Down Hall Hotel

Last autumn, work took me on a trip out of London. 

I headed to Down Hall Country Hotel on the borders of Hertfordshire and Essex for a two-day photoshoot and a little bit of a break. Down Hall is a luxurious four star Country House Hotel set within beautiful, extensive grounds. It's a hugely popular spot for weddings - there was even one on the day that I was shooting - and it's easy to see why. Having recently gone through a huge refurbishment, Down Hall is a wonderful retreat in the countryside. I had some free time in the evening to enjoy myself and be treated to a very relaxing Swedish massage, but the best part of my trip (aside from a very successful shoot!) was the food. Executive Chef Matthew Hill is brilliant and one of the loveliest chefs. He manages not only to plate up some of the prettiest dishes I've ever seen, but also some of the most delicious. I had complete assurance that whatever I picked off the menu was going to be mouthfuls of heaven, and it really was. I wish he could cook for me everyday!

If only every shoot could be like this one, I'd be a very happy snapper.

Matching Rd, Hatfield Heath, Bishop's Stortford CM22 7AS

Claire Menary