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Beaver­brook, Sur­rey

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Get away from it all at The Gar­den House in Sur­rey and Jumby Bay in An­tigua

Stay­ing at the gar­den House ho­tel is akin to re­ceiv­ing a warm wel­come from friends at their beau­ti­ful coun­try house—ex­cept you can be as­sured that the plumb­ing and heat­ing will work. Part of the 400-acre Beaver­brook es­tate near Leather­head, it’s a Sur­rey se­cret you’ll want to share.

it’s all in the de­tail here—the clas­sic pa­per­backs that line the walls lend a lux­u­ri­ous yet homely feel to the in­te­ri­ors, which were de­signed by ni­cola Hard­ing. i found the Lady­bird Book of Bri­tish Birds to be the ideal ac­com­pa­ni­ment to a sip of sloe gin from the com­pli­men­tary bot­tle in our room, al­though a whisky from the drinks bureau on the land­ing might have called for a slightly weight­ier vol­ume.

Our room—one of 11—over­looked the kitchen gar­den, which sup­plies the pro­duce that’s put to ex­cel­lent use by head chef Kaz Suzuki. He com­bines clas­sic English food with an ital­ian in­flu­ence and the res­i­dent som­me­lier, Euan, will match wines to each course—his choices were per­fect. the ho­tel even runs cook­ery cour­ses, such is the stan­dard of the cui­sine. the main house, the for­mer res­i­dence of Lord Beaver­brook, is be­ing sen­si­tively re­fur­bished and is due to open in Septem­ber, of­fer­ing a fur­ther 18 rooms and a spa.

as the ho­tel over­looks the Sur­rey Downs, the views here are truly glo­ri­ous—just the place to ex­plore and en­joy some fresh air. the se­cret is well and truly out: Beaver­brook’s gar­den House of­fers the per­fect restora­tive coun­try break. PC Dou­ble rooms start from £280 (01372 571300; http://beaver­brook.co.uk)

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