Renna's Discoveries: Laura Ashley Hotel in Elstree - The Manor in Hertfordshire

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Laura Ashley Hotel in Elstree - The Manor in Hertfordshire

Whilst I was looking at venues for my wedding a few years back. I visited The Edgwarebury Hotel in Elstree. It was gorgeous and I loved it, and was very close to keeping it in my top three when I heard that friends of ours had booked it for their wedding. was off the list.
I thought about the venue a lot, as it really was perfect for what I was looking for. Our friends wedding was amazing, and everybody had a great time.
However, the Hotel had been bought by Laura Ashley in 2012, and the hotel has had a complete re-style in all of her furnishings. So, myself and Miss E really wanted to go and have a look around.
Miss E surprised me and told me that we were going away for a night and she wasn't going to tell me anything else. Brilliant, I thought ! I love surprises!! You don't really get that many in life, so, even though she kept asking if I wanted to know, I said No !!
So, on a Saturday afternoon, she picked me up in her car and off we went. She had her map and I sat wondering where on earth we were going.
Now.....maps are great, when they work!!! I knew we were heading to Elstree, and I did wonder if were going, but I stayed stum. Then we / she got lost, I said ... listen if we Are going to Laura Ashley Hotel, as its around here, you're never going to find it. It is the most difficult Hotel I have ever tried to find. You can drive past the entrance so many times, and then when you find it, you can't understand how you missed it. So, I helped her find it. Five minutes later, we were laughing so much, as, once you know where it is, it really is easy !!
After driving through the long driveway, this is what greets you!! Stunning isn't it ?

The hotel is set in 10 acres of land which looks out onto farmland, and has a lovely natural pond in the grounds. This is a true English Manor House. All of the original period features have been kept and some have been restored where it was needed. There are 49 bedrooms, a bar, a restaurant, and of course wedding and conference facilities. The main house dates back to 1540.
This is our bedroom - a Standard Room with its own access to a patio. This was in the new wing, an extension of bedrooms to accommodate the guests at events.

Gorgeous Miss E enjoying the sunshine outside.
Our bathroom was a good size, with everything you need for an overnight stay. The toilet was fun, as it was an electric one, which I haven't seen in years. It really doesn't matter how old you are, if there are buttons to be pressed, we will press them !! Using the toilet was so funny. I'll say no more on that though....its an experience I'll never forget.

Lots of wonderful goodies in the Tea and Coffee tray, with of course gorgeous Laura Ashley mugs. 
When you walk out of the Wing Bedrooms, you are greeted to a lovely patio area which then leads out to this fabulous stair case up to the Manor House and onto the gardens. 

Amazing isn't it?

A very beautiful outside seating area. A place to relax or to party, depending on whether you prefer Tea or Champagne.
Whilst being nosey, we found the Gym!!
There is No spa, however, they can arrange for a therapist to come into the hotel to give you treatments in the privacy of your own room. 

We decided that we would have a snack before Dinner, as we had actually missed Lunch, so we decided to have a walk around the Gardens before having a quick Cream Tea. (Well actually, it was Scones and Cocktails - Why Not?)The scones were the only part to let it down. They were way to small !!

After fighting with Wasps, we decided to relax and have a read by our Hotel Room on the Patio. 

Can you find Wally ??
Later that evening, we were ready for Dinner, so we needed drinks and to be more nosy. This is the Bar area and the pre-dinner drinks menu.

This is the Reception Area. This is what greets you as soon as you walk in through the Hotel doors. Its such a lovely relaxing area. Laura Ashley really has done a stunning job. The original fire places are all still intact and really are beautiful. Whilst walking around, you really do feel a sense of calm and tranquillity. 

I took Miss E to have a look upstairs where the Master Suites are. Unfortunately we didn't get the chance to have a look in other bedrooms, but I did show her why it is the perfect Hotel to just Sit and Relax !! When you go, take a book and just chill. 

All beautifully restored. This is what I loved about Laura Ashley's refurb. She's made it so much brighter, by having light coloured furnishings, along with painting the walls cream and white, that it highlights the wooden period features so much more.
Dinner in The Cavendish - AA Rosette
Finally, as we were really hungry by 8pm. We were really looking forward to dining in the restaurant. For a 3 course fine dining meal it is £35 each.

Seared Mackerel, Garlic Mayonnaise with a Beetroot Salad
Chicken Liver Parfait, Red Onion Marmalade with Toasted Brioche
Fillet of Seabass, Sweet Potato, Asparagus with Spring Greens
Pan Roasted Chicken Breast, Chorizo Cassoulet with Potato Rosti
Apricot Mousse, Apricot Compote, Speculos Biscuit Crumb
The food was absolutely delicious. We enjoyed every single mouthful. It certainly had the Wow factor !! Each dish was a huge success with myself and Miss E which to be honest is a huge triumph, as we expect perfection.

After a wonderful sleep, it was time for breakfast. This is set up buffet style and was extremely fresh.
We had such a lovely time at the Laura Ashley Hotel, I would recommend it to anyone. It was an absolute joy. Have a look at their website and book a special night away.

Barnet Lane, Elstree, Hertfordshire WD6 3RE
0208 327 4700