Barnett Hill, Guildford

Exterior of Barnett Hill, Surrey

What’s Barnett Hill like?

A stay at Barnett Hill will make you will feel like lord or lady of the manor. The Queen Anne-style mansion was built as a country retreat by Frank Cook – son of travel guru Thomas – but now offers a range of luxurious bedrooms and suites. Set in more than 25 acres of grounds, the 4* hotel, near Guildford, is part of the Alexander Hotels collection.

How dog-friendly is Barnett Hill?

As long as your dog is relatively small and weighs less than 10kg, they are very welcome. Pets can stay in the recently-refurbished Courtyard rooms – with handy dog lead holders – for an extra £25 a night, with dog beds and treats available on request.

Although we were initially told pets had to stay off the carpeted areas in the main house, Ernie was warmly welcomed in the bar, as well as the relaxed Hub area and outdoor terrace. Visit the hotel website before you arrive for a bespoke dog guide with information on walks, attractions and local vets.

Bedroom at Barnett Hill

Tell me more about Barnett Hill

The hotel has scores of luxurious rooms or suites. We stayed in Room 50 by the courtyard, away from the main house and with easy access to the grounds. Once upon a time, this was the stable block and a large wooden horse sculpture pays tribute to that.

I was pleased to find our stylish ground-floor room had air conditioning as we visited on one of the hottest days of the year. It also had an enormous bed, a table for two and a flatscreen TV, as well as handy items such as an iron and iPod dock. There were tea and coffee-making facilities as well as biscuits and magazines, plus details of the Utopia spa treatments on offer (a 55-minute full body massage will set you back £79).

The bathroom was a real treat, with toasty underfloor heating, a large, modern tub and separate rainforest shower. The complimentary L’Occitane toiletries smelled delicious and it was handy to also have a sewing kit and shower cap. Up at the main house, wellies and umbrellas were available for guests to borrow, too. As dog owners, the only other thing we would have liked to see at the hotel was a poo bin!

Oak-panelled dining room at Barnett Hill

What’s the food like at Barnett Hill?

Delicious. The Oak Room Restaurant has won awards for its food and uses only the freshest, seasonal ingredients. My creamy pea risotto was honestly one of the best I’ve ever eaten. And although the oak-panelled restaurant is rather formal, the service was attentive and friendly.

Lunch, light bites and afternoon tea are also served in the restaurant but be sure to make time for a drink in the1905 bar. It is named after the year the property was built and has a great selection of wines and spirits which can be enjoyed in front of a wood-burning stove.

Are there resident dogs at Barnett Hill?

If you’re lucky, you may bump into VIP (Very Important Pooch) Daisy, the Alexander Hotels dog. Every week, the Cavachon visits all the hotels in the portfolio and enjoys long walks in the grounds.

Nick and Ernie outside Barnett Hill

Where are the best dog walks near Barnett Hill?

Start by exploring the hotel’s 26 acres of beautifully manicured gardens, complete with a giant chess set and croquet lawn. Woodland walks are signposted around the grounds – check out the map in your room to see where they go. There are also mountain bikes to hire, if you’d like to get off the beaten track.

Barnett Hill is in the heart of the Surrey Hills, which is where you’ll find some of South England’s most amazing countryside. Blackheath Common is nearby, as is Chinthurst Hill, which is managed by the Surrey Wildlife Trust. Great walks can be had along the banks of the River Wey, too – check out this 1.8-mile riverside stroll from Guildford town centre.

Stylish hallway at Barnett Hill with black and white tiled floor

What Ernie loved about Barnett Hill

Exploring the grounds, being treated to not one, but TWO sausages for breakfast, “helping” with security in the bar

What I loved about Barnett Hill

Feeling like lady of the manor, the stylish room, the delicious food

How to book Barnett Hill

Comfy king rooms at Barnett Hill start from £139 per night, including breakfast. Seasonal offers are always available – see the website for more details. For more information or to book, call 01483 893361 or visit the Barnett Hill website.


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