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Local Area

Local Area

North London and Hertfordshire is a special area accessible with great ease from West Lodge Park Hotell. A mixture of quiet villages, rolling open countryside, stately homes, rivers and canals, and vibrant towns and suburbs.

The area is certainly not on the main tourist trail and probably the better for it with few queues or bus loads of tourists. Ideal for weekend breaks although regular guests to the two hotels find enough to do in the area time after time. My personal favourites include the woods at Ashridge, the Brocket Arms at Ayot St Lawrence, and the Norman abbey in St Albans.

Whipsnade Zoo

Whipsnade wild animal park is world famous for its thousands of acres on the Chiltern escarpment and animals from all over the world that are able to live in much more natural surroundings than in a cramped zoo. Well recommended.

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Whipsnade Zoo

St. Albans Museum

An unmissable museum charting the rise and fall of the Roman Empire in St Albans and Hertfordshire.

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St. Albans Museum

Lee Valley

Lee Valley White Water Centre - Are you ready for the ultimate white water adventure? Join us for adrenalin pumping action on the same course where Team GB won Gold and Silver.

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Lee Valley

Willows Farm Village

500 acres of farm attractions within 10 minutes of each hotel. Wonderful farm shop and enough to keep the family occupied for the whole day.

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Willows Farm Village

Lee Valley Park

10’000 acres of countryside on the doorstep – a wonderfully varied country park with lakes, rivers, meadows, RSPB Rye Meads bird reserve – very handy for guests at West Lodge Park.

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Lee Valley Park

Shaws Corner

Shaws Corner is about 15 minutes from Beales Hotel and a world away – George Bernard Shaw found peace and quiet here and the house is unchanged since his death in 1950. Enjoy a pint in the nearby Brocket Arms with the landlord Toby Wingfield-Digby after your visit.

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Shaws Corner

Kenwood House

Further into London, yet only 30 minutes from West Lodge Park is Kenwood House, the wonderful Robert Adam house in the middle of Hampstead Heath. Ideal in all weathers as the house holds the wonderful Iveagh bequest art collection, while outside are thousands of acres of glorious countryside – London at its best.

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Kenwood House

St Albans Cathedral

The wonderful Norman abbey of St Alban is always worth a visit.

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St Albans Cathedral

The Ashridge Estate

Free entry to thousands of acres of bluebell woods, rolling Chiltern countryside, glorious views.

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The Ashridge Estate

Hatfield House

One of the jewels in the crown of Hertfordshire, home to the 7th Marquess of Salisbury and minutes from Beales Hotel in Hatfield. Princess Elizabeth (later Elizabeth 1) lived here under the protection of Robert Cecil and came down to West Lodge to hunt in the Enfield Chase.

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Hatfield House

Knebworth House

Home of the Lytton family since 1490 and more widely known for huge rock concerts in the grounds. But the gardens and house are always worth a visit. And lots to keep restless families occupied too! Main Contact Martha Lytton-Cobbold.

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Knebworth House

Capel Manor Gardens

Capel Manor is the internationally renowned horticultural and arboricultural college minutes from West Lodge Park, with over 30 acres of incredibly varied gardens. Main contact Steven Dowbiggin, Principal.

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Capel Manor Gardens

Hadley Wood Golf Club

Hadley Wood Golf Club, about a minute from West Lodge Park, offers special rates for hotel guests at both hotels (click here for further information on Beales Hotels privileged green fees). A very fine course, designed by Alister Mackenzie of Augusta fame. Main Contact Bill Beckett General Manager.

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Hadley Wood Golf Club

Grand Union Canal

The Grand Union Canal which meanders northwards through Hertfordshire from London to Birmingham is a wonderful place for a walk or a boat trip. One truly feels away from it all here.

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Grand Union Canal

Trent Park

Only minutes away from West Lodge Park, Trent Park is a jewel in the crown of this under rated North London borough.

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Trent Park

Forty Hall

Only minutes away from West Lodge Park, Forty Hall is a jewel in the crown of this under rated North London borough.

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Forty Hall

Myddleton House

Only minutes away from West Lodge Park, Myddleton House is a jewel in the crown of this under rated North London borough.

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Myddleton House

Paradise Wildlife Park

Paradise Wildlife Park is about 20 minutes from both hotels – a wonderful zoo that is ever increasing in size and provides a great day out for families staying at the hotels. Main contact Steve Samuels.

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Paradise Wildlife Park

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