Down Hall Hotel and Spa, nr Bishop’s Stortford
A grand country house hotel set in 110 acres of rural Essex, relax into a weekend of pampering spa treatments, pro tennis lessons and indulgent afternoon teas
It doesn’t come more ‘quintessential manor house spa break’ than this. Think grand country house hotel set in 110 acres of Hatfield Heath’s finest gardens, luxurious ESPA spa treatments, a fine-dining restaurant serving home-grown ingredients, plus a truly excellent afternoon tea in the heritage lounge.
When you consider the hotel’s four modern Eden Spa treatment rooms, expansive menu of massages, facials, manis/pedis, plus that all-important Wet Spa for a soothing slip into the hydrotherapy pool and sauna, it’s easy to see why Down Hall practically guarantees you’ll float out of its enormous double doors at check-out – feeling relaxed, revived and throughout rejuvenated.
Of course, if you’re keen to stay on for a few more days to soak up the atmosphere (and another one of those oh-so-English afternoon teas), why not book into one of the larger 98 luxuriously appointed rooms (we love the Soho House-style Prestige Doubles and enormous Liddell Suite, which comes with a freestanding tub and blazing fireplace), and explore Hatfield’s village delights?
Historic Mountfitchet Castle is just 20 minutes away by car, and it’s countryside walks galore round here if you’re eager for some fresh air (ask reception for the best routes). Failing that, why not try your hand at tennis and hit a few balls about on the estate’s court with a personal tutor? Facials, food and fair game: what more could a girl ask for, eh?
Matching Road, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM22 7AS
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