Nestled deep within the rolling Hertfordshire hills sits Sopwell House, an enchanting country estate located in the picturesque city of St Albans. The dazzling white 18th Century Georgian manor house, surrounded by acres of charming countryside, stands proudly at the end of a meandering driveway lined with blossom trees.

The hideaway is a convenient 20-minute train journey from London St Pancras and boasts 128 stylish guestrooms, 16 exclusive Mews Suites, 12 acres of beautiful gardens, two restaurants, an elegant cocktail lounge, a swimming pool and spa, 15 adaptable meeting rooms, including five ground floor banqueting rooms.

For the ultimate in luxurious living, the 128 newly refurbished guestrooms at the hotel are each impeccably designed in an elegant, quintessentially British manner. Duck feather duvets cloak the super king-sized beds while some guestrooms offer balconies overlooking the far-reaching hotel grounds. Slate, wood and leather statement furniture echo around each room and the immaculate en-suite bathrooms all boast bespoke design vanity units and ESPA toiletries.

To one side of the hotel, a cluster of exclusive Mews Suites sit peacefully behind a private gate. Originally standing as stable blocks to accompany the main farmhouse, the newly refurbished oasis comprises 16 Mews Suites surrounding a stunning botanical garden designed by Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medalist, Ann-Marie Powell. An infinity edged hydrotherapy pool with ceramic detailing sparkles in the centre of the stunning bespoke garden offering barefoot luxury throughout the year. Accessible only via private gates and surrounded by two-metre pleached hornbeam, The Mews provides optimum exclusivity for its guests. Some of the Mews Suites also encompass their own private courtyards with sunken private spa baths and dark wicker seating areas.

 

 

Need to Know

Check-in

Check-in at 3.00pm.

Check-out

Check-out at 11.00am.

Dining

The Restaurant

For an award-winning fine dining experience, the two AA Rosette restaurant marries British and European cuisine to achieve an eclectic menu offering. A tantalising à la carte menu is on offer using only seasonal and local produce. Officially opened by footballing royalty, Arsene Wenger, the split-level space boasts striking pendant lighting and white linen tablecloths with deep maroon-coloured armchairs. The restaurant also offers an extensive wine list.

The Brasserie

For more informal dining, The Brasserie offers an elegant open-plan dining space decorated with an abundance of natural light, courtesy of the floor-to-ceiling glass frontage. The Brasserie serves all-day dining with a buffet luncheon and an a la Carte menu in the evening fusing British and Mediterranean cuisine. The Brasserie’s modern interior is painted a calming chocolate brown and white to complement the relaxed ambience. The soaring glass windows showcase views across the hotel’s picturesque grounds. There are also views through to the large 15-metre swimming pool. In the evening, the candle lit space serves dinner from an à la carte menu.

 

Hotel Facilities

The Conservatory

The Conservatory at Sopwell House offers the ultimate in comfortable contemporary luxury with its large cream couches and cushioned arm chairs. The space is light and airy, while views of the beautiful manicured lawns are brought to the forefront by the surrounding glass frontage enveloping the room. Above, a glass roof allows sunlight to flood the space.

The Cocktail Bar & Lounge

The Cocktail Bar boasts an ornate marble topped-bar accompanied by pale aqua blue bar stools. Authentic French doors stand to the side of the bar, offering landscape views of the hotel’s picturesque front lawns. Accessed via a towering archway, the adjacent Cocktail Lounge features high ceilings, large velvet armchairs, a calming chocolate-brown colour scheme and a statement 3-metre wide fireplace. A floor-to-ceiling integrated bookcase-wall commands a statuesque presence at the end of the room. The characterful, cosy room serves traditional Afternoon Tea throughout the day.

The Spa

Naturally lit and spacious, The Spa at Sopwell House houses 14 treatment rooms including one double treatment room, a 15-metre swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, fully equipped gymnasium with dedicated weights area, dance and yoga studio, nail bar, plus a spa lounge and relaxation room. There is also a tranquil seated terrace and spa garden.

Spa opening hours: Monday to Friday 6.30am to 10.00pm. Saturday and Sunday 7.00am to 9.00pm. Bank holidays 8.00am to 9.00pm.

Spa treatment times: 10.00am – 8.00pm.

Good to know – Wellness for cancer

Our experienced therapists have completed training with ‘Wellness for Cancer’ a world leading provider of cancer therapy training. Our team are now available to offer a range of specific treatments for clients who are recovering from cancer or the treatment of it.

 

Interesting extras

Hall of Fame

There have been many football teams that have stayed at Sopwell House over the years and as a tribute the walkway from the reception to the conservatory and Brasserie has wall adorned with signed shirts and photos from some of the world’s greatest footballing heroes.

Pricing

Rooms available from £154.00 per night including English breakfast, and full use of the leisure facilities during your stay.

For best available rates call 0800 089 3929.

Contact

Address

Sopwell House Hotel

Cottenmill Lane, St Albans, Hertfordshire. AL1 2HQ

Reservations

01666824666

General Manager

Thomas Garlich

Owners / Proprietors

The Bejerano Family

Map

Directions

By Road

From the M25 Clockwise, Heathrow

• Exit the M25 at junction 21a and at the roundabout take the first exit onto the A405 towards St Albans
• Continue over two roundabouts and at the third take the third exit onto the A414 towards Hatfield
• Take the first slip road signposted Shenley/Sopwell and turn left
• At the mini roundabout turn left onto Cottonmill Lane
• Sopwell House is situated approximately 1/4 mile down this road on the left hand side

From the M25 Anti-clockwise, Dartford Tunnel

• Exit the M25 at junction 22 and at the roundabout take the third exit towards St Albans
• Continue ahead at the next roundabout and at the end of the dual carriageway, take the third exit at the roundabout onto London Road
• Continue to the third set of traffic lights and turn left onto Mile House Lane
• Pass under the railway bridge and go straight over the mini roundabout onto Cottonmill Lane
• Sopwell House is situated approximately 1/4 mile down this road on the left hand side

From the M1 Southbound

• Exit the M1 at junction 7 and join the A414 towards St Albans
• At the roundabout take the second exit onto the A414 towards Hatfield
• Take the first slip road signposted Shenley/Sopwell and turn left
• At the mini roundabout turn left onto Cottonmill Lane
• Sopwell House is situated approximately 1/4 mile down this road on the left hand side

From the M1 Northbound

• Exit the M1 at junction 6 following signs to St Albans
• Continue over three roundabouts and at the fourth take the third exit onto the A414 towards Hatfield
• Take the first slip road signposted Shenley/Sopwell and turn left
• At the mini roundabout turn left onto Cottonmill Lane
• Sopwell House is situated approximately 1/4 mile down this road on the left hand side

By Air

Distance to / from the hotel

• Luton Airport – 15 miles / 24 km
• Stansted Airport – 39 miles / 63 km
• Heathrow Airport – 26 miles / 42 km

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Attractions Near Sopwell House Hotel

St. Albans Cathedral

In the Centre of St. Albans lies the Cathedral. Its architecture is a blend of many different periods, and its great tower includes Roman bricks salvaged from the ruins of Verulamium. It is best known for the shrine of St Alban, Britain’s first Christian Saint.  With guided tours and events throughout the year it is a great attraction for all the family.

St. Albans

The Cathedral City of St Albans can be found a short drive south of Luton Hoo Hotel, and just north of the M25. St Alban’s cathedral is the second longest standing cathedral in Britain, and is a spectacular building to explore. The historic market town hosts a number of cultural events throughout the year, including St Albans Music City and the St Albans Folk Festival. St Albans is a popular filming location with its mixed architecture that may be familiar, and its attractive streets are lined with a variety of speciality boutiques and major stores for a day of shopping.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour

Walk in the footsteps of Harry Potter and explore the wonders of the wizarding world. Warner Bros. Studio Tour provides an amazing new opportunity to explore the magic of the Harry Potter™ films – the most successful film series of all time. This unique walking tour takes you behind-the-scenes and showcases a huge array of beautiful sets, costumes and props. It also reveals some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and animatronics that made these films so hugely popular all over the world.

Willows Activity Farm

Willows Activity Farm is a children’s farm with live shows, fun fair rides, carousels, inflatables, tractor ride, acres of outdoor and under cover soft play activities and the Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground in the Hertfordshire countryside just a stones throw from the hotel.

Weddings at Sopwell House Hotel

Sopwell House is an enchanting countryside wedding venue that offers comprehensive wedding packages and bespoke wedding services tailored to every bride’s dream day.

The dazzling white 18th Century manor house comprises 12 acres of private gardens, a two AA Rosette restaurant and additional Brasserie, cocktail bar and lounge, 15-metre swimming pool and spa, privately accessed gymnasium, 15 elegant and adaptable banqueting rooms, five ground floor banqueting rooms, 128 recently renovated guestrooms and a collection of 16 exclusive Mews Suites.

A dedicated wedding co-ordinator and event manager work with guests to plan every detail in the run up to their big day, as well as being on-hand at the wedding itself. The hotel also boasts a private wedding parking area and reception entrance, plus private staircases to wedding party guestrooms.

The extensive Sopwell House manicured lawns are the perfect setting for a truly unforgettable summer wedding. A Koi Carp pond and charming arched bridge provide the perfect spot for wedding photography, while an enchanting raised gazebo in the centre of the lawns boasts its own wedding license for magical al fresco ceremonies. Dining options include an indulgent hog roast or BBQ on the terrace.

The hotel offers bespoke wedding packages on request, and special guest rates and menus for children. Dry hire (no catering or drinks) of the St Albans Suite seating up to 280 guests with dancefloor is available.

Need to know

Ivory Package

The Ivory Wedding Package includes everything required for a once in a lifetime wedding. A dedicated team of wedding planners, event managers and a master of ceremonies will be on hand from beginning to end to ensure the day runs smoothly.

The wedding will begin with a Bucks Fizz or Pimms reception, and entail a traditional three course wedding breakfast with white linen table clothes and napkins, half a bottle of wine and a glass of Prosecco for all guests during dinner, DJ and disco until midnight, accommodation for the bride and groom in a luxury suite, and breakfast the following morning.

Rose Package

For a slightly larger wedding, the Rose Wedding Package includes all of the above, but with added extras such as a selection of hot and cold canapés, bespoke wedding stationery, place cards and table names, complimentary coffees, tea and chocolate mints as well as white chair covers with an additional sash in colour of choice.

Silk Package

The Silk Wedding Package again includes all of the above with added luxurious touches. An extended selection of hot and cold canapés for guests on arrival, a choice of two glasses of Prosecco, Kir Royale, Bellinis or Fruit Punch, plus an upgraded three course evening dinner.

Outdoor Weddings

Getting married outdoors is simply a dream for many, but did you know that Sopwell House is licensed for outdoor civil ceremonies.

Your decision might come down to preference or the time of year, but whatever your criteria, our landscaped gardens add lot of character to a ceremony and offers the natural beauty of the outdoors. Mother Nature does the venue dressing for you, with flowers in bloom and lush green lawns.

Built especially for weddings, our gazebo provides a magical outdoor setting for a secluded wedding ceremony with beautiful views.

Need to know

Maximum number of delegates:

300 reception (with dance floor)
260 wedding breakfast

Civil ceremonies: There are 6 rooms licensed for civil ceremonies

Wedding planning services: Dedicated in-house wedding co-ordinator

Meetings at Sopwell House Hotel

Sopwell House has long been recognised as one of the most versatile and in-demand corporate hotels outside of London. Only a short 20-minute train ride from London St Pancras, corporate guests of the hotel are invited to enjoy its countless events spaces and facilities, combined with its sought after countryside setting.

Accessed via a private entrance and parking, the award-winning Conference Centre at Sopwell House is perfect for hosting all manner of corporate events and meetings. Guests are welcomed through the double doors of the conference reception. The Conference Centre houses 19 meeting rooms arranged over two floors. Rooms offer traditional or modern decor, depending on the client’s preference and many ground floor rooms boast direct access to private terrace areas.

The rooms draw in streams of natural light and the walls are adorned with stylish feature wallpaper. Spaces include the royally named Mountbatten suite, St Albans suite, Lady Patricia suite and the Princess Victoria suite – the latter of which offers a private staircase making it a popular choice for the Premiership football teams who regularly visit the hotel.

Connecting the suites is a grand hallway featuring two separate bar areas, each of which can be sectioned off for large private functions. Impressive collections of striking artwork hang throughout the neutrally painted corridor walls, while subtle scents of Jasmine permeate the space.

The boardrooms at Sopwell House provide the perfect place to host a company meeting or brainstorming session, with burnt orange and leafy green colour schemes. The rooms are bright and airy with each featuring a large 80” LCD HD television. Each of the boardrooms feature separate seating areas with tea and coffee stations.

For alfresco meetings, events and team building exercises, Sopwell House boasts an unrivalled space. The hotel offers an enchanting walled garden that spans the perimeter of the hotel’s vast acres, perfect for activities including dodgems, archery, football, a bouncy caste or even an inflatable obstacle course.

The largest function suite, St Albans, can host up to 700 delegates or 250 for a dinner and dance evening. Day delegate packages are available upon request, along with bespoke dining menus.

Number of meeting rooms: 19
Day delegate rate: from £45
24-hour delegate rate: from £219
Maximum number of delegates:
180 Cabaret style
380 Theatre style
160 Class room
110 Boardroom
70 U Shape
700 Reception
320 Dinner
250 Dinner Dance