Barnett Hill Hotel was taken over by Alexander Hotels in September, just three months after it was first spotted on the market by the brand’s owners Peter and Deborah Hinchcliffe. The hotel needed ‘heavy investment’ says marketing manager Leanne Cleaver, and a rolling phased refurbishment programme began at the Grade-II listed building, which was previously owned by the Sun Dial Group. Originally owned and managed as a conference facility, Barnett Hill is an inspired Queen Anne style property located in the Surrey Hills, and was once a hospital used by the Red Cross and St John War organisation to aid the recovery of war veterans.
Now the 18 bedrooms in the Main House have been unveiled, having been redesigned by co-owner Deborah with the help of local suppliers. The restaurant, which was recently awarded 2 AA Rosettes, is headed up by chef Lee Young and is also looking to be extended. The Grade-II listed hotel has seven meeting rooms which have also been given a refresh, with the weddings market of key importance for the property going forward; Cleaver says that the hotel took on around 30 weddings at the time of acquisition. In total, Barnett Hill Hotel is home to 58 bedrooms, with Cleaver explaining that there are plans to knock down the East Wing of the building and create luxury suites on site in its place. Barnett Hill joins the Alexander Hotels portfolio alongside the group’s three other hotels; the five-star Alexander House Hotel, four-red star Langshott Manor and four-star Rowhill Grange Hotel.