Occupying perhaps the finest corner of England’s pleasant land (or at least one of them), Beaverbrook is an Italianate mansion bringing a taste of Tuscany to the Surrey Hills. The terrace is the perfect place for cocktails, mostly because of the view, but also because of the excellent barmen. The estate’s decadent days are far from over, with ice rinks added to the 470-acre grounds at Christmas. There are also indoor and outdoor pools, the Coach House Spa, where every treatment begins with a ritual instead of your average consultation, a Japanese restaurant and the Garden House for British brasserie classics.
Lime Wood may look like a Regency manor from the outside, but the pale yellow building was actually constructed in 2008. It has all of the anticipated Georgian grandeur though, not least along the sweeping drive, but with a thoroughly modern outlook. At the Herb House spa, sign up for Bamford treatments and Sarah Chapman facials, spells in the forest-facing pool and sauna, and a trip up to the roof garden, before calling in at Raw & Cured bar for wholesome meals to keep the wellness vibe going.
Heckfield Place, Hampshire
The story that surrounds Heckfield Place is that it took seven years to build, with the meticulous owner refusing to receive guests until it was simply perfect. Fortunately, it was deemed flawless in 2018 and has been the Hampshire hideaway of choice ever since. Handily just an hour’s drive outside of London, and yet immersed in more than 400 acres of British countryside, the eco-friendly estate spans a manor house built in 1790, two Skye Gyngell restaurants, a screening-room, woods, a farm and a lake. The Little Bothy Spa has all-natural treatments, using Wildsmith products, named after the estate’s head gardener in the 19th century and Bodyism personal trainers are on hand.
Lost in options and feeling overwhelmed, I came across Hapaars Bazaar and their recent round up of must visits and it was instantly calming, I could close my other tabs, glance through their list and voila!