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Marriott Hanbury Manor Hotel & Country Club
Hertfordshire, SG12 0SD
Great Britain
44 870 400 7222

Mind Your Manor
Estate Living Less than an Hour from London

By Alain Gayot

Jacobean architecture and 200 lush acres

Along with attractions such as Buckingham Palace, the Tate Modern and Covent Garden, London appeals for its wealth of day trips. You can easily slip away to Cambridge, Stonehenge or Stratford-on-Avon, then return to catch a show in the West End that same night. For an unconventional—and more relaxing—London experience, base yourself at Marriott Hanbury Manor Hotel & Country Club and make your jaunts into, rather than out of, the city.

Just 25 miles from London, the 200-acre estate dates back to the fourteenth century. Its current house was built by Edmund Hanbury as a gift for his wife in 1890. With its tragic history—both of the couple's children were killed—and imposing Jacobean architecture, it is a setting worthy of a novel by Thomas Hardy or one of the Bronte sisters. Sculptured chimney stacks, molded oak windows, historic tapestries and stained glass add to the quintessential country estate ambience, while expansions loyal to the original style meet the needs of 21st-century travelers.

Romanesque pool
Original chapel

Originally designed by Harry Vardon, the remodeled Jack Nicklaus II golf course has served as the site of the European PGA English Open. At the spa, with its striking, Romanesque pool area, you can indulge in Carita, Decléor and Guinot treatments. Guests enjoy complimentary access to the spa's eucalyptus steam rooms and sauna, as well as a comprehensive fitness center, dance studio, tennis court and snooker room.

Country estate ambience

For fine dining, Zodiac serves an imaginative menu, which might include honey roasted Wiltshire quail or water roasted rack of Welsh lamb. Those seeking the secrets of the kitchen can join a Chef's Table event. For a gastro-pub experience, book a table at the Oakes Grill.

Expansive grounds, infused with roses and rimmed with herbaceous borders, make the estate ideal for events, particularly weddings, which are a specialty. Ceremonies can be held in the original chapel, an intimate venue with a minstrel gallery, and receptions hosted in the Garden Court. The pretty outdoor spaces might also be used for corporate cocktail parties, paired with the business amenities at Marriott's flagship U.K. property.


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(Updated: 06/26/08 HC)

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