Sopwell House, St Albans
This country house hotel is just 26 miles from London but offers the perfect get-away-from-it-all retreat, with its secluded suites and brand new super-luxe private members' spa.
Sopwell House St Albans is conveniently located within easy reach of London while also feeling a million miles away. And, while it might be fancy it’s also family run, meaning you’re pretty much guaranteed a warm welcome.
The hotel looks quite contemporary at first glance but the property actually dates back to the 17th century and was formerly home to Lord Mountbatten, and apparently Prince Phillip’s parents got engaged in the gardens here! Well it is a pretty romantic setting… oh and on that note, they throw a pretty good wedding bash here, too.
The hotel sits within 12 acres of countryside and has 128 rooms, including 16 uniquely designed and privately gated mews suites, which are separate from the main house and include features like secluded terraces and cedar wood spa baths for utter countryside luxury.
Foodwise, there are two restaurants on site – one more formal for special occasions and the other a relaxed brasserie – as well as the Conservatory Bar and Cocktail Lounge.
If it’s relaxation you’re after, then you’re in luck thanks to the recently opened Cottonmill Spa at Sopwell House. First to the main leisure area, Cottonmill, which boasts state-of-the-art fitness facilities, a 14m indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam room, plus a spectacular signature treatment list. Or you can gain access to the inner sanctum, The Club at Cottonmill, with its tranquil Deep Relaxation and Whisper Rooms, a plethora of saunas and steam rooms and beautiful spa gardens plus all of the above.
Membership, spa days and spa breaks are available for both areas (post lockdown). And while we might not be able to check in just yet, being on a promise has its own merits, especially when there are some impressive savings on bookings made between now and 24 January. Sound good? Then click here. In the meantime, you can daydream about a session on the calming Quartz Sand Bed or in the invigorating Vichy Shower while you’re at it. Sigh.
Sopwell House, Cottonmill Lane, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 2HQ
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