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A spa weekend at Luton Hoo

21 January 2017

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On a Thursday evening, my boyfriend and I were feeling spontaneous and wanted to escape London for the weekend on a spa break. After researching a few options we decided on the “Luxury Spa Escape” package at Luton Hoo which included accommodation for one night, a 55 minute spa treatment for both of us, a three course dinner, and breakfast.

Luton Hoo was once a stately home before being purchased by Elite Hotels in 1999. The Hotel opened in October 2007 following a restoration project which involved rebuilding the second floor of the house.

Catching our first glimpse of the mansion house as we rode up the winding driveway, we knew we’d be in for a treat this weekend.

After checking-in at the mansion house we were chauffeured in one of Luton Hoo’s London-style cabs to our room which was situated in the Parkland wing of the estate. I would have loved to stay in one of the mansion rooms but being in the Parkland wing meant we were close to the spa and the restaurant where we would be having our breakfast and dinner.

We stayed in an Executive Bedroom which was furnished with a double bed, an armchair with coffee table, writing desk and a lounge which could be folded out into a sofa bed.

A selection of Molton Brown toiletries were provided in the ensuite bathroom which was fitted with twin sinks and a separate bath and shower.

After settling into our room we still had a bit of time before our dinner reservation so we took the opportunity to explore the estate. There are more than 1000 acres of gardens and parkland but it was a rather chilly autumn afternoon so we didn’t wander too far.

We had our dinner at Adam’s Brasserie which is the more relaxed dining option at Luton Hoo. We would have loved to have dined at the Wernher Restaurant but sadly it was fully booked.

After our meal we visited the mansion house for cocktails, and to have a bit of a snoop around. I fell in love with this staircase!

We were disappointed when we had to leave our cosy bed and check out of the room the following morning, but we still had our spa treatments to enjoy.

Feeling rejuvenated and relaxed after our massages, we were in no hurry to leave and luckily we were able to get a late booking for afternoon tea. For £35 per person you get a pot of tea or coffee, a selection of finger sandwiches with traditional fillings, plain and raisin scones with cream and strawberry jam, and an assortment of cakes and pastries.

As with most afternoon teas, it was a challenge to get through all the food! Once we’d polished off the last of the pastries it was time to hop back on the bike for the ride back to London. We both enjoyed our weekend at Luton Hoo immensely and would love to return, maybe opting for a room in the mansion house next time.

Have you been to Luton Hoo? Do you have any other favourite spa hotels near London?

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