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Escape to The Grove for a romantic break near London


The Grove is a historic, yet contemporary resort set in 300 acres of stunning parkland, woodland and formal gardens with a picturesque lake and winding canal providing plenty of space to explore. Walk, jog or cycle along the many woodland trails to enjoy the great outdoors just half an hour, but a world away, from the hustle and bustle of London.

The Grove – London’s country estate – is an ideal luxury getaway if you are in search of urban chic in rural paradise.  The historic estate features a glorious 18th century Mansion house – the former home to the Earls of Clarendon – and contemporary West Wing all nestled within 300 acres of woodland and formal gardens featuring a canal, tennis courts and the unique Walled Garden hiding away to be discovered a beautiful Victorian Potting shed, man-made beach and outdoor swimming pool.

Late afternoon is the perfect time to meander hand-in-hand over to The Walled Garden for a leisurely game of croquet on the lawn and a peak into the antique filled Potting Shed before strolling back along the rose-lined paths to a suite in the historic Mansion House where floor-to-ceiling French windows bring the outside in.

With fantastic cuisine high on the agenda, The Grove provides a choice of restaurants each bound by a common passion for excellence, seasonality and simplicity.  The Glasshouse is an open theater kitchen offering a choice of international cuisine – buffet style.

The Stables is a rustic-style restaurant in the 18th century stable block with a New England look and feel and a courtyard with picture postcard views of the world-championship golf course.

If you prefer a more intimate meal where many of the vegetables and herbs grown are hand-picked from the hotel’s 3-acre Walled Garden – giving his dishes a very personal style, then Colette’s is for you. One of its many credible accolades include 3 AA Rosettes.

With its award-winning Sequoia Spa, 18 hole championship golf course and three restaurants the luxury English hotel offers something for everyone.

 The Grove, Chandlers Cross, Hertfordshire, WD3 4TG, United Kingdom,


Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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July 26, 2013 | England Travel | View comments

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