Sopwell House: Best of ancient and modern

Only 20 minutes’ drive from the Centurion Club is a hidden gem, tucked away on the outskirts of St Albans. Sopwell House, a dazzling white 18th century Georgian manor house stands proudly within an enchanting country estate.

Just a 20-minute train journey from London St Pancras, Sopwell House boasts 128 stylish guestrooms, 16 exclusive Mews Suites, 12 acres of beautiful gardens, two restaurants, an elegant cocktail lounge, a swimming pool and spa, 15 adaptable meeting rooms, plus five ground-floor banqueting rooms.

Sopwell House, with its oak-panelled walls, captures the atmosphere and olde world charm of its ancient heritage, with the modern facilities in ultimate luxurious living. The 128 newly refurbished guestrooms are impeccably designed in an elegant, quintessentially British style. Some guestrooms offer balconies overlooking the picturesque hotel grounds. The immaculate en-suite bathrooms all boast bespoke design vanity units and ESPA toiletries.

The original stable blocks, adjacent to the hotel, have been beautifully converted into 16 exclusive Mews Suites surrounding a stunning botanical garden. An infinity-edged hydrotherapy pool with ceramic detailing sparkles in the centre of the stunning bespoke garden. Accessible only via private gates The Mews provides optimum exclusivity. Some Mews Suites also have their own private courtyards with sunken private spa baths and dark wicker seating areas.

The Restaurant:

The 2AA Rosette restaurant combines British and European cuisine to achieve an eclectic à la carte menu using only seasonal and local produce. The split-level space boasts striking pendant lighting and white linen tablecloths with deep maroon-coloured armchairs. The restaurant also has an extensive wine list.

The Brasserie:

For more informal dining, The Brasserie presents an elegant, open-plan experience with an abundance of natural light, courtesy of the floor-to-ceiling glass frontage. The Brasserie serves an all-day buffet menu fusing British and Mediterranean cuisine. The soaring glass windows showcase views across the hotel’s picturesque grounds. In the evening, the candlelit space serves dinner from an à la carte menu.

The Cocktail Bar & Lounge:

The Cocktail Bar boasts an ornate marble topped-bar accompanied by pale aqua blue bar stools. Authentic French doors at the side of the bar provide landscape views of the hotel’s beautiful front lawns. Accessed via a towering archway, the adjacent Cocktail Lounge features a unique 3-metre wide fireplace. With its floor-to-ceiling integrated bookcase-wall the characterful, cozy room serves traditional Afternoon Tea throughout the day.

The Spa:

Naturally lit and spacious, the Spa has 14 treatment rooms, including one double treatment room, a 15-metre swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, fully equipped gymn dance and yoga studio, nail bar, plus a spa lounge and relaxation room. There is also a tranquil seated terrace and spa garden.

Sopwell House is an outstanding luxury hotel and a flexible meeting, banqueting and wedding venue with conference rooms and kitchens to cater for all sizes of events, from small business meetings, to large wedding receptions for up to 280 people.

For further information go to www.sopwellhouse.co.uk

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