The Melbourne Club at Brocket Hall
Melbourne Lodge has been restored to its former glory, with all the bedrooms gracefully furnished and exclusive access to the two restaurants and fantastic golf courses on the estate. Guests will feel so at ease here, surrounded by elegance and history.
The two championship courses here are a real treat to play, the views across the estate are stunning and there are some tough hazards to overcome, particularly on the Palmerston course. The natural undulations and the river that flows through the estate adds to the beauty of each course and makes for a memorable round.
Stay in the luxurious Melbourne Lodge which has 16-bedroom suites. The rooms are spacious and decorated with original furniture from the main house at Brocket Hall.
Each room is individually unique in its décor, and each are named after famous racehorses with a history of guests who have stayed there. These details really give each room character and a more comfortable feel. Each room is well equipped, with a spacious bathroom and all the amenities: 24 hour room service on request, television, tea and coffee facilities and a telephone.
Restaurant & Bars
There are two restaurants for guests to try, Auberge du Lac has developed a strong reputation for it’s fantastic food and has been named a ‘destination restaurant’. This was once a hunting lodge, which is now also known for its cellar and the superb cuisine served here, this is certainly worth a visit. The Watershyppes Restaurant has an outdoor terrace, in which you can sip your apertif and take in the breath-taking views of the gently undulating parkland. The food here also has a great reputation, so you are spoiled for choice on wonderful food here.
Welwyn Garden City is a short drive away, if you fancy leaving Brocket Hall for the night. A fine food and crafts market is held here every first and third Saturday of the month, with lots of treats to try. There are also many pubs to have a quiet drink in, and some lovely restaurants. There is even a skating rink, the only one in Hertfordshire – ideal for a family day out. Digswell Viaduct also resides here – a striking railway viaduct that is in between Welwyn and Digswell.
Brocket Hall is located 15 minutes north of Junction 23 on the M25, near Welwyn Garden City.
Golf courses at The Melbourne Club at Brocket Hall
The Melbourne Course
The course follows the undulations of the land, retaining the integrity of the structure of the landscape. The River Lea comes into play on several holes and provides a beautiful but tough challenge. The pressure is on from the start, with the par-3, 2nd hole demanding a strong drive over the river to a protected green. The most memorable hole by far has to be the 18th, a downhill par-5. Golfers need to travel by ferry to get to it, making this hole special and a great finish to a round.
The Palmerston Course
Experience 36-holes of true championship golf at Brocket Hall. The Palmerston course measures over 6500 yards from the yellow tees and winds its way through the estate framed by huge pines and beeches, making the fairways narrower and more difficult to manoeuvre. The river doesn’t touch this course, but clever placement of bunkers has taken its place. One of the most memorable holes is the par-4, 12th, which requires good accuracy off the tee, with an awkward chalk face close to the green.