Housed in a striking four-star, Georgian country estate — and with a rich history that goes back to 1603 — Sopwell House is a charming and graceful hotel nestled within the tranquil Hertfordshire countryside. Located in the midst of 12 acres of lush grounds just a half hour from London, it the perfect hideaway. The expansive new spa offering Cottonmill, is the UK’s first private members’ spa designed to complement the dynamic needs of modern living, and combined with the two restaurants and afternoon tea service, makes Sopwell House a veritable treat.
- 128 guestrooms and suites offer varying sizes and contemporary designs
- Eat, drink, and be merry in the restaurant, brasserie, Conservatory bar, and cocktail lounge
- Historic charm marries well with modern technology, such as Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
- Work out in the world-class gym equipped with the latest Technogym Artis line, take a moment to breathe at the edge of the infinity pool, or take refuge in the panoramic sauna, all part of the inner sanctum, The Club at Cottonmill facilities
- Host a private dinner party or large event in one of 15function rooms
- Indulge yourself at the spa with specialist Vichy Shower or Quartz Sand Bed treatments; plus expert massages, facials, and holistic therapies Please note that Cottonmill Spa is adults-only.
- Start your day with a full English breakfast and partake in traditional afternoon tea
Whether you seek a romantic weekend away, a family vacation, a spa break, or an impressive business retreat, the grand and inviting Sopwell House delivers. It is also the perfect location for a wedding with its historic architecture, gorgeous gardens, and dedicated Wedding Coordinators.
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The 128 rooms and suites vary in size and style for couples and families alike, and have a boutique feel mixed with sophisticated style and modern conveniences, such as Wi-Fi and televisions. Many rooms offer beautiful garden and landscape views and have walk-in showers and ESPA toiletries. Mews Suites are separate from the hotel and set in lovely landscaped gardens. Suites may feature fireplaces, four-poster beds, in-room baths, kitchenettes, private terraces, and cedar wood spa baths. Mews guests also gain complimentary access to all Spa facilities at Sopwell House, including The Club at Cottonmill with new Spa Gardens, Deep Relaxation Room, Whisper Room, and Garden Room.
If you’re a sports fan, you will welcome the fact that all guestrooms feature a BT and Sky Sports TV package. Suites are particularly appealing to families, and the hotel is a great favourite for wedding parties. Room service, turndown service, and laundry service are added conveniences to enjoy.
Traditional and international fare are conveniently served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the two main restaurants at Sopwell House, with very different experiences to suit your mood. A traditional Afternoon Tea is served at The Restaurant as well as the cocktail bar, and is complemented by small plate snacks. From formal to casual dining, the hotel offers options to satisfy your palate day or night.
The Restaurant – With two AA rosettes to its name, and a 2018 Open Table Diner’s Choice award, The Restaurant delivers fresh, locally-sourced European fare from an extensive fine-dining menu curated by renowned chef Gopi Chandran. The space features vaulted ceilings, chandeliers, and white linen tablecloths to add to the elegant ambiance. Try poached and grilled guinea fowl, roast Atlantic cod with white bean and pancetta cassoulet, and the five-course tasting menu with a wine pairing.
The Brasserie – For a more casual dining experience, The Brasserie boasts an open kitchen and a classic menu that also features international flavors such as steaks, burgers, and teriyaki salmon.. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style, while dinner is offered à la carte or off a set menu.
Cocktail Lounge – The Cocktail Lounge is a versatile spot where you can enjoy some quiet time with regular afternoon tea or alternatives such as Afternoon Tea and Pimms, and Champagne Afternoon Tea. Treat yourself to a light snack — Punjabi Samosa or a Club Sandwich — or enjoy a night in with some late night drinks in elegant surroundings. Ask for an English Garden cocktail or a Battenberg, the latter named in honor of Prince Louis of Battenberg, who leased the house in 1901.
Conservatory Bar – Fresh, bright and modern, the Conservatory is ideal for an early morning coffee, a lunchtime snack or evening cocktails.
There is much to keep you occupied at Sopwell House. Swim a few laps in the exquisitely designed swimming pool — an experience which is accentuated by the gorgeous, Eastern-inspired design — or raise your heart rate at the state-of-the-art gym. Walk the gorgeous grounds, dine on delicious cuisine, and toast to good times in the lounge.
While every inch of Cottonmill is a private members’ spa, there are two distinct areas to the Spa at Sopwell House, Cottonmill and The Club at Cottonmill.
Cottonmill facilities includes use of the indoor pool, two vitality pools, a state of the art gym (see below) featuring the latest Technogym equipment, classes taken in the new energizing studio, sauna, steam room, poolside terrace, and sitting room. After a treatment, you can rest in the Rose Relaxation Room.
The Club at Cottonmill features world-class spaces and facilities, including new spa gardens, garden room, whisper room, and deep relaxation Room. The Club area is accessible only to a select group of members and a limited number of guests or residents on Club packages.
For adventures outside of the hotel, travel just half an hour to the sights and sounds of London, or even closer to the historic city of St. Albans — which takes its name from the first British saint. Visit the St. Albans Museum + Gallery, with its collection of heritage and contemporary works, as well as the Verulamium Museum with its ancient treasures — it is built on one of the largest Roman sites in the country. If you have children with you, Willows Farm Village and Park has farmyard animals, adventure play, funfair rides, and indoor soft play.
Other attractions include:
- Buckingham Palace
- Gorhambury House
- Museum of St Albans
- Paradise Wildlife Park
- The Alban Arena
- Willows Farm Village and Park
- Warner Brothers Studio Tour London — The Making of Harry Potter
While Sopwell House feels wonderfully secluded, thanks to the immediate expanse of greenery that surrounds the hotel, there are plenty of nearby attractions if you are keen to explore the wider area. The Verulamium Museum, Old Gorhambury House, and Hatfield House are just a few notable names accessible if you wish to step away, however briefly, from relative solitude.
The nearest airport is Luton, which is 16 mi / 25km away.
Heathrow is 28 mi / 45 km away.
The nearest train station is St Albans. This is a 19-minute ride from London’s St. Pancras International.
The hotel is just south of the market town of St. Albans and a 10-minute drive from the junctions of the M25 and the A1.