Brunel Manor is an imposing yet elegant Victorian building. You will find an abundance of high ceilings with ornate architraves, hand carved fireplaces and stunning candelabras. Some of the original Victorian floor tiles can still be found both in the foyer and the coffee bar. The whole estate is steeped in Victorian history and examples of design by the great engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
To the east of the old Manor house there is a modern extension with spacious, purpose built ground floor bedrooms, all equipped with en-suite facilities. Walk a little farther and you will find the pièce de résistance for groups and meetings, an impressive conference suite with all the facilities you could possibly wish for.
Heading back through the main hub of the building you will find, adjacent to reception, a large meeting room (formerly the grand banqueting hall). After passing reception, to your left, you will find the flamboyantly decorated chapel, a lounge for guests and, at the far end of the house, the most important room of all…. the dining room. This space comfortably sits 120 people.
As with any Victorian building you need to have a space to drink your tea and enjoy homemade cake. Alongside the ornate décor and tables and chairs in the newly refurbished tea room, you will find a monks’ settle to sit and pass the time and a wide variety of gifts and books to purchase. You can look out across the 13 acre estate to the manicured gardens and pond and the woodlands planted with native and more exotic trees – some selected by Brunel himself. There is a terrace to stroll along or sit to have a Barista Coffee and admire the view – all the way to the hillsides beyond the bay. Whilst strolling or sitting you may catch a glimpse of the children’s play area or some of the woodland wildlife that roams the estate.
Heading back in to the house… which the team here call ‘home’; you could glide like a princess up and down the grand stairway. Glance over your shoulder as you rise to the top, and look down on a grand piano witch sits snuggly in one of the stairwell corners opposite the Grandfather clock.
Take the lift to the second floor or walk to the top of the stairs (and take time to catch your breath) and you will find a restful reading zone stocked with over 1500 books - for those who wish to study the scriptures, for those who prefer easy reading and pop around the corner to find a small children’s selection.
Coming back down the stairway you will discover the eclectic mix of large family bedrooms and single bedrooms, with or without en-suite…… the choice is yours!
Our prayer for you whilst you visit, either as a resident guest, day visitor as day conference delegate is that you experience the loving presence of Jesus as you are welcomed in to share a home ‘given to hospitality’.