The Grove

London's family-friendly countryside respite
VERIFIED LUXURY
The Grove is just 20 miles from the center of London but so rich is the offer at this historic manor that you might be tempted to eschew the British capital altogether and stay put for the duration of your visit. The Grove is set within 300 acres of charming countryside that encloses a wetland area, two lakes, woodland criss-crossed with walking and bicycling trails (bicycle hire is complimentary, including helmets for children), and a championship golf course.
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Our Inspector's Highlights
• The fantastic traditional English gardens have been designed by acclaimed landscape architect Michael Balston. Keep your eyes peeled for the pieces of contemporary sculpture dotted about the green space.

• At the luxurious Sequoia Spa guests can bask in ESPA treatments, including the decadent Rose Ritual, a full-body exfoliation and massage inspired by the garden’s climbing roses, or work out in the fitness and exercise studios (a range of classes and personal training are available).

• There’s a stunning black-tiled ozone swimming pool, whose barnlike timber-framed roof evokes The Grove’s past as a busy country estate.

• Play 18 holes or hone your skills with lessons on the course where Tiger Woods took home the cup at the WGC-American Express Championship in 2006.
Things to Know
• The former home of generations of the Earls of Clarendon, The Grove dates mainly from the 18th century, though parts of the property are even older.

• Indulge in a game of tennis or croquet, swim in the 22-meter outdoor pool and hang out at the urban beach (complete with volleyball court) in the Walled Garden.

• If the spa is a grown-ups’ playground, there’s also plenty going on for kids at The Grove. Amenities for little ones include Anouska’s Kids’ Club, a playful escape that’s open throughout the day to children from three months to 11 years old.

• On the nearby Warner Bros. Studio Tour, hotel guests have a magical opportunity to see where the seven Harry Potter movies were made. Having hosted many of the stars while filming took place, the Hertfordshire hotel is an ideal companion for the fun family attraction.
The Rooms
• While the shell is a historic delight, the interior décor, especially in the rooms, is refreshingly contemporary, all clean lines and bold colors.

• The 26 suites and rooms in the main house – known as The Mansion – all boast views over the formal gardens. 

• The remaining 189 luxury rooms located in the contemporary West Wing are ideal for families.

• When it comes to the different types of rooms, there is a lot of variety. Most have spacious bathrooms, high definition LED televisions, and iPod docking stations. Some have separate lounges, dressing rooms, and one even has a grand piano. A few are dog friendly, so contact the resort and figure out which room will best meet your needs.
The Restaurants
• Colette’s is The Grove’s fine dining establishment, where head chef Russell Bateman dazzles with six- and eight-course tasting menus that include refreshing cucumber and grape gazpacho, local veal with girolles and apricots, and foie gras with alpine strawberries.

• An à la carte menu is also available in this elegant dining room.

• Breakfast, as well as opulent buffet-style dinners, is served in The Glasshouse. You can watch the chefs in action here as they prepare British classics such as whole roasted spring lamb alongside international options like crispy Greek-style pork with tzatziki. Enviable seafood, salad and cheese plates complete the sumptuous picture.

• The Stables, the third culinary choice at The Grove, is the spot for more informal dining. Its menu characterized with steaks, fish and chips, corn-fed chicken and other comforting favorites.

• Afternoon tea takes place in The Grove’s four lounges and library, which once hosted the likes of Queen Victoria during her visits to the house in the 19th century.

• Barbecues are held outdoors in the Walled Garden on hot days.
Getting There
Chandler's Cross, Hertfordshire, WD3 4TG
TEL44-0-1923-807807
NEARBY AIRPORT(S)
LHR (22-26 min)   LTN   LGW