From English manor houses fit for movie stars, to relaxing spa breaks and gourmet getaways, here’s my pick of the best luxury country hotels near London for 2020.
While London’s buzz and excitement is something I love, it can feel overwhelming at times. So, what could be better than checking into a stunning country manor for a few days?
You don’t have to travel far to reach rolling hills, cosy log fires and dreamy spas. After a few days away, you’re guaranteed to return to the city feeling refreshed.
Whether you’ve had a stressful time at work, fancy whisking someone special away for a romantic weekend, or perhaps it’s time for a good old girly catch up, these countryside hotels near London are perfect for a relaxing break.
Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf and Spa (Bedfordshire)
I felt the grandeur of 5-star Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf and Spa as we drove towards the mansion along an impressive tree-lined drive. The mansion dates back to the late 18th century and is set in incredible parkland and gardens designed by Capability Brown. There’s plenty to do too, with a luxurious spa, golf course and tennis courts to keep you entertained. It’s often regarded as one of the best country house hotels in England.
If you’re a foodie, book in for afternoon tea in one of the elaborately decorated lounges. Or for a special lunch or dinner, Wernher Restaurant serves gourmet food in a room oozing with old-fashioned glamour, complete with million pound chandeliers.
Read my review: Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf And Spa Review
The Pig (Hampshire)
Countless friends had visited and raved about their stays at The Pig in the New Forest, so I was really excited to experience it first hand! It describes itself as a ‘restaurant with rooms’, and while the focus is certainly on the food, the hotel elements are beautifully done too.
There’s a big country house with lounges, a beautiful bar and a greenhouse-esque restaurant serving up menus featuring tasty locally sourced ingredients. The dinner menu at The Pig is captioned the ’25 mile menu’ as that’s the furthest any item has had to travel! Hardly surprising, as The Pig has a big kitchen garden filled with vegetables and herbs. The rooms are cosy too. Some feature rustic wooden tables, retro Smeg fridges and log fires.
Read More: A Foodie Break In The New Forest
Stoke Park Country Club Spa and Hotel (Buckinghamshire)
If you’re a movie buff, then Stoke Park might look familiar! Close to London and also Pinewood Studios, it’s been the backdrop for plenty of blockbusters over the years, including James Bond, Layer Cake and Bridget Jones. We visited for my birthday in December, enjoying a lovely one night break from London.
Along with the stunning country mansion, Stoke Park Country Club Spa and Hotel has a large spa area with an indoor pool and outdoor Jacuzzi. It’s also a favourite with golfers and tennis players alike, with its prestigious golf course and tennis facilities. For food lovers, there’s a choice of 2 restaurants; more casual option The Orangery and fine dining 3 AA Rosette holder Humphry’s.
The Grove (Hertfordshire)
Just 20 miles from Central London, this Hertfordshire country house hotel is set in 300-acre grounds, and is home to a spa, 18-hole golf course and several dining options. The main building at The Grove dates back to the 1700s, but the grounds are equally as impressive, with cascading fountains, 500-year-old olive trees, plus an outdoor pool and beach area – a fun addition for summer breaks!
It’s not too far from where I grew up, so I can vouch for the fact that the area is really lovely. If you’re looking for a great spa hotel near London, then spend some time at Sequoia Spa too. I had a great massage there, and even if you don’t fancy a treatment, lazing by the pool will have you feeling refreshed in no time.
Pennyhill Park Hotel And Spa (Surrey)
This luxurious 5-star hotel is set in the Surrey countryside and home to an award-winning spa. There are eight pools and hot tubs, plus a series of special steam rooms and even an ice cave! If you’re craving country walks, you could spend the afternoon exploring the woodland and parkland surrounding the hotel.
Another reason to visit Pennyhill Park Hotel And Spa is for the food. In fact, Matt Worswick at The Latymer was awarded a Michelin Star in 2017. He’s known for his bold, seasonal menus, so if you fancy the ultimate treat, book in for a 5-course tasting menu with wine pairings.
The Crown Inn (Buckinghamshire)
One of the most accessible for Londoners, The Crown Inn is located in Amersham, Buckinghamshire – yep the final stop on the Metropolitan line. The old coaching inn dates back to the late 16th Century and has 38 bedrooms, a bar and a top restaurant (Hawkyns) by twice Michelin starred chef Atul Kochhar.
Décor in the rooms is very sophisticated with Scandi touches, four-poster beds and statement fur rugs – great for a cosy getaway. Many rooms have bathtubs in the bedrooms – something you don’t see everyday! While many on this list are big country manors with lots of land, The Crown Inn is right in the heart of Amersham’s old town, so you can easily walk to smart boutiques, cafes, pubs and restaurants.
Down Hall Hotel (Hertfordshire/Essex Border)
Dating back to 1322, this beautiful Italian style mansion is set in 110 acres of woodland, parkland and landscaped gardens. With lavish marble bathrooms, huge chandeliers and luxurious lounges, it’s somewhere to really relax and unwind. Spend your afternoon tucking into a traditional afternoon tea in Ibbetson’s tearoom, or wander the huge grounds.
If the stresses of London have got to you, enjoy some ‘me time’ at Eden Spa, where you can enjoy a dip in the hydrotherapy pool or book in for a treatment. Food wise, you’ll want to dine in The Grill Room restaurant at Down Hall Hotel, which has an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients. In fact, some of the vegetables come from the hotel’s gardens!
Sopwell House (Hertfordshire)
Close to St Albans, Sopwell House has over 300 years of history. If you’re looking for a country escape from London with a spa, then this is one of my top choices. The pool area is really beautifully designed with two Jacuzzis, a large pool and plenty of areas for lounging around. Along with rooms in the main mansion, there are a few plush new mews suites, which come complete with cosy lounges and hot tubs.
I like how close Sopwell House is to St Albans. While you can enjoy the countryside, it’s nice to have the option to pop and explore somewhere with so much history. The cathedral is seriously impressive, and there are a heap of lovely cafes and brunch spots in the city too.
Read More: Top Things To Do In St Albans
When Is The Best Time To Visit England?
England is a country obsessed with weather. Don’t know what to say? Comment on the weather! We talk about it a lot, but contrary to what you may have heard, we don’t have awful weather in England. It’s just a little unpredictable and varies from region to region.
You can expect average lows of around 5 °C in London in January / February, and highs around 25°C in July / August.
If you’re wondering when is the best time to visit these luxury hotels near London, I’d suggest planning a trip in May or June. The weather tends to be warm and sunny, rain is at a minimum and it’s out of peak season, so you shouldn’t be battling any big crowds either. The longest day is around 20th June every year, so it’s a time you can enjoy maximum daylight hours exploring!
I’ve never been a fan of November in London – it gets pretty bleak! It’s the wettest month of the year, and while December can be pretty cold, there’s a Christmas magic around the country which always puts a smile on my face!
I hope this has helped you find a dreaaaaaaaaaamy luxury country house hotel near London! Let me know where you decide to stay…
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