Our English Country Cottage
Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
This seventeenth-century cottage, formerly part of the Brocket estate, is presently owned and treasured by a family with roots both in England and in Canada. This two-story cottage has three bedrooms and one bathroom (upstairs). It sits on a winding country lane, surrounded by farmers' fields and hedgerows, but only twenty miles from Central London, three miles from the community of Welwyn Garden City, and very near the medieval cathedral city of St. Albans. The cottage is a country walk away from several classic pubs and close by the Hertfordshire Way, the network of walking trails through the rolling country landscape. The reliable and frequent English train service can take you from Welwyn Garden City or St. Albans into London in less than half an hour, or on the main lines to the Midlands, the North and to Scotland. The cottage sits near the A1(M) and the M1 for easy motorway access to the rest of England. The M25 which circles London is ten minutes by road and can take a traveller in any direction from London to the Southeast of England, and beyond. The cottage itself is historic and the owners have maintained its old world charm while enhancing its comfort and convenience with modern upgrades. The kitchen and bathroom are newly renovated. The kitchen is equipped with new appliances including a dishwasher, washing machine and dryer. The bathroom has been renovated to include full bath and shower. The cottage is centrally heated and available for weekly and monthly vacations and for longer-term stays.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: London Heathrow Airport 50 km, Nearest railway: Welwyn Garden City 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
The South East England region
Hertfordshire is England's hidden secret. Unwind in miles of open countryside right on London's doorstep, where Hertfordshire's picturesque villages, market towns, hedgerows and open fields seem to belong to a bygone age. Hertfordshire is steeped in history. It is home to Elizabeth 1, Henry Moore, and George Bernard Shaw. Beautiful and mysterious houses such as Hatfield House and Knebworth House are very near. Hertfordshire has glorious gardens of lavender, bluebells, snowdrops, butterflies and roses. There is something to see all year round.
Not only is London close by and an easy trip away, Cambridge is less than an hour, and Oxford and Stratford-on-Avon are also an easy day trip from the cottage.
Welwyn Garden City
Within a few minutes of the cottage, visitors to Cromer Hyde can visit some fascinating Hertfordshire attractions. These are not mainstream destinations for the routine tourist bus tour, but give an authentic and fascinating sense of England's history.
Brocket Hall, which housed the Lord of the Cromer Hyde manor for centuries, is one of England's finest stately homes. It has a rich and intriguing history. The second Lord Melbourne lived there. He was Queen Victoria's first Prime Minister, and close friends with Victoria, who herself often stayed at the Hall. On the death of Melbourne in 1848, the Hall passed to his sister who married Lord Palmerston. Palmerston went on to become Prime Minister and was to die in bizarre circumstances at Brocket Hall, allegedly involved with a chambermaid at the time. Lord Brocket took over the property in the 1900's. During the Second World War, as a member of the British Parliament, Lord Brocket had to do his duty for the war effort. His contribution was to turn Brocket Hall over to the War Office for use as a hospital. It became a maternity hospital run by the Red Cross. Mothers from the East End were evacuated to the safety of Hertfordshire to have their babies. Over 8,000 were born at Brocket Hall. In the 1990's, Lord Brocket's son Charles, also a Lord Brocket, was convicted and sentenced to a lengthy jail sentence after a fraudulent scheme relating to his vintage Ferraris. More recently Margaret Thatcher spent time at the Hall where she wrote her memoirs. It is presently run as a hotel, conference centre and golf course.
Five miles from the cottage, Hatfield House is a Jacobean country house, built by the 1st Earl of Salisbury and Chief Minister to King James I, from 1607 to 1611. There is an excellent of pictures, furnishings, historic armour, and toy soldiers on display. An earlier building on the site was the Royal Palace of Hatfield. Only part of this still exists. That palace was the childhood home and favourite residence of Queen Elizabeth I. The West Garden is where Elizabeth I spent most of her childhood. In the park, an oak tree marks the place where the young princess Elizabeth first heard of her accession to the throne. The garden at Hatfield House dates from the early 17th Century and includes a scented garden, herb garden and knot garden. There is an extensive park surrounding the house.
Shaw's Corner is five miles away. It was home to George Bernard Shaw for over 40 years. Shaw's Corner is a 1902 house set in a quintessentially English garden. It feels like Shaw has just left the room, from the clothes in his wardrobe to the typewriter and glasses on the desk in his study. Shaw is known to have written many of his major works in a revolving shed located at the bottom of his garden. The tiny shed was home-made with a circular track so that it could be rotated to follow the arc of the sun's light during the day. Shaw called the shed "London", so that unwanted visitors could be told he was away "visiting the capital". After Shaw and his wife's deaths, their ashes were taken to Shaw's Corner, mixed and then scattered along footpaths and around the statue of Saint Joan in their garden. Every year Shaw's Corner hosts two outdoor productions of Shaw's plays.
The massive Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban, seven miles away, was built over the Shrine of St Alban using Roman bricks which are still visible. The church is set on a hill overlooking the site of the medieval orchard and lake and of the Roman town of Verulamium. St. Albans is a medieval market town with a street market in the High Street each Wednesday and Saturday throughout the year.
The Warner Bros. Studio Tour in Watford provides an amazing opportunity to explore the magic of the Harry Potter films. Now, for the first time, the doors are open for everyone at the studio where it first began. This unique walking tour takes you behind-the-scenes and showcases a huge array of beautiful sets, costumes and props. It also reveals some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and animatronics.
These are only some of the Hertfordshire attractions which lead some of our visitors to say that they never feel the need to leave the county and venture into London on their English vacation. Others are drawn by the magnetism of the culture, history and architecture of one of the world's truly great cities. They venture often on the half hour journey into the City.
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