Testimonials: gardens

November, 2019

We all enjoyed an excellent time at West Lodge Park Hotel with the added bonus of such good weather - blue skies, fluffy white clouds and warm weather. Our party of 14 - 16 all agreed that our accommodation was excellent, the kindness and help shown by all your staff was so very much appreciated and the Bonus was Andrew Beale's Super Tour of the Arboretum culminating in the Team Planting of our gifted Music Section "Stradivarius" Spruce Tree with it's special plaque.

We have enjoyed a number of Section events at West Lodge Park - lunches, musical events etc and in between a number of individual visits by members throughout the many years - one or two celebrated their Family Wedding or Birthday Events with you. We are always singing your praises.. The Members were also very grateful for the Additional Choices added to the Saturday Dinner Menu on 19th October, having had the same menu offered for Friday and Saturday lunch and evening meal, but on the whole no real problems at all - just sheer enjoyment, companionship and friendliness throughout.

I apologise for the really unfortunate breaking of two glass tumblers which flew off the glass table top which moved out of control when I was dealing tidying the newspapers, which the Room Manager dealt with immediately after my telephone call to the desk on Sunday morning. Over all and as always, our weekend was a great success and we are all looking forward to our next visit - which hopefully might be one of the Christmas or New Year special weekends. Many thanks and kindest regards to you all (and the weather gods) for making our weekend so enjoyable

November, 2019

Visited for the Yellow Book Charity Open Garden afternoon when you can enjoy tours of the arboretum with the gardener. Its great to see people who are creating something that is for the future - some of the features will look at their best in 100 years time. Looking especially good in October are the ornamental crab apples on the front lawn, the strawberry tree, the many maples, and the bed with plants from the Bible - including a fruiting pomegranate. It is a proper arboretum so many of the trees are grouped by type - conifers together, maples together, hornbeams together etc. The tours are fascinating to get some insights about the unusual trees and happen twice each year. I've mixed views about smart hotels but everyone here is really friendly and helpful. The public are free to visit in the afternoon all year for a very modest fee (£2.50 charge). You can use the hotel bar or restaurant before or after your visit but there is no pressure or expectation. There is a small booklet available at reception which provides more information on the unusual trees. There is free parking or take the 298 bus which stops outside at Beech Hill. If you live in North London it can make a nice change from a stroll in Trent Park/Forty Hall. The paths are well surfaced and it is very suitable for wheelchair users.


November, 2019

My wife and I had a most wonderful experience at this incredible hotel which is steeped in amazing history. We took a trip round the Arboretum brilliantly described with an explanation of the many beautiful and unusual as well as rare trees, by Andrew Beale one of the family whose involvement with the lodge goes back 8 generations !

This was followed by afternoon tea. We chose the Prosecco Tea . It was excellent value at £32.50 per person. There was a fabulous choice of teas . The sandwiches were delicious and the scones with sumptuous amounts of clotted cream and jam just melted in your mouth.the cakes to follow finished off the tea perfectly.

We were looked after beautifully by friendly and professional staff
I highly recommend this hotel for such a lovely experience.

November, 2019

Dear Mr Beale

Thank you so very much for the guided tour of your Arboretum on Friday. Your passion for the trees was very evident by your amazing, detailed knowledge, not only of their names and characteristics, but also lots of anecdotes about the use of the wood, such as the Carpinus Hornbeam for chair legs. The Aspen tree - its “whispering” leaves - “SUSSURATION’ - a new term for us too!

(I gather from my dictionary of plant names that Mahonia Bealii is named after Bernard McMahon and T.C. Beale - your grandfather?) My husband and I will certainly be coming again to West Lodge Park - in May for the arboretum and also to the hotel - your staff were very welcoming and friendly. Thank you again - a fascinating afternoon!

October, 2019

Hi Andrew

We wanted to say thank you for our tour of the arboretum last Wednesday. We felt very privileged to have a personal tour from you and we were amazed at your expertise and knowledge of so many trees. The information was relayed in an easily understandable way for a layman and covered quite an area.

It was a present for my husbands 80th birthday and he was very pleased with both the tour and an excellent meal we had before.
So once again thank you and we look forward to joining you again, hopefully on the 20th October for the open day and also for another tour. We will certainly be having dinner in the restaurant again soon.