This five-star hotel and country club is a well-positioned retreat for Londoners: it sits among 200 acres of Hertfordshire parkland, within an hour from the capital. The stately Jacobean property has 161 elegant bedrooms, and there are 14 event spaces, many of which have retained their open fireplaces and period features. The most impressive is Poles Hall, formerly a convent chapel, which lends itself to atmospheric dinners. Among the resort’s strengths are its leisure facilities, which include a health club and tennis courts, along with an 18-hole championship golf course that has played host to the English Open.
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