Good Hotel Guide Review
A stroll from Richmond Park, with a verdant Thameside garden and terrace, this Georgian mansion is today an innovative hotel, wedding venue and members’ club, run by mother and daughter Ruth and Samantha Trinder. It was once home to ‘the Michaels’, aunt-and-niece lovers Katherine Bradley and Edith Cooper, who wrote under the pen name Michael Field and fooled Victorian society until Robert Browning blew their cover. Bedrooms, each named after a Field novel, have designer chic, a bright palette and sustainable fitted furniture. Music was playing as Guide insiders entered their room, which had a copper bathtub and separate shower. ‘My wife said it was the best bath she’d ever had – lovely and deep.’ You can dine in the parlour or library, have a drink in the drawing room, which serves as a members’ lounge/bar. Steven Edwards, of Etch in Hove, oversees the kitchen. At lunch and dinner, tasting menus bring dishes such as guinea hen and barbecued lettuce Caesar; for vegetarians, broccoli risotto with macadamia. Small plates are available from a bar menu, while breakfast choices include oak-smoked salmon with scrambled eggs, watercress and toasted sourdough.
61–63 Petersham Road
020 8940 0902
all year, restaurant closed Sun evening from 5.30 pm.
3 drawing room/bar/restaurant rooms (vegan menus), function room, in-room TV, civil wedding licence, terrace, ½-acre garden, parking, nearby wellness centre, public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
in bar and restaurant.
all ages welcomed, no charge for extra bed.
allowed with prior permission in some bedrooms (charges apply) and public areas.
B&B (continental) doubles from £170. Cooked breakfast from £9.50, tasting menu £55–£75 (5/7 courses). Check hotel website for latest offers/prices.