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Monday, November 09, 2015

Down Hall Country House Hotel, Hatfield Heath

Halloween saw us undertake a relaxed 45 minutes drive to Hatfield Heath, Essex. Our destination - Down Hall Country House Hotel. Situated on the Essex-Hertfordshire border, the hotel is one of England's longest established country hotels and has a long history dating back to 1540. Down Hall has been home to a number of lords and baronets, painters and artists and each one of them has left their own impression on the houses' aesthetic style. Down Hall underwent remodelling in 1720 under the supervision of James Gibbs (an architect). Later, the house served as a recuperation home for wounded soldiers during WWI and was then used as a girls' school for around 35 years before opening its doors in 1986 as a countryside hotel.

Down Hall Country House Hotel


The location of the hotel is perfect for those wanting to escape from the hustle and bustle of London. Down Hall is located in Hatfield Heath with 110 acres of surrounding woodland, parkland and landscaped gardens to explore. But it is still within easy reach of London - just 45 minutes from Central London and only a 15 minute drive to Stansted Airport. This makes Down Hall an excellent choice for business and leisure travellers alike.

On arrival at Down Hall, we were given a guided tour of the hotel - taking in the beautiful array of rooms and suites that play host to the most intimate of ceremonies, luxury wedding breakfasts and stunning receptions. Down Hall has rooms that can cater to parties of different sizes - one of their largest rooms can hold around 190 guests and there is even one for smaller parties of around 30 people. All rooms are furnished with luxury interiors, have ornate ceilings and paintings and most rooms have lovely views over the beautiful gardens - it is no wonder that Down Hall is a much sought-after venue for weddings. In fact on the day of our visit, a wedding reception was in progress and we caught a glimpse of the wedding photography in the beautiful garden. With Down Hall in the background, well-maintained gardens and a small fountain, it is a photographers' paradise.

Down Hall Country House Hotel

Down Hall Country House Hotel


Down Hall Country House Hotel

Down Hall Country House Hotel

Down Hall Country House Hotel

Down Hall Country House Hotel

Down Hall Country House Hotel

Down Hall Country House Hotel

Down Hall Country House Hotel

Down Hall Country House Hotel

Down Hall Country House Hotel

We stayed in one of the hotel's Executive rooms that are located in the newer West Wing. These rooms have been recently refurbished and you can see the effort that has gone into the revamped style - both in terms of comfort and the finishing touches. An extremely comfortable bed, spotless and clean bathroom, complimentary grooming products, good quality bed linen, the fluffiest bathrobes I have ever come across, tea/coffee making facilities, iron and ironing board, laptop-sized safe and a mini fridge - the spacious room was packed with all the right things. The free Wi-Fi was excellent - quick and easy connection and a very good speed. The room was a perfect combination of modern amenities/comfort and the traditional feel one would expect from a building with so much history. We could have easily spent several days at Down Hall - it was that comfortable.

Down Hall Country House Hotel

Down Hall Country House Hotel

Down Hall Country House Hotel

Down Hall Country House Hotel

Down Hall Country House Hotel

Down Hall Country House Hotel

Down Hall Country House Hotel

Down Hall Country House Hotel

Down Hall Country House Hotel

But what I liked the most was the large door opening onto the beautiful garden. A little while after we checked-in, we had a visitor at this door. It was Percy - the beautiful peacock who roams the grounds of Down Hall freely. He seemed very inquisitive and stayed at the door for a long time as though silently welcoming us to Down Hall. The next morning my husband spotted a deer on the grounds. It was a misty morning and a lone deer was grazing at the far end of the ground. Beautiful! Imagine waking up every morning to such beautiful sights.

Down Hall Country House Hotel

Down Hall Country House Hotel

Down Hall Country House Hotel

Down Hall Country House Hotel
We had dinner at The Grill Room. The restaurant serves contemporary British fare and was recently awarded an AA Rosette. We started off with sweet corn soup, followed by a main of mushroom and cheese risotto. For desserts it was warm banana cake with ginger ice cream and caramelised banana. The sweet corn soup was the best I have ever had. Breakfast was also good with plenty of choice both in terms of hot and cold breakfast. The service was also nice, with the staff being well-mannered and friendly.





Like I mentioned earlier, the hotel has around 110 acres of woodland and parkland waiting to be explored. You can pick up maps of the hotel and the woodland from the reception and plan your walking route. We took some lovely forest walks and met Percy again. For the fitness lovers there is a brand new gym and if you prefer to relax then there are sauna and steam facilities. Down Hall also has a luxury spa - Eden Spa, where you can choose from luxury facials, manicures and pedicures or body treatments.

Down Hall Country House Hotel

Down Hall Country House Hotel

Down Hall Country House Hotel

Down Hall Country House Hotel


Down Hall definitely lives up to its promise of a luxury country house hotel. We had a very comfortable and relaxing stay. If you are looking for a wonderful leisure break, then Down Hall in my opinion is a good option.

Details:
Down Hall Country House Hotel
Matching Road, Hatfield Heath, Nr Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire CM22 7AS
Tel: +44 (0) 1279 731 441 Fax: +44 (0) 1279 730 416 Email: info@downhall.co.uk
Room rate: £99 B&B upwards.
For more information visit: http://www.downhall.co.uk/

Note: Some parts of the hotel are currently undergoing refurbishment but this will not affect your stay. When booking ask for rooms in the newly refurbished West Wing and you are sure to have a wonderful time.

Disclaimer: We were guests of Down Hall. However, this has not influenced our opinions about the hotel and our stay.

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70 comments :

  1. Awesome pics. Looks so very luxurious!

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  2. Great place/great photography x

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  3. Looks amazing and it's wonderful it is set in so much woodland. There is nothing like walking through nature to add to the relaxation!

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  4. It looks very grand and formal! You must feel in a different era!

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  5. Looks lovely - great photos!

    AShleigh

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  6. Beautiful photos...This place looks amazing x

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  7. What pretty pictures. It looks so regal.

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  8. What lovely photos! Looks so luxe! And the peacock at the door made me smile :)

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    1. The peacock was very inquisitive. I was pleasantly surprised when I first spotted it outside our door.

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  9. Sounds lovely, the photos brought it to life too!

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  10. Absolutely stunning. Great photos!

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  11. The photos are lovely and the hotel looks beautiful!

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  12. Looks stunning, really good photos!

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  13. Great photos, it looks like you had an amazing time!

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    1. Yes, we had a wonderful time. Thank you.
      It is a lovey hotel set in a beautiful location.

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  14. What a gorgeous place! So elegant.

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  15. wow,super I really love it xx

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  16. Lovely hotel and not to far for a weekend break

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  17. wow this looks so fabulous and posh lol xxxx

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  18. Wow what a fantastic place to stay. It looks amazing.

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  19. You take some really beautiful photographs and have made this place look so beautiful :)

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  20. The hotel looks lovely - I'm pretty sure its way out of our price range though. I'd love to go somewhere like this for a special anniversary or birthday, one day :o)

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  21. To stay there would make you feel like royalty!.. :)

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  22. Such a gorgeous location! Would love going for a little break there :) x

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  23. Brilliant photos - it looks really beautiful and peaceful. The peacock and deer must have really added to the magic too. Very cute. Going to have a look on the website as it looks like somewhere I would like to stay, thanks for sharing. x

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  24. fantastic place- very grand!

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  25. Would love to visit here - my father's family come from around this area.

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  26. Absolutely stunning and looks so luxurious

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  27. Looks amazing, oh gosh, I would love to be there right now x

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  28. What a stunning building! When I was a little girl I thought our local town hall was where the Queen lived!! :)

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  29. Ahhh what an amazing stunning place x

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  30. This looks like one of my wondrous dreams I have every now and then....I wake up!

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  31. looks amazing, perfect setting for a wedding

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  32. Would make a fab romantic break!

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  33. This looks amazing! Will certainly have to visit.

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  34. Stunning!! Great wedding venue!!

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  35. What an amazing looking place - a perfect winter break, and the colour of that ivy - wow!

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  36. It looks lovely, really like the peacocks. It looks so relaxing :D

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  37. Oh my days.. Soo very beautiful :)

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  38. Wow looks like an amazing place to stay!

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  39. This looks so luxurious, wouold be a great start to a holiday going from Stanstead!

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  40. Looks amazing and beautiful photos! :)

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  41. It looks a beautiful place and I would love to stay there. I enjoy visiting old properties and exploring.

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  42. Great photos, this place looks absolutely stunning!

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  43. Looks like a real luxury retreat x

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  44. I always prefer staying at hotels that have individual character, and this looks as if it would fit the bill perfectly

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  45. I'll bet its fabulous, I would never want to leave

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  46. How beautiful, was a gorgeous place, imagine getting married somewhere so stunning!

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  47. you take really good photos, its looks amazing you can see you enjoyed. Its going on my bucket list to vist

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