A glimpse of classic, countryside luxury at The Grove Hotel in HertfordshireLovingly restored, the former home of the Earls of Clarendon is a stunning retreat just 18 miles from London. Share
Set in 300 acres of stunning Hertfordshire countryside, The Grove is the ultimate five-star retreat. This was originally the rural seat for the Earls of Clarendon who were residents until the 1920s and entertained famous guests including Queen Victoria and Edward VII. After the Clarendons’ departure, The Grove underwent several transformations from girls’ boarding school to the railway’s wartime headquarters before becoming this fun, family-friendly country escape set in hundreds of acres of Hertfordshire’s countryside with its very own private beach surrounded by woodland trails and outdoor pool.
Today, the 18th-century Mansion houses 26 rooms, suites and lounges decorated with a 21st century spin on vintage glamour. There’s also the thoroughly modern West Wing with a further 189 deluxe, superior and family rooms. Many of these rooms have balconies/terraces looking over the immaculate Formal Gardens.
From the rustic Potting Shed to the contemporary Cedar Suite, the dynamic spaces offer unique settings for all manner of events. But there’s plenty of outdoor space too, which is perfect for team building and activities.
Step into The Glasshouse Bar: bright and airy, enjoy refreshing cocktail comes with a garden view. A theatrical a la carte dining experience awaits in The Glasshouse restaurant where head chef Steven Wheeler’s Estate to Plate menu comes to life. From fruit and vegetables to herbs and honey, The Grove’s very own Kitchen Garden produces the freshest ingredients used in these seasonally-led dishes. Along with attracting and protecting wildlife, the gardeners work tirelessly to grow an abundance of homegrown produce which is used by the chefs on the restaurant menus.
Tuck into The Stables’ menu and you will discover homemade, wholesome and wholehearted cuisines served with impeccable perfection. The emphasis is on homely, artisanal food laden with good provenance, from hand-reared meat to verdant plant-based feasts. The refreshed restaurant is sporting an elegant new interior. And outside on the terrace, enjoy views across the golf course. Recently refurbished by world-renowned designer Martin Hulbert, the Lounges are set at the heart of the 18th-century Mansion. Admire the interiors with a mid-day coffee, take in the breathtaking views of the formal gardens over afternoon tea or indulge in an after-dinner tipple, or two.
Inside the Sequoia Spa, the inky black mosaic pool and deeply relaxing beds under dimmed lights unwind you within seconds. And the treatment menu provides various beauty therapies, massages and facials ranging from holistic Lomi-Juma to radiance-boosting, anti-ageing and anti-cellulite treatments. There are also impressive fitness and exercise studios with the latest Technogym equipment and a daily timetable of classes. Plus, a Vitality Pool can massage you from head to toe.
The Grove promises 300 acres to explore with a whole host of on-site activities and events to choose from. Hop aboard a Segway for an exhilarating trip through Asher’s Woodland Trails, get competitive with a family archery lesson or simply relax and unwind whilst little ones are entertained at Anouska’s Kids Club.
For further information, visit thegrove.co.uk