Luton Hoo Bound

Posted On June 3, 2017
June 03, 2017

With a game of snooker in mind four Chaps in Hats – Gordon, Martin, Colin and Mike, headed for a Northwood hostelrie but when the venue turned out to be drab and depressing on a bright afternoon, they made a detour under the direction of driver Gordon. The mystery trip ended up at the splendid Luton Hoo hotel, a classy 18th century country house minutes off the M1 motorway.

“ We had a civilised tea then played snooker downstairs. The interior is really impressive.. incredibly high ceilings, sweeping staircases, pillars. It was redesigned by the same architects who did The Ritz. A lot of films and TV programmes have been shot there including Four Weddings and a Funeral and Enigma. The grounds are vast with over 1000 acres of parkland woodlands and a lake. The formal gardens were designed by Capability Brown. Definitely worth a visit”

Why go to Luton Hoo?

* The hotel makes a great destination day out or a stop off when waiting to pick up family or friends from nearby Luton airport. Enjoy coffee or a meal in smart surroundings with top service. Lunch in Wernher’s restaurant in the Mansion House starts at £26 for two courses. Afternoon tea in the lounge, hall or drawing room from £30. Main courses at Adam’s Brasserie in the nearby Country Club from £15 with a summer courtyard BBQ every Fri in July & Aug, £27.50.

Combine it with a trip to Luton Hoo Estate which is a completely separate entity from the hotel and where Capability Brown’s five acre octagonal Walled Garden is located. It is a fascinating volunteer-led ongoing project in its 10th year of reviving the gardens and repairing its structures. Open to the public every Wed 10.30am – 4pm until 27 Sept. £5 pp. Free tours. Victorian Farm Buildings tour extra £3.

You can buy fresh produce, plants and honey and there is a café in the Shooting Lodge serving light lunches and drinks.

Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa, The Mansion House, Beds LU1 3TQ

Luton Hoo Estate, LU1 4LF (drive past hotel and turn left into Newmill End – black gates)


Rating: Easy – around 30 mins by car

ROUTE: M25 then M1 North, Junction 10, 1 mile

* The word WAYZGOOSE originates from day trips in the printing business

Photo  by Origin8

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