Review: Luton Hoo Country House Hotel & Spa, Luton

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Good Things’ editor Zoe Perrett’s fitness is in during this oppulance mansion…

It’s Friday a 13th. The day gets off to a diligent start. It’s snowing, and icy gale force winds smorgasboard a car. We have to do a u-turn to collect adult my lost cloak (containing purse). We nip mostly and anxiously from a tin of cheese biscuits, wondering if engagement a oppulance sauna mangle on this many unlucky of dates was as terrible an suspicion as it’s seeming.

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And afterwards we lift adult usually in front of a pillars ancillary Luton Hoo’s fantastic 18th-century categorical palace house, and a bad fitness checks out as we check in. The evocative smell of woodsmoke pervades a Grade 1*-listed, five-star hotel’s entrance, emanating from a outrageous grate surrounded by equally-sizeable sofas. The whole place creates we feel Lilliputian – we’re whisked past a immeasurable red-carpeted, Robert Adam-designed staircase whose curves are any bit as alluring as Beyonce’s, and that comes from a same fast as a one during a Ritz.

The apartment life

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With a marble lavatory featuring his’n’hers sinks, a big, comfy bed with reassuringly complicated covers and a pelmet, a list and dining table, and that classical nation residence decor, a Master Bedroom is flattering damn ritz-y, too. Its much-welcome toasty regard is startling for such a high-ceilinged space, creation us recoil during a suspicion of a hotel’s heating bill.

We get to sight into a severely considerable Orthodox Russian Chapel, consecrated by Luton Hoo’s early 20th-century owners Sir Harold Wernher for his Russian wife, Lady Zia. we have no delusions – this is loyal grandeur. Many a posh cooking occurs within a walls and, nonetheless a beautiful clergy cultured prompts furious imaginings of it as a ideal marriage venue, we learn that a chapel never been deconsecrated and is therefore not one of a locations a venue offers for open ceremonies.

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Set in 1065 acres of Capability Brown-designed parkland and gardens, Luton Hoo offers smashing walking opportunities. It also offers a smashing event to be whizzed from post to post in one of a hotel’s possess black cabs. Having spent plenty appetite exploring, it’s in one of those that we lift adult to The Country Club.

A excellent approach to unwind

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For me, a signature sauna treatment; for LB, 80 mins of idle lengths, poolside reading, and generally creation a many of a oak-beamed conservatory that houses an forever swimming pool, vitality pool, and feverishness therapy suite.

Meanwhile, I’m supping a crater of Luton Hoo-blend herbal tea in a decrease room, where I’m met by my therapist Daisy. we feel in able hands right from a feet ritual-cum-consultation during that we discuss about robust tension, elite pressure, and a approach we wish to feel post-treatment. And, after some-more than an hour of Balinese massage that incorporates an savoury oil pour, prohibited stones, and long, unconditional strokes, we know this Miss Daisy is one I’d expostulate to see again.

For now, my oil-smoothed, super-relaxed legs stagger me to LB’s lounger in a Bambi-ish manner. He’s sceptical adequate of my post-deluxe diagnosis heat to wish to drown me in a pool, yet pleasantly refrains from doing so. After all, he’d afterwards be abandoned of a cooking buddy.

Before that dinner, we penetrate a splash in a cocktail loll where a mark of positive ivory tinkling provides usually a right ambience. It’s all entirely courteous and creates one wish this was a predecessor to any dusk meal.

Dinner and decadence

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The Wernher Restaurant is Luton Hoo’s many grave eating establishment. Jackets and ties are requested for a fellas, and it seems usually right to demeanour and feel a million dollars when any candelabrum is value £250,000. Tapestries and floor-to-ceiling marble enthuse some-more astonishment as we work a increasingly-merry approach by a good-value three-course menu (£42.50) that includes ham pawn terrine, roasted steep and red cabbage, and a pickled caramel tart; and bouche-amusing nibbles, a soupcon of soup, an inter-course sorbet, and a lot of melodramatic cloche action.

We had designed to brush adult a stairs to bed, yet after all a indulgence, it all feels like a bit too many like tough work. So we scuttle to a small lift and behind to Room 29, and conduct to bed for a bit of Netflix, a whole bag of nominal fudge, and one of a many plain sleeps I’ve enjoyed in ages.

In a morning, I’m entirely reluctant to unsink myself from a mattress’s depths, yet lunch in London is job – as, for LB, is a awaiting of breakfast. Seated once again in a Wernher restaurant, he feasts on buttered granary toast, bacon and poached eggs, while we assume a fake temperament of ‘healthy girlfriend’ and hang to yogurt and seeds from a cold buffet.

I wish another massage. we wish during slightest one some-more night here. In fact, we wish to be some arrange of proprietor princess or regularly-visiting dignitary. But as a Rolling Stones once sensitive me, we can’t always get what we want. Sometimes, though, we get what we need – and this weekend mangle was accurately that.

Where: The Mansion House, Luton, Bedfordshire.
Price: Mansion House Master Bedrooms cost from £200 per person, per night, formed on dual sharing. Special deals: On 14 February, guest can select a five-course candlelit dish with booze in a Wernher Restaurant from £125pp, or 3 courses in Adam’s Brasserie including acquire cocktail from £55pp. Overnight packages on 11 and 18t Feb including cooking are accessible from £155pp, formed on dual sharing.
Bookings: To make a reservation, click here or phone 01582 734437.

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