Brands Hatch Place review

Relaxing in the slow lane at Brandshatch Place hotel and spa

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 hum of traffic when they park at the front of the hotel. 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.

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

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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The indoor pool in the spa complex (hotel pic)

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 (if surprisingly chilly) 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. 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.

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Our bedroom was cosy but with lovely high ceilings

 

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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.

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

While the hotel check in had been really smooth, it was a different issue at the 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 left in the cafe – where the ‘special of the month’ was baked potato with a topping, £6.95 – and had to ask three times before being allowed to get ready for our treatments which was odd. 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.

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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 (once we’d turned down the arctic blast from the aircon) 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, although it could have done with fewer tiles missing).

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

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. While there were a few flaws at the spa, the same couldn’t be said for dinner in Atrium, 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.

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The smart Atrium 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.

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My starter of Driftwood goats’ cheese and beetroot
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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.

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A gooey, dense, delivious salted caramel chocolate delice

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.

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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, even if rather confusingly nuts were still on the menu – and there was even a special gluten-free section at breakfast which was a great idea. The hotel even makes its own honey.

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.

Brandshatch  Place hotel and spa, Brands Hatch Road, Gallows Wood, Longfield. Brandshatch Place is part of the Hand Picked Hotels group which also includes Buxted Park and Fawsley Hall hotels.

Rooms at Brandshatch Place hotel and spa start at £95 a night per room. Packages include:
One-night Romantic Getaway from £195 per room including a glass of Champagne on arrival, evening meal in the restaurant, overnight accommodation in a classic bedroom with a box of chocolates, breakfast and late check outhttps://www.handpickedhotels.co.uk/offers/romantic-getaway

One-night  Classic Spa Break from £340 per room including two 25 minute treatments each, two course spa lunch, use of the health club and spa facilities, dinner,  overnight accommodation in a classic room and breakfast. https://www.handpickedhotels.co.uk/brandshatchplace

Packages based on two people sharing a room, all subject to availability.

To book directly with the hotel, click on: Brandshatch Place hotel
To compare prices for Brandshatch Place click on: Trivago – Expedia.com– Booking.com
To read more reviews and get the latest prices click here to go to Brandshatch Place hotel and spa on TripAdvisor

If you like hotels with a racing theme then you’d also love these two – first car and then horses!

Brooklands Hotel, perfect location for car, spa and plane fans

Ellenborough Park: the perfect place for a day at the races

 

 

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Sarah Bridge

Every review is personally researched and written by me, Sarah Bridge, who, when I'm not writing about leisure for a national newspaper, spends my time seeking out the best leisure experiences, from city centre boutique hotels to country house estates, Michelin-starred dining to the newest openings. Some of the links on my reviews are affiliate marketing links, which means if you click through I get a small commission if you end up buying on these sites. This in no way affects the independence of my reviews, but helps with website running costs and I just wanted to let you know so as to be fully transparent.
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