A peek inside Britain’s most secretive housePosted on: 25 September 2017 by Eloise Craven-Todd
A house where history meets modern luxury, a night away in the De Vere Latimer Estate is the perfect weekend escape.
Having been transformed into a hotel back in 2006, the De Vere Latimer Estate (formerly Latimer Place) in Chesham played an important role in British military intelligence, acting as the headquarters of the IV Corps in August 1940. Having undergone a £7m refurbishment, the house has been restored to its former glory whilst introducing modern touches to transform this historic building into a relaxing escape.
Pulling into the sweeping drive, it is clear that this is not your typical hotel. Just an hour and a half outside of London’s city centre, the bustle gives way to rolling Chiltern hills and rural views, which set the tone for a seductively relaxing stay. Welcomed by staff into the Mansion House, a quick recce reveals the character of the building has been retained with the large bay windows and elegant décor with a tasteful modern twist. This air of elegance continues throughout the house with the grand staircase leading towards the 31 new deluxe rooms and suites.
Our room was magnificent. Located in the main Mansion House, the views stretched out across the garden and the neighbouring river Chess. Ready for us on arrival, our room came complete with everything required for a sumptuous evening of pampering, including, fresh robes, refreshments and luxury toiletries, but it was the kingsize bed that truly made the room special.
A luxurious night away requires a delicious meal and our three-course dinner in The Mansion House Restaurant was just this. Bringing a touch of the fresh outdoors into its beautiful dining room, the ambience was magical. Although a starry canopy accommodates al fresco dining, the approaching winter meant that our meal was served in the conservatory. Bright and airy, a bandstand takes centre stage in the 1838 restaurant with tables positioned in-between tall potted plants, bringing a touch of the Mediterranean to the evening – although the room is unfortunately not as warm as the Med.
The food served is locally sourced and seasonal, meaning each dish that was brought to our table was of exceptional quality. The goat’s cheese was light and delicate, the fish melted away at first touch, the steak was cooked to perfection and the chocolate brownie gooey in the middle with a crisp outer coating. Thanks to the attentive and friendly staff our dinner at the Latimer Estate was a memorable one and one that ended comfortably in our superior room.
Well rested, the dining room transformed the following morning into a bright and beautiful space. A large buffet breakfast awaited and we were lured by the smell of fresh coffee. Alongside a range of both meat and vegetable hot breakfast choices, there was a selection of yoghurt, fresh fruit, cereal, bread and pastries – more than enough to refuel before packing up and heading home.
Considering its close proximity to London, the charming, yet elegant House made for a truly pampering night away set in the beautiful Chiltern Hills, and one I won’t be forgetting in a hurry.
For more information on the hotel's history and to book your stay, visit The De Vere Latimer Estate
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