Where Close to Watford, just half an hour outside London, at the end of the Metropolitan line you’ll find yourself in the luxurious grounds of The Grove.

The look Super sleek and polished, with plush velvets, gilding and chandeliers that still look cool – we loved spending time in the Blue Room. And if you have any musical leanings, the grand piano is there to be played on.

USP This summer’s sculpture park is a cut above, with an ambitious collection of art tastefully placed around the immaculate lawns of the old manor house. Wandering around the grounds after a lush buffet lunch in the Glasshouse, we came across some great pieces in surprising places – the Red Rope Ball by Colin Rose sits precariously atop an ancient 80ft tree, Lucy Unwin’s dancing ladies made in steel make a joyful addition to the kitchen garden and Mathew Lane Sanderson’s Lou II is splashed out in the pond.

While you’re there Don’t miss out on the signature treatment in the Sequoia spa, three and a half blissful hours of exfoliation, honey wrap, massage and facial – we were so relaxed we were horizontal. If you’d rather stay outdoors, the 18-hole golf course is renowned for its exciting layout.

www.thegrove.co.uk

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