In 1665, the Duchess of Dudley fled the plague on the site of Sopwell House, while Anne Boleyn found refuge at the nunnery here before her marriage to Henry VIII a century before. And you too can find solace in the same stunning countryside. It’s just one mile from the M25/M1 junction, so within an hour of leaving London you could be lying on a deckchair in the spa garden dripping head-to-toe in ESPA oil, savouring a buffet lunch in the Brasserie or dining on seasonal canon of salt marsh lamb in The Restaurant. Sopwell House, in the Bejerano family for 30 years, is bright and contemporary in style, its corridors lined with an eclectic mix of old French fashion magazine covers and animal giclée prints by artist Dan Hillier. There’s a tempting choice of rooms and suites to suit all budgets; most spoiling are the gated Mews Suites, set apart from the rest of the hotel in a heavenly, superbly landscaped garden.
Doubles from £154
+44 (0)1727 864477; sopwellhouse.co.uk
The stunning St Albans Cathedral or take a stroll around Verulamium Park.
A delicious tasting menu from the Restaurant at Sopwell House.
Some pampering products from our spa shop.
CLAIM TO FAME
Sopwell House was leased to Prince Louis of Battenberg in 1900, whose daughter married Prince Andrew of Greece; their son is Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
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