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"Fabulous for all the family…"
This is a fabulous hotel near Watford and close to London which deserves 5 stars but prices are very high so it's a real luxury. Children are extremely welcome with lots of activities and childcare. There is a fabulous spa where the treatments are luxurious and the spa is immaculate. There's a choice of restaurants and an informal pub-type offering at The Stables. It is informal but you can dress up if the mood takes you. The staff throughout the hotel are very welcoming and cater for your every need.Read moreLess
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"Fab place to be spoilt rotten…"
We'd been at the Grove for about an hour when my son whispered in my ear "Mummy I feel like a a film star" I think that one comment basically sums up the Grove. It maybe that its only about 10 miles from my home but its miles away from my everyday life and thats what makes it such a great place to unwind and relax.
Its the combination of factors, the smallest detail is taken care of, nothing is too much trouble for the friendly staff.
The rooms are fabulous much bigger than most hotels I've stayed in.
We had interconnecting rooms which the kids loved both spacious and well decorated with large tv's and even larger beds. Could have stayed the weekend in the room alone . The bathrooms are big with massive baths and lots of lovely white company products to indulge in
There are three restaurants - we went to the Glass house which is buffet style. And by that I mean buffet with every cuisine going. DH went from Sushi to roast to chinese and then onto a plate of yummy looking desserts. There is loads to do. For younger children there is an ofsted kids club and indoor pool. There is an 18 hole golf club and the most indulgent spa.
There is also the walled garden with its club house and "beach" Last time we visited it was the summer and we spent most the time there . This time , Easter hols, we thought it would be too cold for the outdoor pool however and this is what I mean by attention to everything the outdoor pool was heated so despite the freezing weather the kids and I had a surreal but brilliant time in pool.
We were only there for the night so after check out we prolonged our stay with lunch in the clubhouse- really great food -I had the fish and chips - delicious DH and the DC's burgers which they said were great.
I keep coming back to the Grove mainly because its truly a place where for just 48hrs I can get away from everyday life and be treated like a film star.
(This trip was a press trip but that did not in any way affect my thoughts and review )Read moreLess
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"Billed as London's Country Estate, the Grove Hotel is seriously…"
Billed as London's Country Estate, the Grove Hotel is seriously handy for a weekend jaunt if you're based in London or the home counties, but also worth travelling to if you live further afield.
Set just on the outskirst of the Green Belt surrounding London, we just took the train to Watford and it was just a 5 minute taxi to the hotel if you prefer not to take the car.
The Grove bills itself as a family-friendly hotel and rather than others which pay lip-service to that description, we thought it succeeded at making families feel welcome, while at the same time keeping some areas child-free zones for the odd spot of relaxation.
The children's facilities are second-to-none; there's an Ofsted-rated children's centre (the staff were lovely and came up with plenty of interesting activities for kids to do) with a huge enclosed playground as well as a children's indoor pool complete with loads of inflatable toys and a tiny (particularly warm) pool for infants. Over eights have special slots during the day when they can use the Sequoia spa pool while teenagers will love the games room complete with Wiis, PS3s, Xboxs and retro arcade games and the giant chess and Jenga sets in the garden.
It's worth a trip all year round, but in summer The Grove really comes into its own with the second-largest walled garden in the UK complete with heated outdoor pool, urban beach, croquet lawn, tennis courts and beach volleyball pitch. We were staying in Spring, so didn't get to try these, but the grounds were lovely for walking around, and it was easy to grab a bike to check out some of the easier bike trails marked out for families.
We stayed in a deluxe room in the modern wing of the hotel where the sofa was turned into a bed for our 8-year-old daughter. The room was huge and we liked the nice touch of a glass of milk and cookies waiting for dd, as well as a box of age-appropriate toys for her to play with during her stay. The bathroom was massive and we appreciated the blackout curtains and great soundproofing - we didn't get woken up by other guests at all.
Food-wise, there's plenty to choose from for family dining - we preferred the Glasshouse restaurant as the buffet-style service meant no waiting and plenty of choice, but there's also another family-friendly restaurant in the Stable block next to the golf course. Our extra treat over the weekend was having a babysitter take over one night, allowing my dh and I the chance to eat in the Grove's 3 AA-rosettes restaurant Colette's. This was a very indulgent experience - they have a new chef whose tasting menu we tried, which was fantastic. The dining room was packed, so far from it being the usual hushed country house hotel atmosphere, it was more like a central London restaurant.
All in all, a great family destination where every member of the family will find something just for them.Read moreLess
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