Down Hall Hotel and Spa, Bishop’s Stortford
Muddy says: A luxurious country house hotel near Bishop’s Stortford set in 110 acres of gardens, with ESPA spa, restaurant serving food prepared with home-grown ingredients, and excellent afternoon teas.
Down Hall Hotel & Spa near Bishop’s Stortford is one of the most established country house hotels in the country, right on the Essex border and is super handy for London and Stansted airport (which is just 8 miles away) for those travelling from further afield.
The grounds are expansive: 110 acres of woodland, parkland and landscaped gardens inluding a vegetable garden which keeps the kitchen well supplied with fresh produce. The Grill Room restaurant serves a modern English menu.
Afternoon tea is a proper treat here and it’s also a wonderful wedding venue. It’s ESPA products all the way in the Eden Spa, and there’s a gym, sauna and tennis courts. The building dates back to 1322 and the style is Italianate, with ornate ceilings and lots of mirror and natural light. As soon as the weather starts to feel anywhere near Italian, it’s time to book lunch or dinner on the terrace.