Uncover the Hidden Gem of Surrey Countryside: Hand Picked Hotels Nutfield Priory Hotel and Spa
Are you yearning for a luxurious escape from the hustle and bustle of city life? Look no further than Nutfield Priory Hotel and Spa, nestled in the serene and picturesque Surrey British countryside. With its breath-taking views and impeccable hospitality, as part of the esteemed Hand Picked Hotels collection, this historical Victorian mansion house exudes charm and elegance, boasting ornate decor, original features, and a wealth of character., just 31 minutes away from the vibrant city of London. Prepare to be captivated by the charm and elegance that Nutfield Priory has to offer, from its rich history dating back to 1872 to its meticulous restoration and refurbishment.
Upon my arrival, I was immediately struck by the presence and grandeur of this remarkable country mansion retreat. Every corner exuded character and charm, and the warm and hospitable staff made me feel truly welcome from the moment I stepped through the doors. As I embarked on a grand tour of the mansion house, I was transported back in time, surrounded by the ornate decor, fine paintings, and unique artwork that showcased the rich heritage of Nutfield Priory.
The true crown jewel of this magnificent property is the Grand Hall—a space that embodies grandeur and opulence. As I entered, I couldn’t help but be in awe of the original features that adorned the hall, including a mesmerizing organ and stunning marble fireplaces. These remarkable elements serve as a testament to the opulent and luxurious lifestyle that the mansion was designed to accommodate.
For those seeking a cosy retreat, the library is a haven of tranquillity. The floor-to-ceiling bookshelves beckon book lovers and the inviting fireplace creates a warm and inviting ambience, perfect for snuggling up on a winter’s day. During the summer months, the library seamlessly opens onto a spacious terrace, offering breathtaking views across the Surrey Downs. Imagine savouring an al fresco lunch or sipping a refreshing drink in the sunshine, surrounded by the beauty of nature.
Adjacent to the library, the Bar provides a sophisticated setting for pre-dinner cocktails. Sink into the plush armchairs, bask in the warm glow of the fireplace, and let the ambience whisk you away into a realm of relaxation. The proximity to the adjoining Cloisters restaurant makes it convenient to transition seamlessly from aperitif to a memorable dining experience.
Step into Cloisters, a 2AA Rosette restaurant that exemplifies elegance and charm. The striking Neo-Gothic style is showcased through its arched ceilings and intricate stone carvings, reflecting the fine craftsmanship of the era. As you indulge in the culinary delights, the original mullioned windows offer breathtaking views across the picturesque Surrey countryside. The seasonal menu tantalizes the taste buds with traditional British favourites that have been given a contemporary twist, ensuring a truly unforgettable dining experience.
Imagine dining alfresco on the terrace, with the gentle breeze caressing your skin and the stunning views of the Surrey countryside unfolding before your eyes. Nutfield Priory offers this idyllic setting for alfresco dining, allowing you to immerse yourself in the natural beauty that surrounds the hotel.
For those seeking a private and intimate dining experience, Nutfield Priory Hotel caters to your desires. Whether you’re planning a romantic dinner for two or a special celebration with loved ones, the private dining options provide the perfect ambience for any occasion. The Gibson Room, with its ornate ceiling, transports you back in time, while the Worth Room creates an idyllic setting for more intimate events.
Now, let me share my personal experience of staying at Nutfield Priory Hotel and Spa. The moment I stepped into the Kipling Suite, situated off the Grand Hall balcony, I was utterly awestruck. The deep chocolate colour scheme, contemporary fixtures, and original features combined to create a haven of indulgence. The grand bathroom, with its in-built shower, twin basins, and finest quality toiletries, provided a sense of opulence and luxury. But it was the breathtaking views from the bathroom windows—overlooking the rolling hills of Surrey and Sussex—that truly took my breath away. The living area, adorned with comfortable sofas and chairs, nestled in the large bay window, offered panoramic south-facing vistas that I could have gazed at for hours. And of course, the oversized brown leather sleigh bed ensured that I enjoyed the most restful and rejuvenating sleep.
As a guest, you’ll have access to the Nutfield Priory Gym and Health Centre, just a short stroll from the hotel. Slip into your cosy robe and embark on a journey of relaxation and rejuvenation. The health centre welcomes you with open arms, offering a swimming pool, spa pool, steam room, and sauna. I had the pleasure of immersing myself in this tranquil oasis, indulging in the calming waters and finding true serenity in the peaceful ambience.
The dining experience at Cloisters was nothing short of extraordinary. From the moment we were greeted by the kind and courteous waiter, we knew we were in for a treat. The seasonal menu offered a tantalizing array of options, each bursting with flavour and artfully presented. As we savoured each bite, we were transported to a world of culinary delight. The appetizers, such as the succulent pan-fried diver scallops and the enticing smoked seared goat’s cheese, were just a prelude to the mouth-watering main courses. The tender aged fillet of beef melted in my mouth, while the seared duck breast tantalized my taste buds with its juicy perfection. The sides, including the fluffy triple-cooked chips with truffle oil and the appetizing roasted red onion with French beans and maple, elevated the meal to new heights. And let’s not forget the delectable desserts—the Bramley apple terrine was a taste bud explosion, leaving me wanting more. A selection of fine wines accompanied the entire dining experience, and the impeccable service and hospitality made it truly memorable.
When morning arrived, breakfast at Cloisters greeted me with its serene ambience and delightful views of the outside terrace. The finest ingredients were used to craft a breakfast that catered to every palate, including options for vegans and vegetarians. The selection of freshly baked croissants, pastries, muffins, and bread was simply divine. Individually boxed cereals, a fresh fruit salad, and a layered Greek yoghurt sundae added a delightful touch. From the traditional English breakfast to the fruity French cinnamon brioche toast, every dish was prepared with care and precision, ensuring a breakfast experience that left me satisfied and ready to start the day.
For those seeking an exquisite afternoon experience, Nutfield Priory Hotel and Spa offer its traditional Afternoon Tea. Whether enjoyed under the stone arched ceiling of Cloisters Restaurant or in the cosy confines of the library, this experience is nothing short of magical. Indulge in a homemade three-tiered selection of finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones, savoury bites, miniature cakes, and pastries, all served with a selection of fine teas. The attention to detail and the celebration of flavours make this one of the best afternoon tea experiences in Nutfield. They even offer special children’s afternoon teas, ensuring that the entire family can partake in this delightful tradition.
Nutfield Priory Hotel and Spa is more than just a luxury retreat; it’s a venue for celebrations. Whether you’re planning a wedding, a family gathering, or a celebration of life, Nutfield Priory has the facilities and expertise to make your event truly special. From the ornate ceiling of the Gibson Room to the intimate ambience of the Worth Room, every space is designed to transport you to a world of elegance and charm. And as the holiday season approaches, Nutfield Priory offers forward planning for Christmas, ensuring a festive celebration filled with joy and merriment.
To elevate your stay to new heights, consider booking the Byron Suite—the most talked-about suite in Nutfield Priory’s collection. Split over two floors and accessed by a winding staircase, this suite is a testament to poetic luxury. The bright and airy dressing area and bathroom provide a serene retreat, with views over the surrounding countryside. The contemporary bathroom, complete with a raised Victorian roll-top bath and double shower, invites relaxation and indulgence. The second floor unveils a striking living area and bedroom, where the warm chocolate theme sets the stage for contemporary furnishings. The feature bespoke cherry wood, hand-carved four-poster bed becomes the centrepiece of the room, offering a serene and breathtaking view of the Surrey and Sussex countryside through the original sash windows.
In conclusion, I urge you to embark on a journey to Nutfield Priory Hotel and Spa—an oasis of beauty, tranquillity, and relaxation. A visit to Nutfield Priory Hotel and Spa is an invitation to surrender to the serenity and beauty of a tranquil oasis. Whether you seek a memorable escape, an intimate wedding venue, or a place to impress your clients and colleagues, Nutfield Priory offers a retreat that exceeds all expectations. From the moment of arrival, you’ll be embraced by the presence and grandeur of this remarkable country mansion. Immerse yourself in the opulent ambience of the Grand Hall, find solace in the cosy library, and savour culinary delights at Cloisters Restaurant. The Kipling Room promises a sanctuary of comfort, while the Nutfield Priory Gym and Health Centre provide a space for rejuvenation. Indulge in a dining experience that tantalizes the taste buds, and awaken each morning to a breakfast selection that delights the senses. Nutfield Priory’s attention to detail, exceptional service, and commitment to creating a tranquil oasis ensure an unforgettable stay.
When the time comes for a celebration, Nutfield Priory Hotel and Spa has you covered with its array of celebration packages. And for those seeking the ultimate in luxury, the Byron Suite awaits, a crown jewel that epitomizes poetic indulgence.
Unwind, rejuvenate, and create treasured memories at Nutfield Priory Hotel and Spa. Your tranquil escape awaits—book your stay today and discover a world of beauty, relaxation, and unmatched hospitality.