Discover the Arboretum at West Lodge Park, a perfect summer outing

Why visit the Beale Arboretum at West Lodge Park Hotel?

Nestled in the picturesque Hertfordshire countryside, the Beale Arboretum at West Lodge Park Hotel offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This hidden gem boasts one of the finest collections of trees in the UK, with over 800 species spread across 35 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, originally part of the historic Enfield Chase. As summer blooms in full glory, there’s no better time to explore this verdant haven and enjoy a leisurely lunch or afternoon tea amidst the magnificence of nature.

This lush landscape has been expanded by three generations of the Beale family, creating a peaceful escape from London.  With more than 4500 trees, the arboretum features an impressive variety of species, including Pinus, Picea, Abies, Cedrus, Quercus, and many more. The collections are meticulously documented, with 15 UK and regional champion trees recorded by the Tree Register.

Open to both hotel guests and the public, the arboretum offers a tranquil setting for leisurely strolls and educational tours. Guided tours are available, led by the Managing Director, Andrew Beale, providing deeper insights into the diverse tree species and their histories.

Admission is free for those dining or staying at the hotel, making it an accessible attraction for all visitors. The arboretum also hosts private tours for groups, enhancing the experience with tailored insights and a personal touch.

Whether you’re a dendrology enthusiast or simply looking for a peaceful retreat, the Beale Arboretum at West Lodge Park Hotel offers a unique opportunity to connect with nature and explore an extensive collection of trees. Its dedication to preserving and showcasing botanical diversity makes it a must-visit destination within the M25.

A day at the Arboretum

Start your visit with a guided tour of the Arboretum, hosted by Andrew Beale.  These tours provide an in-depth look at the diverse array of trees, plants, and wildlife that call this relaxing space home. Whether you’re a botany enthusiast or simply seeking a peaceful retreat, Andrew will enrich your experience with fascinating insights and stories about the Arboretum’s history and its botanical treasures.

Tour Dates:

  • Tuesday, 2nd July
  • Thursday, 18th July
  • Tuesday, 30th July
  • Thursday, 8th August
  • Thursday, 29th August

After immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the Arboretum, treat yourself to one of two exquisite dining options to complement your visit, where you can dine on our stunning terrace or in the Mary Beale Restaurant:

Two-course lunch with tea and coffee at 12:30 pm: Enjoy a two-course meal created with the finest seasonal ingredients. Whether you prefer a light salad or a hearty main course, the menu caters to all tastes and preferences. Accompanied by tea and coffee, this lunch is the perfect way to relax and enjoy the flavours of summer.

Afternoon Tea at 4:00pm: For a quintessentially British experience, opt for the elegant afternoon tea. Enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with clotted cream and jam, and an array of delicate pastries and cakes. Paired with a pot of your favourite tea, this experience offers a delicious end to your day at the Arboretum.

Plan your visit

Visiting the Beale Arboretum at West Lodge Park Hotel this summer promises a day of relaxation, education, and dining enjoyment. Whether you’re wandering through the diverse collection of trees or enjoying a leisurely lunch or afternoon tea, you’ll find yourself in the centre of beauty at this exceptional venue.

Book your visit today and experience the magic of West Lodge Park Arboretum.

For more information and to make a reservation, please visit West Lodge Park Arboretum.

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