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Brocket Hall: A Timeless British Icon

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By Baldwin Ho on 26th September 2023

Only 20 miles from London, Brocket Hall stands as a timeless British icon, celebrated for its rich history, iconic film appearances, world-class golf courses, and the epitome of luxury living.

Brocket Hall Estate has earned its iconic status as a quintessential British institution. With award-winning films like The Queen, Pride and Prejudice, and the Netflix hit The Crown gracing its picturesque location, it stands as a testament to British heritage. Originally completed in 1768, its neo-classical façade famously portrayed Clarence House in The Crown series. The estate has hosted illustrious occupants, including two former prime ministers, and even earned a place as one of Queen Victoria's cherished country retreats.

While Brocket Hall is renowned for its world-class golf courses today, there's more to it than meets the eye. Melbourne Lodge, a refined 18th-century Georgian coach house conversion, offers a taste of regal living. Featuring 16 luxurious en-suite bedrooms, this experience is all about secluded luxury. Each room is named after legendary racehorses from yesteryears, paying homage to its history as a stable block for the estate's horses, which accompanied residents on hunts and graced race days when the estate had its private track. The serene views, whether overlooking the Melbourne golf course, the Main Hall, or Broadwater Lake, are nothing short of picture-perfect. Brocket Hall's proximity to London, just 20 miles away, makes it a convenient half-hour train journey from the city centre.

The Melbourne Club, Brocket Hall
The Melbourne Club, Brocket Hall

The rooms strike a harmonious balance between traditional country manor aesthetics and modern-day necessities. The corner double rooms, with their spacious super-king interior sprung beds and opulent canopy curtains, exude an ambiance reminiscent of a bygone era. Antique horse prints adorn the walls, adding character to the rooms. Homemade cookies and coffee and tea-making facilities are readily available, a thoughtful touch considering that dining facilities are not directly housed within Melbourne Lodge.

Melbourne Lodge bedroom
A glimpse inside a luxurious Melbourne Lodge bedroom.

All the expected modern conveniences are present, from flat-screen TVs with Freeview channels to high-speed WiFi, although one is unlikely to spend much time in the virtual world amid such natural splendour. Toiletries provided are from Duck Island London, specialists in luxury toiletries for high-end hotels, and plush bathrobes grace their well-sized bathrooms. While few 18th-century Georgian houses offer air conditioning, portable units can be supplied upon request, a nod to the present-day challenge of global warming.

A highlight of a stay at Brocket Hall is the culinary experience at Auberge du Lac, housed in an 18th-century building that once served as a hunting lodge. The restaurant boasts a prestigious 2AA Rosette rating and offers elevated dining with views of the scenic lake and surrounding countryside. Head Chef John Barber, with an impressive resume including stints at The Belfry Hotel, various Mandarin Oriental hotels, and the opening of London's acclaimed 14 Hills restaurant, leads the kitchen team. The farm-to-table concept is embraced wholeheartedly, and guests are welcome to explore the nearby kitchen garden, mere meters from their dining tables.

Head Chef John Barber
Head Chef John Barber

While the cuisine is rooted in modern British flavours, it draws inspiration from around the globe. The grilled Orkney scallop with XO sauce and fermented chilli, topped with kohlrabi, rivals the finest seafood restaurants in Hong Kong. The smoked burrata, adorned with a visually appealing watermelon jelly, black olive crumb, and hints of basil and lime, is a masterpiece. These innovative dishes capture the attention of Michelin inspectors. Main courses are equally enticing, with a cod served in a Bouillabaisse sauce that tantalizes the taste buds, and a risotto that surprises with its lightness, courtesy of a fricassee of peas and micro mints. Afternoon teas, a quintessentially British indulgence, are another popular offering, prepared by the talented pastry sous chef Ariana Machado and served in a charmingly traditional setting.

Dining experiences at Auberge du Lac
Savour delectable dining experiences awaiting you at Auberge du Lac

The crown jewel of activities at Brocket Hall is undoubtedly golfing, with two of England's finest golf courses gracing the estate. These courses are no strangers to professional tournaments and are celebrated for their challenging play. The signature 18th hole on the Melbourne course, with its play across the lake and unique ferry crossing, is a memorable experience. The estate also boasts tour-standard practice facilities, including a full-length driving range, chipping and bunker area, and more. As you explore the grounds, you'll be captivated by the breathtaking landscape, designed by Richard Woods, a follower of Capability Brown, the legendary figure in English landscape gardening. It's astonishing how this Edenic paradise is just half an hour away from the bustling heart of central London.

For more information and reservations, visit Brocket Hall Estate, or contact them at or +44 (0) 1707 368700.

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