A five-star country house estate in Hertfordshire, about 30km northwest of London, The Grove is a great choice for a luxury family break within easy reach of the capital.

The main 18th-century building is grand and the decor chic. The walled garden has an outdoor pool and, in summer, an urban beach, and there's an OFSTED-registered kids' club (suitable for children aged from 3-months up to 8 years) with an adventure playground and its own pool, plus babysitting, so you can take advantage of the spa and the very adult restaurant Colette's (the other two restaurants are family friendly).

Bedtime is a treat with milk and cookies, plus bathrobes provided for the kids. Choose to stay in the Mansion House or West Wing, with options sleeping up to 4, although interconnecting rooms are available for larger families. 

See our feature on a luxury family break at The Grove.

Location

The Grove Hotel is situated near Watford, a 40-minute drive from central London.

The Grove Hotel

What to expect

Crèche
Kids club
Spa
Cafe/restaurant
Connecting rooms
Family rooms
Indoor pool
Fitness Suite
Indoor play
Kids early dinner
Kids pool
Open year-round
Outdoor play area
Outdoor pool
Babysitting

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Childcare

Anouska’s kids' club (for ages 3 months–5 years weekdays 9-5pm; for ages 3 months-8 years Saturdays 10-1pm and 2-5pm; imited places served on first come first served basis; extra charge).

Babysitting (extra charge).

Anouska's Kids' Club provides fun activities for younger children.

Anouska's Kids' Club provides fun activities for younger children.

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Family rooms are bright, modern and stylish.

Family rooms are bright, modern and stylish.

Accommodation

215 rooms and suites. Cots available. Milk and cookies, children-sized bathrobes and toy box will be waiting in your room for the little ones.

Interconnecting rooms or family rooms with bunkbeds sleep up to 4.

Deluxe rooms sleep up to 3, with a double and a sofabed (suitable for children aged 12 and under).

Executive suites and deluxe rooms sleep 2 plus an infant in a cot.

Explore the grounds by Segway, by bike or on foot.

Explore the grounds by Segway, by bike or on foot.

Facilities

Childcare (see above).

Playground and children’s swimming pool.

School holiday activities.

Games room.

1 outdoor and 1 indoor swimming pool.

3 restaurants (kids' menu available in 2 plus afternoon tea menu for children).

Spa.

Volleyball, giant chess and Jenga, badminton and croquet.

Tennis.

Running track. 

Walking and cycling trails (kids bikes and helmets available to use; free).

Golf course.

Meet the resident birds of prey - one of many activities on offer.

Meet the resident birds of prey - one of many activities on offer.

The Grove Hotel - a country escape, yet so close to London.

The Grove Hotel - a country escape, yet so close to London.