A stylish Grade II listed hotel in gorgeous grounds with a swanky spa that’s *currently being refurbished* and a championship golf course. All just a stone’s-throw (18 miles to be precise) from London.
The Grove also boasts beautiful grounds and its own ‘city beach’ in an Italianesque walled garden, a heated outdoor pool, three decent dining options and activities aplenty. The hotel’s a honeypot for smart London types looking to ‘escape to the country’ for the weekend, often with their offspring who enjoy the OFSTED rated on-site childcare. It’s also the home of a popular world-class golf course, and a decent football pitch, used by the England team for training when the need arises.
couples, families, golfers, teens, beach bums, cocktail connoisseurs, fun-seekers, people who appreciate a bit of 5 star shiny luxury, weekend escapes, outdoor pursuit fans
watch this space….*SEQUOIA SPA CLOSED UNTIL MAY 2022*
We’ve seen many additions, new restaurants, makeovers and ‘tweakments’ at The Grove Hotel over the past years – now it’s Sequoia’s turn to get a glow-up.
According to our Spavellous spies, the refurb should be completed in late Spring, possibly even by the end of April 2022. The new spa space promises to have a fresh feel, embracing nature, making more use of outside space and providing additional relaxation, dining and treatment options. Accessibility is also going to be a priority, as is upgrading the spa facilities for male guests.
Needless to say, Spavellous is at the front of the queue as The Grove knows a thing or two about luxury spa and wellness, so is likely to retain its place on the Spavellous List. We can’t wait until the reveal.
We’ll let you know once we’ve checked out the new spa…
The Grove hotel and restaurants have had several incarnations. It now has over 200 bedrooms following its most recent extension. All rooms are smart, but some have more character and luxe add-ons than others as the hotel’s designed to meet the needs of both corporate and leisure guests. It’s a good idea to talk to reception when booking to specify the type of room you want. Mansion rooms tend to have a more authentic feel, but the more modern rooms are contemporary and comfortable and still have some of the quirky features found throughout the hotel.
wining & dining
Glasshouse – please note that this review is for The Glasshouse’s usual super-buffet offering.
During Covid times the Grove’s main restaurant changed to offering a temporary an à la carte menu, so it’s worth checking before your visit what the current dining arrangement is to avoid any disappointment.
The Glasshouse’s buffet is a lively and colourful culinary extravaganza with a range of food ‘stations’ to appeal to every taste. From crustacians to grilled meat, salads to sushi, there are over literally dozens of regularly replenished options – and that’s before you get to the desserts! Plus, there’s no limit on the number of times you revisit each table so it’s perfect for hungrier diners (our teenagers were in food heaven last visit). Favourites include sushi and seafood, and ricotta-stuffed aubergine. The teenagers raved about their ‘proper’ breakfast (waffles and pancakes) and have happy memories of the chocolate fountain from pre-Covid times.
The Stables Bar and Terrace – housed in, as you may have guessed, a former stable block. The restaurant has a tiger-prawn-meets-Tiger-Woods vibe, serving gastropub classics with a golf course vista. Portion sizes at The Stables are generous – you could say large enough to feed a horse – and include sustainable ingredients, where possible sourced from the Grove’s very own kitchen garden. There’s an extensive drinks list too if you’ve worked up a thirst on the green or treadmill.
For anyone looking to spice things up a bit, there’s Madhu’s pop-up restaurant serving ‘authentic Punjabi cuisine with a Kenyan twist’. Diners were generally complimentary about the food, but the décor is more understated than elsewhere in the hotel.
why so spavellous?
Sequoia spa has been one of the UK’s leading luxury spas for years, offering a great combination of quality facilities, treatments and expert practitioners. The new spa promises to continue to do this with expanded facilities and an even greater emphasis on personal wellness. We look forward to checking it out soon.
Check back to see what Team Spavellous make of the new spa
‘I hope they’re keeping the cool black swimming pool!’