Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa celebrates 10th anniversary with walk of history

By Natalie Blachford

Five-star country house hotel Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its opening ceremony today.

The 11th April 2018 marks 10 years since the historic mansion house and 1,065-acre estate on the Hertfordshire/Bedfordshire border was officially opened by Sir Samuel Whitbread, Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, following a £60 million, nine-year restoration project by Elite Hotels.

The luxury hotel is steeped in history, having once been owned by diamond magnate Julius Wernher; hosting a visit from Sir Winston Churchill with a crowd of 110,000 to hear his address; and previously being graced by royalty with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip spending part of their honeymoon and subsequent anniversaries at Luton Hoo.

Since taking ownership of Luton Hoo, Elite Hotels has converted the mansion house into a five-star hotel, restoring its former Belle Époque-style glory, transforming the former stable block into a country club and spa, creating a new 18-hole golf course and constructing a brand-new, purpose-built, exclusive-hire venue, Warren Weir, for corporate events and weddings.

The vast scope of the restoration project included the use of one million bricks in the new buildings, the installation of 175,000 metres of cabling, restoration of 27 chimney stacks and resurfacing of 15,000 square metres of roads and driveways on the estate.

To celebrate the hotel’s 10th anniversary, a new ‘walk of history’ has been created to commemorate 10 of the outstanding moments from Luton Hoo’s past. The 10 plaques will be laid along the path leading up to the hotel, so guests can follow the history up until the present day when they arrive.

Matthew Long, General Manager of Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa said: “Our celebrations this year are not only of Luton Hoo’s 10 years as a hotel, but of the five centuries of history of the Luton Hoo estate. There are nods to the hotel’s history and heritage throughout, with Elite Hotels retaining many of the original features during the restoration, but giving it the modern luxury you would expect from a five-star hotel.

“The new walk of history will give our guests a taste of some of the greatest events that have taken place at Luton Hoo, including the landscaping of the grounds by Capability Brown, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip staying during their honeymoon and the Fabergé art collection being exhibited here, with the final plaque commemorating the day Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa first opened as a hotel in 2008.”

Graeme Bateman, managing director of the Elite Hotels Group said: “The restoration of Luton Hoo into a five-star hotel was one of the most challenging projects Elite Hotels has undertaken – but it was also extremely rewarding. I am immensely proud of everyone who has been involved with Luton Hoo from the restoration team to the hotel management team and staff, who help to maintain the exceptional standards of hospitality the Elite Hotels Group is known for and have achieved so much over the past decade. It gives me great pleasure to see Luton Hoo celebrating its 10th anniversary, and I look forward to welcoming guests for many more years to come.”

The full history of the Luton Hoo mansion house and estate can be found online at www.lutonhoo.co.uk/history-luton-hoo.

Overnight bed and breakfast stays at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa start from £105pp (two sharing). For more information and to book, visit www.lutonhoo.co.uk.