November 4th 2016
Last weekend I was invited to stay at our hotel partner – The Grove, a fab country estate hotel located in Hertfordshire just 30 minutes from Heathrow, 17 minutes from London Euston and 3 minutes from the M25.
The lobby area has a cool and contemporary style but at the same time you feel relaxed and at home – this same feel continues throughout the hotel. We had a speedy check in and were shown to our room in ‘The Mansion’ part of the hotel where we were greeted by some tasty welcome amenities!
Our room was simple and elegant and featured a king size bed, large flat screen TV, ipod docking station, Wifi and a good amount of storage space. The bath had its own room (although interestingly no door between the bath and bedroom!) and the shower was nice and spacious, I particularly loved the White Company products in the bathroom!
Our country view from the room looking out onto the golf course wasn’t too bad either…
We ate dinner in the Glasshouse – a luxury buffet style restaurant serving a range of cuisines in a relaxed environment. There was plenty of choice of what to eat; and I ate plenty! The station serving the roast dinner and the chocolate fountain had to be my personal faves! I’d say this is a great option for both adults and children.
As well as the Glasshouse, the Grove has two others restaurants – The Stables, which is set within The Grove’s original stable block also providing an informal setting and classic British menu and Colette’s which is a 3 AA rosettes fine dining experience (I’d recommend this if you are looking for a more formal environment).
In an attempt to burn off some of the buffet dinner from the night before and to justify another indulgence at breakfast, we headed to Sequoia for a work out in the gym – Club 2.0. We had to fill out a quick form and were offered complimentary cold bottles of water, towels and headphones. The gym is fully kitted out with the latest TechnoGym equipment and there are also classes available.
We showered off using the high powered showers in the changing room which featured a great ‘massage’ function and ESPA products. Also in the changing rooms are Parlux hairdryers and GHD’s! Putting on our dressing gowns which are supplied in every locker we headed off into the Relaxation Room - so relaxing we both fell asleep!
The indoor pool and spa is also situated within Sequoia. Although I didn’t have a treatment this time round, I’ve been lucky enough to of experienced a full body massage on a previous visit and it was amazeballs!
After breakfast we took a stroll to the ‘Walled Garden’. This is where the Kids Club’s activities take place. There is also a large outdoor pool, a makeshift beach with a volleyball area and two tennis courts. We thought we would test out our tennis skills with a few rallies and let’s just say we are no Andy Murray’s to say the least.
Continuing our active morning, we hired out a couple of bikes and set off (we were provided with a map but I still managed to get us slightly lost, ending up on the main road!? Oops!). Anyway, we cycled back down the main entrance leading to The Grove and stopped to catch a view of the grounds with the hotel in the distance (and to give ourselves a breather from our unanticipated long bike ride!)
During the bike ride, we passed The Grove’s renowned Championship Golf Course which looked immaculate! Although I’m not much of a golf master myself, we have had many members play on the course who have given it the thumbs up!
Before checking out we took a walk around the spotless grounds. I had a great time during my stay at The Grove, a real country retreat where the staff were all so friendly and accommodating and the hotel facilities speak for themselves. All in all, I would definitely recommended The Grove, it provides a great stay with a wide range of things to do for both couples and families.
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