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Places to stay in Hertfordshire: 8 unique weekend retreats

PUBLISHED: 16:36 03 May 2016 | UPDATED: 16:35 10 May 2016

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From five star hotels and Georgian townhouses in the city to countryside farm houses and even a VW camper van, we have something for everyone who wants to escape

The City Manor Hotel

The four star St Michael’s Manor conveniently located close to central St Albans but with its own five acres of countryside gardens it is truly the perfect place for a city escape. It is also 20 minutes by train from London making it very convenient for a trip into the capital for a day of shopping before coming back to your luxurious room to relax. There’s even a restaurant that looks over the lake and gardens, a great place to park yourself for a long evening sipping wine and spending time with yourself or loved ones.

The Escape-From-It-All Camper Van

For a unique weekend away, why not try out The Coppice Woodland escape and let the Hertfordshire countryside take away your stress. This is one for the adventure seekers with accommodation consisting of a VW camper van and teepee-esque bell tent both sleeping two people and with amenities including hammocks, a wood heated hot tub, a solar shower and compost toilets, you will really feel that you are stripped back to basics and can focus on enjoying yourself and relaxing.

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The Contemporary Modern Hotel

You will find contemporary interiors and all the amenities for the modern weekend breaker at Beales Hotel in Hatfield. You can have an afternoon tea in one of the two restaurants, on the terrace or even have it brought to your room for an indulgent treat. Head to the OutsideIn restaurant for a delicious dinner made from locally sourced ingredients or pay a visit to Talkbar for a cocktail at the end of your day.

The Farm House Hotel

The converted farm houses of Tewin Bury Farm Hotel housed alongside the River Mimram is pleasantly enhanced with all the modern luxuries you would expect in a boutique hotel. The décor also contrasts classic farmhouse vibes with the modern, clean hotel meaning you can plug in but still enjoy the fresh air and farm house atmosphere.

The Countryside Retreat

The peaceful surroundings of Boxmoor Lodge will leave you in a state of bliss. Let the Hertfordshire countryside envelop you with a long walk before coming back to the Lodge and into the fashionable lounge bar to unwind with a glass of wine.

The Georgian Townhouse Bed and Breakfast

This boutique bed and breakfast will take you back in time and make you feel like you’re in Downton Abbey, not central St. Albans. At Tankerfield House, you will be warmly welcomed into the Grade II listed Georgian townhouse which is nestled in the ancient St. Alban’s streets. Step outside and explore the Verulamium Park or get lost in the old houses. Tankerfield is the perfect place to stay when exploring this old city.

The Luxury Spa Hotel

If it’s a pampering getaway you require then look no further than The Grove which has two sets of rooms, one set in the Grade II listed mansion house and one set in a contemporary West Wing and a spa. Named Sequoia Spa, this is truly a place to forget your worries and indulge in a bit of self care in the form of professional treatments taken out by trained therapists. There is a pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and many more facilities available at the spa so make sure to treat yourself.

The Five Star Fairytale Hotel

Once upon a time there was a luxurious hotel, the five star Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel and Country Club. This sophisticated and breathtaking hotel is an exquisite place to stay if you are feeling like taking a break and treating yourself. There are wood-panelled libraries, a private golf course, a spa and lots more to do that will keep you occupied so much so, you might not leave the grounds.

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