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De Vere Latimer Estate

Jack Tonkin
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Why We Love It

  • The hotel underwent a £7 million refurbishment in 2017
  • During World War II, the house was an important intelligence headquarters
  • This Victorian countryside mansion is in 30 acres of grounds in the Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding National Beauty
  • Facilities at the hotel include a gym, an indoor swimming pool and a sauna

67%
Enjoyed This
(15 Member Ratings)
"Loved the Juliette balcony to the bedroom and the views were amazing. Lovely room and bathroom, we went for a walk round the grounds and enjoyed a swim before a few drinks in the bar. Then had a delicious meal in the restaurant and a yummy breakfast next morning."
JUSTIN
06. Nov 2017
London, UK

Map & Directions

The hotel is five miles from J18 of the M25. Parking is free. The nearest station is Chalfont & Latimer Underground Station on the Metropolitan line. A taxi from the station will take about five minutes and cost £8-£10, each way.

Rooms & Rates

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Overview

De Vere Latimer Estate is a Victorian manor with 30 acres of grounds overlooking the River Chess and the Chess Valley in the Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding National Beauty.

The hotel is a great base for walkers -- the Chess Valley Walk, a 10-mile marked route along the River Chess, passes by the hotel. The river is rich in flora and fauna; keep an eye out for orchids, kingfishers, water voles, brown trout and dragonflies. This route runs through the village of Sarratt Bottom and the town of Rickmansworth. Near Sarratt, you'll pass the 15th-century, Grade I-listed Chenies Manor, which was visited by Elizabeth I and is rumoured to have a secret tunnel linked to the hotel.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter and The Snow Centre, an indoor skiing and snowboarding centre in Hemel Hempstead, are both less than 20 minutes' drive from the hotel.

The Roald Dahl Museum is also 20 minutes' drive away and The Chiltern Brewery, the oldest independent brewery in the Chilterns, is a 25-minute journey by car.

The original mansion house has undergone a complete transformation, including a new 1838 Restaurant & Bar with a theatre-style kitchen and outdoor dining courtyard, and the new Huntley Bar. There is also an artisan coffee shop called Burr & Co.

Facilities at the hotel include a gym, an indoor swimming pool and a sauna. Wi-Fi is free.

Amenities

General

  • Bar
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Indoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • Sauna / Steam Room
  • Extra beds (fees apply)

Services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour security
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Safe in reception

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Safe
  • Sitting area
  • Flatscreen TV

Internet

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout

Bathroom

  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower

Parking

  • Complimentary parking
  • Off-street parking

Accessibility

  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible pool area
  • Accessible restaurant
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. Please check with the hotel.

Policies

Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Infant's cot/crib & available on request on request, free of charge, for children aged 6 and under, staying in a Standard Room only. This includes breakfast. There are no extra beds available in any other room type or for older children or adults.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request and will be charged at £30 per night, per pet. Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Have a Question? Contact Travelzoo.

Customer Service available 24 hours

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

67%
Enjoyed This
(15 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Latimer Place over the past 15 months.
3.9 Ambiance
4.7 Location
3.8 Rooms
3.6 Quality of Service
3.5 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Loved the Juliette balcony to the bedroom and the views were amazing. Lovely room and bathroom, we went for a walk round the grounds and enjoyed a swim before a few drinks in the bar. Then had a delicious meal in the restaurant and a yummy breakfast next morning.
Other Comments
We were disappointed that the jacuzzi was out of action, the restaurant was quite cold. I saw three couples asking to be moved and as I was wearing a sleeveless too felt the cold which took the edge off a lovely meal in a really nice restaurant. Food and wine were delicious though. At breakfast I never managed to get the waitresses attention to ask for a pot of tea as she was very busy and people kept flagging her down and beating me to it. Would be good if there was a system for offering hot drinks when people arrive at the table. Breakfast was lovely and lots of juice on offer but really fancied a cuppa
JUSTIN 06. Nov 2017 London, UK
Enjoyed Most
The bars in the main house and the restaurant, plus the outside, including the neighbouring village and the countriside.
Other Comments
nice leisure centre, great decor, very clean
Yvonna 06. Nov 2017 Twickenham, UK
Enjoyed Most
We had one of the refurbished Superior rooms. It was generous and well-equipped, in particular our bed which was huge and extremely comfortable.
Other Comments
Signage on site is poor; the grounds are huge and clearer directions to the car park and entrance are needed. Once we had found our way there, our welcome at Reception was efficient but could have been more friendly! We were using a Travelzoo voucher which included £26 pp towards dinner in the restaurant. The menu was OK but with a rather limited choice, indeed the grills were mostly various cuts of steak. There was duck but no chicken and only one fish dish on offer. The staff seemed a little overwhelmed although our server did the best she could. Apparently there were specials on offer but we were not told what they were. My OH chose the "soup of the day" which turned out to be Asian/Thai style chicken with noodles and an overdose of green chilli which he couldn't finish. We felt the main courses were expensive for what they were, which was only average, and at those prices I would have expected some bread to be included. I ordered a side of tenderstem broccoli with chilli, which was again far too hot and did not work with such a delicate vegetable. Our plates were not heated so our food cooled quickly, especially the broccoli which was cold before I could eat half of it. I mentioned this to a staff member who kindly returned with a very hot replacement. Breakfast the following morning was of a better standard although it again suffered from service issues, despite there being only a handful of guests, eg. cereal bowls not being replenished and staff, although helpful, not seeming to have specific roles or supervision. We were not offered toast so made our own, then saw other guests being served their toast. Again I raised this to one of the ladies on duty who said there was no restaurant manager at present. She alerted another more senior lady who came and discussed these issues with us at some length. From that conversation we understood that the hotel is in a transitional period having recently been taken over by the Principal group which is hoping to attract leisure business rather than commercial/business bookings. Despite that it is surprising that such a well-established hotel (no matter what type of business they serve) would not be better organised and able to provide a more personal service for their guests. We also heard that a restaurant manager would be in post in November which will hopefully improve the catering standards. The web site boasts of the attractive grounds and facilities appropriate to a 4/5* clientele, but currently these service issues definitely let down the standard of the hotel.
Eileen 28. Oct 2017 London, UK
Enjoyed Most
Beautiful grounds and location in the Chess Valley, good food and service at the restaurant, reasonable size pool with sauna and steam room and the renovation has done justice to the impressive buildings and interesting history.
Other Comments
Comfortable library/bar but check the price list as some wine is on the pricey side!
Richard 24. Oct 2017 Reading, UK
Enjoyed Most
STAFF SERVICE AND LOCATION
Mary 17. Oct 2017 CanterburyCanterbury, UK
Enjoyed Most
Beautiful country side, grand hotel, swimming pool and lovely library/lounge area.
Sarah 16. Oct 2017 London, UK
Enjoyed Most
The drive to the estate was beautiful. Plenty of parking. Food did taste nice once it eventually arrived.
Other Comments
Appalling service! Staff on the bar hanging about and not serving. Library and bar were filthy. Nobody collecting glasses. We left empty glasses and a bottle of prosecco on the table at 7pm. Still there at 11.30pm with flies around glasses. Dirty tables. Slow service in restaurant. Breakfast was worse...had to ask four different staff for coffee. This took 15 mins to arrive! Plates were dirty and everything running out. (Not cooked breakfast). The view I paid for was a huge tree so we could see nothing. The room, although clean, was tiny. This was supposed to be 'a superior double' We feel completely mis-soled by the advert on travel zoo and shall have second thoughts about ever using it again. This was a break we'd been so looking forward to and we have been left feeling like we were mis-sold and taken advantage of. The cherry on the cake was being charged initially £50 for two g&ts!!
Richard 09. Oct 2017 Wimborne, UK
Enjoyed Most
Room was lovely thouhh cold and no hot water, location was brilliant. Burger was nice in the restaurant. Staff were friendly but unskilled.
Other Comments
No hot water in room on day 1, they didn't clean our bedroom on day 2, Sunday breakfast was a shambles. The burr cafe is a joke and shouldn't be marketed as a coffee shop; it's just a coffee machine.
Jon 08. Oct 2017 London, UK
Enjoyed Most
We stay in the main house and the room was very good The dinner was excellent both with food and staff
Other Comments
Breakfast was cold and food had been sitting there for a long time When we checked out the bill was completely wrong and it took 30min to sort out Most of the staff did not no what to do they all needed training The bar staff had no idea and could not give change Also you couldn't charge to your room
Richard 30. Sep 2017 Maidenhead, UK
Other Comments
A "less than Superior room" and in the Annex. The inclusion of PricewaterhouseCoopers Conference guests. All very nice, but horrendously noisy in bulk!
Anne 23. Sep 2017 Westerham, UK

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