Needham House Hotel, Stevenage

Everyone loves a bargain and the January is the perfect time to make the most of the offers available for a sneaky night away. We found an offer for a Saturday night and couldn’t resist.

Needham House is not far from the A1 (M), close to Hitchin so it’s easy to get to. It would be a great place to start a holiday before flying out of Luton or a night away from city life.

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From the Midlands we stopped off at Dunstable Downs to have a little picnic. It’s a beautiful, peaceful place to go for a walk, enjoy the views or just watch the gliders being catapulted into the air. On this wintery day we had our picnic then made our way to the hotel. The hotel is a 35 minutes drive from the Downs and between these two places there’s a few little town you could stop off at for a coffee if you’re making a day of it.

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When we arrived at the hotel the staff were very friendly and we checked in really fast. When we got to the room on the second floor is wasn’t huge but we really didn’t need any more. Some people on TripAdvisor have complained about the lighting in the rooms. I do understand their comments. All of the lights in our room were from lamps but I feel is gave a very relaxing feel to the room. The lights in the bathroom were perfect for make-up if you needed them.

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Making the most of the facilities, we went straight to the spa. These consisted of Swedish sauna, Hammam and an ice water treatment, a bucket filled with freezing cold water if you’re brave enough to pour it over your head. It’s a little pokey and if there’s more than 8 people in there it’s a bit crowded. I was a little disappointed that there was no staff about so we had to wander about to find it. None of the doors had no signs on them so we just had to wait until someone moved before we could work out where we needed to go.

After a little chill out time we went for a meal in their SG4 Brasserie. The open kitchen and layout really did make for a relaxing atmosphere. The staff were very friendly and attentive. I have recently chosen to have a dairy free diet and they were so helpful. I let the reception know about my dietary needs when I checked in and when I sat down at the table the waiter already had an annotated menu with all of the dishes I could choose. The photos of the food online were definitely not misleading. When my first dish arrived I couldn’t wait to tuck in. I had a scotch egg followed by a beef fillet. This was a little over cooked for me as I like my meat pink. None of the desserts on the menu were dairy free so I was offered some choices and I went with the poached pears with apple and blackberry sorbet which was light and refreshing. After we finished the night with a couple of drinks in the bar before we called it a night. The bar is quite big so there was more than enough room to relax on one of their sofas.

After a boozy night the guilt kicked in and we used the gym to burn off some of these extra calories. It’s not huge but there is more than enough equipment in there to do a selection of cardio and some weights. We then went for breakfast which is right next to the gym. This was a help yourself breakfast but not in a tacky way. There was a selection of fresh fruit, cereals, yoghurts, toast, hot drinks and freshly cooked hot food. The chefs were on hand if you fancied a fresh poached or fried egg too.

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Check out is at 11am so we decided to go for a walk. There’s loads of options as the Chilterns are close by. We chose to walk up Ivinghoe Beacon. It was busier than I thought it would be as there are quite a few parking spaces close by. We did the 5 mile walk from the link below. It starts at a Pitstone windmill which is part of the National Trust. There’s a small car park there that seemed to always have spaces.

http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/ivinghoe-beacon-walking-route

If you live close by or live a little further away and fancy something different this is a great location with loads of walking close by. I would definitely consider staying here again if there was an offer. Our deal was one night for £79. The included access to their spa facilities, breakfast, a glass of prosecco and £25 each towards food. What a deal!

Needham House Hotel

Blakemore End Rd, Little Wymondley, Stevenage, SG4 7JJ

https://www.needhamhouse.co.uk/

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