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Tewinbury, Welwyn, Hertfordshire
Home to the Williams family since 1931, this sizeable farm hotel complex has much to offer for a low-key rural break. As well as a restaurant, farm shop and bar areas, there's a cookery school, cinema, bike hire and lovely walks through the spacious grounds. Children will love the farm animals and Tewinbury is a good base for exploring nearby towns like St Albans and Hertford, and attractions like Paradise Wildlife Park and Harry Potter Studios. There are regular events such as live music (mainly cover artistes), workshops, art shows and street food stalls. There's a variety of accommodation options including hotel rooms and self-catering lodges.
Due to its location, there are good transport connections to the hotel.
From the hotel, it's only a short drive to Stanborough Lakes, Panshanger Park and Hatfield House.
By car: around 1 hour 30 minutes from London, 2 hours 15 minutes from Birmingham and 4 hours from Manchester. Free parking on-site.
By train: London Kings Cross to Welwyn North takes 30 minutes. It's a 7-minute drive to the hotel. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
This hotel suits couples wanting a low key break and families, especially with young children, wanting a rural base with walks and activities nearby. We enjoyed the pretty walks on the doorstep.
Service & Facilities
We recommend sunset drinks overlooking the lake.
- Kids' playground
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Pets are welcome, for an extra £20 per stay. There's a dog-walking area and beds and bowls are available.
The Lakeside Lodge has a hot tub overlooking a fishing lake and fields. We loved the swish touches, such as bathrooms lined with attractive white wood panelling and a rain shower.
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Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, bottled water, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
We loved the red wine jus accompanying the rump steak, served with thick cut chips, a slice of king oyster mushroom and slow-baked tomato.
Cowshed: classic British cuisine, locally sourced produce. Dishes include roast chicken, halibut and steak. Open daily for dinner. Afternoon tea served Wed-Sun.
Farm Shop: bar and terrace, open daily for breakfast and lunch.
The Stable: cosy, rustic bar/lounge, live music. Open daily for light bites and drinks.