Down Hall Country House Hotel
English Countryside, United Kingdom
Down Hall is a four star hotel offering five star service and award-winning cuisine. One of the UK’s most established country house hotels, the honey colored Italianate mansion has a beautifully decorated Romanesque facade, the front entrance of which leads into a lavish interior with well-appointed rooms. High ornate ceilings, natural light and picturesque views of the gardens characterize the hotel. Dating back to 1322, when records show it to have had a monastery on site, Down Hall has a fascinating architectural history with different generations adding to and embellishing the building. Today, the classic English country mansion lies amidst 110 acres of landscaped gardens, parks and natural woodland. The ambience is warm and comfortable. Log fires, antiques, welcoming sofas, fine furnishings, wall tapestries and modern amenities create a contemporary home from home. Whether it’s business or pleasure, Down Hall provides the perfect backdrop for a relaxing weekend break, a corporate meeting or wedding. In tandem with sister town house hotel Flemings Mayfair, Down Hall’s staff are friendly, efficient and discreet.
Down Hall is located on the border of Hertfordshire and Essex, 35 miles north of London, 35 miles south of Cambridge, 9 miles from Stansted Airport and just minutes from the M11 & M25. A courtesy shuttle for residents runs from Stansted Airport to and from Down Hall and takes 20 minutes. By rail, from London Liverpool Street to Bishop’s Stortford is 40 minutes, followed by a 10 minute taxi ride from the station to Down Hall.
- 99 luxury bedrooms and suites with en suite shower or bathrooms
- wireless internet access
- lavish furnishings with stunning quilts and throws
- select guest bedrooms have two and four-poster beds
- 26 spacious and fully-equipped meeting rooms
- Twenty four hour room, concierge, valet and secretarial services , A scheduled courtesy Bus to and from Stansted airport.
- Filming location, by arrangement with the management.
- Limited Gym facilities , enclosed pool.
- WIFI in public areas and all rooms.
- Outdoor games/giant chess/tennis etc.
Ibbetsons: Fine dining, two rosette AA award winning restaurant featuring seasonal cuisine and locally sourced ingredients. Seats 30.
The Grill: Our brand new Stylish contemporary wine bar & Brasserie with imported wooden floors and Italian leather seating. Serving a traditional Brasserie menu at very reasonable prices
Lounge & Bar
Traditional afternoon tea served in the spacious and sumptuous lounge. Advance booking is essential for this ever-popular indulgent treat.
Meetings & Conferences
The team at Down Hall has a specialist expertise in supporting bespoke corporate events - from residential study and training through to outdoor team building including motivational sporting activities (i.e. quad biking, archery, giant chess, croquet, gun dogs, duck herding and clay pigeon shooting). Down Hall is one of the largest conference and banqueting venues in the area, offering 26 stunning training and event rooms, flooded with natural day-light. High ornate ceilings and a calm atmosphere help motivate delegates to think far outside the box! All meeting rooms are fully equipped with contemporary presentation technology, including wireless Internet access and ISDN. Conference and meetings rates are tailored to meet budgets and requirements. The venue can cater for small to large scale events with a maximum conference capacity of 200. Delegate rates can be tailor made to suit all requirements.
Down Hall is the most perfect and idyllic setting for a wedding renowned for its spectacular views and efficient service. The wedding team work diligently around the clock to ensure a wedding that is special, magical and memorable. The venue is able to stage Civil Ceremonies in the Harley or Prior Suite. The venue’s beautiful exterior and façade, coupled with picturesque gardens and natural woodland offer an excellent backdrop for wedding photography. Award-winning cuisine enables Down Hall to provide fresh, seasonal wedding menus – catering for up to 180 family and friends inside or for 500 by erecting a marquee in the garden for an outdoor event. The dedicated wedding team is on hand to advise and take care of every aspect of a wedding. The team can additionally help with pre-Ceremony celebrations, offering a wide variety of leisure facilities and sports activities. Down Hall can offer a set price wedding option: including: room hire, drinks reception, appetizers, four course menu, half bottle of wine per person, glass of toast champagne, linen, flowers, cake stand, evening buffet and special room hire rates for wedding guests. Price per head is £140 – not including registrar and legal costs.
Babysitting service is available with advance booking.