A staycation in a different world: Home House

If escaping to another country is proving impossible at the moment, book yourself in to true luxury and indulgence with a staycation at private members’ club Home House

Travel and Wellbeing 21 Sep 2020

The impressive cupola above Home House's central courtyard
Russell Sage recently redesigned House 21
The ornate Drury Lowe Feature Room is one of the tempting bedrooms at Home House

Home House is known for being a private members’ club based on having fun, meeting friends and relaxing in exquisitely beautiful surrounds. The three Georgian mansions on Portman Square offer a multitude of cosy and glamorous spots to unwind in – each with their own personality and style. The surrounds are as eclectic as the clientele, which is made up of the club’s dedicated and loyal members and clever visitors who know that booking a night in one of Home House’s salubrious and beautiful bedrooms gives them access to the club.

In the current climate with air bridges opening and closing at a moment’s notice, leaving the country for a holiday can seem too fraught a risk to make it viable. For those people who want to feel like they’re in another world, Home House can make the perfect mini vacation spot. The members’ club has 23 opulent and eclectic bedrooms, each with a completely unique design and finished with hand-painted silk wallpaper, luscious deep velvet and eccentric flourishes. The Duke of Atoll’s suite even features a bath made for Say Aji Rao III, Maharajah Gaekwad of Baroda (1863-1939).

The ornate hand-painting wallpaper of the Patricia Portman room makes it one of the most covetable bedrooms for a Home House staycation
The ornate hand-painting wallpaper of the Patricia Portman room makes it one of the most covetable bedrooms for a Home House staycation

While all rooms offer sumptuous magnificence, the enormous feature rooms and suites are the ones to book for a real escape from the norm. One of the finest is perhaps the Patricia Portman room, which has a beautiful view of Home House’s well-appointed garden as well as beautiful original Chinese Chi’en Lung paper, featuring hand-painted nature scenes on a rich blue background.

You could happily while away an evening or two relaxing in your bedroom but when there’s three townhouses of fun to explore, that would seem a shame. There are many tempting options for places to dine but while the weather is still good, The Garden Restaurant is possibly the most fun. Home House has set up a marquee to cover the outdoor terrace, which, along with heat lamps and blankets, makes it an inviting place to enjoy the delicious bistro classics and, at the weekend, perfectly grilled meat, fish and seafood from the barbecue.

Home House is full of delightfully eccentric interiors
Home House is full of delightfully eccentric interiors

After dinner, you might want to climb the exquisite curved staircase and glimpse the stars through beautiful cupola that crowns the grand central hallway before retiring to the relaxed Drawing Rooms at the heart of the club. Or you could head to the modern party den of House 21 that was recently redesigned by the inimitable Russell Sage Studio and features a collection of fun bars and lounges.

After a night sipping Home House’s fantastic cocktails, the perfect way to start the day is ordering breakfast in bed – or heading back outside to The Garden Restaurant for some fresh air with your eggs benedict. Being so central, Home House is the ideal base to then explore London and discover things about your home city that a busy schedule or crowds of tourists might have prevented you from seeing before.

Rooms at Home House start at £385 a night for a Club Room, or £425 for a Feature Room; homehouse.co.uk