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article imageReview: Touring The Grove, Watford's boutique hotel Special

By Tim Sandle     Aug 24, 2015 in Travel
Watford - The Grove is a five star hotel located in Watford, Hertfordshire, close to London. The hotel is commonly used by golfers, like Tiger Woods, and frequented by actors, such as Tom Cruise due to its vicinity to Leavesden film studios.
The Grove is a hotel complex. The large hotel has its own 300–acre private park, through which a river and a canal run.
The original hotel is on the site of a medieval manor house. The building today is mainly a Georgian construction, completed in 1720, with the main entrance fronted with Doric pillars.
Part of the original 1720 building and the later 1780 update are visible on entering The Grove.
Part of the original 1720 building and the later 1780 update are visible on entering The Grove.
The house and grounds has been operating as a hotel since 1996.
One of the summer rooms in The Grove  popular with visitors and residents for morning tea.
One of the summer rooms in The Grove, popular with visitors and residents for morning tea.
The designs inside the hotel are varied, from Victorian neo-Gothic:
A Victorian style staircase leads to the grnader guest bedrooms in The Grove hotel  Watford.
A Victorian style staircase leads to the grnader guest bedrooms in The Grove hotel, Watford.
To the 1930s, and the Art Deco movement:
A 1930s themed room in The Grove  replete with silver mirrors and a panther statue.
A 1930s themed room in The Grove, replete with silver mirrors and a panther statue.
Perhaps not Art Dedo but this bizarre spider-like tree themed mirror would not be out of place.
Perhaps not Art Dedo but this bizarre spider-like tree themed mirror would not be out of place.
The hotel was selected as the U.K.’s "Favourite Leisure Hotel" by Condé Nast Traveler in 2008.
One of the lounge areas in The Grove  decorated with a purple theme  with a nod towards Art Deco.
One of the lounge areas in The Grove, decorated with a purple theme, with a nod towards Art Deco.
A corrdior in The Grove. A nod to Japan is apparent with the screen and shadow projection of the tre...
A corrdior in The Grove. A nod to Japan is apparent with the screen and shadow projection of the tree.
For those who wish to read, or play, the hotel's original building features a spacious library.
The library room in The Grove. Modern books mix with the more dusty  together with several children ...
The library room in The Grove. Modern books mix with the more dusty, together with several children's games.
The formal gardens were designed by Michael Balston.
One of the many interesting gardens of The Grove. This picture was taken as dusk begins to ascend.
One of the many interesting gardens of The Grove. This picture was taken as dusk begins to ascend.
Balston has included elements from the 18th century design but with a contemporary twist.
A more formal garden at The Grove  ideal for morning coffee when the weather is good.
A more formal garden at The Grove, ideal for morning coffee when the weather is good.
A luscious green area of garden  taken within The Grove hotel  Watford.
A luscious green area of garden, taken within The Grove hotel, Watford.
Even when rain falls, the gardens still look impressive:
The main courtyard at The Grove. The summer rain brings out some interesting features.
The main courtyard at The Grove. The summer rain brings out some interesting features.
The hotel features tea rooms, a fine dining restaurant called Collete's and a popular world cuisine restaurant called The Glasshouse, where diners can select dishes from around the world and have them cooked to specification in front of them.
The Glasshouse restaurant at The Grove hotel; a popular place to eat.
The Glasshouse restaurant at The Grove hotel; a popular place to eat.
The lounge areas are slower paced and more relaxed:
One of the lounge areas  a popular place for pre-dinner cocktails.
One of the lounge areas, a popular place for pre-dinner cocktails.
The hotel is frequented by many golfers, due to the grounds boasting a top-class gold course, and movie actors. For the golfing community, the 2009 World Golf Championship was hosted at the hotel.
A picture of The Grove  taking in its grounds and part of its world class golf course.
A picture of The Grove, taking in its grounds and part of its world class golf course.
For actors, nearby to the hotel is Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden. The studio is a 80-hectare studio complex. As well a movie making facility, it also features an attraction dedicated to the making of the Harry Potter movies (which Digital Journal reviewed in 2012.)
Entering the Warner Brothers studio. Half of the studio remains a working studio  whereas this half ...
Entering the Warner Brothers studio. Half of the studio remains a working studio, whereas this half is dedicated to the Harry Potter experience.
Outside of sports and films, the 2009 G20 summit was held at the hotel.
The Grove is an impressive, eclectically furnished establishment and one of the two best hotels in Hertfordshire. For a review of the other top hotel - Sopwell House - read Digital Journal's feature here.
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