5. The Grove
The Grove is the former home of the Earl of Clarendon and is now a championship golf resort, award-winning spa and the perfect venue to hold your wedding or celebration. The 18th Century Mansion is set in 300 acres of Hertfordshire countryside and is only 18 miles from central London. Lovingly restored to stunning effect, the property fuses contemporary design and original period architecture with exceptionally caring and professional service.
The Grove offers an outstanding choice of 23 luxurious, flexible meeting rooms including the Donneraile in the heart of The Grove’s 18th Century mansion with stunning views of Charlotte’s Vale, the beautifully restored Victorian glasshouse, The Potting Shed in the Walled Garden and the contemporary Amber room which can host up to 450 delegates.
All of the rooms have natural daylight and a team of dedicated staff members are assigned to each event. Each room has ISDN and laptop access as well as facilities for video conferencing, satellite conferencing and radio microphones.
24 hour delegates can choose one of the 26 phenomenal mansion rooms and suites or from 191 spacious luxury rooms in the West Wing. For private events, The Grove offers a 70 strong team of chefs to prepare food on site. There are three restaurants each with its own bar – the sophisticated Colette’s with breath-taking views across Charlotte’s Vale. Our international theatre of cooking – The Glasshouse, and The Stables; a place to relax and enjoy simple food cooked to perfection. Not to be overlooked The Mansion Lounges offer four elegant drawing rooms leading onto private terraces, as well as an outstanding choice of flexible rooms, perfect for meetings, events, private parties, weddings and celebrations.
Enjoy a challenging round on the stunning 18-hole championship golf course designed by the highly acclaimed Kyle Phillips and ranked as one of the Top 50 Golf Courses in the world. The Grove welcomed the world’s top 64 players at the 2006 World Golf Championship, won by Tiger Woods.
Or simply sink into the spa. With 18 treatment rooms, a therapeutic saline water vitality pool, black mosaic-tiled indoor swimming pool, fitness studio, aerobic studio, Jacuzzi and luxurious relaxation room. Not forgetting the outdoor swimming pool, croquet lawn, tennis courts and The Grove beach in the Walled Garden.
There is also tennis, croquet, volleyball, swimming, snooker, table tennis, a giant chess board and Jenga in the Walled Garden.
What truly makes The Grove are its grounds. Guests can escape into our romantic formal gardens designed by the Chelsea Gold Medallist and judge, Michael Balston or spend time in the original Walled Garden.
All these elements are brought together to create something that has never existed before just 18 miles from central London. The Grove, London’s country estate, a place with open views and a modern outlook.
Size – 217 Bedrooms
Professional photography point – Walled Garden, glasshouse, stables, mansion-house front and back.
Acreage – 300
6. Hanbury Manor
With its fragrant walled gardens, stately Jacobean-style country house and 200 acres of Hertfordshire hotel parkland, the historic Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel & Country Club makes a lasting impression. As London’s time-honoured “Original Country Retreat”, you’ll find the obliging service and amenities expected from a luxury hotel in Hertfordshire, UK. It’s a standard that extends from the richly panelled library warmed by an open fireplace to elegant guest rooms each designed offering plush new bedding and business-savvy touches. Excellent leisure facilities, including championship golf, luxurious spa, and award-winning dining options help you relax in style. Savour the local culinary offers from Oakes Grill and Vardon’s Bar, or enjoy the Hanbury Afternoon Tea in Oak Hall.
Meetings and Events
14 impressive conference and meeting rooms, featuring beautiful period details, this commanding location lends business events and social occasions distinction and prestige.
The hotel also offers a range of solutions for outdoor and indoor activities. Innovative catering can be customised for weddings, special social events and themed parties. For weddings, our Hertfordshire hotel offers a distinctive setting that provides memorable occasions.
PGA championship golf course features 18 holes and offers a perfect setting on the grounds of a spectacular hotel with superb leisure facilities (7,052 yards, par for course: 72).
Size – 99 Bedrooms
Professional photography point – mansion-house front and back, poles Hall, lounge area, library, staircase, back terrace and then The Garden court walled garden.
Acreage – 110