Birch Hotel Review | Travel

Birch Hotel Review | Travel

Birch, which promotes itself primarily as a community, rather than a hotel or membership club, opened in Cheshunt just a few train stops from Liverpool Street or an hour’s drive from London – OR 50 minutes bike ride from our house on the N16 according to google maps which actually turned into 1h30, a few wrong turns and hairy last 5 minutes on a three lane highway. But it’s still the way to travel in good weather.

Set in a Grade II listed property with a colorful past, the building was originally built as an entertaining pad by Lady Valerie Meux, rumored to be a Lady of the Night. In recent years it has been a rather lackluster and indescribable hotel and conference venue, so it’s great to see the mansion restored to its former glory – parties included.

When you arrive, the first thing you notice is THIS Georgian staircase (the one that has been all over social media before), just one of the beautiful original features of the building which have all been lovingly restored. And yes, we posted it. The main house also contains a handful of the 140 guest rooms which have been purposefully designed to encourage guests to be part of the community and take advantage of all the activities on offer. From pottery to candle casting, baking in the large onsite interactive bakery, gong baths, wild yoga, glassblowing, painting and more, you can really leave after learning a thing or two. Or with a full seven piece pottery set, like we did after a 3 hour stay in the studio – paid for itself when you look at those ceramics prices in Hackney.

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