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Family Break Activities

We are really looking forward to welcoming lots of families to Luton Hoo over the summer break! There is so much to do, we know they are going to have lots of fun. Are you coming to visit? This is what you have to look forward to: Explore! We have a lot of land on our estate for you to go on an adventure. Maps with walking trails are available in...more info

We're ‘putt-ing’ golfing skills to the test

Looking for a new golfing challenge? We are looking forward to putting golfers to the test on Saturday 2nd August with our annual  ‘Summer Course Challenge’. From 8.30am guests will be treated to a delicious pre-tee breakfast of blended tea, freshly ground coffee and bacon rolls - fit for any golfing ace. The participants will also enjoy...more info

A Visit From Harpenden Brownies

Last week we welcomed the 20th Harpenden Brownie Pack, who were celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the Brownies. The pack took the opportunity to look around the mansion house and learn about our fascinating history. Our resident historian, Zena Dickinson, showed the 22 girls around the estate, including Luton Hoo’s stunning gardens, where...more info

We welcome a touch of The Ritz

Please join us in welcoming our new Wernher Restaurant Manager Stefano Litti! Stefano, who previously spent eight years at The Ritz Hotel in London, successfully worked his way up the hospitality industry ladder by being promoted to Assistant Restaurant Manager at the hotel, a role which he kept for five years. Stefano was born in Italy and lived...more info

2013 Employee of the Year

With our renowned reputation for outstanding service continuing to be a top priority, we recently named our ‘Employee of the Year’ at an event hosted in our waterside venue, Warren Weir. With over 235 staff working at our luxury country house retreat, and the highest standard of service expected at all times, becoming ‘Employee of the Year’ here...more info

Create your own chocolate yule log

Top cooking tips and techniques were shared last week at Luton Hoo Hotel’s festive Ladies Lunch when Executive Head Chef, Kevin Clark, demonstrated how to create a beautiful chocolate Yule Log. Chef Clark showcased how to prepare, bake, roll and ice the popular festive confection and provided a copy of his recipe to guests (shown below).  The...more info

Luton Hoo Apprentice Chef graduates in top...

Oliver Miccoli, Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa’s Apprentice Chef, has graduated with a Distinction in the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Diploma in Professional Cookery. Each year, Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa welcomes a student apprentice into their kitchens to study and work towards achieving their Diploma.  Oliver has spent the last three...more info

A Golf Club Team of Champions!

We are delighted to announce that our Golf Club Team was crowned County Champions in last week’s Mid Handicap League hosted at Bedford & County Golf Club.   Competing alongside 19 other teams from Bedfordshire, Luton Hoo Golf Club came through their initial heats, which were held both home and away, losing only one match on their path to the...more info

The Perfect Setting

Luton Hoo Hotel is the perfect setting for weddings and receptions. The stunning location set within 1,065 acres of English countryside and impressive architecture offers a wealth of inspirational backdrops for photographs on your big day. With award winning service and a dedicated team, including our wedding expert Marje Ednie, we provide a...more info

In Service – for over 460 years!

Always ready to celebrate our staff’s achievements, Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf and Spa treated members of staff with over five years’ service at a special event recently.And there was extra reason to celebrate as this year also marks five years since the hotel opened its doors to guests. The Long Service Awards is a highly popular annual event and is...more info

Discovering Hidden Links

DISCOVERING  HIDDEN  LINKS – LUTON HOO / SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL / WERNHER FAMILY I first met Jack Darrah in November 2008 when he came to lunch in the Wernher Restaurant at Luton Hoo – friends had brought him as a treat on the anniversary of Churchill’s birthday. Jack was very aware of the Churchill connection at Luton Hoo during World War II and I...more info

4 Awards for Luton Hoo!

We are proud to announce that not only the hotel at Luton Hoo but also the Wernher Restaurant, the Adam's Brasserie and the Afternoon Tea in the lounge, have all been awarded Tripadvisor’s Certificate of Excellence 2013. Tripadvisor is the world's largest travel site and offers trusted advice from real travellers with more than 200 million unique...more info

Jenson Button Triathlon at Luton Hoo

Formula 1's 2009 World Champion, returned to the 1,065 acre estate surrounding Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa to host his second triathlon in aid of The Jenson Button Trust, on Sunday 14th July. The event raised over £29,000 for the Trust, which raises money for a number of charitable causes. The triathlon saw competitors take part in a 300m lake...more info

Lady Taverners raise £3,600

Golfers came together at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf and Spa on Thursday 27th June for the annual charity golf day hosted by the Chiltern Region Lady Taverners. The fundraising event, for ladies and gentlemen, marked the fourth year the Lady Taverners had organised a golf day at Luton Hoo.  Blessed with good weather the Chiltern Region Lady Taverners...more info

Employee of the Year!

Head Waitress Helene Oggero has been named Employee of the Year at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa. After a globetrotting career that has included working in Michelin-starred restaurants, on a cruise ship and as assistant sommelier at the famous Old Course Hotel in St Andrews, Scotland, Helene joined us in August 2009. She started work as an...more info

New driving force at Luton Hoo

Allow me to introduce our new golf professional - Craig Ferris - the new driving force at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa. This appointment marks a return to his hometown for 26-year-old Craig who trained in America and has played in golf tournaments around the UK and overseas. Born and bred in Luton, Craig is now coaching players of all ages and...more info

The Gingerbread Mansion

The Gingerbread Mansion I didn’t think a simple gingerbread house would do the wonderful Great Hall any justice throughout the festive season so as per tradition, I built a gingerbread mansion. It takes a lot more planning and thought than one might think although it’s an enjoyable task all the same. I made the decision about how I wanted the...more info

Christmas Preparations at Luton Hoo

Christmas preparations are in full swing here at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa. Even Mother Nature has given us a festive look by dropping a little snow giving the Luton Hoo estate a beautiful (and thankfully manageable) white blanket. Two of our Assistant Managers - Claire Conway and Gareth James - worked tirelessly for two days to ensure that...more info

A glass of wine with Frederic Billet

It’s no wonder our very own operations manager at Luton Hoo Hotel, Frederic Billet is passionate about food and wine – he comes from a long line of prestigious wine makers in France. His family winery OEdoria covers over 2,000 acres of land above the river Doury in the south of the Burgundy region of France, near Lyon, the French capital of food...more info

The Luton Hoo Ladies Midnight Walk

A few months ago a few of us decided to team up and join the Midnight Walk, a 10 mile sponsored walk in aid of Keech Hospice Care, our local hospice. It’s the 5th time the walk has been held but the 1sttime we’d entered a team. We thought a reasonable sponsorship target would be £700, giving us each a target of £100 to collect in sponsorship. On...more info

Question Time with Kevin Clark

  Kevin Clark (pictured above holding the Olympic Torch) has been Executive Head Chef with Luton Hoo Hotel for over 4 years and has revealed his culinary flair through the combination of adventerous dishes and traditional British classics using the best of British produce. We wanted to find out more about the man under the toque...   Becoming a...more info

Gardener’s Blog with Keith Hersey

Welcome everyone to the Luton Hoo Hotel Golf and Spa, Gardeners Blog - my first ever Blog, so at last I am into the 21st century; so my son informs me! Here at Luton Hoo we have over 1000 acres of grounds, including 300 acres of Golf Course, 250 acres of mature woodland, two large lakes totalling 60 acres and 70 acres of mature pleasure gardens. ...more info

Perfect Pasta Demonstration

Through a chance meeting with one of my suppliers who runs Wobbly Bottom Goat’s Farm just outside Hitchin, I was asked if I would like to do a demonstration at the Hitchin Food and Drink Week 2011 to promote local food business' within the area.  As I live in Hitchin I was more than happy to support local suppliers with their efforts to increase...more info

Behind the Scenes at Luton Hoo

Before I started working here a year ago I didn’t realise just how many people, with every imaginable skill, it actually takes to run a 5 star hotel. There are Porters and Receptionists, the Concierge who are the just a mine of information, not only do they know everything about the hotel but all the local attractions too, Housekeeping, Chefs who...more info