Cottonmill Spa at Sopwell House

Cottonmill Lane, St Albans, AL1 2HQ

From £215.00 per person

Our customer rating: 5/5

About

A day or a stay of complete and utter perfection is ready and waiting for you at the exquisite Cottonmill Spa at Sopwell House. This idyllic Georgian masterpiece is set amid 12 acres of tranquil Hertfordshire countryside, and it’s an absolute paradise for lovers of luxury. Friendly, fabulous and family-owned, it’s the perfect setting for the indulgence that your mind, body and spirit have been craving.

Once the country home of Lord Mountbatten. Sopwell House has been transformed into a truly hedonistic haven. A £14 million investment led to the creation of one of the finest spa facilities to be found anywhere in the country. Yet the Cottonmill Spa harbours an even-more fabulous secret inside its spectacular glass walls. Inside the spa you’ll find the exclusive Club at Cottonmill, and this inner sanctum is the epitome of barefoot luxury. 

The Club at Cottonmill has a chic, botanical feel, with a spa garden designed by landscape gardener Ann-Marie Powell, complete with water features and greenery in abundance. Floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows bring the outdoors-in and even the sauna has a fabulous view. 

If you can stop lounging in luxury for long enough, you’ll find plenty to see and do in the local area, including of course lovely long walks through the hotel’s grounds. Be sure to set aside some time for retail therapy in the streets of St Albans, where you’ll also find plenty of Roman heritage that’s worthy of exploration. The popular Verulamium Museum is a magnet for those with a penchant for history. 

The gorgeous Sopwell House is perfect for overnight breaks well away from the hustle and bustle. There are 128 majestic rooms and suites waiting here, not to mention of course the stunning new Cottonmill spa. And when it’s time to dine, there are two superb restaurants that offer plenty of mouth-watering temptations.

 

Popular Facilities

  • Indoor swimming pool and poolside terrace
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Rose Relaxation Room - Post treatment
  • Salon for manicures and pedicures
  • Sitting Room
  • Pantry for spa lunches
  • State-of-the-art gym, featuring the latest Technogym ‘Artis’ line equipment
  • Classes in the bright and energising studio, subject to availability
  • OMBOO Restaurant (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
  • Brasserie
  • Cocktail Lounge

Packages

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The Classic Spa Day

  • 1 treatment, up to 60 minutes
  • Three course lunch served in the Pantry
  • Use of Cottonmill facilities
  • Complimentary use of towels, robe and slippers
  • Arrival from 9am - Depart by 6pm
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From £215.00 per person

The Club Classic Spa Day

  • 1 treatment, up to 60 minutes
  • Three course lunch served in the Pantry
  • Use of the The Club at Cottonmill facilities including all Cottonmill facilities plus indoor/outdoor hydrotherapy pool, spa garden with loungers, cabanas, fire pit, hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms, Deep-relaxation Room, Garden Room, Whisper Room and more
  • Complimentary use of towels, robe and slippers
  • Arrival from 9am - Depart by 6pm
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From £290.00 per person

The Elements at The Club at Cottonmill

  • 2 treatments, up to 120 minutes
  • Three course lunch in the Pantry
  • Use of the The Club at Cottonmill facilities
  • Complimentary use of towels, robe and slippers
  • Arrival from 9am - Depart by 6pm
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From £360.00 per person

1 Night Countryside Classic at The Club at Cottonmill

  • 1 treatment, up to 60 minutes
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Three course lunch in the Pantry
  • Three course dinner in The Brasserie
  • Full English breakfast
  • Use of the The Club at Cottonmill facilities including all Cottonmill facilities plus indoor/outdoor hydrotherapy pool, spa garden with loungers, cabanas, fire pit, hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms, Deep-relaxation Room, Garden Room, Whisper Room and more
  • Complimentary use of towels, robe and slippers
  • Further treatment choices available - please call to find out more
  • Spa check-in from 12pm on arrival day - Room check in from 3pm - Check out 11am
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From £405.00 per person

2 Night Cottonmill Elegant Escape

  • 1 treatment, up to 60 minutes
  • 2 Night accommodation
  • Three course lunch in The Pantry
  • Three course dinner in the Brasserie on both nights
  • Breakfast
  • Use of Cottonmill facilities including indoor pool, two vitality pools, sauna, steam room, poolside terrace, sitting room and state-of-the-art gym, excludes The Club at Cottonmill facilities
  • Complimentary use of towels, robe and slippers
  • Spa check-in from 12pm on arrival day - Room check in from 3pm - Check out 11am
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From £455.00 per person

2 Night Countryside Classic at The Club at Cottonmill

  • 1 treatment, up to 60 minutes
  • 2 Night accommodation
  • Three course lunch in The Pantry
  • Three course dinner in the Brasserie on both nights
  • Breakfast
  • Use of the The Club at Cottonmill facilities including all Cottonmill facilities plus indoor/outdoor hydrotherapy pool, spa garden with loungers, cabanas, fire pit, hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms, Deep-relaxation Room, Garden Room, Whisper Room and more
  • Complimentary use of towels, robe and slippers
  • Spa check-in from 12pm on arrival day - Room check in from 3pm - Check out 11am
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From £600.00 per person

2 Night Rendezvous Spa Break

  • 2 treatments, up to 120 minutes
  • 2 Night accommodation
  • Dinner in OMBOO (£60 credit on food only) on the first night
  • Dinner in the Brasserie on the second night
  • Lunch in The Pantry on the second day
  • Full English breakfast both mornings
  • Use of the The Club at Cottonmill facilities including all Cottonmill facilities plus indoor/outdoor hydrotherapy pool, spa garden with loungers, cabanas, fire pit, hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms, Deep-relaxation Room, Garden Room, Whisper Room and more
  • Complimentary use of towels, robe and slippers
  • Spa check-in from 12pm on arrival day - Room check in from 3pm - Check out 11am
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From £865.00 per person

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Details

Towel and robes providedYes
Length of pool14.5m
No. of treatment rooms16
Dual treatment roomsYes
Max no. in group6
Lockers availableYes
Product houseElemis and Aromatherapy Associates
Dress for lunchNo
Minimum age16 (16 & 17 year olds must be accompanied by an adult)
Local attractionsSt Albans Abbey, Veraliam Ruins Museum & St Albans Shopping centre
No. of bedrooms128
Check-in time15:00
Use facilities before check in timeNo
Dress codeSmart/casual
Hotel Accessible accessYes
Car parkingComplimentary
Pets welcomeGuide dogs only

Cottonmill Spa at Sopwell House

  • Indoor swimming pool and poolside terrace
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Rose Relaxation Room - Post treatment
  • Salon for manicures and pedicures
  • Sitting Room
  • Pantry for spa lunches
  • State-of-the-art gym, featuring the latest Technogym ‘Artis’ line equipment
  • Classes in the bright and energising studio, subject to availability
  • OMBOO Restaurant (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
  • Brasserie
  • Cocktail Lounge

The Club at Cottonmill Spa

  • Indoor swimming pool and poolside terrace
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Rose Relaxation Room - Post treatment
  • Salon for manicures and pedicures
  • Sitting Room
  • Pantry for spa lunches
  • State-of-the-art gym, featuring the latest Technogym ‘Artis’ line equipment
  • Classes in the bright and energising studio, subject to availability
  • Massaging hydrotherapy pool
  • Organic sauna
  • Panoramic sauna
  • Botanical steam room
  • Salt steam room
  • Experience showers
  • Spa garden with ample loungers, cabanas, fire pit and hot tubs
  • Whisper room
  • Garden room
  • Deep Relaxation room
  • Dressing rooms
  • OMBOO Restaurant (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
  • Brasserie
  • Cocktail Lounge

The Spa & Wellness at Cottonmill Spa at Sopwell House

In need of a little indulgence therapy? At the Cottonmill Spa you’ll find two levels of jaw-dropping luxury that will leave even seasoned spa-goers seriously impressed. 

Cottonmill Spa

Open to all hotel guests or those here on a spa day, Cottonmill Spa is an inspiring space. With a sumptuous design that’s fully integrated with its natural surroundings, everything here is aimed at enhancing your well-being. 

After a therapeutic soak in the atmospherically lit indoor pool, there are two vitality pools to explore, as well as a sauna and starlit steam room. Enjoy a quiet moment to read in the poolside relaxation area or terrace, before heading to the Sitting Room for a snack, juice or a gin cocktail in front of the fireplace. Then pad along to the Pantry for lunch, eaten while surrounded in the softness of your fluffy white robe.

Enjoy a glass of bubbly with your glossy grooming at the Salon, or try a hot sand experience. Lay on the warm and comforting amber sand, while a quartz bed gently vibrates beneath you. Bliss!

Sit back and let go in the gentle, calming Rose Relaxation Room. Walls are lined with acoustic ‘petals’ and relaxation zones are discreetly divided by rose-tinted glass screens.

The Club at Cottonmill

Within the spectacular Cottonmill Spa lies an inner sanctum, reserved exclusively for a select few.

With all the feel of a private members’ club, the Club at Cottonmill is an experience like no other. Hanging seats arranged around statement fireplaces add a playful touch, while glass walls bring the spectacular spa gardens inside.

Float from inside to outside through sleek, thermal pools, taking time to luxuriate on bubble beds and massage jets. Take refuge in the Botanical Steam Room or Panoramic Sauna, then cool off in the experience showers. Allow your senses to be stimulated in the cocoon-like Deep Relaxation Room, or soak up the views at the blissfully peaceful Whisper Room.

Wander in the spa gardens. They were designed by gold-medal-winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show designer Ann-Marie Powell, so you know you’re in for something really special. We find they’re best enjoyed with a glass of something sparkly, stretched out in a cosy cabana while the sun goes down.

The Gym & Fitness at Cottonmill Spa at Sopwell House

You’ve aligned your mind and soul in the spa. Now it’s time to enhance the wellbeing of your body in the gym. Make sure you’ve packed your leggings, because crushing your fitness goals feels like a breeze in this inspiring space. 

Flooded with natural light from vast Georgian windows that overlook the gardens, you’ll find zoned areas for cardio, weights and training. The world-class gym is equipped with the latest Technogym ‘Artis’ line of cardio strength and training machines which let you track your training to give a 360-degree view of your wellness.  

Like to reconnect as you workout? Join a group class. There’s spinning, Pilates, HIIT and yoga on offer, along with dance fit and Tabata. More intimate lessons can be had in subdivided areas with atmospheric lighting to energise or soothe your mood.

Restaurants & Food at Cottonmill Spa at Sopwell House

You’ve pampered yourself at the spa. Now it’s time to truly indulge with the heavenly food and drink experiences to be had within the Georgian surroundings of Sopwell House. 

The Cocktail Lounge

For pre-dinner drinks and light bites, the fabulous Cocktail Bar is well-worth dressing up for. With bags of character provided by stained-glass windows, towering bookcases and statement fireplaces, you can sit up at the ornate marble topped-bar while attentive staff mix you something fruity. Prefer to get cosy? Then sink into large velvet armchairs and enjoy the fire.

The Brasserie

Lazy lunches, delicious dinners, decadent afternoon teas. They’re all on offer at the vibrant Brasserie. Light and airy with a contemporary feel, the open plan kitchen adds to the relaxed vibe. Serving an all-day menu fusing British and Mediterranean cuisine, there are daily specials and an all-important Sunday roast.

Omboo

From its Spa to the Club, Sopwell House is all hedonism. Asian restaurant Omboo fits perfectly into the mix, bringing a touch of glamour to proceedings. Decked out with dark wooden tables, leafy wallpaper and zesty pops of colour throughout, it feels chilled-out yet buzzy. Indulge in sharing platters inspired by the spice routes of Asia, but don’t expect your food to arrive all together. The philosophy here is “when ready” - dishes are simply delivered to your table fresh out of the kitchen.

Spa Location

Cottonmill Spa at Sopwell House

Cottonmill Spa at Sopwell House

Cottonmill Lane
St Albans
AL1 2HQ
01727 750 429

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How to get to the Spa?

By train: Cottonmill Spa at Sopwell House is a short taxi ride from St Albans. There are two stations here - St Albans City is on the Brighton to Bedford line served by First Capital Connect. St Albans Abbey has a local service to Watford Junction and connecting destinations run by London Midland.

By bus: The nearest bus stop is approximately 10 minutes walk from the hotel. Services run to, from and around St Albans. Arriva operates the 300 and 301 (Stevenage-Hemel), 321 (Watford-Luton Airport) and Green Line (Harlow-Heathrow), while Metroline operates Route 84 (Potters Bar-New Barnet)

By car: St Albans is close to the M1 (J6), M25 (J21a) and the start of the M10 (J1). The postcode for your satnav is AL1 2HQ

Parking: Parking is free, and there are 260 spaces. Sopwell House is part of the Tesla Destination network, and there are three devices and three connectors available.

Reviews

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A beautiful spa
  • 4 Service
  • 4 Quality
  • 4 Satisfaction

Spa and ambience were beautiful. Enjoyed the facilities at the Club and a lovely massage. The room we stayed in was a little tired, however this didn't take away from the experience.

Marcia White, Hatfield

Amazing
  • 5 Service
  • 5 Quality
  • 5 Satisfaction

I thoroughly enjoyed my two nights break at this luxurious spa. It was a lovely 40th birthday celebration with nice touches that made it a celebration to remember. The facilities are clean. Often quiet throughout the spa facilities which makes it perfect for relaxing and unwinding. The club pool and outdoor hot tubs made it worth while. The atmosphere and ambience is gorgeous, not to mention lovely food. Breakfast great, 3 course lunch delicious and, dinner was exquisite with the best stake ever! The afternoon champagne tea absolutely delightful. Staff are welcoming, friendly and attentive. Thank you to the brasserie staff Suzanna, Ashish, Harry, Callum and Holly. Also to Demi, who gave me the best firm full body massage ever! I highly recommend this spa hotel and cannot wait to be back.

Sherene Fekarurhobo, London

Amazing experience
  • 5 Service
  • 5 Quality
  • 5 Satisfaction

The spa was very clean and well kept. Staff is friendly and food was nice. Nice atmosphere not too crowded. It was just perfect. Spacious room and comfortable bed.

Francesco P, London

First class
  • 5 Service
  • 5 Quality
  • 5 Satisfaction

This place is so perfect; can’t fault it. With the package - got an excellent deal as got treatment and all meals included. Spa was so revitalising and the best that I’ve ever been to. Stag were so friendly and polite. Decor was lovely especially in the restaurant. Amazing! Will recommend to others that I know now.

Deep-Shikha Paneser, Bedfordshire

Blissful
  • 5 Service
  • 5 Quality
  • 5 Satisfaction

Had the perfect day! Arrived at 10am and enjoyed a weights session at the gym. After shower I enjoyed the Whisper Room to do some work in peace and quiet. 1pm 3 course lunch - sublime! Spent some time in the deep relaxation room before a gentle soak in a hot tub, few minutes in the botanical steam room and then down for a body scrub and massage for 4pm. The staff were wonderful, the building very well presented and food amazing. A perfect day.

Jo O’Grady, Bedfordshire

Relaxing birthday treat
  • 4 Service
  • 5 Quality
  • 4 Satisfaction

Very much enjoyed using the club facilities. Well maintained. The facial was lovely and relaxing.

Helen Kaplan, London

24th Birthday Spa Day
5 / 5

The Spa is so beautiful and absolutely exceptional. My visit was for my 24th Birthday with my partner. I genuinely loved every moment and was worth every penny. I highly recommend to anyone who wants...... Read more

All round wonderful stay and event planning
5 / 5

I didn’t want to leave ! I got very comfortable in my room. I was here for 6 nights and ultimately for a works do I was arranging. The hotel were very helpful with the event from start to finish...... Read more

Conflicted disappointment
3 / 5

Really conflicted by my recent stay. Been to the spa previously and loved it so much booked another spa plus overnight at the hotel recently. Spa: i have a half day full access voucher so worth...... Read more

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Cottonmill Spa at Sopwell House do afternoon tea?

Afternoon tea is served in the Brasserie at Sopwell House, and it’s something extra special. There are themed options gracing its three-tiered stands throughout the year - for example, they served a selection of the King’s favourite cakes for the Coronation. Otherwise, opt for Traditional Afternoon Tea with dainty sandwiches and scones, and add a glass of something bubbly. 

Does Cottonmill Spa at Sopwell House have a swimming pool?

It sure does. The 14.5m heated indoor swimming pool is atmospherically lit and ideal for either energising laps or a relaxingly therapeutic soak. There are also two vitality pools to explore, as well as a sauna and steam room. Or just relax with your book in the poolside relaxation area or on the terrace.

How far is St Albans from Cottonmill Spa at Sopwell House?

It’s about a 20-minute walk or a short taxi ride away. St Albans is well worth a visit as it’s jam-packed with things to do. The enormous cathedral is the city’s tourism highlight, closely followed by numerous attractions that unearth a rich history from the Roman-era.

Does Cottonmill Spa at Sopwell House offer accommodation?

Sopwell House has 128 bedrooms and suites in total, 16 of which are individually designed, exclusive Mews suites, Originally stable blocks, they have private courtyards, sunken spa baths and beautiful botanical gardens.

Expect to sleep peacefully whichever room category you choose. Duck feather duvets drape on super king-sized beds while some rooms offer balconies overlooking the grounds. Immaculate en-suite bathrooms all boast bespoke design vanity units and Elemis toiletries.

What time is check-in and check-out at Cottonmill Spa at Sopwell House Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort?

Check-in is after 3pm, and check-out time is before 11am. Late check-out is available at extra cost, while early check-in is available on request, subject to availability. You are welcome to leave luggage in the luggage store prior to check-in.

Is there a dress code at Cottonmill Spa at Sopwell House?

The dress code for dining at Omboo is smart-casual - you can choose to dress up or dress down. Jeans and smart trainers are welcome, but sportswear is frowned upon!

Is Cottonmill Spa at Sopwell House family friendly?

Sort of. The hotel accommodates children of all ages, but there are access restrictions in Cottonmill. The Spa is open for use to those aged 18 years and over. Those aged between 16 and 18 can use the Spa if accompanied by an adult, and have access to a selected treatment menu. They do make an exception during the Christmas holidays when there are specific children’s splash times.

Cots for babies can be placed in room categories Executive and above, however you’ll need to provide the bedding. Junior Suites and Balcony Suites can accommodate two adults and two small children aged 4-12 years. 

Children can dine in the Brasserie where a children’s menu is available, but Omboo is only suitable for children over 12. 

But the hotel is perfectly positioned for some child-friendly activities. Kids will adore nearby Willows Activity Farm, while your little history buffs should head to the Roman Verulamium Museum in St Albans.

Is Cottonmill Spa at Sopwell House Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort dog-friendly?

Best to leave the four-legged friends at home – only guide dogs allowed.

Does Cottonmill Spa at Sopwell House have a golf course?

No – Sopwell House doesn’t have a golf course on-site. However the historic Verulam Golf Club is right next door, perfect for those who like to pamper and par. Visitors are welcome to try the challenging par 72 course, designed by James Braid in 1905.