Travel: Hertfordshire

by Jane Hayward on Thursday, 31 January 2013

Walled gardens of crocuses welcome spring at Hanbury Manor, Marriott's grand hotel and country club near Ware. It's a feel-good place with great facilities for quality time together.

Romantic rooms This Jacobean-style lakeside pile could only look more romantic if you spotted Mr Darcy plunging into the water! Check in to one of 161 elegant, traditional bedrooms, then whizz to the wood-panelled Oak Hall to peruse the (long) Champagne cocktail menu.

Dreamy days Sporting lovers should book the immaculate Jack Nicklaus II-designed championship golf course. Or hit the Club for tennis or swimming. Love to be lazy? Check out the spa's latest treatments, such as Carita Pen, an anti-ageing eye treatment that'll give you Saturday-night sparkle!

The grand gesture Book the full rose petals 'n' Champagne treatment with an overnight Romance Package. Or keep 
things fun and frothy with a Couples' Golf & Spa overnight deal (you get one treatment each).

Dine a deux Two AA-rosette Zodiac is the restaurant to book – you can't beat dangling chandeliers and waiters in black tie for special occasion ambience!

What it costs Doubles from £170 B&B; £234 for dinner, B&B; Romance package from £200; Couples' Golf & Spa package from £202. Call 01920-487722 or visit



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