Luton Hoo Hotel and Spa

Who doesn't love a night away for a recharging and relaxing treat? For us Luton Hoo is one of our favourite places to eat and to stay so we booked ourselves a post Valentines stay for one night. We were fortunate in that we were able to stay in the Lady Butter Suite in the Mansion House, and this made our stay very enjoyable.

Luton Hoo is a historic stately home with a history of hosting aristocrats and royals, until more recent years when it has been converted to a luxurious hotel with golf and spa facilities. The grounds and mansion house have also been used in a number of films; our room was featured in Four Weddings and a Funeral. Dining options include afternoon teas, fine dining in the Wernher Restaurant and a relaxed atmosphere in Adam's Brasserie. Rooms are set in the flower gardens, in the parklands and in the mansion house itself.

The room that we stayed in was a Mansion Suite room (number 6). It was very spacious and echoed the grand features of the stately home. The suite has a generous lounge and sitting area in addition to an enormous bed, and superb views out to the lake.

The bathroom had both a shower and a whirlpool bath; perfect for relaxing in...especially as you can set the TV to a music channel and have it play in the bathroom as you soak in the bubbles. The bathroom is filled with Molton Brown products, lots of fluffy white towels and a pair of Hoo bathrobes with slippers. It was like having a private spa.

Other little luxurious treats include the fudge that was left for us in the room with a note from the hotel manager, which we enjoyed with some of the Nespresso coffee that was available in our minibar.

I did visit the spa. If you want treatments I suggest booking well in advance - I tried a week ahead and this was too late to get anything. I did enjoy the pool and had a little circuit round the sauna, steam and vitality pool. The day beds around the pool are ergonomically shaped and are perfect for a relaxing read in between sauna and steam visits! (If you want to know a little more about the spa see my previous Spa and Afternoon Tea post).

Having previously eaten in both the Wernher and Brasserie restaurants we decided to have a relaxed dinner in Adam's Brasserie (my husband loves their burgers and it was his turn to choose). This is a short walk from the main house (along with the spa and flower garden rooms). If you don't fancy walking though you can take a ride in one of the Hoo taxis that are always on standby for guests. The dishes that we had were presented beautifully...and more importantly tasted good!

Goats Cheese starter
(no photo of the burgers...they disappeared before I remembered)

Treacle Tart
The Piano lounge in the Mansion House is a warm and softly lit room, with a live pianist and a range of cocktails that mean business. If you dine in the Wernher you can request to have your coffee and petit fours in here too. we really enjoyed our post dinner cocktails in here, and it is definitely worth a visit. When we returned to our room it had been turned down, with a welcome alternative to the chocolate on the pillow (well for me anyway!).

 In the morning our breakfast was served in the Wernher Restaurant, with a selection of the usual continental and English cooked options....with eggs cooked to how you like them (I am notoriously fussy about these). The breakfast was so filling we didn't need to eat until late that night! If you decide to walk this off in the grounds do go and see the Victorian tennis court and waterfall.

And of course there is the Hugh Grant cupboard....

Surely I'm not the only one...


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