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BARGAIN LUXURY TRAVEL - ENGLAND

THE GROVE – LONDON’S COUNTRY ESTATE
Deluxe Hotel and Gardens - Golf & Spa


The Grove Estate Hotel Hertfordshire [hotoIn the old England days of bonnets and hoops skirts, waistcoats and four-in-hands, the lords and ladies of London society would gather the servants and carriages to depart the grotty air of the city and head out for a weekend in the country. Surrounded by trees and fields of green, they would still enjoy the luxuries of their accustomed privileged life. The titles are gone, but the weekend escape to the countryside, pampered in luxury with every need cared for still exists. The Grove: London’s Country Estate Hotel and Gardens lies about 40 minutes from central London just inside the M25 loop autoroute, the Grove, Mansion Bedroom Suite photovoted the UK’s Favorite Leasure Hotel by Conde Nast Traveller readers is indeed a unique and relaxing getaway from the city bustle. Set on 300 acres of the former estate of the Earls of Clarenden, The Grove offers a 5 Star luxury hotel experience with a relaxed casual atmosphere. The Grove estate has seen its share of history, first as a country manor house under a series of owners, then during WWII as the headquarters of the London, Midland & Scottish railway, which moved out of town to escape the blitz. The war era bomb shelters still survive on the grounds. The house fell into disrepair until being renovated into a deluxe hotel property. The manor house is an 18th Century Palladian mansion housing a number of rooms and suites, while a more modern west wing adds more guestrooms.

Grand Union Canal The Grove photoThe designers of The Grove chose to create a fusion of contemporary and antique in a “groovy grand” style. Inside the mansion one steps from the elevator into a hallway of blackout curtains, almost as if in an air-raid shelter, but entering the suites and rooms filled with light through many windows and views of the lush extensive grounds in every direction. Perhaps most defining of The Grove is the beauty of the surrounding grounds and the sheer amount of activities and entertainments to keep one occupied with an escape from the mundane.

Family Sand Beach at the Grove photoThe Championship Golf Course at the Grove has hosted world champions, but prides itself on its walk up and play policy, relaxed and casual, with clubs and gear for rent so one needn’t haul bags through airports to enjoy a round of golf. Several gardens of herbs and flowers are laid out around the grounds. The 3 acre Walled Garden added to the estate by Edward Hyde, the 5th Earl of Clarenden (and not the alter ego of Dr. Jykell), has been transformed into a leisure center with tennis courts, indoor and outdoor swimming pool and even its own artificial cabana beach, Sequoia Spa at The Grove photoThe Beach at the Grove for sunning and sand in the toes, with billiards and table tennis in the old garden house. The Sequoia Spa offers a chance to leave behind the tensions of the modern world with a variety of treatment styles, including ESPA Ayurvedic treatments and a VIP couple suites. Running directly through the grounds of The Grove, the Grand Union Canal offers the opportunity for a canal boat excursion which can be arranged through the concierge on special request, or just vicariously enjoy the boats navigating the historic waterway. To keep children happy and occupied, the Grove has the Anouskas Kids Club with a full day’s worth of activities. Explore around the estate to find a few of the hidden secrets, the nearly camouflaged old air raid shelters now home to bats and the burial monuments of the Clarenden Earls hidden among the trees and scattered leaves.

Grove Design photoThe Grove has three excellent restaurants. Colette’s is the Grove's three rosette award winning restaurant of modern cuisine with a classic twist in in the mansions restored 18th Century dining room. The Glass House a bit more casual with cooks in an open kitchen cooking a variety of food styles from grill to wok, served buffet style, very popular with locals as well as guests, and The Stables in the former stable block with views overlooking the golf course. Due to the popularity, the Grove recommends making restaurant and spa reservations at the same time as booking the hotel reservations.
The Grove Hotel and Gardens Country Estate on of the World's Leading Hotels group offers a number of special packages for different seasons, spa and dining packages, golf and family escapes. The Grove at Chandler's Cross near Watford in Hertfordshire is 15 minutes from London’s outlying Luton Airport and 25 minutes from Stansted and 45 minutes from Heathrow. Watford Junction train station is served by British Rail and Virgin Rail. © Bargain Luxury Travel

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