The Grove hotel is a grand country house set on 300 acres of picturesque Hertfordshire countryside. The luxury 5 star hotel is fully equipped to accommodate any kind of break with a superb golf course and practice facilities, lavish health spa and impressive corporate facilities. It is not surprising that The Grove has seen a long list of celebrity guests including Tiger Woods, and even Queen Victoria enjoyed weekend breaks here. Therefore we assumed that if its good enough for a golfing superstar and the Royals, then its good enough for us Weekend Warriors. Here is our choice for Hotel of the Week…
Location, location, location…
Situated in the beautiful county of Hertfordshire, just outside London, The Grove is one of the most luxurious and all encompassing golf resorts in the South of England and for those looking to explore the courses in and around London in true style; it quite simply is the perfect base.
With major travel links within a stone’s throw of the resort’s gates, getting to and from The Grove couldn’t be simpler. The Grove’s location close to the M25 allows those travelling by car to get around with ease while Watford Tube Station provides easy access to the centre of London; in fact, Kings Cross Station is only 35 minutes away. London Heathrow Airport is within easy reach of this fantastic resort as well, meaning golfers from overseas can easily access some of the finest golf and luxury accommodation on offer in the UK.
The Grove offers some of the finest accommodation a golfer could wish for in and around London. Guests can choose from a selection of room types, from the suites in the exquisite Mansion House perfect for couples breaks, to one of the 191 spacious rooms in the West Wing, perfect for families. The Mansion House provides a boutique hotel atmosphere, where 26 lavish guestrooms are on offer. The rooms are equipped with all the modern amenities expected from a hotel of this standard, however The Grove goes one step further in offering its guests designer toiletries, high-speed internet, a bose ipod or MP3 player and a 42-inch plasma television with satellite and on-demand programmes and movies.
Through the gardens towards the spa and Championship golf course is the West Wing. The luxury rooms in this part of the complex have a contemporary and classy design and boast beautiful views, many with balconies, over the gardens and golf course.
One of the luxurious rooms in the Mansion each designed in a modern boutique style.
The Grove offers a wide variety of dining options with three separate restaurants and over 70 chefs! The hotel has its very own fruit and veg garden where fresh produce is handpicked ready to prepare and serve in the restaurants. Located within The Grove’s mansion, Colette’s fine dining experience has been awarded 3 AA Rosettes offering dining of the highest quality. The Glasshouse is buffet-style restaurant where guests can enjoy watching chefs prepare their meals in front of them. The alternative, and extremely popular, choice is The Stables restaurant which serves hearty gourmet pub-style dishes such as steaks and home-made pies perfect after finishing a round of golf. The hotel also puts on various private events for large groups such as barbecues, picnics and feasts in the Potting Shed, as well as offering ‘Colette’s Master Classes’ with Head Chef Russell Bateman.
Chefs preparing tasty dishes in front of guests in The Glasshouse restaurant.
Boasting state of the art spa and leisure facilities, The Grove is fully equipped to accommodate your every need. The Sequoia spa provides the perfect environment to relax and take a break from the stresses of everyday life, offering a range of treatments ranging from rejuvenation to relaxation. The Grove also has an excellent health and fitness centre which has just undergone refurbishment and now offers brand new Technogym equipment as well as an ozone swimming pool.
Guests can immerse themselves in the tranquil environment of the Sequoia spa.
As well as the outstanding dining and leisure facilities, The Grove has its very own Championship course designed by Kyle Phillips making it the perfect place for a UK Golf Break. The course is kept in immaculate condition all year round and has no members, which ensures that guests receive an incredibly warm welcome from staff who are very focused on customer service. While The Grove has its own course for guests to enjoy, London and the surrounding area is home to countless top class courses. The Grove hotel is the perfect place to stay for anyone looking to play the likes of Wentworth, Sunningdale and Stoke Park.
An example of the pristine conditions and challenging approaches that The Grove’s Championship course presents.
Located by Watford, guests staying at The Grove can take a short 30 minute train journey to the centre of London and experience all of the sights and sounds of the city that has just successfully hosted the 2012 Olympics.
YGT’s Favourite thing about The Grove
While the facilities and golf course was superb, we thought the welcome platter of fresh fruit picked from the Walled Garden in the rooms was a nice touch.