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article imageHistorical mansion house elegance and vast estates of Luton Hoo Special

By Kev Hedges     Mar 31, 2012 in Lifestyle
Luton - Luton Hoo is a country retreat in the heart of Bedfordshire that boasts 1065 acres of sprawling country estate. The mysterious woodlands and beech tree avenues are filled with pheasants, rabbits and deer.
In its heart lies the finest five-star mansion hotel with spa and golf course. The mansion is a magnificent Grade I listed mansion where some fine afternoon china cup of high tea can set you back £26 ($40). But you'll drink the finest teas the world can offer – Assam, Kangra, Masala Chai, Earl Grey and Ceylon teas. But the champagne of all teas, Darjeeling is a must-drink in chandelier-lit rooms fit for a king or queen. Darjeeling Tea is the world’s most expensive and exotically flavoured tea.
The main house originates back to 1601, and it will come as no surprise that this colourful backwater retreat boasts some chequered history. At least three British monarchs are directly linked with Luton Hoo. The last de Hoo is recorded in 1455 and one of his daughters, Anne, married Sir Geoffrey Boleyn their son Thomas married the daughter of the Duke of Norfolk whose first daughter was Anne Boleyn, she of course married Henry VIII and was mother to Elizabeth I.
Famous landscape architects were summoned to transform the land into the flowing woodland and park estate it now boasts. There is even a man-made lake with drinking willows lapping the water at its banks and herds of deer bellowing from the woodlands behind. There is even evidence of Roman occupation in the grounds with many artefacts discovered on the estate.
The elegance and grandeur of the Great Hall epitomises the style of Mansion House. Paintings, sculptures, tapestries adorn the halls. Here you can enjoy morning coffee while reading The Times with superb views across the terraced gardens while seated in an Italian drawing room. Boardroom meetings are regularly held here as are some ornate weddings. The ceramic spiral staircase is a great spot for the bride to pose on.
Luton Hoo has appeared in many films including War Horse, A Shot in the Dark, Never Say Never Again, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Eyes Wide Shut, The Secret Garden, Princess Caraboo and The World Is Not Enough.
The Spa at Luton Hoo has six treatment rooms, a relaxation room, huge indoor pool and gymnasium. Many of the calming treatments used in the Spa include blended organic products taken from the estate grounds and gardens, including geranium, camomile, rosemary and fennel oils. This spot truly is the perfect sanctuary with a caldarium and dry sauna to help you unwind.
For golf enthusiasts, the sprawling 18-hole course boasts one of the longest in the UK – a par 73, it measures 7107 yards in total. None of the ancient oak giants, beech and sweet chestnut trees was removed when the golf course was built. Golfers may well spot a kestrel or a sparrow hawk flying across the twelfth hole, failing that a bevy of roe deer may scamper across the fifteenth fairway from time to time.
Beyond the magnificent facade of the Mansion House which greets guests on arrival  lies a 5 star hot...
Beyond the magnificent facade of the Mansion House which greets guests on arrival, lies a 5 star hotel on the border of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire
The pillared halls and elegant lounges  individual period rooms  formal gardens and the award-winnin...
The pillared halls and elegant lounges, individual period rooms, formal gardens and the award-winning Wernher Restaurant create a unique ambience of gracious living which is without equal in the locality.
The Country Club is set within a Grade II listed Robert Adam courtyard which previously formed the s...
The Country Club is set within a Grade II listed Robert Adam courtyard which previously formed the stables of the mansion house.
Luton Hoo offers a superbly appointed Spa  an indoor pool with a view onto woodlands.
Luton Hoo offers a superbly appointed Spa, an indoor pool with a view onto woodlands.
The spiral staircase at Luton Hoo Hotel
The spiral staircase at Luton Hoo Hotel
Luton Hoo and its huge oaks
Luton Hoo and its huge oaks
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