Romantic Weekend Getaway to Hemel Hempstead

Looking for a romantic weekend getaway outside of busy London? Or visiting London & want to experience a touch of the English countryside for a romantic weekend?

Look no further than the countryside of Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire!

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The town of Hemel Hempstead is the perfect location for a romantic weekend getaway from the city of London. The air is fresher, the people are friendlier (my personal opinion), and the setting is more relaxing.

Whether you’re planning a visit with a significant other or a non-romantic weekend getaway with a friend, Hemel Hempstead has a mix of relaxing things to do as well as lots of adventure!

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Relaxation in Hemel Hempstead

Whatever your definition of relaxation is, Hemel Hempstead offers it! If you like going for walks, I recommend walking around Boxmoor Trust, which is a gorgeous estate, just 9 minutes’ walk from Boxmoor Lodge Hotel.

If you like to relax in the bathtub with a bottle of wine and a beautiful view (like me), a stay in one of Shendish Manor’s four poster rooms offers a perfect setting. You can also experience a spa day at Sopwell House in another town nearby.

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Ski or Snowboard in Hemel Hempstead

At the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead, you can Ski & Snowboard indoors all year round! Just book some lift passes and/or rental ski’s or snowboard’s for a few hours of fun! If you’re a beginner, you can also book time with an instructor!

If you crave more adventure during your romantic weekend, there’s also a spot for indoor rock-climbing and caving at the XC, which has biggest indoor caving course in Europe.

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Shopping in Hemel Hempstead

If you walk around town, you’ll find little boutique shops as well as a shopping center! Many people like to spend their romantic weekend’s shopping and Hemel Hempstead offers a large shopping center for all of your shopping needs!

Visit Harry Potter near Hemel Hempstead

The Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour is roughly 5 miles away from Hemel Hempstead! I got to go back in 2013 and had the most magical time visiting the Harry Potter Studio! From walking on the movie sets to choosing my own wand, visiting the studio allowed me to live my childhood dream of experiencing the wizarding world. Visiting Studio is also a highlight of my Top Things To Do When Visiting London.

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Afternoon Tea in Hemel Hempstead

One of my favourite activities to do while in England is have afternoon tea. The Shendish Manor has a restaurant and offers a fabulous afternoon tea! I always feel like a royal when I have a tray of delicious desserts, scones, sandwiches, and tea served to me. Afternoon Tea is filling, relaxing and I highly recommend having afternoon tea for your romantic weekend getaway.

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English Breakfast & Restaurants in Hemel Hempstead

English breakfast is also a traditional English meal and the Boxmoor Lodge Hotel in Hemp Hempstead offered one of the best! Not only is this place a cute B&B, it also has an amazing restaurant with excellent wine choices, and dietary alternatives (they had vegan ice cream and I was in shock with happiness). This was one of our favourite spots for our romantic weekend getaway!

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Shendish Manor in Hemel Hempstead

A stay at both the Luxury Shendish Manor Hotel fulfilled my desire for a romantic weekend and experience a classic English Countryside outside of London! The Manor grounds offered a beautiful opportunity to walk around and the four poster room I stayed in made me feel like a royal princess! The staff was pleasant and our room was fit for a King… or Queen!

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Romantic Weekend at Boxmoor Lodge

Boxmoor Lodge Hotel in Hemel Hempstead

This lovely B&B is located close to the Hemel Hempstead Train Station in the picturesque English countryside. The spacious and modern rooms will make your stay one to enjoy. Ideal for any couple looking to spend quality time outside the hustle and bustle of London. The Boxmoor Lodge Hotel has an intimate restaurant for a lovely dinner with a well-seasoned wine selection to sparkle your mood. Andrew, the patron was extremely friendly and made us feel very welcome during our romantic weekend gataway!

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If you don’t have a car, you can get here by train from London Euston Train Station. There is no Uber or Lyft but there are Shendish Manor Hotel‘s which has an app you can book and pay through.

The town of Hemel Hempstead is part of the Greater London Urban Area and only 24 to 32 minutes away from London by train. And although it’s close to London, it feels like a perfect getaway from the busy city for a weekend!

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  1. February 23, 2018 / 9:21 pm

    OMG…This looks amazing Ryan! On my list to visit when getting back to the UK!

    • February 28, 2018 / 6:38 am

      It was such a relaxing weekend getaway from the busy city! I had such a fabulous time! Just what I needed! Definitely visit when you’re back in the UK!