Rendezvous with romance at Nutfield Priory

For Londoners seeking a romantic getaway within proximity of the city, consider Nutfield Priory Hotel & Spa this Valentine’s Day. This award-winning country house hotel and spa is regarded as one of the best hotels in Redhill, Surrey and after our recent visit, we can completely understand why.

History & Location

Nutfield Priory is inspired by the Neo-Gothic splendour of the Palace of Westminster. This unique Victorian mansion house dates back to 1872 and delights with its stylish interiors hung with fine paintings, unique artwork and exquisite original features.

Privately owned up until Wold War II, it then became a home for deaf children before eventually being converted into the grand hotel it is today.

Hand Picked Hotels, who own Nutfield Priory, is a beautiful collection of 21 privately owned, luxury country houses and coastal retreats, each hand-picked for their individuality. Architecturally distinctive and quintessentially British, every hotel in the collection boasts an extraordinary location, from Scotland to the Channel Islands, offering breathtaking views, from vast countryside to expansive beaches, to lush woodlands.

Nutfield Priory, with its close proximity to London and Gatwick Airport, offers bucolic views of the surrounding Surrey Hills, making it a peaceful escape from city life.

Romantic Retreat

The Romantic Retreat package allows guests to indulge in an overnight stay in one of Hand Picked Hotels’ beautiful bedrooms. A chilled glass of Bruno Paillard Rosé Champagne will greet guests on arrival, as well as a complimentary box of chocolates in the room.

A three-course seasonal dinner for two is prepared by the talented team of chefs, and in the morning, guests can awake to a freshly cooked Hand Picked breakfast, to be enjoyed in the hotel restaurant or in-room.

What’s more, couples will be able to enjoy use of the health and leisure facilities, as well as a late checkout.


Cloisters is the hotel’s 2AA Rosette restaurant, which provides a unique and elegant space for relaxed dining. It’s striking Neo-Gothic style makes this space completely unique, while its abundance of period features make the setting even more romantic.

Arched ceilings and intricate stone carving show off the fine craftsmanship of the era and original mullioned windows offer spectacular views across the Surrey countryside.

Serving a seasonal menu of traditional British favourites enhanced with a contemporary touch, the chefs are passionate about sourcing the finest local ingredients wherever possible, allowing their natural freshness and flavour to shine through.

On our recent visit, we indulged in the exquisitely prepared seasonal menu: the John Dory fish with Brixham lime and chilli crab cake, brown crab and Japanese mayonnaise, and samphire was sensational, while the ribeye was cooked to total perfection – succulent and juicy, it was expertly seasoned.

For those seeking to celebrate Valentine’s Day during the day, Cloisters has prepared a Valentine’s Afternoon Tea menu. A selection of savouries is served, including honey-glazed ham with mustard and Scottish smoked salmon, with homemade scones and a selection of sweet treats also served. There’s plenty of loose leaf tea offerings and a glass of sparkling Prosecco on arrival, all for £48 per person.

Suite Life

The suites at Nutfield Priory are all individually designed and offer a large, open plan living space. What’s more, they all have tall windows that offer breathtaking views of the Surrey countryside. With a beautifully crafted feature bed and original features in each, you’re guaranteed to feel indulged this Valentine’s!

We could not recommend the Tolkien suite more. The lakeside views are utterly captivating, with sprawling green space far reaching.

Like its famous namesake, the Tolkien is a little more epic than other rooms, making it a generous space for families and couples. Situated on the second floor of the main house, its large entrance area leads into the main living space.

With warm period colours, contemporary fixtures and original features, this is the ideal room for a romantic getaway. Large chairs are perfectly placed beside original windows that offer stunning south facing panoramic views as well as a bright feel (we recommend breakfast in this room in the morning). The bathroom suite, in a refreshing cream, has a modern feel, with twin basins set in a large vanity unit.

The Nutfield Priory Health Club and Spa is set alongside the country house hotel, and is a great place to work out, relax or unwind.

Dogs are also welcome as Nutfield Priory are proud to be a dog-friendly hotel.

For more information visit Nutfield Priory Hotel & Spa