Down Hall Hotel & Spa
“A tasteful mix of traditional and contemporary in a fine country house” - AA Inspector
BISHOP'S STORTFORD, HERTFORDSHIRE
- Social distancing and safety measures in place
- Follows government and industry guidelines for COVID-19
- Signed up to the AA COVID Confident Charter
Ongoing monitoring of the latest government guidance and best practice. Following industry best practice. External Safety consultant retained - STORM
Our Inspector's view
This imposing country house hotel is set in 100 acres of mature grounds in a peaceful location just a short drive from Stansted Airport. Bedrooms are generally quite spacious; each is pleasantly decorated, tastefully furnished and equipped with modern facilities. Public rooms include a choice of restaurants, a cocktail bar, two lounges and leisure facilities.
Facilities – at a glance
- En-suite rooms: 100
- Family rooms: 0
- Bedrooms Ground: 20
- Free TV
- WiFi available
- Children welcome
- Children's play area
- Cots provided
- High chairs
- Children's portions or menu
- Hard Tennis Court
- Gym available
- Croquet Available
- Spa Available
- Christmas entertainment programme
- New Year entertainment programme
- Lift available
- Night porter available
- Outdoor parking spaces: 150
- Accessible bedrooms: 2
- Walk-in showers
- Open all year
- Maximum number of guests: 150
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About the area
As Hertfordshire is so close to London, many of its towns have become commuter havens. St Albans, less than 19 miles (30km) from the capital, has retained its distinctive character, along with many historic remains. The Roman city of Verulamium is situated in a nearby park, and excavations have revealed an amphitheatre, a temple, parts of the city walls and some house foundations. There are also some amazing mosaic pavements.
The abbey church at St Albans is thought to have been built on the same site where St Alban met his martyrdom in the 3rd century. The abbey was founded in 793 by King Offa of Mercia, and contains the saint’s shrine, made of Purbeck marble. Lost for years, it was discovered in the 19th century, in pieces, and restored by the designer of the red telephone box, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. The abbey also contains some wonderful medieval wall paintings. Nicholas Breakspear was born in St Albans, the son of an abbey tenant. In 1154 he took the name Adrian IV, and became the first, and so far only, English pope. Another famous son of Hertfordshire was Sir Francis Bacon, Elizabethan scholar and Lord High Chancellor, born in Hemel Hempstead in 1561.
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