Shendish Manor Hotel - A Recommended Hotel, Hotel in HEMEL HEMPSTEAD
Hotel | From £88
Set in 160 acres of glorious countryside, yet minutes from the M25 and with excellent transport links, this Victorian Manor offers stylish dining, golf, free Wi-Fi and parking. Originally built in 1853, this magnificent property has been lovingly renovated and restored to the tune of 7 million pounds. Complementing the grace and elegance of its historic past with contemporary facilities and aesthetics, it creates a unique atmosphere of refined grandeur and relaxed indulgence. What's more, the manor house is surrounded by many acres of idyllic formal gardens and scenic countryside, further accentuating the well-cultivated ambience of peaceful tranquillity.Retire to comfort and style in one of the 70 magnificent en-suite bedrooms. Those in the original Manor House have all been individually designed and furnished, perfectly reflecting the timeless elegance of the buildings rich heritage. The rooms in the modern wing are all fully air-conditioned and provide warm contemporary styles with high-class furnishings and décor. All benefit from free Wi-Fi access, multi-channelled flat screen TV, telephone, hairdryer, ironing station and complimentary tea and coffee making facilities. Some rooms also feature stunning far-reaching views across the countryside. Whether business or pleasure, there are room configurations to suit all requirements, including Classic Double and Twins, Superiors and Family options. For those sumptuous special occasions, luxurious king-size four-poster rooms are also available in the Manor House, featuring elegant roll-top baths and a separate waterfall shower.Dining at the Orangery, the Hotel's delightful on-site restaurant, is always a first-class experience whatever the occasion. Passionate about serving quality food, the Hotel is committed to using fresh, seasonal ingredients that where possible, have been locally sourced and produced. Whether starting the day with a hearty breakfast, enjoying a light lunch with friends or feasting on an imaginative 3-course dinner, guests can expect to indulge in some truly mouth-watering and inspirational cuisine. As well as providing a stunning outlook, the glass panelled wall of the Orangery features sliding doors which open out onto the terrace, overlooking the formal Dutch gardens and grounds of the estate. It is the perfect setting for a spot of al fresco dining under the stars on a warm Summer evening.No country house hotel would be complete without its own golf course and Shendish Manor is no exception. The Par 70, 18-hole course is set with a mix of hazards through both parkland and woodland copses and offers an awarding game regardless of ability. There is also a range of state-of-the-art conference and banqueting facilities which can host most types of event. With such stunning scenery and quality service provision, the hotel makes a fabulous venue for Weddings and other ceremonies.Situated 25 miles North-West of Central London, the Hotel is in Apsley, just outside Hemel Hempstead and only a 5 minute drive from Junction 20 off the M25. What's more, with ample complimentary on-site parking, it is both easily accessible and convenient. With such a close proximity to the Capital, it benefits from excellent transport links. There is a local train station in Apsley that offers regular trains to London and is just a 3 minute taxi ride or a brief walk from the Hotel. For those flying in, Heathrow is less than a 30 minute drive away, or there's Luton Airport just over twenty minutes. The Hotel is located in 160 acres of scenic Hertfordshire countryside. Despite being on London's doorstep, the area is a natural haven of hedgerows, open fields and picturesque villages with plenty of opportunities for all kinds of outdoor pursuits. The Hotel also benefits from its close proximity to a range of famous attractions and tourist spots. Just over a 10 minute drive away is the fabulous Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, including the eagerly anticipated Harry Potter Tour. Here visitors can walk the famous cobbled streets of Diagon Alley, explore Dumbledore's Office and see some of the many iconic props and costumes from the films. For winter sports enthusiasts, The Snow Centre at Hemel Hempstead is designed to deliver the alpine conditions every skier and snowboarder dream of. With the largest indoor slope in the UK as well as a huge 160m main slope, it also offers a wide range of lessons and passes, making sure there's something for everyone regardless of ability. Hemel Hempstead is also home to the popular Leisure World, a large indoor leisure and entertainment complex. Featuring Aqua Splash (a swimming pool with slides and tubes), a cinema, ice-skating rink and a great range of restaurants it is sure to be a fun day out for the whole family to enjoy. More fun can be had at Gadebridge Park and Nature Reserve. It offers a great selection of activities, including crazy golf, 2 bowling greens, a skate park and giant chess and draughts as well as scenic walking and cycling paths.PLEASE NOTE: From the 12th August 2012 guests will be charged a reduced rate of £7.50 per person, per visit (Normally £20.00) for the Virgin Active Hemel facilities.
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