My trip to The Grove, Hertfordshire. . .
The lovely Mr Barker recently treated me to a special spa break at the super sleek Grove Hotel in Hertfordshire. To say I was overwhelmed by the luxury hotel interior design is an understatement so I thought it only fair to share some of my favourite finds with you. Feast your eyes on this stunning country estate.
The Grove is London’s most blissful country estate, set within approximately 300 acres of Hertfordshire countryside. Once owned by the Earls of Clarendon and a regular weekend retreat for Queen Victoria, the stunning Grade II listed, 18th century mansion is steeped in history and was lovingly restored by talented interior designer Martin Hulbert.
A design highlight for me was witnessing the very clever juxtaposition of contemporary design and period architecture, resulting in a stunning English country-house experience.
What´s on offer?
There’s something for everyone. The Grove boasts a luxury 18 hole golf course, an award-winning spa, stunning grounds and walled garden, an urban beach with outdoor pool, tennis courts, a croquet lawn and Anouska’s kids club! Phew…. What else could you wish for?
This beautiful retreat has clearly stood the test of time with an interior scheme that can only be described as relaxed and sophisticated, whilst remaining playful! How can this be? Take a look at my (rather candid) tourist pics, and see for yourself…….
The sitting rooms
Each lounge oozes pure style with endless French windows overlooking the formal grounds, dramatic and eclectic decor with magnificent, restored fireplaces, traditional features and original modern art together with French and English antiques.
Flamboyant and luxurious, The Blue Room is full of character and houses a gorgeous chandelier that was apparently salvaged from Martin’s friend’s garage and beautifully restored with blue Murano glass. It hangs like a piece of jewelry, adding a distinctive focal point to the space.
The walls are a striking shade of deep blue, adorned with distinctive artwork from German ‘object artist’ Volker Kühn.
Adjacent is what I would describe as The Neutral Room and as the name suggests, offers a more serene experience through a relaxing ‘neutral’ colour palette with subtle textural depth provided through silk wall coverings and drapery, traditionally seen in period interiors – unadulterated luxury!
Once again the period features, contemporary art, antiques and pure grandeur doesn’t fail to impress in the library! A lovely place to unwind, read a novel or two and indulge with afternoon tea!
The grounds are incredible and home to some fascinating sculptures, including a life size giraffe, giant ornaments around the trees in the formal garden and Nathalie Decoster’s serene sculptures – to name a few!
You can venture into the walled garden where you will find The Grove Beach, a perfectly manicured lawn and of course – a potting shed! Here, you can simply lounge and enjoy the view or visit the indoor children’s pool.
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