Cool Place of the Day: Brooks Country House, Herefordshire

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Martin Dunford
Wednesday 10 August 2016 10:11

Once at the heart of a 1000-acre Herefordshire estate a few miles north of Ross-on-Wye, Brooks Country House is the latest addition to the Brooks group of hotels (the others are in Bath, Bristol and Edinburgh).

A 22-bedroom Georgian manor set on 13 acres of parkland in the Wye Valley Area of Natural Outstanding Natural Beauty, it's the perfect place to spend for a short break, not only for its relaxed country vibe but also for the facilities. These include a heated outdoor swimming pool, games room, pool room and gym – goodies that weren't lost on the likes of Led Zeppelin, Oasis and Jamiroquai, who holed up at previous incarnations of the hotel while recording nearby.

The latest version has been refurbished throughout, not only in the public areas but the rooms too, which retain lots of period features as well as having been updated with luxury contemporary wallpaper, chandeliers, curtains and high-end vi-sprung beds with goose down pillows and duvets. They all feature antique furniture and a hospitality tray of goodies on arrival, and the bathrooms are generously sized with rolltop baths and power showers.

Like all good country house hotels, there is a restaurant on-site – fashioned out of the former library – so you don't have to leave if you don't want to – and you can wash your dinner down with the hotel's very own dry white wine, produced at the estate's Pengethley vineyard. And if you do get bored, Ross-on-Wye and Hereford – and, for that matter, Wales – are all just a short drive away.

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