Most of you will be aware I’m a lover of all things associated with luxury and glamour. My alter ego likes to be treated like the princess it thinks it is and Sopwell House in St Albans seemed the perfect place to experience this! Oozing style and sophistication Sopwell House is a luxury country retreat that is not immune to celebrities and premier league players staying there.
Our stay though wasn’t in the main hotel but in the recently developed private Mews Suites – situated just outside the hotel’s main entrance. Access to The Mews is via a gated entrance (accessed by your key card) into a stunning garden that simply takes your breath away. Completely private, an oasis of calm and tranquility – with it’s landscaped communal gardens (created by RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court Palace Show Gold award winner Ann-Marie Powell) and peaceful hydropool this really was paradise, and dare I say even more magical when the sun goes down, and it is lit by all the lights.
Scattered around the garden are a handful of suites all with their own individual style, Some with feature fireplaces, four-poster beds, romantic double ended in-room baths, private terraces, cedar wood spa baths and high-end kitchenettes all adding to the being treated like a princess scenario. And all just perfect and adaptable for any stay whether it is romance or a big family get together (you can hire out all the suites) this really is a garden of paradise.
We stayed in the Ivy suite, decorated in neutral tones with autumaunal colours of rust, gold’s and greys being dominant in the soft furnishings and a bathroom full of luxury ESPA miniatures and the fluffiest gowns ever. The fresh strawberries, Battenberg cake and champagne that were waiting for us only added to the whole luxury experience. All mews suites have WiFil, Sky TV, Nespresso machine, ESPA toiletries, robes, slippers and a fantastic surround sound system.
After a glass of bubbles, we changed into our robes and swimwear and went to explore outside – Curling up on the large squishy outdoor sofas sipping the rest of the champagne was pure heaven – the whole outdoor space emulated calm and tranquility. The focal point of the garden is the bubbling hydropool that proves too tempting not to experience. With bubbles massaging your body you lay back and relax you can simply empty your mind and enjoy this truly magical experience – somewhere I could have stayed all day, but needs must and dinner was calling us.
Dinner was taken in the brasserie in the main hotel, a vibrant open plan dining experience. Our choices consisted of starters of Atlantic prawn and crab cocktail and a pressing of ham hock. Mains were pan fried Scottish salmon and an 8oz Sopwell House beef burger followed by a dessert of lychee and mango delcie with chef’s sorbet. All the dishes were beautifully presented and didn’t disappoint in flavour or portion.
Returning to the mews undercover of darkness is now like walking into an enchanted wonderland – and when in wonderland the only thing to do is take another soak in the bubbling hydropool, with of course an obligatory glass of champagne!
The Mews at Sopwell House really is a place to retreat to, indulge in some me time, create memories and live like a princess (if only for a while).