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Great British Boltholes: Sopwell House, Hertfordshire
Fashion Editor Lucia Debieux takes a stylish babymoon at the uber-chic Georgian hotel...
Sopwell House’s Georgian exterior
Why go? Fine dining, tick, smashing spa, tick, and all within an hour of central London make this the perfect spot for some ‘me’ time, chill time or a break with girlfriends. I know what you’re thinking, an oh-so-stylish staycation just a stone’s throw from St Albans? Really…? Well, Sopwell House could surprise you. Conjuring up that unique feeling of really getting away from it all, with 12 acres of beautiful Hertfordshire countryside to explore, a sleek spa and comfy, design-led rooms, Sopwell House is a no brainer. Aaaaand breathe.
Now THAT’S a spa
Best for:Either a relaxing retreat with your other half or a girly weekend with friends. The vibe is more chilled country house than happening hipster spot. Think unpretentious vibes, super friendly staff and a cosy, home-from-home feel.
You can see why it’s a popular venue for weddings and it’s the ideal place to celebrate a big birthday. For something really special, hire one of the brand new, 4-star Mews Suites for real bespoke luxury.
The look:The historic Georgian 128-room hotel, with two restaurants, conservatory bar and cocktail lounge has been brought bang up-to-date with a contemporary country feel and more renovations to come next year. Rooms are spacious and comfy with all the luxury touches you would expect – hello flat screen TV, four poster bed and Nespresso coffee machine. Settle into the Mews Suites, a new addition to the 30-year-old Sopwell House. Set back from the main hotel through your own fancy secure gates, the Mews cottages are positioned around a Chelsea Flower Show award-winning communal garden and have a hydro pool thrown in for good measure. Look out for contemporary art adorning the walls, monsoon showers and huge beds. Many of the ground floor cottages have their own paved garden with hot tub, FYI, so it’s unlikely that you’ll even need to leave the cottage. Ideal for a Summer break, the chic garden area offers the perfect sun spot to lounge in. Don’t be surprised if you end up having a lazy Saturday morning, feet up on the comfy outdoor seating with the papers delivered straight to your room.
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