Down Hall

4* country hotel and spa just 45 minutes from Central London

Member since 2011

1 to 7 night stays
From £82 pppn for a 7 night stay
to £100 pppn
£82 per night for a 7 night stay
to £100 per night
for a 1 night stay

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Renowned 14th Century country house hotel. Conveniently located just 45 mins from Central London, bordering Hertfordshire & Essex, the hotel has recently undergone a major refurbishment including stylish new upgraded Executive bedrooms

  • Easy M11 access from London in the North Essex countryside
  • 4 star rated
  • NEW - Eden Spa with hydrotherapy pool (charge applicable and pre-booking required)
  • Relax in the large gardens with afternoon tea
  • Refurbished Executive rooms for OPL guests
  • Palatial lounge areas

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Luxury Country Getaway

Exclusive to OPL

Stay in an Executive room and receive:

  • Complimentary bottle of chilled Champagne in your room on arrival (value ¬£52)
  • Dinner each evening in The Grill Room for two (allowance¬†¬£30 per person)
  • Full English breakfast for two daily

1 night stay

Package Price: £99.50 per person per stay (based on two sharing) £199 per room

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2 night stay

Package Price: £180 per person per stay (based on two sharing) £360 per room

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3 night stay

Package Price: £257.50 per person per stay (based on two sharing) £515 per room

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4 night stay

Package Price: £335 per person per stay (based on two sharing) £670 per room

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5 night stay

Package Price: £412.50 per person per stay (based on two sharing) £825 per room

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6 night stay

Package Price: £490 per person per stay (based on two sharing) £980 per room

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7 night stay

Package Price: £567.50 per person per stay (based on two sharing) £1,135 per room

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Facilities at Down Hall

Dating back to 1322, this impressive Italianate mansion is an historic setting. The hotels' luxury interiors, ornate ceilings and abundance of natural daylight make for an experience like no other.

Take time to wander the 110 acres of surrounding woodland, parkland and landscaped gardens or sample traditional English Afternoon Tea in front of the roaring log fire. Why not enjoy a leisurely lunch or dinner in The Grill Room restaurant, serving modern English cooking prepared with fresh ingredients from our own vegetable garden.

The recently opened Eden Spa offers a tranquil escape from day to day life where you can relax the mind, revive the body and soothe the soul. Eden Spa offers 4 luxury treatment rooms including 1 couples room offering ESPA treatments, steam room, sauna, hydro therapy pool plus indoor and outdoor relaxation areas.  There is a charge of £20.00 per person for 2 hours to use these facilities.  This must be booked in advance directly with the hotel.  

Down Hall also offers an innovative gym, sauna and steam room plus outdoor tennis courts for the complimentary use of our guests.

 

Gym opening hours:

6.00 am - 10.00pm on Monday to Thursday
6.00am - 9.00pm on Friday to Sunday

Down Hall
Down Hall
Down Hall
  • 98 Bedrooms
  • Tennis
  • Health Spa
  • Four Poster Bed
  • Children Welcome
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Golf Course Nearby
  • Satellite TV in Rooms
  • Dogs by Prior Arrangement
  • 1 AA Rosette Dining

Good to know

  • Hotel check-in time: 3:00 PM
  • Hotel check-out time: 11:00 AM

Parking Facilities

120 complimentary car parking spaces available.

Disabled Access

Fully DDA compliant - 2 accessible rooms are available on request.

Child Policy

Children are welcome, Classic rooms accommodate 1 child under 12 on an extra bed.
Children up to 12 years old can stay in their parents' room for £20 Bed & Breakfast per child per night, or £30 Dinner, Bed & Breakfast per child per night. Cots are complimentary on request.  
The Grill Room Restaurant has a children's menu.

Dogs Policy

There are a small percentage of rooms suitable for pets. The pet fee charge is £20 per night and includes a water bowl and snacks. The grounds are extensive and each of the pet friendly rooms have double doors leading onto an external area within the grounds. Pets will not be able to enter the public areas although they are welcome on the restaurant terrace.

The Rooms at Down Hall

Executive

The Executive rooms make up just over half of the hotels 98 bedrooms.
They are located in the newer West Wing of Down Hall and have recently been refurbished in stylish country tones with a sprinkling of colour in the finishing touches.

The Executive Rooms provide guests with modern comfort and style whilst retaining the traditional feel of Down Hall.

All our bedrooms have complimentary WiFi, tea & coffee making facilities, iron and ironing boards and laptop size safes.

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Executive room, Down Hall

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The Grill Room

The Grill Room Restaurant is an ideal location for informal dining in beautiful historic surroundings. The restaurant is decorated with Italian wood flooring, dark wood tables and large windows that let in an abundance of natural daylight.

The award-winning Grill Room Restaurant offers a contemporary British menu with the finest ingredients sourced from our own vegetable garden and the local area.


Opening Times

Breakfast
7am-9.30am Mon-Fri
8am-10.30am Sat & Sun
Lunch
12.30pm-2.30 daily
Bar menu available 12pm-10pm
Dinner  
6.30pm-9.45pm daily
 
 
Afternoon Tea
2pm – 5pm daily


Dress Code

Smart Casual.


The Grill Room restaurant, Down Hall

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Ibbetsons Tea Lounge

Enjoy traditional afternoon tea served in the historic splendour of Ibbetsons Tea Lounge, with a choice of delicious menus combined with a selection of the finest teas make for an unforgettable afternoon.


Opening Times

Breakfast
7am-9.30am Mon-Fri
8am-10.30am Sat & Sun
Lunch
12.30pm-2.30 daily
Bar menu available 12pm-10pm
Dinner  
6.30pm-9.45pm daily
 
 
Afternoon Tea
2pm – 5pm daily


Dress Code

Smart Casual.


Ibbetsons Tea Lounge restaurant, Down Hall

The Eden Spa

The Eden Spa spa, Down Hall

Down Hall - The Eden Spa spa

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The Eden Spa offers a tranquil escape from day to day life where you can relax the mind, revive the body and soothe the soul. Eden Spa offers 4 luxury treatment rooms including 1 couples room offering ESPA treatments, steam room, sauna, hydro therapy pool plus indoor and outdoor relaxation areas.

There is a charge of

£20.00 per person – Monday - Thursday

£25.00 per person – Friday – Sunday

These charges are for 2 hours to use these facilities.  This must be booked in advance directly with the hotel.  

Products used are ESPA natural skin and spa products for luxury facials and body treatments whilst Jessica Nails will be used for manicures and pedicures; a world leading brand of nail polish and nailcare products. MII cosmetics will be used for makeovers and special occasions make up.

The Eden Spa is open daily from 10:00-20:00


Gym, Sauna & Steam Room

In addition to the facilities in the Eden Spa, the hotel also offer all guests complimentary access to the Gym, Sauna and Steam Room. Guests can obtain their complimentary access code at reception at any time, your access code will be valid for the duration of your stay. The facilities are situated in the West Wing of Down Hall, at the end of the ground floor bedroom corridor.

The gym features a wide range of innovative gym and exercise equipment from leading fitness provider, Technogym, alongside a great selection of free weights and exercise balls.

The gym features running machines, cross trainers, exercise bicycles, a rowing machine, free weights plus exercise balls and mats.

Gym, Sauna and Steam Room opening hours:
6.00 am – 10.00pm on Monday to Thursday
6.00am – 9.00pm on Friday to Sunday
 

Down Hall Location

Map & Directions

Address

Matching Road
Bishops Stortford
Hertfordshire
CM22 7AS

120 complimentary car parking spaces available.


How to get here

Take the A1060, at Hatfield Heath keep left. Turn right into lane opposite Hunters Meet and left at end following signpost.


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Location & Local Attractions

Down Hall Hotel is located in Hatfield Heath, near Bishop's Stortford on the Hertfordshire and Essex border. Down Hall is 45 minutes from central London and also ideally located near Stansted Airport.

The nearest train station is Sawbridgeworth (4 miles), around 9 minutes in a taxi. 

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JS, Hertfordshire, stayed: November 2019

Been coming for 40 years. Love downhall experience. Sadly restaurant menu quite boring

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The hotel was let down by the breakfast chaos. There seemed to be no management of who does what. Ran out of fruit juice glasses, then juices a few minutes later. The room and the staff were very good.

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RB, East Sussex, stayed: October 2019

My wife and I booked a "feature" room for two nights just to get away for a bit of a break. We had fairly modest expectations - it's a big hotel which appears focused on weddings and corporate events so we were aware that it wouldn't necessarily be as personal as other smaller hotels, but we liked the look of it and my wife fancied a couple of treatments in the Spa.

All in al, we had a great time and were well looked after but the theme for us was one of a very near miss throughout our stay. Everything was sooo nearly perfect but just managed to miss the mark - EXCEPT, I hasten to add, the room and the food in the restaurant, both of which were absolutely perfect! The room (102) was spacious, clean, relaxing, beautifully decorated and furnished, with a big comfortable bed, good shower room. My only comment would be the lack of a proper coffee machine which I would expect in a room like this - there was a kettle and sachets of coffee but not the real thing.

And the food in the restaurant - cor blimey, as they say. It was sublime, utterly delicious, a proper treat on both nights that we ate there. Impossible to fault. My wife is vegetarian and she was impressed that the options available were different to the usual sort of fare as well. We loved it and would potentially go back to this hotel simply for the room and the food.

But then comes the but - it's not a big but, but it is a but. As I mentioned earlier, there were too many near misses that left us just fractionally disappointed. On arrival, there was only one person on the check in desk, for example, and the customer ahead of us was struggling with their reservation, meaning we had to wait a good ten minutes before being attended to. We had afternoon tea on day two - Halloween was the day before but the Halloween decorations were still up in the room which was not what we were after. Why not spend ten minutes taking them down? And the room in which tea was served was very musty smelling, they had tried to cover it up with air fresheners but there is clearly a bit of a damp problem! Tea, however, was EXCELLENT and we loved it, but like I said, it's the little things that matter!

We had breakfast in bed on day too as well - such a treat, but it arrived missing various elements (like butter and jam for the croissants, for example?!) and when we called room service to rectify the problem, they brought butter, jam and another round of pancakes which we hadn't ordered. Not complaining, just odd...!

The list of minor issues goes on but you get the idea. We loved our stay, please don't get me wrong, and we would probably go back but I feel the hotel just needs to tighten up a bit on the fine detail. The staff were, on the whole, great and did their very best (a few more smiles wouldn't go amiss) and the set up as a whole is wonderful - hugely impressive, if just a fraction frayed around the edges.

Would I recommend it to family and friends - yes, I would, but I would be sure to book a "feature" room and if you are expecting perfection then this won't be quite right for you. A very near miss, but a rather wonderful one!

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