One night back in December, after a few mulled wines in St Nicks market, I remember stumbling upon a set of gates that led to an amazing-looking hotel. What with Christmas and New Year following shortly after, I quickly forgot about my tipsy discovery until last week, when we went to check out what happens behind the gates of Brooks Guesthouse Bristol and find out about their brand new Country House in Hereford.
I wandered into the main breakfast room, which opened straight out onto the lavender-filled garden, to be welcomed by Carla Brooks, co-owner and brains behind Brooks hotels. There are four venues dotted around the UK, each with its own individual charm, and after a glass of wine and introductions to some of the other bloggers, we whizzed upstairs for a tour and to discover the quirky secret of this location.
With a stunning view of Bristol’s rooftops and the buzzing market below, a group of aluminium retro Rocket caravans sit atop the hotel, offering charming and cosy accommodation for travellers who fancy resting their head somewhere a little bit different. We were totally agog – I couldn’t imagine how I hadn’t spotted them up here before on my journey through the area every day, and my mind was completely baffled at how Carla had even got them up here (a very big crane, it turns out!). We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek inside a very lovely guest’s caravan – it was just the right size for a couple of nights away, and there were LED lights in every colour to make the inside just as interesting as the outside.
Back inside we had a look at some of the other rooms, which were just as lovely – not only were they beautifully fresh and clean, but they each had a personal touch, whether it was a day bed made from a vintage tweed suit or a cabinet commissioned especially for purpose. One of my favourite features of the room was the use of hooks on the wall instead of a wardrobe, avoiding that horrid feeling of realising you’ve left something behind. What’s more, prices of a standard double range from £67 to £89, which is darn good for a gorgeous city centre hotel – sorry Premier Inn, but you just can’t compete.
We headed back to downstairs to enjoy some more of Carla’s locally-sourced wine and cheese, and to hear more about her newest venture, Brooks Country House. A change from her usual boutique-esque city hotels, this recent acquisition is a Georgian manor house, set in the rolling Herefordshire countryside. As with the other Brooks hotels, Carla has and her husband have done it out beautifully, maintaining its luxurious country-house style with their unique finds and keen eye for detail.
Before we headed home for the night, I was lucky enough to win a stay at the Country House out of a blogger card raffle. Watch this space for my write-up! Thanks to Carla for putting on a lovely evening for us bloggers, and for Heather for organising.