Striking the perfect balance between majestic grandeur and contemporary flair, Down Hall is a country-house hotel situated in the idyllic greenery of Bishop’s Stortford. Most recently in the limelight as the setting of The Great British Bake Off, this stunning rural retreat is surrounded by 110 acres of gardens and is just 45 minutes from London.
Popular with city dwellers looking for some much-needed downtime, business travellers not wanting to stay in town, and vacationers as a pre-airport stopover for nearby Stanstead, this classic manor escape features a modern spa, Anglo-French grill restaurant, and 98 individually designed guest rooms.
Elegance is reflected throughout the hotel, and a modern wave of style keeps the historical heritage to the hotel while catering to the creature comforts of today’s new-world clientele. Having undergone a major revamp completed last year, rooms are now fully equipped with everything one would expect, from laptop-sized safes and tea/coffee facilities to high-speed in-room wifi. Some of the more plush feature rooms also ooze with old-school glamour with four-poster beds and freestanding bathtubs, adding character and charm.
Over in the West Wing, the focus is very much on this addition to the main house being a self-sufficient space and thus perfectly suited for weddings, conferences, and events. Fifty rooms in bright, airy colours stand alongside a 4,000 sq ft event space, six function rooms, and a private lounge & bar. Synonymous with its various wedding packages, the hotel has become a favourite for newlyweds to be over the years and is fully licensed to host civil ceremonies.
Those looking to relax can also indulge in the hotel’s onsite Eden Spa and gym, a state-of-the-art space offering ESPA treatments across four treatment rooms and wet spa facilities. Wellness showers, a sauna, and steam room all overlook the spa’s hydrotherapy pool, which acts as a centrepiece and allows guests to zone-out as they take a moment of retreat.
As well as the picturesque grounds and gorgeous rooms, Down Hall is also home to The Grill, a modern brasserie offering Anglo-French fare. Popular with both hotel guests and those visiting just to dine, this stylish jaunt uses locally sourced ingredients, some of which are from the restaurant’s own vegetable patch, and serves a refined menu of classic European cuisine. Favourites on the menu include lamb rump served with creamed mash and a rib-eye steak cooked to perfection with fat chips.
Whether for a leisurely escape, business or an occasion, Down Hall ticks all the boxes and with its close proximity to London is the ultimate spot for a break away from home.