Summer staycations: swerve the queues and make it a Great British break at Down Hall


With costs escalating, airport queue chaos dominating the news and the summer holidays looming large, many holidaymakers are looking a bit closer to home for a summer getaway. If a fun, relaxing and indulgent break for all the family is in order, then look no further than Down Hall Hotel I Spa I Estate, located in the stunning Essex countryside just 45 minutes from London. With a series of new packages launching this summer and a plethora of amenities on site, Down Hall has every box ticked on your holiday checklist.

During the 2021 lockdowns, Down Hall worked hard to upgrade its grounds and facilities to ensure that guests of all ages could enjoy happy, action-packed stays within the property’s 110 acres of beautiful gardens and woodland. Following the installation of a brand new Padel tennis court, Down Hall’s grounds have something for everyone with five-a-side football, croquet, boules, badminton, giant games, a children’s play area and a newly created ‘Trim Trail’ outdoor woodland gym. And that’s not all – in May this year, the hotel completed a renovation to its bar, lounge and terrace, perfect for an aperitif or a leisurely lunch in the sun.


Based on two adults and two under 12’s  sharing*, the Make a Racket staycation package (from £252 per room) is perfect for families and has everything covered including full and unlimited use of the hotel’s new al fresco sporting facilities. The package also includes an hour each of tennis, padel tennis and badminton, so make sure you pack your whites and your finest serve!

Alongside its roster of outdoor and indoor activities, Down Hall offer a babysitting service bookable on request – perfect for a date night dining à deux in the Garden room  restaurant.  And if you’ve welcomed a four-legged friend during lockdown, why not bring them along for the ride? Down Hall is a dog-friendly hotel and offers select rooms for guests with pooches in tow.


If you’re holidaying a deux, there’s a roster of tempting packages to choose from. Sporting enthusiasts can book the Couple’s Stay & Play (from £155 per person) which includes a restful stay, an hour each of tennis and padel tennis, breakfast and a £40 dining allowance per person to be used in the hotel’s gorgeous  Garden Room restaurant, where the spotlight is firmly on local fare, with much of the produce used grown in the hotel’s kitchen garden. There’s also lawn croquet and the hotel’s on site Eden Spa to ensure your relaxation agenda is fully scheduled.

Looking for a longer break? Turn that weekend away into a proper vacation and receive 15% off your room rate when you stay for three nights or longer.


Forget those Sunday night blues, just treat yourself and book the Sunday Sanctuary package (£382 per couple) and enjoy a lazy day at the hotel with dinner in Garden Room – guests will receive a £40 allocation per person towards dinner as part of their stay – and a restful night’s sleep. Wake up on Monday morning to a buffet breakfast and a two hour wet spa booking at Eden Spa inclusive of a 25-minute massage treatment, before settling down to work from your room* with views of Down Hall’s expansive grounds sure to inspire you.

All packages must be pre-booked and are subject to availability. Make your reservation here:

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