Brockencote Hall is a beautifully refurbished, Edwardian country manor house, packed with period features and a regal, dark wood staircase as the centrepiece. It overlooked fields of sheep, extensive and beautifully kept lawns, tennis courts and a large lake, which had some resident ducks to feed. All these features were wonderful, but most people come here for the award winning food which is exquisite.
Set in pretty countryside full of sheep and surrounded by picturesque villages, Brockencote Hall is within easy reach of the Malvern Hills and is on the edge of the Cotswolds.
Style & Character
Arrival at this hotel was up a long tree-lined driveway, with a lake to one side and fields of sheep to the other. The building seemed to have been sympathetically extended and was a beautiful example of a gracious Edwardian residence, offering enough original features to make you feel like you had stepped back in time.
The style inside the main building was a mix of dark woods and charismatic wallpapers that were sympathetic to the age of the house. The main staircase was huge and particularly ornate; the lounge to the front was also ornate and atmospheric, and the place to take afternoon tea. The bar was in a modern garden room that opened up onto a split level patio. This was the place to take your evening drink next to the wandering sheep. The restaurant had a more traditional feel with high ceilings and excellent food.
Service & Facilities
The main activities at Brockencote hall were strolling in the grounds and eating the extremely fine food. There were also tennis courts that some guests were using.
Our room, a feature suite at the front of the house, had a peacock theme. It was not difficult to imagine that the room was more-or-less the same 200 years ago. Traditional windows and semi circles of glasswork over the doors along with beautiful fabrics, framed the expansive views over the fields and sheep. Of course, everything had been modernised and there was Wi-Fi, a Nespresso coffee maker with a carton of fresh milk, tea, home made biscuits, a flat screen TV, a modern bathroom and so forth. But the traditional furnishings with a “Lion Witch and the Wardrobe” style wardrobe and traditional fire place, made the place feel like it hadn’t changed a great deal. In fact, the old fashioned sash windows seemed to be original, so you could look out upon the sheep through the same panes that the owners did, all those years ago.
The bedrooms at the hotel varied in size and decor but all offered modern bathrooms with delicious ESPA amenities. For a true Brockencote experience, a feature suite is recommended.
Food & Drink
The food was undoubtedly the highlight at Brockencote Hall. Awarded with well deserved three AA Rosettes, everything was beautifully presented with incredible flavours. Many of the ingredients were from the garden in the grounds, which meant the tomatoes, the greens and even the edible flowers were absolutely fresh.
The menu had a number of ham-themed dishes which were mouth watering. Chef Adam Brown clearly knows his food. There were also fish dishes on offer, one with squid ink, the other with beans and chorizo that also worked well. Desert was delicious too; my choice was a stunning rhubarb desert.
Service at dinner and breakfast was excellent; in fact, the staff remembered little things like our preference for mixed toast and sparkling water in the morning and the table was ready to go and came complete with both as we arrived (impressive).
If you are a foodie that wants to relax in a beautiful patch of English countryside, you cannot go wrong with Brockencote Hall.
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