Cotswolds to the dramatic Devon coast, we headed eastward towards London for the final stop of our British road trip – three days in the Surrey countryside at the newly opened Beaverbrook country house hotel. Steeped in charm and history, this quintessential English country estate was the former home of Lord Beaverbrook – a dear friend and confidant of Sir Winston Churchill.
We arrived and immediately headed to the gorgeous Parrot Bar for drinks and headed out on the terrace to enjoy a light lunch overlooking Beaverbrook’s vast estate. We came to England with our wellies and jackets, prepared for the famous rainy English weather, but for the entire two weeks we spent in the country we were graced with the most fantastic weather.
The Beaverbrook estate is vast and offers nearly everything you could want to see and do on the property. Because we were preparing for a destination wedding in Normandy, we decided to spend most of our time simply relaxing – enjoying hikes in the surrounding Surrey countryside, long leisurely meals at both of Beaverbrook’s incredible restaurants (the elegant Japanese Grill located in the main dining room was a highlight of our trip), and lots of time sipping cocktails al fresco with our favorite books. However, we did head out for an afternoon of exploration at the nearby National Trust Edwardian Estate of Polesden Lacey, home of one of the most glorious rose gardens that I have ever seen!
We truly could not have enjoyed our time at Beaverbrook any more and are already looking forward to the day that we can return. Whether you’re on holiday in England or looking for a luxurious getaway from London, just a quick train ride away, Beaverbrook is an absolute must!
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Photos by Surrey Wedding Photographer Molly Carr Photography