Best Luxury Hotels In Hertfordshire

Just a short hop from London, the open countryside of Hertfordshire offers sophistication, serenity and plenty of activities for all ages. The county has been home to many aristocrats, with a range of stunning mansions-turned-hotels. Here are some of the high-end staycations we recommend in Hertfordshire.

Sopwell House

This was once the country seat of Lord Mountbatten. Now the Georgian mansion is a modern hotel with 112 rooms and a sleek spa (The Cottonmill). For an ultra-exclusive stay, book a Mews Suite, accessed via private gates, and set in gardens designed by the RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court Palace Flower Show Gold award winner, Ann-Marie Powell. Drink and dine in The Brasserie, Outdoor Terrace, Cocktail Lounge and Conservatory.

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The Grove

Just 18 miles from London, The Grove was the ancestral home of the Earls of Clarendon. Perfect for a golf break close to the city, it has a championship course, fine dining options and an award-winning spa. Its outdoor pool is a superb spot to catch some rays as you recline on a lounger with a cocktail in hand – and there’s an activities programme to keep younger guests occupied, so the adults can relax and enjoy a romantic picnic in the grounds.

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Down Hall Hotel

Down Hall has 98 grand and elegant rooms decorated in theatrical rich fabrics and sporting freestanding mirrored tubs. Close to Stansted Airport, it’s ideal for those seeking a base before jetting abroad, or vacationers from the far end of the UK seeking a break just a short domestic flight away. The hotel is very family-friendly and treatments at the Eden Spa can be booked ahead of your stay. Walk, play tennis or have a game of giant chess in the 120 acres surrounding the property and dine at the Grill Room Restaurant with its excellent daily changing menu.

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