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Relax in the slow lane at Brandshatch Place hotel & spa

This spa hotel in Surrey has 38 bedrooms and a restaurant plus a modern spa

by Sarah Bridge
Brandshatch Place review

A stay at Brandshatch Place

It shares its name with a famous motor racing circuit but guests at the Brandshatch Place hotel and spa will enjoy a relaxing stay away from the fast lane.

As befits a hotel named after a racing circuit, guests to the Brandshatch Place hotel and spa are greeted with the gentle hum of traffic when they park at the front of the hotel.

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Rather than superbikes and touring cars on the racing circuit however, the sound is actually coming from the nearby M20 but don’t worry – not a sound or squeak from the motorway actually penetrates the hotel or adjacent spa at all and a night in Brandshatch Place will see you securely insulated from the outside world.

The entrance to Brandshatch Place

Brandshatch Place hotel & spa is situated in 12 acres of Kent countryside

History of Brandshatch Place hotel

The hotel itself predates the motor age by almost a century, being built by the Duke of Norfolk in 1806 and it remained a private home until 1977 when it was transformed into a hotel and country club. Now owned by Hand Picked Hotels, the 19-strong hotel company owned by Julia and Guy Hands, Brandshatch Place has 38 bedrooms and a restaurant plus a spa with a gym, indoor pool, hot tub, steam room, sauna and treatment rooms.

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Brandshatch Place spa indoor swimming pool

The indoor pool in the spa complex

Brandshatch Place bedrooms

Having parked at the front of the hotel we were checked in smoothly and quickly and shown to our room, one flight up the main staircase. While it wasn’t vast in size, the high ceilings and separate wardrobe space by the bathroom made it feel larger than it was and indeed within minutes we were feeling very cosy.

The room contained everything you could wish for: large comfy beds, a writing desk with lots of hotel information, lots of storage and a smart, modern bathroom and the only flaw was the usual hunt for a plug point for the kettle which never seems to be near the kettle itself.

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There were lots of smart cushions and good-quality bedding and staff in the bar downstairs were happy to supply ice and a champagne buckets for drinks in our room.

Brands Hatch Place bedroom

Our bedroom was cosy but with lovely high ceilings

twin beds at brandshatch place hotel

No shortage of cushions and pillows here!

With the prosecco on ice, there was just time for a quick explore downstairs which has a restaurant, bar and lounge area before we headed off to the spa which is connected to the main building or reached just across the car park.

Brandshatch spa

While the hotel check in had been really smooth, it was a different issue at Brandshatch spa: we had hoped to spend time relaxing in spa robes before our treatments (and indeed there are rooms for that very purpose) but instead we were told to wait in the cafe and had to ask three times before being allowed to get ready for our treatments which was odd.

Brands Hatch Place hotel and spa review

The spa has a gym and workout room alongside the pool and treatment rooms and is open to members as well as hotel guests

After half an hour and the third time of asking someone did get us towels and robes and allow us through to get changed but by then it was all a rush, not helped by there being no keys in the lockers although we’d been assured there were. Staff could have been having an off day but it wasn’t the greatest start to a relaxing massage.

Brandshatch Place spa relaxation room

One of two pleasant relaxation rooms at the spa

Once we finally made it in though the treatments were good and we were able to relax afterwards instead in the post-treatment room and explored the rest of the spa, which had a good-sized swimming pool, sauna, steam room and hot tub which was small but cosy.

Brandshatch Place spa jacuzzi hot tub

The cosy hot tub in the spa – the sauna and steam room were just next door

However it was a very relaxing way to spend the afternoon and we eventually reluctantly heading back to our room through the connecting corridor to change for the evening.

Brandshatch restaurant

While there were a few flaws at the spa, the same couldn’t be said for dinner in the hotel restaurant, which was faultless, with excellent food, a newly-designed, clearly laid out menu with a good choice of dishes, plus speedy, helpful service and a good atmosphere of luxury and efficiency.

restaurant at Brandshatch Place

The smart restaurant at Brandshatch Place

We started with ham hock terrine and piccalilli, and White Lake Driftwood goats’ cheese and beetroot – both excellent, but I think the goats’ cheese had the edge – and then had the huge gourmet burger and the really excellent Welsh lamb hotpot, which was Tardis-like in the amount of meat it packed in and cooked to perfection.

Driftwood goats' cheese and beetroot

My starter of Driftwood goats’ cheese and beetroot

Welsh lamb hot pot

The deceptively large Welsh lamb hot pot which was the highlight of an excellent meal

Amazingly enough we still had room for dessert and so picked the cheese board, with very tasty Black Bomber, Kentish Blue and Tunworth, and the gooey, dense delicious salted caramel delice. We were the last to leave what had been a memorable meal and were glad our room was just a few steps away.

salted caramel chocolate delice

A gooey, dense, delicious salted caramel chocolate delice

Brandshatch Place breakfast

Breakfast the next day was equally good with a range of continental and cooked options – we had Eggs Benedict and an excellent scrambled egg and smoked salmon – and everything from toast to tea, coffee and service were again excellent.

smoked salmon, scrambled eggs and wholemeal toast breakfast

My excellent smoked salmon, scrambled eggs and wholemeal toast breakfast

The friendly staff took time to explain the hotel’s no-nut policy – the entire Hand Picked Hotels chain is nut-free and there was even a special gluten-free section at breakfast which was a great idea. The hotel even makes its own honey.

Brandshatch Place grounds

Finishing off a hotel stay with a walk through the grounds or nearby countryside is a favourite treat of mine and Brandshatch Place didn’t disappoint: the hotel has 12 acres of its own and is located in some beautiful woodland which you can reach via a footpath next to the spa (there are Wellington boots to borrow in reception).

We spent the next few hours getting happily lost in the trees and I left feeling that it had been a great introduction to what looks like a very interesting group of country house hotels.

Hotel information and to book Brandshatch Place hotel & spa

Brandshatch Place hotel & spa
Brands Hatch Road,
Gallows Wood,

Rooms at Brandshatch Place hotel and spa start at £95 a night per room. Packages include Classic Spa Break and Romantic Getaway.

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Brandshatch Place is part of the Hand Picked Hotels group which also includes New Hall and Fawsley Hall hotels.

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