You can treat yourself to a festive globe dining experience in Hertfordshire this Christmas

The Enchanted Garden Globes at Ashridge House

Ashridge House has announced it will be offering a bespoke dining festive experience and magical illuminated woodland walk in the heart of Hertfordshire next month.

After what has been a relentless year for many due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, this newly-announced event – The Enchanted Garden Globes – will be the perfect festive antidote to round-up a turbulent 2020, and will give you the chance to escape reality for an evening.

Now I know what you’re thinking… “Hertfordshire is f****** three away!”

We hear you. But if things go to plan, this could be the perfect post-lockdown weekend getaway right slap bang in the middle of the Christmas period that we didn’t even think we’d get.

And for the first time ever, the private gardens of this magnificent former palace will be transformed into a magical festive dining experience to “surprise and delight the senses”.

The Enchanted Garden Globes have been specifically created to accommodate the ‘rule of six’.

The globes have been built bespoke for extraordinary views across the park at Ashridge House and will be heated and dressed for a truly unique festive experience.

As part of the experience, guests will also be invited into the winter mist to enjoy a bespoke illuminated woodland walk with beautiful light installations, secret hideaways, tunnels of falling stars, hot toddies, glittering grottos and surprise encounters along the way.

From the magnificent vaulted entrance of twinkling Christmas trees, to the spectacular Harry Potter staircase and the spellbinding yuletide outdoor wonderland, The Enchanted Garden Globes is described as a “magical dining experience like no other”.

What makes Ashridge House the perfect place for a festive staycation getaway then?

Once a royal residence to King Henry VIII and home to his daughter – Princess Elizabeth I – Ashridge House is a hidden gem in leafy Hertfordshire, only 30 miles from London and surrounded by 190 acres of “quintessentially English gardens”.

With grand, turreted façades and historic grounds, Ashridge House is a truly enchanting festive backdrop.

The Enchanted Garden Globes at Ashridge House

After a challenging 2020, the The Enchanted Garden Globes – which are taking place at a range of dates between 3rd – 31st December and with new dates in January 2021 set to be announced – will offer guests the perfect woodland escape and bring some much-needed Christmas magic to the year.

There are two bespoke dining packages to choose from:

The Lunch Experience

12pm – 4pm

£90 per person – Private Dome (x6 guests per globe)

  • Arrival glass of fizz.
  • Spiced mulled wine.
  • Four-course festive feast dining experience, paired with glass of wine.
  • Tea & coffee post lunch.
  • Private dining Garden Globe accommodating up to six guests for four hours (with private sound system, heating and cosy lighting).
  • Full access to the Enchanted Woodland Walk and Ashridge Gardens.
  • Festive entertainment and fun.
The Enchanted Garden Globes at Ashridge House

The Dinner Experience

6pm – 10pm

£155 per person – Private Dome (x6 guests per globe)

  • Arrival glass of fizz.
  • Spiced mulled wine.
  • Five-course festive feast dining experience, paired with half a bottle of wine.
  • Tea & coffee post dinner.
  • Private dining Garden Globe accommodating up to six guests for four hours (with private sound system, heating and cosy lighting).
  • Full access to the Enchanted Woodland Walk and Ashridge Gardens – illuminated light trail.
  • Festive entertainment and fun, including ‘Santa’s Secret Grotto’.

You can book your tickets to The Enchanted Garden Globes and find more information – including menus and the property’s COVID-19 response – via the Ashridge House website here.

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