We have just back from a fantastic three night stay at Brooklands for my Hen weekend.
There were nine of us in total so we hired the whole Jamestone (which sleeps 6 - but has a large kitchen/lounge/dining room suitable for 12 people) and two self contained bedrooms a few steps across the courtyard in the Graystone. We were met by the owner, Claire, on arrival who showed us round and we had a quick peek in the new Brooklands (central barn) which is a new addition to the complex and which also looked stunning. Everything is very tastefully decorated in the Jamestone and Greystone and all the bedrooms were very large. The showers in the Graystone were both amazing (so don’t feel like you have the short straw if you are staying across the courtyard) I didn’t want to get out. The kitchen is also very well stocked in the Jamestone, we had a Tesco delivery when we arrived and ate in for most meals.
We managed to blow a fuse in the lounge so text the owners who popped round to sort it out but other than that we didn’t see them apart from when they came to say goodbye; so I am very surprised to read some of the previous reviews on here. There is also no requirement to strip beds, empty bins, collect up dirty towels etc. before you leave (as I have had to do in many other self catering apartments I have stayed in) which is a bonus with 9 girls to get sorted.
The swimming pool is really nice, with a shower/toilet room in the same building. We were lucky enough to have the whole complex to ourselves so enjoyed the use of the pool with the 9 of us in it. We didn’t use any of the other outside spaces as the weather was very changeable.
It is also only £5 in a taxi into Arundel which we went into for dinner one night and lunch another day, so it is in a great location. We mostly stayed in Jamestone though, as my bridesmaids had bought loads of activities and there is a iPod docking station and DVD player so we were all very well entertained even in the rain.
Overall I really couldn't recommend it enough. We have passed on the details to our parents and in-laws and might be back for a family holiday.
(Claire one very minor point on the last night we wanted to put the under floor heating on the Greystone for a quick blast as the temperature has dropped so much, but there were no instructions around and we couldn't make it work -and it was too late to contact you - so they would be handy for the next guests. I wish you every success with the new central barn and the new addition arriving soon to the family).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Brooklands is a 19 century barn conversion and we offer self catering accommodation with panoramic views of the Arun Valley and Arundel Castle. We have a private indoor heated swimming pool, with private gardens and parking with free wifi, quality linen and towels and Temple Spa toiletries are all provided, for an exclusive relaxing stay. ... more less