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Old Jun 4, 19, 3:11 am
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Some more information below, pictures to follow when I have access to my laptop later!

I believe for opening night the hotel was roughly half full from discussing with the staff, sounds like quite a few of those there were booked with points given the current high value of this option. Speculation this might not last given just how good value points bookings are currently. Points bookings are into the classic room in the brew house but the hotel told me several times unprompted they will upgrade from this if they can. Unclear at what level Platinum and above suite upgrades end here, I'm afraid, as I didn't ask. The location of this hotel is within 30-40 minutes of Heathrow in one direction and right on the edge of one of London's wealthiest commuter areas the other way, so I would think there is potential for this hotel to run at very high occupancy once established. Quite a lot of interest from locals on opening day with a good few local groups turning up to eat / drink at the hotel.

The rooms seem to be split roughly half and half between the main house and the brew house. The brew house is made up solely of rooms and all the facilities are inside or attached to the main house. The two are separate buildings with a roughly 200m flat walk across to the brew house, which is nice in summer but probably slightly more annoying in winter. The main house rooms are grander whereas the brew house is more 'cosy' barn style with beams in some rooms and generally lower ceilings. From photos I preferred the main house look but in real life both are very nice, if different. A lot of the furniture was custom made in Italy and it is all very high quality. Toiletries are Hermes (Eau d'orange vert), towels and linens of the quality you'd expect. Air conditioning in the main house was extremely effective and pretty much silent, very impressive given the nature of the building. Extremely good water pressure in the shower, I didn't use the bath. My room had the largest fruit plate I have ever seen in it as well as a huge bouquet of flowers, I assume these don't exist in standard rooms. Free water is provided in Evian glass bottles. Illy coffee machine as well as a kettle in the room with plenty of pods and tea bags. A tablet is provided in the room covering opening times of everything as well as menus / general information. Maybe I've spent too much time in 5 star hotels in Asia but I think I half expected there to be more automation given the glossy finish, don't expect electric curtains or a Toto toilet.

The main house has rooms on the 1st and 2nd floors (in UK speak) and then also a couple of suites which are on the ground floor and seem to be accessed externally. The 1st floor rooms have higher ceilings and are grander, but are directly off the grand central staircase so the 2nd floor rooms will probably be quieter as they are up a second staircase. From my room on the 1st floor you could hear noise from coming/going outside and if someone was being very noisy in reception this could potentially be a disturbance to the 1st floor. The suites here (Junior, Main House, Main House Deluxe in order of size/price) are not true suites with separate rooms other than perhaps the presidential suite, but are instead junior suites. Be aware that only a few rooms (I think limited to some of the suites) have bathtubs if that is an issue for you.The main house appears to have three 'good' sides, one overlooking the grand entrance and two overlooking the grounds, whilst the remaining side will have a view over an internal courtyard so probably to be avoided if possible (this is limited to rooms 11 and 19 on the 1st floor, plus the corner room 18 which also has a view over the grounds).

I had room 13, a Main House Deluxe Suite called Godolphin Suite, which is probably the second best room after the Presidential Suite (the Deputy Manager checking me in described it as 'her favourite'). I think this is the Main House Deluxe Suite shown on the website and benefits from a corner position with windows on both sides overlooking the entrance and the grounds (with a window seat), as well as having a window in the bathroom. It has a connecting door which can join with neighbouring room 14 so that could be a positive or negative depending on your preferences. I also saw the neighbouring suite on the front of the house (room 12) which does not have an external bathroom and felt darker as it is not on the corner. 12 was actually booked but the party no showed, I think this could be a risk with upgrades at this hotel given where it is. I asked to see a room in the brew house and saw what I think was a Brew House Deluxe, it was a surprisingly good size with a great beamed ceiling, I would have been fairly happy with that room also but note the lack of a bathtub. I understand there is also one suite in the brew house but it was booked. The Presidential Suite (room 17) can be transformed into a three-bedroom suite by joining 16 and 18 but was occupied during my stay.
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