A hop and a skip from London, on 300 acres of Hertfordshire parkland and open countryside, a luxurious lap of luxury was unveiled in September 2003. The Grove was quite the fashionable spot in its glory days—during the 18th and 19th centuries that is. The magnificent former estate of the Earls of Clarendon is about to remerge grander than ever.
Country Estate charm melds with cosmopolitan chic and ultra-modern technology to offer Londoners and visitors the ultimate escape via 22 rooms and suites with gorgeous balcony or terrace view of the surrounding gardens and parklands, linen-lined walls, original art, ornate marble fireplaces, porcelain chandeliers, plasma screen TVs, children's welcome box, newspaper
Says interior designer Mary Fox Linton: "So many things have influenced The Grove's design—the smells from the garden—roses, lavender, honeysuckle, as well as the taste of the best English food, with produce straight out of the kitchen garden on the estate, the touch and feel of soft, rich, textured fabrics."
Guests can wile the hours away in romantic formal gardens, scented spaces and private terraces. Or they lounge in the 19th century, five-acre Walled Garden complete with an 82-foot pool, space for 1000 people throwing a pool party, two tennis courts, a croquet lawn and a potager for herbs and flowers. The Grove's spa, Sequioa, will feature 12 treatments rooms and a purified salt-water vitality pool. The glorious championship 18-hole golf course was designed by Kyle Phillips to seamlessly blend into its environs.
Guests dine at Colette's, The Glasshouse or the more informal Stables in the golf house. Cocktails are taken in The Lobby Bar. Kids are looked after in a fully staffed nursery and via cooking classes, nature walks, tree house and kid's pool.