Great outdoors

Luxury hotel grounds, garden & woodland

Lose yourself in our 300 amazing acres... so near London. Our hotel estate is so beautiful, it looks like the mature landscape in a George Stubbs painting… because it is! The painter used to cycle here to paint the horses in the stables. Now you can borrow a bike for free and explore the tracks through the woods and canal path. Go jogging. Or walking. Play golf or tennis or pool. Or volleyball. Or wiff waff… sorry, table tennis. Do a couple of lengths in the outdoor pool. Game of croquet anyone?

GARDENS AND TERRACES

Our stunning Formal Gardens express nature at her best; no wonder a family of ducks and ducklings have moved in and made it their home. Take a wander and spot these exceptional trees:

  • At the end of the Terrace, the magnificent Black Walnut Juglans nigra, presented to The Grove by one Captain Cook in 1770.
  • Towards Sequoia Spa is the Sequoiadendron Giganteum 'Wellingtonia', a Californian Redwood.
  • Honey Locust Tree, Foxglove Tree and a square box-shaped Holm Oak.
  • The Olive Trees in the planters are over 500 years old.

The Formal Gardens were designed by Wiltshire-based landscape artist Michael Balston. He included elements from the 18th century design but with a contemporary twist. Highlights include the serpentine borders and Rose Garden. Our Grand Canal has a series of water jets and weirs. The copper bowl at the head was originally from a Scottish distillery. Please ask our Concierge for the 'Tour of the Gardens' by our Head Gardener.

Walled Garden

A world within a world… with tennis courts, croquet lawn, outdoor swimming pool, urban beach with Volleyball, table tennis and pool table in the Potting Shed. Roses ramble on the old walls… the vegetable garden and fruit trees provide the freshest raw ingredients for our restaurants… the long Potting Shed is full of antiques from Provence and England with plenty of huge armchairs - the perfect place for a discreet afternoon nap in the sun. Click to find out more...

WOODLANDS

Follow the Grove Trail through our mature woodlands… there are several to choose from. During Spring, the woods are carpeted in bluebells for two whole weeks.

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