The Hotel Review: Brockencote Hall, Worcestershire, U.K
Review: Nichola Jones
Part of the Eden Collection this very grand Victorian Country Manor House Hotel has 21 individually designed bedrooms and is set in a rural location with amazing views all around the hotel’s 70 acres of land. A quiet and peaceful haven where our welcome was lovely and check in was easy.
Our room was one of the Feature Suites – very spacious with elegant ‘country manor’ style décor. The room not only housed a huge king size bed but also beautiful furniture including ornate tables and chairs, and draped in brocade, suedes and velvet neutral coloured fabrics set of by contrasting rich Mahogany wood. Several gorgeous period features sit pretty here such as the fireplace and expansive original windows with beautiful views, all of which gave a solid feeling of historical authenticity. Facilities in the room included a Nespresso machine, mini bar, complementary chocolates and fruit, and you cannot beat a pillow menu to ensure personalized comfort for a great nights slumber. There is a turn down service of an evening which makes retreating for your shut-eye a welcome invitation.
The bathrooms are in-keeping with the same interior air of elegance. A generous space with plenty of room for the walk-in monsoon shower. The roll top, stand alone bath which perched under the window is one that any self confessed pamper pro would love in their own home – nothing less than pure indulgence! The hotel is keen to state their Suite bathrooms are MADE for relaxation and we can certainly confirm this, with the additional stack of fluffy towels and spa worthy skincare provided from our beauty brand fave ESPA, we couldn’t have asked for more.
After a relaxing day making the most of the blissful surroundings and roaring fires in the bar and lounge area, we headed to dine at Chaddesley Restaurant. We’ve heard great things about this acclaimed 3 AA Rosette restaurant headed up by chef Tim Jenkins, who ensures the entire kitchens produce is grown on site or sourced locally. We knew if the food was as good as the rest of the hotel we would be in for a treat. Our pre-dinner cocktails were served in the hotels bar area and were created by our Tom Cruise-esque bartender (think 1980’s iconic film Cocktail). My husband opted for the Dark and Stormy which packed a punch, whilst I sampled a very classical ‘Cosmo.
In the restaurant there was a trio of menu options on our visit which included Tasting, Festive and al a carte. We had great recommendations for wine match with starter and mains and waiting staff took the time to explain the menu dishes, all un-rushed with super slick service. The Vension was a key highlight, where the entire dish, including all accompaniments, was cooked to perfection. It’s a tough call to cherry pick a favourite dish when each course showed such skill in preparation and presentation and a treat for the tastebuds.
The star of the fine dining floor that evening was certainly the fantastic restaurant manager, who went out of his way to ensure all guests enjoyed their food and dining experience, and we couldn’t fault any of the waiting staff with a fine deliverance of outstanding service.
Brockencote Hall | Kidderminster | Worcestershire | DY10 4PY
Rates start from £135.00