Room Service: A manor reborn, a star to follow?

Brockencote Hall, Worcestershire

As I rounded the driveway's final bend and saw the Victorian, French-style country manor house for the first time, I let out an involuntary "wow". The 21-bedroom Brockencote Hall became part of the Eden Hotel Collection (that also includes Mallory Court, in Leamington Spa) in 2011 and the group has spent £2m refurbishing the hotel, which now looks completely refreshed, inside and out.

Birmingham-based Nicholas Hollinshead Interiors (whose other luxury hotel clients have included the South Lodge Hotel, in West Sussex, and Pennyhill Park, in Surrey) has thrown out the lace-net curtains and wood-chip paper of old and in their place created a comfortingly traditional yet stylish interior, with lots of wood panelling, antique furniture, open fires and tastefully upholstered sofas. The more modern conservatory bar is saved from anonymity by a wood-fronted bar fashioned from an antique sideboard. Afternoon tea, pre-dinner drinks, and breakfast are served on the terrace in good weather.

There are also tennis courts, a croquet lawn and a fishing lake, but the main activity for many visitors will be eating and drinking. The Chaddersley Restaurant with views over the terrace, acres of linen, and well stocked cheese trolley, is country-house fine dining personified.

But there's a twist. Chef Adam Brown has worked for a number of Michelin-starred chefs (including David Everitt-Matthias at two-star Le Champignon Sauvage, in Cheltenham) and has all the cutting-edge style and talent to bag one of his own when the guide awards its new stars in October this year. Using ingredients foraged from the hotel's grounds, he creates delicious and highly individual dishes such as pan-fried fillet of brill with confit duck gizzard, mushrooms and golden plum, parsnip cake and caramelised honey cream, made with honey from the hotel's own hives. A three-course meal for two including wine, water and service costs about £170.


The hotel has a peaceful, rural feel being set in the middle of 70 acres with sheep grazing in the surrounding fields. But you're far from isolated here. The village of Chaddesley Corbett is a five-minute stroll away and is home to no less than three pubs including The Talbot (01562 777388;, which is recommended by The Good Pub Guide.

The historic town of Kidderminster, and its mainline railway station, is less than four miles away and the shops and restaurants of Birmingham and Worcester are within a 40-minute drive.

If you're in the mood for walking, Chaddesley Wood National Nature Reserve is about two miles away, or for a more strenuous expedition, the Malvern Hills (01684 892002; malvernhills are 20 miles away.


There are five categories of room: "classic", up to "feature", which all have very comfortable super-king beds. Most rooms are similar in size; however, the superior and master rooms have bathtubs, while the latter also have a corner aspect.

The 11 rooms in the west wing – which was added in the mid-Nineties – are the most contemporary, designed with either a smart grey, green or blue colour palette. They feature hand-made limed oak furniture. Sequoia, in the eaves of the building has the most character with a roll-top tub in the spacious bathroom. I stayed in the oversized Wellingtonia room in the main house where the rooms are decorated in a more traditional country house style and have an authentically creaky floor, marble fireplace, antique walnut furniture, and huge picture windows hung with embroidered silk drapes that overlook the fields at the front of the hotel.

The only disappointment was the seriously underpowered walk-in shower in the modern and roomy bathroom.

There's free Wi-Fi, mini bars stocked with mineral water and fresh milk, and a cafetière for fresh coffee. The turn-down service includes camomile tea and the weather forecast – in the charming form of The Brockencote Times, an A4 sheet of hotel news.


Travel Essentials

Brockencote Hall, Chaddesley Corbett, Near Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY10 4PY (01562 777876;

Rooms ****

Value ****

Service ****

Doubles start at £165, including breakfast.

The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
peopleGerman paper published pictures of 18-month-old daughter
Arts and Entertainment
'A voice untroubled by time': Kate Bush
musicKate Bush set to re-enter album charts after first conerts in 35 years
Life and Style
Arts and Entertainment
Robin Williams' life story will be told in a biography written by a New York Times reporter
arts + ents
Life and Style
food + drink
Life and Style
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Roger Federer is greeted by Michael Jordan following his victory over Marinko Matosevic
tennisRoger Federer gets Michael Jordan's applause following tweener shot in win over Marinko Matosevic
peopleJustin Bieber accuses paparazzi of acting 'recklessly' after car crash
Arts and Entertainment
Oppressive atmosphere: the cast of 'Tyrant'
tvIntroducing Tyrant, one of the most hotly anticipated dramas of the year
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Travel Shop
the manor
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on city breaks Find out more
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on chic beach resorts Find out more
sardina foodie
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on country retreats Find out more
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Business Development Manager / Sales Pro

    £30 - 35k + Uncapped Comission (£70k Y1 OTE): Guru Careers: A Business Develop...

    Graduate Sales Executive / Junior Sales Exec

    £18k + Uncapped Commission (£60k Y1 OTE): Guru Careers: A Graduate Sales Exe...

    Web Developer / Software Developer

    £25 - 60k (DOE): Guru Careers: A Web Developer / Software Developer is needed ...

    Oracle 11g SQL 2008 DBA (Unix, Oracle RAC, Mirroring, Replicati

    £6000 - £50000 per annum + Bonus+Benefits+Package: Harrington Starr: Oracle 11...

    Day In a Page

    Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

    Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

    A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
    Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

    The science of herding is cracked

    Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
    Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

    This tyrant doesn’t rule

    It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?
    Rachael Lander interview: From strung out to playing strings

    From strung out to playing strings

    Award-winning cellist Rachael Lander’s career was almost destroyed by the alcohol she drank to fight stage fright. Now she’s playing with Elbow and Ellie Goulding
    The science of saturated fat: A big fat surprise about nutrition?

    A big fat surprise about nutrition?

    The science linking saturated fats to heart disease and other health issues has never been sound. Nina Teicholz looks at how governments started advising incorrectly on diets
    Emmys 2014 review: Can they genuinely compete with the Oscars

    Can they genuinely compete with the Oscars?

    The recent Emmy Awards are certainly glamorous, but they can't beat their movie cousins
    On the road to nowhere: A Routemaster trip to remember

    On the road to nowhere

    A Routemaster trip to remember
    Hotel India: Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace leaves its darker days behind

    Hotel India

    Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace leaves its darker days behind
    10 best pencil cases

    Back to school: 10 best pencil cases

    Whether it’s their first day at school, uni or a new project, treat the student in your life to some smart stationery
    Arsenal vs Besiktas Champions League qualifier: Gunners know battle with Turks is a season-defining fixture

    Arsenal know battle with Besiktas is a season-defining fixture

    Arsene Wenger admits his below-strength side will have to improve on last week’s show to pass tough test
    Pete Jenson: Athletic Bilbao’s locals-only transfer policy shows success does not need to be bought

    Pete Jenson: A Different League

    Athletic Bilbao’s locals-only transfer policy shows success does not need to be bought
    This guitar riff has been voted greatest of all time

    The Greatest Guitar Riff of all time

    Whole Lotta Votes from Radio 2 listeners
    Britain’s superstar ballerina

    Britain’s superstar ballerina

    Alicia Markova danced... every night of the week and twice on Saturdays
    Berlin's Furrie invasion

    Berlin's Furrie invasion

    2000 fans attended Eurofeurence
    ‘It was a tidal wave of terror’

    ‘It was a tidal wave of terror’

    Driven to the edge by postpartum psychosis