“Fine country house with modern interior design and beautiful gardens” - AA Inspector
ST ALBANS, HERTFORDSHIRE
- Social distancing and safety measures in place
- Follows government and industry guidelines for COVID-19
- Signed up to the AA COVID Confident Charter
All guidelines are being followed and implemented. Temperatures of all staff and guests are taken prior to entry to Hotel. All staff are wearing masks or visors and we have disposable masks available for guests should they wish to wear one.
Our Inspector's view
This fine country hotel is situated in 12 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and the house overlooks the hotel's golf course. Sopwell House was once the country home of Lord Mountbatten, and offers bedrooms that are all very well appointed, as well as impressive leisure facilities. Afternoon tea is served in the comfortable lounges and there is a choice of restaurants for dinner.
Facilities – at a glance
- En-suite rooms: 128
- Family rooms: 28
- Bedrooms Ground: 7
- Satellite TV available
- Free TV
- Broadband available
- WiFi available
- Children welcome
- Laundry facilities
- Ironing facilities
- Cots provided
- High chairs
- Children's portions or menu
- Indoor Pool
- Gym available
- Spa Available
- Weekly Entertainment
- Christmas entertainment programme
- New Year entertainment programme
- Lift available
- Night porter available
- Fully air conditioned
- Outdoor parking spaces: 250
- Accessible bedrooms: 2
- Walk-in showers
- Open all year
- Maximum number of guests: 380
Also in the area
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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