A five-star hotel in Hertfordshire, Luton Hoo Hotel has been the site of a grand estate since 1601, and boasts Queen Mary, Edward VII and Lord Mountbatten amongst its guests … but what did reviewers from Spabreaks.com and our sister company YourGolfTravel.com make of it?!
What did you like the most about Luton Hoo Hotel?
He Says: The sense that it really is a unique getaway. There are also a lot of little touches which make a big difference, from the black cabs driving you round the resort to the pictures from famous films adorning the walls of Adam’s Brasserie. A break here is something you won’t forget.
She Says: When you arrive you are immediately struck by the grandeur of estate. There is a long driveway through golf course before getting to the entrance of the 18th Century house. From the moment you get out of the car staff are there to help, so you really feel you are being looked after … it’s quite old fashioned, but in a really good way!
What did you think of the spa?
He Says: I’m certainly more of a golfer than a spa goer but I have to say I felt very relaxed here. The swimming area has a great Jacuzzi with lots of powerful water features – needless to say I enjoyed splashing them at my other half on more than one occasion! With a lovely courtyard on one side of the spa and an herb garden the other it is a lovely place to chill out during a break.
She Says: The spa is in a separate building to the main hotel although there is also accommodation in the spa building. The main house is only a three minute walk away, if that, but just in case it is raining or you don’t fancy the stroll there are little black cabs on hand to give you a lift! The spa itself is like a converted stables with the pool in an oak framed room – it’s all very new and although it isn’t huge, we spent a few hours there using the Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, and having a treatment. They have also created their own product brand in conjunction with Circaroma – it is all extremely luxurious and very romantic.
How was the golf course?
He Says: Despite its relative youth, the course is very mature due to the surrounding grounds which were designed by the famed Capability Brown (of Stapleford Park fame). The course is a real test off the back tees and despite not playing anywhere near my handicap, I really enjoyed the course and look forward to playing it again soon.
She Says: The golf course surrounds the hotel – it’s right on the site so you don’t have to go far, which was great as a visiting couple because you can do separate things for a while without it being inconvenient. In addition to the hotel’s gardens, there are 1000 acres of parkland surrounding the Hertfordshire estate as well as bicycles to hire – providing a good opportunity to get out and explore!
He Says: I honestly can’t think of a better dining experience, we enjoyed some lovely drinks in the main house beforehand and followed it by a sumptuous meal in the Wernher Restaurant. The service was impeccable and the food fantastic. With views over the grounds and Italian Garden it was just perfect. Breakfast was excellent and I would recommend the dining at Luton Hoo in a heartbeat.
She Says: The only word to describe the breakfast is ‘amazing’. The Wernher Restaurant in the main house is unbelievably grand having been remodelled in the 20th century by the same architects responsible for The Ritz. Alternatively, Adam’s Brasserie in the Stables building is a little less formal and more contemporary in terms of design.
What else is there to do at Luton Hoo Hotel?
He Says: There are a host of leisure pursuits to enjoy at Luton Hoo but I have to say after a round of golf and some time spent in the spa we were left with only a short amount of time to experience the multitude of activities on offer. A walk around the grounds is an absolute must, the views across the Bedfordshire countryside are excellent and the perfect end to an evening.
She Says: Given the surrounding grounds, there is a lot to do outside – tennis, clay pigeon shooting, or simply a walk by the lake. If you want to travel a little further however, St Albans is nearby – a Roman town which has regular markets and lots of little boutique shops; as is Hatfield House and Whipsnade Zoo.
Would you recommend going there?
He Says: Absolutely. As a romantic getaway it is very hard to beat.
She Says: Yes, particularly for couples, and it would make an amazing wedding venue! There were a few children there, and the hotel does cater to families by offering high tea, children’s packs, and board games … they might just not fully appreciate how special it is!
He Says: Enjoy a Gin and Tonic in the bar outside the Wernher Restaurant, there isn’t a better place to enjoy a drink after a fantastic meal.
She Says: Get out and enjoy the grounds. Obviously it’s a little bit weather dependent, but it was drizzling when we went and we still really enjoyed the great outdoors!
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