This is where stressed-out Londoners escape to – but without the dreaded motorway madness. It’s still within the M25, but you feel a world away, surrounded by rolling Hertfordshire countryside and the immaculate championship golf course. It’s a harmonious blend of city sophistication and classic, period detail – you can watch a flat-screen TV from your Victorian roll-top bath, or lounge on the urban beach in the old Walled Garden.

The Sequoia Spa is one of the UK’s finest and can certainly claim the best pool – the oak-beamed, black-mosaic-tiled, ozone-filtered beauty is a head-turner. Discover the wealth of top-notch facilities, including Jacuzzi, steam room and hydrotherapy pool, plus the main draw, the treatments themselves. Sequoia use only Espa products and the highly-skilled team of therapists will tailor each treatment to your specific needs. The signature Rose Ritual is two hours of sheer escapism. In summer, hang out in the Walled Garden, where there’s an outdoor pool, tennis courts, volleyball and croquet lawn, plus the Potting Shed, covered in rambling roses and full of antique armchairs to snooze in – it’s a charming, quintessentially English scene requiring just a Pimms and lemonade for perfection.

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