Isn’t there just something irresistibly charming about a countryside getaway? Sprawling manor houses, cosy inns, rustic farmhouses, and majestic stately homes. The UK is practically overflowing with these enchanting country house hotels, and it is little wonder why.
Let’s take a little trip down memory lane to 1949, when Francis Coulson and his partner Brian Sack, introduced us to the delightful Sharrow Bay in the Lake District. This place was a game-changer, complete with everything that makes country hotels so lovable today, from afternoon tea to gorgeous bedrooms and fine dining. Fast forward to today, and their original recipe for success is still enchanting and pampering guests.
One such country hotel is Burnham Beeches in Buckinghamshire. It’s a quintessential, historic manor house turned into the ultimate chill-out zone. The moment you walk through the doors – dating back to 1727 and frequented by the great English Poet Thomas Gray – you’re swapping the daily grind for Georgian grace, 10 acres of sprawling gardens, and that ‘I’m a lord/lady of the manor’ feeling. It’s grand, tranquil, and oh-so-different from your usual stay-over.
Picture diving into a novel set in the 19th-century English countryside, except it’s not just your imagination. The rooms and suites at Burnham Beeches are meticulously thought out to make you feel part of that story, with all the luxury hotel perks you’d expect, like 24/7 room service. Whether it’s tying the knot and needing that perfect Bridal Suite or just cocooning in comfort after a day out, they’ve got you covered with the comfiest beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, and all the tech trimmings.
Wining and Dining
The Brasserie 1727 is a feast for the senses, with menus that change with the seasons, all served up in a stunning manor setting. For those who prefer a more formal dining experience, The Oak Room is the perfect setting for wearing in your new Miu Mius.
Afternoon tea is an institution at Burnham Beeches. Overlooking the hotel’s gardens, the charming pink Tea Room serves delicate finger sandwiches, straight-from-the-oven scones, and a lineup of teas that’ll make choosing just one the day’s toughest decision.
Fancy a tipple? The Georgian Bar and Lounge is where you’ll recount your adventures over a meticulously mixed cocktail (the Old Fashioned is a particular favourite here) or enjoy a glass of red. It’s casual, it’s classy, and it’s got snacks. What more could you ask for?
Relax and Unwind
The SOUL Spa is your go-to for that ‘ahh’ moment, with treatments that include the Calm Facial (60 minutes and ideal for sensitive skin), a glorious Aromatherapy Massage (60 or 90 minutes), or a Luxury Manicure and Pedicure. And if you’re feeling a dip or a steam, the pool and sauna are calling your name.
Whether you choose to spend the day, or make a weekend of it, a visit to Burnham Beeches Hotel is like hitting the pause button on life’s remote control.
Grove Road, Burnham, SL1 8DP