The Grove, Hertfordshire, will be unveiling a brand new festive look this year, based on the extensive grounds and gardens of the estate. A collaborative effort between the in-house gardens team and McQueens Flowers, the first florist in the world to be awarded a Positive Luxury Butterfly Award for its commitment to improving sustainability, the hotel’s aim is to champion a more sustainable and nature-based Christmas and show guests that they can still create a thoroughly festive look while minimising waste and prioritising natural materials.
This Christmas, the interiors at The Grove – London’s inspiring country escape – will transform into a place of natural beauty, with rustic decorations crafted by McQueens Flowers using botanicals, reused materials and soft textiles, echoing the surrounding flora and fauna. Decorations will be presented alongside seasonal flowers that have been carefully selected from the grounds, whilst lengths of dried Amaranthus flower stems will hang from the windows, with their rich earthy scent. The natural theme will be cohesive throughout, though some rooms will display a punchy pop of colour.
Guests are welcome to explore the lush woodland on a brisk walk, seeing for themselves how the Christmas concept has been inspired by the estate. Holly, pinecones, twigs and red berries all provide the perfect starting point for sustainable Christmas decorations, which guests can take inspiration from for their own homes.
Head Gardener Tash Geldenhuys explains how guests can forage their own gardens for fallen materials to create a natural festive display; Christmas wreaths, tablescapes and wall hangings can be easily arranged by using seed heads, dried flowers, and seasonal foliage. Items can be coloured by using food colourings or spare paints to enhance interior décor. Remember to use biodegradable glitter if you want to add magical sparkle and hang from natural twine or ribbons.
The dedicated team at The Grove have created an array of activities during the festive period for children and adults alike, including arts and crafts sessions that will spark creativity. After enjoying these activities, families will be able to capture the perfect family photos in the hotel’s lobby by hopping aboard Santa’s sleigh, adorned with warm fluffy sheepskins.