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The Watermill Hotel, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western

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A calm riverside retreat in the Hertfordshire countryside.

Built on the site of an old flour mill on the banks of the River Bulbourne just outside Hemel Hempstead, The Watermill Hotel Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western, offers serene surroundings away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Our 71 tastefully decorated bedrooms offer modern home comforts, with several boasting beautiful views of the surrounding lush green meadows and river.

Whether you're here for leisure or business, you can take advantage of ample free parking and WiFi throughout the hotel and relax in our Riverside Bar and Lounge when your day is done.

We're within easy reach of London and a host of top attractions, like Whipsnade Zoo and Woburn Abbey. Harry Potter fans can follow in the footsteps of the adventurous boy wizard on a magical day out at the Warner Bros Studio Tour, while ski and snowboard enthusiasts can take to the indoor slopes of The Snow Centre.

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London Road
Bourne End

Hemel Hempstead
To make a reservation please call 0800 393130 (Freephone). For all other enquiries please call 01442 349955


Bars, Free WIFI, Restaurants, Twenty Four Hour Service, No Lift
Free internet available throughout the hotel
There is free parking available onsite.
Pets: No Pets accepted
Check-in & Check-out
14:00 | 12:00


Dining and Bars


Riverside Restaurant

Our elegant Riverside Restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner, so you can start your day with a full English and end it with a three-course evening meal accompanied with a glass of fine wine or two.

Our skilled team of chefs use the freshest local ingredients from the surrounding natural larder in their menus, which offer a tempting mix of traditional British favourites and carefully chosen international classics. Perhaps a seasonal soup of the day, followed by slow cooked duck leg and lemon cheesecake?

Want to celebrate a special occasion? Our restaurant can also be hired exclusively for private events.

Opening hours

Breakfast: 07:00 - 09:30
Dinner: 18:00 - 21:30
Weekend times may vary
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Riverside Lounge & Bar

With panoramic views of the river, the Riverside Lounge and Bar is a wonderfully relaxing place to kick back with family, friends or colleagues and mull over the day's events or enjoy a pre-dinner aperitif. We offer an extensive range of wines, beers and spirits, as well as snacks and light bites, including jacket potatoes, sandwiches, burgers, steaks, curries and pizzas. Our cocktails and mocktails are not to be missed either.

During the day, you can also treat yourself - or someone special - to a sumptuous afternoon tea, complete with dainty finger sandwiches and homemade scones. True indulgence.

Opening hours

Weekend times may vary


At The Watermill Hotel, we strive hard to give you the day you always dreamed of. Our venue could hardly be more scenic - our gorgeous countryside location and perfectly manicured grounds will certainly provide you with a stunning backdrop for those all-important wedding photos.

We're licensed for civil ceremonies, and very experienced in hosting ethnic weddings as well as traditional English marriages.

Our first-floor Willow Suite seats up to 90 guests and is perfect for small, intimate ceremonies. For larger celebrations, The Garden Suite can accommodate up to 200 guests. If you're planning an outdoor summer wedding, our beautiful gazebo located near the banks of the river is a wonderfully picturesque option.

Our dedicated wedding team will be on hand to assist you every step of the way with the planning and preparation for your special day. They know that every wedding is uniquely personal and will pull out all the stops to make it a truly memorable occasion.



Registry office:
Dacorum Council
The Forum, Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead HP1 1DN
0300 123 4045

For any enquiries please call Rachel Wilson on 01442 349955

Location and Attractions

Getting there.

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Nearest motorway: M1, J8, 4.50 miles
Nearest train station: Hemel Hempstead, 1.50 miles
Nearest airport: London Luton, 14.50 miles
Free parking on site (150 spaces)

London Road
Bourne End
Hemel Hempstead

What's nearby?


  • The Snow Centre (3 miles)

  • Watford Football Club (8 miles)

Cities & Attractions

  • Harry Potter Studio Tour, Warner Bros (6.9 miles)

  • The Haunted Museum (8 miles)

  • St Albans Cathedral (6 miles)

  • Champneys (5 miles)

  • Cassiobury Park (8 miles)


  • The Intu Shopping Centre Watford (7.5 miles)

Meetings, Conferences and Events

With six conference rooms, The Watermill Hotel is the ideal place for business meetings and training events of all sizes, from two to 200 delegates.

We're conveniently located just off the M25 and M1 motorways and minutes from Hemel Hempstead station, which has direct rail links to London.

Your guests can enjoy inspirational surroundings, and benefit from free onsite parking, delicious food, attentive service, audio-visual aids and free WiFi.

We're well equipped to host everything from residential conferences and product launches to workshops and one-to-one meetings. In addition, our marquee and extensive grounds can be used for exhibitions, corporate events and teambuilding exercises.

We pride ourselves in paying close attention to detail, and our dedicated conference management team will go the extra mile to help make your event a big success.

Available room set ups

U shape

Room Theatre Classroom U-Shape Boardroom Banquet
Garden Suite 280 140 92 92 170
Orchard 50 50 30 20 20
Grove 50 50 30 20 20
Board Room 24 8 12 10 0
Kingfisher 80 40 26 28 40
Marquee 1 450 240 125 250 400
Marquee 2 350 160 120 150 300
Have an enquiry?
Contact events on 0844 387 62 40


TripAdvisor Traveller Rating: Rating: Based on 514 traveller reviews
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25/03/2019 DebSum, Watford, United Kingdom

Visited for a family wedding held here. Service, staff and food were great and we had a marvellous day. The room however was a little tired- curtains hanging off the rails, room unbelievably hot and ... more


Basic but served purpose.

04/03/2019 Jonofromcas, Castleford, United Kingdom

Stopped for one night. Would normally have stayed closer into Hemel but hotels booked up and so stayed here which is a quite a bit out of town. Rooms ok, nothing special but served what we wanted. ... more



03/03/2019 FallenAngel8,

I stayed at the Watemill Hotel for only 1 night in the suite 226. My experience was really good because the facilities were perfect in the room, the bed was very large and very comfortable and the pil... more


Lions Convention March 2019

02/03/2019 ranj101,

Great venue with very helpful staff. Reception staff were efficient and cooperative as well. The management must realise that they need a few more staff as there were not enough to cater all the guest... more


Rather basic hotel

06/02/2019 Poppadoc5748, Brighton, United Kingdom

We met up with some friends from the Midlands and spent a day and a night at this hotel. It is pretty basic and the rooms we were initially offered were rather 'tired'. However, when we asked, the rec... more

Owner Response
watermillhotel, Guest Service Executive at The Watermill Hotel, responded to this review
Good Morning, Thank you so much for taking the time to review our property. Your feedback is very important to us and we will be using it to implement improvements for guests in the future. I would like to assure you that we are currently in the process of structure refurbishments and we would love to welcome you back once again to provide you with a superior experience We hope you will come back and see us again in the near future. Kind Regards, Ioli