The Grove

World-renowned English country estate, with a luxury hotel and a championship golf course, only 18 miles from central London

Overview

The Grove is an extraodinary English country estate located just 18 miles from central London. Once home to the Earls of Clarendon, this spectacular venue is surrounded by 300 acres of breath-taking grounds. Having played host to the British Masters, it is also one of the World's finest championship golf courses. It boasts three restaurants including Colette's in the heart of the 18th Century mansion and an award winning spa. The Grove event spaces are perfect for both corporate events as well as exclusive family celebrations. There is nowhere like it. This is an outstanding venue with a unique proposition.

Capacity

700
MAX CAPACITY


Dinner Venue, Set-up For Dinner

480DINNER

Reception Venue, Poseur Tables, Reception Style Set-up

700RECEPTION

Conference Venue, Theatre Style Set-up

450THEATRE

Review

Welcome to The Grove - London's cosmopolitan country estate. Once the former home of the Earls of Clarendon, today it is a unique location for events with a championship golf course and an award-winning spa. The Grove event spaces are the perfect choice for a range of high calibre events including conferences and away days. The venue is just 18 miles from central London, set in 300 acres of beautiful Hertfordshire countryside. The venue is only 30 minutes from Heathrow and 17 minutes by train from London Euston.

This country house venue lends itself to all sizes of celebrations and has more than six different spaces. These spaces can hold everything from small meetings to grand gala dinners. All The Grove event spaces provide the facilities for a successful corporate event or a magical private celebration. The vision of leading designer Martin Hulbert flows effortlessly through each of the newly renovated event spaces. Many spaces can be adjoined or separated with innovative use of subtle partitions and curtains.

The Cedar is the Grove's newest event space and takes its name from the 200-year old cedar trees in the gardens. The Cedar enjoys huge amounts of natural daylight through floor-to-ceiling windows. Therefore, its capabilities are as limitless as the views, which unfold over the formal and sunken gardens. The Cedar is totally flexible making it perfect for meetings, events and celebrations. It comes with a private entrance, three spacious meeting rooms and break-out spaces.

Another key space is The Amber. This is the largest and most versatile space and comes complete with high ceilings, panoramic views and access to the beautiful gardens. It can host up to 450 delegates for conferences, presentations, board meetings, team building and celebration events. Additionally, the 520 square metres of space can also be divided by partitions to suit smaller meetings and events.

In addition, the Ivory Rooms are perfect for events for up to 120 delegates. This space has its own private entrance and terrace set within the beautiful formal gardens. A welcome drinks reception can be served in the foyer before guests move to the main suite.

Most noteworthy is the beautiful Walled Garden. This unique space is quite simply a world within a world. It comes with tennis courts, a croquet lawn, an outdoor swimming pool and its very own urban beach. There are volleyball courts, table tennis and event the Potting Shed event space. The Potting Shed is a beautifully restored Victorian glasshouse that can be used for receptions or summer parties. Most of all, this secluded countryside haven can be booked exclusively for corporate events and team building activities.

Queen Victoria was a frequent guest of the Earls of Clarendon and attended lavish parties at The Grove, leading to the invention of the phenomenon 'weekend break'. As a result, The Times referred to The Grove as one of the great political houses of the day. Today, the mansion is an elegant setting for high-level boardroom discussions, private parties, and dinners.

In conclusion, The Grove event spaces offer a wealth of options. From brainstorming on the beach, to team barbecues in the garden. From discussing strategy on a world-renowned golf course to boardroom presentations in a luxurious meeting room. Your guests will enjoy the award-winning spa and also spend time in lounges, bars and gardens. It seems like there’s nowhere so close to London quite like it. With acres of breath-taking grounds, total flexibility and bright interiors, it’s very probably in a league of its own.

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History

The grounds at The Grove has a fascinating history. In 3,000 BC some of the earliest pottery made in Britain during the Bronze Age has been unearthed at The Grove by archaeologists. The first substantial house at the Grove was built during the reign of Queen Elizabeth the first. In 753 The Honourable Thomas Villiers, Earl of Jersey and British Ambassador to France, acquired it when he became the first Earl of Clarendon. Between 1760 to 1790 George Stubbs used to visit the stables and painted his famous horses at the Grove.

In 1996 The Grove was rescued by Ralph Trustees Limited, who set about creating a new vision with the help of famous architects, interior designers, landscape gardeners and golfers. Eight years later saw the grand opening of this luxury country house estate hotel & spa. It was the start of a new era for The Grove and in 2006, Tiger Woods won the World Golf Championship at The Grove.

Chandler's Cross, Watford WD3 4TG, UK
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  1. A wonderful estate and a beautiful venue!

    The Grove is one of the most impressive English country estates with an extensive range of event spaces. We’ve had the privilege of reviewing this venue thoroughly and using it for client events. There are many good things about this place – its beautiful setting, dynamic event spaces, proximity to central London, world-class golf course, excellent spa, comfortable rooms and its rich heritage. It’s just wonderful.

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The Grove - World-renowned English country estate, with a luxury hotel and a championship golf course, only 18 miles from central London