This 18th century Grade 1 listed Mansion House has been sensitively and immaculately transformed into a five-star hotel providing a magnificent location for your wedding, honeymoon, civil partnership ceremony.
The historic 1,065 acre estate at Luton Hoo Hotel provides a picturesque scene for photography and includes formal gardens, fountains, rolling countryside and a 50 acre lake.
With exclusive use venue, Warren Weir, available for parties of up to 290 sitting at the foot of the estate, overlooking the River Lea, Luton Hoo Hotel is capable of hosting the most intimate wedding to the grandest reception.
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"I’ve written previously about Luton Hoo being the location for one of the most embarrassing moments in Four Weddings and a Funeral. It also featured in the 1994 film of Vanity Fair. But this imposing hotel has doubled for a number of other locations along the way. If you visit Adam’s Brasserie in the old stable block you’ll see stills on the walls from quite a few of them.
The stables themselves were used as part of Lord Queensbury’s estate in Wilde in 1997. The same year the top floor of the mansion was a setting for Surviving Picasso with Anthony Hopkins. The hotel’s drawing room featured in the James Bond movie, The World Is Not Enough in 1999 with Pierce Brosnan and the next year again in Quills, with Geoffrey Rush as the Marquis de Sade. To prove that one Bond film is not enough, Luton Hoo’s wonderful circular marble staircase and Palladian portico were featured in Never Say Never Again with Sean Connery. It played Shrublands, the spa where an ageing Bond is sent to get healthy again and ends up nearly being killed before seducing a nurse.
Though there is lots to do at Luton Hoo, my advice would be to book a nice suite and bring a handful of these movies. Then you can spend a great weekend playing “spot the location”."
"Luton Hoo has had a long association with romance in the movies. Hugh Grant attended Wedding Number Two here in Four Weddings and a Funeral and ended up gatecrashing Bernard and Lydia’s wedding night (it’s Bedroom 6 in the main house in case you fancy hiding in a connubial cupboard like his character, poor Charles).
Wernher, the hotel’s dining room served as a ballroom the night before the Battle of Waterloo in Mira Nair’s film of Vanity Fair giving rise to one of the most romantic speeches in recent move history. Who can forget Captain Rawdon Crawley (James Purefoy) telling his Becky (Reese Witherspoon) that even if he meets his death in battle, she is a woman who has been loved?
Luton Hoo only became a hotel in 2008 when the mansion of Edwardian diamond mine-owner, Sir Julius Wernher was finally restored to its former glory. Today it’s very popular for weddings and elegant afternoon teas, but it’s also become a favourite for people wanting to propose. The dining room, with its marble panelling, tapestries, and original chandeliers, has an atmosphere all of its own and –importantly- even when it’s full you can hear the person opposite you leaning across with amorous whisperings.
Moreover the hotel's Rock Garden, in a small secluded valley below the mansion, has also become very popular for a proposal or two. If you alert the hotel in advance they’ll even lay on a red carpet and a table with champagne on ice. It would be a brave potential fiancee who’d say no in this serene Japanese arcadia."
"Luton Hoo is a remarkably glamorous hotel, hardly any distance at all from the far-from-glamorous Luton Airport. Were it not for the occasional orange easyJet passing overhead you’d never guess the two places occupied the same Universe, let alone postcode. Luton Hoo House had a long history as a film set before being restored as a hotel some time after that particularly embarrassing scene in Four Weddings & a Funeral. Today it is hugely popular for afternoon teas and weddings, and its spa – sweetly located in the old stable block – is a place where detox is never applied too harshly.
The 55-minute Winter Rescue package involves back exfoliation followed by hot stone massage and a 25-minute facial. Winter warmer packages are even more gentle: full use of the spa and wellness facilities combined with a three-course dinner in the excellent restaurant, a complimentary nightcap and traditional English breakfast. Now that’s my kind of detox."
"In a radical departure from many British hotels Luton Hoo serves its afternoon teas from 2.30 pm but the heavy silver cutlery, crisp white linen and fine bone china tea cups are wholly traditional. Luton Hoo is a Grade 1 listed Georgian mansion with grounds designed by Capability Brown and an Edwardian extension built by the architects of the London Ritz. In a stylish modern flourish it uses London black cabs to ferry guests round its 1,000 acres of parkland, meadows and lakes. Afternoon teas at Luton Hoo are taken under gleaming chandeliers in the various drawing rooms on the ground floor of the main house. The range of finger sandwiches is very traditional - smoked salmon, egg mayonnaise, cucumber on tomato and roast ham, while the scones come with clotted cream and strawberry preserve. You really could not get more English, except that the champagne tea serves Canard Duchene Brut Leonie. However Pimms – another English tradition – is offered as a good British alternative."
"Four Weddings and a Funeral. If you loved Four Weddings and a Funeral then you’ll enjoy staying at Luton Hoo, which provided the staircase down which Kirsten Scott Thomas (Fiona) descended early on in the film, the chapel where David Haigh and Sophie Thompson (Bernard & Lydia) were married and the bedroom where Hugh Grant (Charles) accidentally evesdrops on their honeymoon.
The hotel began life as a house built by Robert Adam for the 3rd Earl of Bute between Adam 1767 and 1774. Capability Brown provided the gardens. While visiting the house in 1781 Samuel Johnson exclaimed, "This is one of the places I do not regret coming to see....in the house magnificence is not sacrificed to convenience, nor convenience to magnificence".
The house was remodelled in the 1830s to create the neo-classical style we see today. It passed through a number of hands, including the diamond magnate, Sir Julius Wernher who employed the architects of the Ritz Hotel, Charles Mewes and Arthur Davis to remodel the interior at the beginning of the twentieth century. It also received a number or royal visitors, including Queen Victoria’s son, the Duke of Clarence who proposed to Princess May of Teck here. (She eventually married his brother, George, and became the formidable Queen Mary.) In due course Wernher's son Harold Augustus married Anastasia “Zia” de Torby, a member of the Russian Imperial family who brought her Fabergé collection to the house. After Lady Zia’s death in 1977 the house had a number of uses (including as a film set) until in 2007 when it was converted into Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf and Spa with 228 bedrooms and suites."
"You may recognise this hotel as being one of the locations for Three Weddings and a Funeral but forget that,as it offers a plethora of exciting activities. With country club facilities there’s expert tuition in clay pigeon shooting and an action packed off the beaten track Range Rover experience There’s golf, a well equipped gym, indoor pool and some magnificent rooms for private dining."
"If the Hoo looks familiar its because its grand grounds have played centre stage in Four Weddings and a Funeral, and it’s no surprise, when it comes to romantic retreats this hotel ticks all of the boxes: Jacuzzi baths, relaxing spa, four poster beds and even its own chapel. Just thirty miles from London the Grade I listed building is a great choice for couples looking to rekindle their romance away from the hectic big smoke. It has a fantastically romantic restaurant and acres of ornate gardens for leisurely strolls. So, pack your bags, head North and the Hoo will do the rest!"
"If romance means staying in an impressive mansion house with high ceilings, enormous rooms, and dressing in your finery Luton Hoo will certainly fit the bill. Take your choice from four-poster beds, bedrooms with chandeliers or your own private garden. Enjoy a romantic ride around the estate in one of their customized London taxis, take a walk in the Capability Brown designed formal gardens, and indulge in one of their treatments or massages in the spacious self-contained spa. Sip champagne and canapés in front of a roaring log fire before enjoying a five-course candlelit dinner with wine, and a rose for the ladies in the sumptuous atmosphere of the Wernher Restaurant."
"This grand country house hotel has set the scene for blockbusters including Four Weddings and a Funeral, Eyes Wide Shut and The World is Not Enough... even Ali G has made an appearance at the Hoo. Its stately feel and opulent decor ensures that every guest at the hotel feels like a movie star. The enormous suites feature four poster beds, walk-in wardrobe, Jacuzzi baths and Molton Brown toiletries not to mention striking views of the ornate gardens which are perfect for a romantic stroll before dinner. So shed the Mum badge and instead feel like Marilyn Monroe for the evening."
"Shooting in Luton: It is hard to believe that Olympic shooting champion Peter Wilson started shooting only six years ago, so technically for many of us there is still hope (if you have levels of commitment to rival a wild salmon on its journey upstream that is). Wilson shot his way to victory winning gold. To discover if you’ve got what it takes I would recommend a trial at luxury Hotel, golf and Spa resort; Luton Hoo’s. Their new shooting range instructor Pete Lee will have you aiming like Wilson in no time… The hotel’s country club also offers lessons in archery and crossbow firing and there’s a fabulous spa (if all that strenuous shooting leaves you needing a deep tissue massage)."
Information on Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa , The Mansion House , Luton
|No. of bedrooms:||
Types of room: Deluxe, Executive, Jnr Suite, Studio, 4-Poster Studio Suite, Suite, Stateroom, State Suite
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Room with Breakfast
Credit Cards Accepted: Amex, Diners, Mastercard, Maestro/Switch, Visa
When Closed: Open all year
Child Friendly: Children of all ages welcome
Dog Friendly: Dogs Permitted (Dogs receive dinner, bed and toy for £30 per night.)
Romantic Details: The Perfect romantic break. The Queen spent part of her honeymoon here and subsequent anniversaries. Our Romantic Package includes Champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries on arrival, a single red rose on your pillow at turndown and breakfast in bed.
Smoking Permitted: No
Wheelchair Access: Yes
DVD player available on request, Flat screen TV, Radio alarm, direct dial telephone, Free Wi-Fi, Four poster beds available, Jacuzzi and Spa Baths available, Robe and slippers, luxury toiletries, Room Service
Gardens, terraces, 6 beauty treatment rooms, relaxation lounge, Indoor swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool, Sauna, Solarium, Spa, Steam room, Fitness studio, Fine dining restaurant, Brasserie restaurant, Afternoon Tea, Lounges, Civil ceremony licence, Wedding Receptions for up to 400 guests, 23 conference / events / meeting rooms, Conference facilities, Helicopter landing area, Private dining
|Outdoor activities on site:||
1 Victorian grass tennis court, 2 all-weather tennis courts, 18 hole championship golf course, Archery & Crossbows, Croquet area, Clay shooting, Cycling, Jogging trails
Bird watching, Horse riding, Land Rover Experience - Offroad driving
|Local directions:||Leave the M1 at Junction 10 signposted Luton Airport. Drive along dual carriageway to Kidney Wood roundabout, take third exit A1081 signposted for Harpenden. Continue along road for approx. half a mile then turn left into Hotel entrance.|
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London (30 mins)
Luton (10 mins) , Heathrow (40 mins)
Luton Parkway (5 mins)
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