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Lodge | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
The property is a typical country estate, set in 4 acres of land comprising of lawns and orchard with various fruit trees. The lodge has 4/5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 4 toilets and comfortably sleeps 8 people (plus two single sofa beds). Adjoining neighbor is St Paul's Walden Bury estate which is the birth place and childhood home of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Excellent choice to return from visiting London (18 minutes train ride) to the heart of beautiful Hertfordshire country side to relax in a tranquil surroundings. Children will enjoy this holiday by playing in a safe fenced ground with automatic gates. A Quad Bike is available for hire to be used within the grounds.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Brighton 160 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: London Luton 8 km, Nearest railway: Stevenage 8 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, TV, Table tennis, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (5), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, High chair|
|Further details indoors|
This is a modern property with look and feel of a country house, set in 4 acres of lawns and orchards and comfortably sleeps 8/10 people.
Downstairs we have a large kitchen full of modern amenities, dishwasher, washing machine, oven , cooking hubs and fridge freezer. Breakfast room has a dining and chairs with 6 seats. Dining area has a dining table and chairs with 6 seats. There is a large lounge with a country style log fire, very much suited for those cold nights.
Upstairs, we have 4/5 double bedrooms, two of which are en-suit. There is also a large family bathroom, including a whirlpool / Jacuzzi bath with three sides view of the countryside. Master bedroom includes en-suite with shower and bath and also has access to the attic bedroom.
All bathroom and bedrooms have two or three windows overlooking Hertfordshire countryside. The grounds are all fenced off and accessed via automatic remote controlled gates. On your arrival you will be given remote controls for operating the gate. The only people allowed in the grounds are guests and Church Lodge staff. During summer months manager resides in another building within the grounds.
|Further details outdoors|
The estate is well situated in proximity of all London airports. By train, you can get to central London in 18 minutes. By road two major motorways of A1M and M1 can be reached in 10 minutes. A drive to North London takes around 20 minutes, London Luton Airport is 15 minutes, London Heathrow airport 60 minutes drive.
The South East England region
Hertfordshire was originally the area assigned to a fortress constructed at Hertford under the rule of Edward the Elder in 913. The name Hertford is derived from the Anglo-Saxon heort ford, meaning deer crossing (of a watercourse).The name Hertfordshire first appears in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in 1011. Deer feature prominently in many county emblems.
A Brief History of Hertfordshire
The area has a history dating back to the Middle Stone Age. It was first farmed during the Neolithic period and permanent habitation appeared at the beginning of the Bronze Age. This was followed by tribes settling in the area during the Iron Age.
Following the Roman conquest of Britain in AD 43, Hertfordshire adapted quickly to the Roman way of life. One of the new towns, Verulamium (now known as St. Albans), became the third largest town in Roman Britain. After the Romans left Britain, the Anglo-Saxons occupied the area, creating their own towns, including the county town of Hertford.
The Norman conquest in 1066 reached its climax at Berkhamsted where William the Conqueror accepted the final Saxon surrender. After the Norman conquest, Hertfordshire was used for some of the new Norman castles at Bishop's Stortford and at the royal residence of Berkhamsted.
Although now best known for it's weekly market Hitchin's history stretches far back in time.
The earliest part of Hitchin's history begin with King Offa of Mercia, who founded a religious house in AD792 on land occupied by the Hicce tribe. This was the beginning of Hitchin's parish church, second only in size to St Albans Abbey in the county.
In the Domesday Book of 1086 Hitchin is recorded as a Royal Manor and by medieval times it was a thriving town on the banks of the River Hiz. Today it still gives an air of peace and prosperity.
Places to visit
1. St Pauls Walden Bury (the home Queen's relative has open days for their beautiful formal Garnden)
2. All Saints Church (next door neighbour where Queen Mother was baptised)
3. Knebworth House (a historic country mansion and activity grounds)
4. Hatfield House - Jacobean House & Gardens
5. Hitchin, St Mary's Church
6. Shaws Corner - Ayot St. Lawrence, Hertfordshire
7. Hertford Castle - Hertford, Hertfordshire
8. St. Albans Cathedral - St. Albans, Hertfordshire
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2 Jun 2014
"Exactly as seen on photographs, though more spacious than expected"
Was very pleased with accommodation, lots of room, exactly what was needed for my extended family. Safe areas outdoor for children to play.… More
23 Mar 2014
"Great stay and will definitely be back!!!"
First impressions of the place were great. Loads of space and privacy will loads of character. The owner Cyrus welcomed my friend who was first to arrive and gave him a full tour of the place and was … More
22 Apr 2013
"the place was lovely and we had a great time!:)"
Me and my friends really enjoyed the weekend in Church Lodge cottage. We would definitely like to come and spend the perfect time making BBQ, playing volleyball, having few drinks or listen to music and dance again. The place was huge and there was a lovely nature around us. We had privacy all 3 days and we could enjoy the relaxing time in this quiet and peaceful area. The cottage was situated in the nice village so we also went for a walk to see the pretty houses and the big farm yards.
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