Birch Community are opening a second hotel this spring, and it looks set be all the same, laidback, relaxing fun as the Cheshunt hotel, but in south London. 

The word hotel is used loosely here, as it's more of a retreat set on a large verdant estate.

Just like its award-winning sister venue, Birch Selsdon in Croydon, due to open this spring, will be set in a large 19th century country mansion, converted into a 181-boutique hotel/retreat.

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The Resident: Birch Community's rooms are designed for relaxationBirch Community's rooms are designed for relaxation (Image: Inna Kostukovsky)

Everything about Birch Selsdon has been designed with relaxation and restoration in mind, so you can have an easy escape from city life. Including the fact it's just a 10 minute drive from the East Croydon train station. 

The mansion comes with vast green space - 200 acres of rolling hills and greenery in fact, that once was a golf course but is now one of London's biggest rewilding projects overseen by designer and environmentalist Sebastion Cox.

There's also a pottery studio, a screen-printing workshop and a reading room, and a programme of creative workshops to engage in. 

The Resident: The retreat comes with 200 acres of rewilded green spaceThe retreat comes with 200 acres of rewilded green space (Image: Hollie Fernando)

For the physically active, a tennis course, a lido (opening summer 2023) a wellness space with gym, studios and treatment rooms, and cycling and running tracks should keep you entertained.

For those with kids, the hotel has a family wing, and there's also the Birchlings Kids Club offering games, activities, arts and crafts and pyjama parties and the like, so parents can do what they need to do to relax. 

Given Birch Cheshunt's flagship restaurant is the sublimely wholesome Zebra Riding Club by chef Robin Gill, whose Italian Restaurant Maria G's in Kensington just made it into the Michelin guide, expectations are high for Birch Selsdon's three bars and two restaurants.

The Resident: Wellness facilities, three bars, two restaurants and a co-working space are on the estateWellness facilities, three bars, two restaurants and a co-working space are on the estate (Image: Inna Kostukovsky)

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A true post-pandemic venture, Birch Selsdon will also have co-working spaces, for the digitally nomadic and for those who just need to log on while taking time out. 

Birch Selsdon will be open for overnight stays as well as offering a membership for those who want to access all the services on the estate on a regular basis. 

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