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Cambridge Country Club Lodge Retreat

27 Miles from Hertfordshire
Sleeps 4
Pets 2
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Cambridge Country Club Lodge Retreat is part of our Evermore Lodge Holidays Collection, offering luxurious lodge accommodation at Cambridge Country Club, the perfect place for breaks away to relax and unwind.
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Saxon Mound

29 Miles from Hertfordshire
Sleeps 6
Saxon Mound is a rustic lodge park nestled in the heart of rural Cambridgeshire.
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Cambridgeshire Visitor's Guide

Embark on a Hertfordshire escape where quaint villages, lush countryside, and vibrant market towns await. Savour the local fare at bustling farmers' markets or indulge in a Michelin-starred meal. Thrill-seekers can tackle indoor skiing at The Snow Centre, while Harry Potter fans explore the magic at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. Hertfordshire also boasts the first garden city in the world, Letchworth. For those after a cosy retreat, a lodge break fits the bill perfectly, whether it’s a couple’s hideaway, a family's fun-packed hub, or a base for a mates' weekend. Hertfordshire has it all.

Why Take Your 2024 Lodge Break in Hertfordshire?

Hertfordshire is a gem just waiting to be discovered. It's a county brimming with charming towns, lush greenery, and a sprinkle of history that's far from dull. Think Roman ruins in St. Albans and the timeless Hatfield House, which has seen the rise and fall of monarchs. In 2024, Hertfordshire is upping the ante with new attractions and events, including the anticipated opening of new lodge retreats that offer a more intimate, nature-immersed experience compared to your standard hotel stay. Lodges give you space, privacy, and a slice of the countryside that's all yours. The uniqueness of Hertfordshire lies in its blend of rural escape and proximity to London – it's the perfect balance of relaxation and adventure.

If you're visiting Hertfordshire with kids

Absolutely, Hertfordshire is a playground for kids. They've got the Warner Bros. Studio Tour for the Harry Potter fans, and the Natural History Museum in Tring is like a mini Jurassic Park. Lodges are ideal for families, providing the comfort of home with the excitement of being somewhere new. Plus, they often come with outdoor space for kids to run around.

Here's a quick packing list for the kiddos:

  1. Comfortable walking shoes for exploring
  2. Rain gear – just in case!
  3. Swimwear for lodge pools or nearby water fun
  4. Outdoor toys like a frisbee or a football
  5. Snacks for day trips
  6. Any favourite bedtime books or teddies for a good night's sleep

Pet Friendly Hertfordshire Adventures

Hertfordshire is a treat for pets, with plenty of walks and a good number of pet-friendly spots. You'll find welcoming pubs like The Black Horse in Berkhamsted, where your furry friend can join you for a pint. When booking a lodge, look for those with enclosed gardens so your pet can enjoy freedom safely. Remember to keep your dog on a lead near livestock and always scoop the poop!

Dog walking ideas in Hertfordshire

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
Ashridge Estate Varies Ancient trees, deer park HP4 1LT
Lee Valley Park Up to 10 River, meadows, wildlife EN9 1AB
Verulamium Park 2 Lakes, Roman ruins AL3 4SW
Whippendell Woods Varies Bluebells (spring), ancient woodland WD17 3PW
Harpenden Common Varies Grassland, golf course AL5 1BL

Remember, these are just a few ideas. Hertfordshire is crisscrossed with footpaths and trails perfect for exploring with your four-legged friend.

Romantic Breaks for Couples

If you're looking to fan the flames of love, Hertfordshire's lodges are a perfect choice. Imagine unwinding in a secluded lodge, perhaps one with a decadent hot tub under the stars – it's the stuff of romantic legends. For those special occasions, some lodges offer pamper packs to spoil your significant other. You can also find lodges that provide spa experiences, ensuring relaxation is at the heart of your stay. When it comes to dining, Hertfordshire boasts a variety of intimate eateries. For a memorable evening, consider a lodge that offers an in-house dining experience or one that's a stone's throw from a quaint village pub or a fine dining restaurant.

Local Cuisine and Dining Experiences

Hertfordshire's culinary scene is a tapestry of traditional British fare and international flavours. While here, you must try the local game or savour a classic Sunday roast at a country pub. For a standout meal, The Fox at Willian is renowned for its gastropub offerings. Families looking for a welcoming atmosphere should head to The Prae Wood Arms in St Albans, which offers a delightful menu in a family-friendly setting. Couples might enjoy the intimate ambiance of Thompson St Albans, a fine dining restaurant with a Michelin-star pedigree.

For a good night out

Hertfordshire comes alive at night with a variety of pubs and bars to suit any mood. For a lively evening, The Boot in St Albans is a hit with locals and visitors alike, thanks to its great selection of ales and live music nights. If you're after a more sophisticated vibe, check out The Glasshouse Bar in Watford, which offers an extensive cocktail menu. For those who enjoy a good craft beer, The Beer Shop in Hitchin is a must-visit, with its impressive range of local and international brews.

Fishing

Anglers will find Hertfordshire a fine spot for casting a line. The county is dotted with serene lakes and rivers teeming with fish. Here's a list of notable fishing spots:

  • Rib Valley Fishing Lakes - SG12 7ES
  • Stanborough Park - AL8 6DQ
  • Verulamium Park - AL3 4SW
  • Aldenham Country Park - WD6 3BA
  • Batchworth Lake - WD3 1NB

Outdoor Adventures

For adrenaline junkies and nature lovers, Hertfordshire's outdoor centres like The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead offer year-round snowsports, with prices starting around £30 for a session. At Lee Valley White Water Centre, you can get your heart racing with various watersports, including white water rafting from about £50 per person. These centres often have seasonal opening times, so it's best to check in advance before planning your adventure.

Shopping and Souvenirs

Name Type On Offer Postcode
The Galleria Outlet Shopping Discounted Designer Goods AL10 0XR
St Albans Market Traditional Street Market Local Crafts & Produce AL3 5DJ
Marlowes Shopping Centre Indoor Mall High Street Brands HP1 1DX
Christopher Place Boutique Shopping Luxury & Lifestyle Brands AL3 5DQ
Heartwood Forest Outdoor Handmade Souvenirs AL4 9DQ

Whether you're angling for a quiet fishing getaway, seeking outdoor thrills, or planning a romantic retreat, lodges in Hertfordshire offer a diverse range of experiences to create lasting memories.


Top lodge breaks for 2024 in Hertfordshire

Cambridge Country Club Lodge Retreat, Cambridgeshire

Driving Distance: 36.16 miles / About 41 minutes | Sleeps: 4 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Cambridge Country Club Lodge Retreat is a luxurious enclave offering a serene escape with its stylish lodges, each boasting modern interiors, traditional craftsmanship, spacious decking, and indulgent hot tubs. Set against the backdrop of a championship golf course, this retreat promises a 5-star experience with its spa, wellness centre, indoor pools, and exquisite dining options.

Who will love these lodges? Ideal for families, couples, and golf enthusiasts, this retreat caters to those seeking relaxation or an active break. Its tranquil woodland setting and high-end facilities make it a standout choice for a lavish getaway. The on-site spa and fine dining options add a touch of luxury, while the pet-friendly policy ensures furry friends can join in the fun.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Onsite, guests can indulge in a round of golf, pamper themselves at the spa, take a dip in one of the two swimming pools, or stay fit at the gym. Dining options range from traditional fare to Michelin-starred cuisine. Offsite, the historic city of Cambridge beckons with its iconic university, punting on the River Cam, and cultural attractions.

What's nearby? Explore the University of Cambridge (approx. 20 minutes drive), with its historic colleges and stunning architecture. For shopping and dining, Cambridge city centre offers a variety of options. Families can enjoy the nearby Wimpole Estate (approx. 30 minutes drive), a grand country house with gardens and a farm.

Accommodation options: The lodge retreat offers the Ramsey and Somersham Lodges, both accommodating up to 4 guests and pet-friendly, with private patios, hot tubs, and views over the golf course. The Yaxley Lodge, also sleeping 4, offers similar luxuries but does not allow pets.


Thirlestane Woodland Lodges, Edinburgh & the Borders

Driving Distance: 36.69 miles / About 43 minutes | Sleeps: 6 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Set within the Lauderdale Estate, Thirlestane Woodland Lodges offer a Wanderwood Lodge Holidays Collection experience, with each lodge tastefully decorated to reflect the Scottish countryside and equipped with modern amenities, including SMART TV and Wi-Fi. The private hot tubs and screened decks provide a secluded outdoor experience.

Who will love these lodges? Outdoor enthusiasts, families, and history buffs will find these lodges appealing. The estate's walking trails, proximity to the River Tweed, and the historic Thirlestane Castle nearby cater to a range of interests. The lodges' design and facilities are perfect for those seeking a blend of rustic charm and contemporary comfort.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Onsite activities include exploring the estate's trails, relaxing in your hot tub, or visiting Thirlestane Castle. The nearby town of Lauder offers dining options and local shops, while Glentress, 25 miles away, provides mountain biking and a Go Ape high ropes course.

What's nearby? Discover the Scottish Borders with historic towns like Melrose and Kelso (approx. 20-30 minutes drive), or venture to Edinburgh (less than an hour's drive) for a day of sightseeing in Scotland's capital. For water sports, St Mary’s Loch is perfect for wild swimming and paddleboarding.

Accommodation options: The lodge options include the Hunters, Heron, Beech, Reivers, and Eagles Lodges, each offering a unique layout with up to 6 guests capacity, pet-friendly policies, and private hot tubs, set amidst the enchanting woodland backdrop.


Saxon Mound, Cambridgeshire

Driving Distance: 41.20 miles / About 48 minutes | Sleeps: 6 | Pet friendly? No

What to expect: Saxon Mound offers a rustic lodge park experience in rural Cambridgeshire, with traditionally styled lodges that feature modern amenities, cosy interiors, and balconies overlooking private fishing lakes. The park's historical significance as a former Anglo-Saxon settlement adds to its charm.

Who will love these lodges? Anglers and those seeking a tranquil rural retreat will be drawn to Saxon Mound. The lodge park's serene atmosphere is perfect for those looking to disconnect and enjoy the countryside, while the fishing facilities cater to hobbyists and seasoned fishermen alike.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? The private fishing lake offers a peaceful pastime, while complimentary access to the nearby Lawn Fishery expands the angling opportunities. The village of Elsworth is a short walk away, offering traditional pubs for dining and socialising.

What's nearby? The historic city of Cambridge is within easy reach, offering an array of shops, bars, restaurants, and the famous university (approx. 30 minutes drive). For a more local experience, the village of Elsworth provides a quaint English countryside setting.

Accommodation options: Accommodation includes Elm, Maple, Beech, Ash, and Oak Accessible Lodges, each offering comfortable living spaces for up to 6 guests. The lodges are not pet-friendly and do not feature hot tubs, catering to guests who prefer a simpler, more traditional lodge experience.


Billing Aquadrome, Northamptonshire

Driving Distance: 51.75 miles / About 58 minutes | Sleeps: 6 | Pet friendly? No

What to expect: Billing Aquadrome is set within a sprawling 235-acre parkland, offering a variety of family-friendly activities including a fairground, adventure golf, and fishing. The park's location on the outskirts of Northampton makes it a convenient base for exploring local attractions.

Who will love these lodges? Families and couples looking for an action-packed holiday will find Billing Aquadrome ideal. With its array of onsite facilities and entertainment options, there's something to keep every member of the family engaged and entertained.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? The park features restaurants, bars with seasonal entertainment, a marina, fishing opportunities, an indoor swimming pool, play areas, and sports courts. Evening entertainment and dining options provide a lively atmosphere for guests.

What's nearby? Nearby attractions include Althorp House, Silverstone Raceway, and Whipsnade Zoo, all within easy driving distance. Northampton offers cultural venues, shopping, and historic sites for day trips.

Accommodation options: Billing Aquadrome offers the Abingdon 2 and Regent 2 Waterside accommodations, each with two bedrooms, a lounge, kitchen/diner, and decking area. These lodges can sleep up to 6 guests and are not pet-friendly, focusing on providing a comfortable base for exploring the park and surrounding area.


Don't Miss These Fantastic Days Out In Hertfordshire

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter

  • Opening Times: 8:30 am - 10:00 pm
  • Prices: Adults £47, Children £38
  • Postcode: WD25 7LR
  • Est. time required: Half a day to a full day
  • Nearest parking: On-site parking available

Potterheads, listen up! This is your golden ticket to the wizarding world. Step into iconic sets like the Great Hall and Diagon Alley. The studio tour keeps refreshing its exhibits, so even if you've been before, there's always something new to discover. To avoid crowds, try visiting on a weekday. Oh, and book your tickets well in advance – they sell out faster than you can say "Quidditch".

Phone number: 0345 084 0900 | Web: wbstudiotour.co.uk


St Albans Cathedral

  • Opening Times: 8:30 am - 5:45 pm
  • Prices: Free entry, donations welcome
  • Postcode: AL1 1BY
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Several pay and display car parks nearby

St Albans Cathedral is a stunning blend of architectural history and spiritual tranquility. It's a place that resonates with centuries of worship and is a must-see for anyone who appreciates fine craftsmanship. The cathedral offers themed tours, including a night-time tower tour for a unique view of the city. Check their calendar for special events and services that might coincide with your visit.

Phone number: 01727 890210 | Web: stalbanscathedral.org


Paradise Wildlife Park

  • Opening Times: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Prices: Adults £22, Children £20
  • Postcode: EN10 7QA
  • Est. time required: 3-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: Free parking on-site

Animal lovers, get ready for a wild adventure at Paradise Wildlife Park. It's home to an impressive range of animals, and the park is actively involved in conservation efforts. The World of Dinosaurs is a roaring success with the kids, and the park often introduces new animals or exhibits. Arrive early to catch the feeding sessions, and consider the animal experiences for a more hands-on visit.

Phone number: 01992 470490 | Web: pwpark.com


Knebworth House

  • Opening Times: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm (seasonal)
  • Prices: Adults £13, Children £12.50
  • Postcode: SG1 2AX
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: Free parking on-site

Knebworth House is a treasure trove of history with a rock 'n' roll edge, thanks to its famous outdoor concerts. The house itself is a marvel, with opulent rooms and a fascinating collection of heirlooms. The gardens are perfect for a leisurely stroll, especially the maze and dinosaur trail. They often host events, so check what's on before you go. And don't forget your camera – the photo ops are endless.

Phone number: 01438 812661 | Web: knebworthhouse.com


The Natural History Museum at Tring

  • Opening Times: 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Prices: Free entry
  • Postcode: HP23 6AP
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Pay and display car park nearby

Curated by the legendary Rothschild family, The Natural History Museum at Tring is a cabinet of curiosities. It's packed with specimens from the animal kingdom, making it a fascinating visit for families and anyone with an interest in natural science. The museum regularly updates its exhibitions, so there's always something new to see. It's compact, so it's perfect for a quick but memorable visit.

Phone number: 020 7942 6171 | Web: nhm.ac.uk/visit/tring.html


Hatfield House

  • Opening Times: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (seasonal)
  • Prices: Adults £19, Children £9
  • Postcode: AL9 5NQ
  • Est. time required: 3-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: Free parking on-site

Hatfield House is a piece of Elizabethan grandeur that you can't miss. The house is packed with historical artefacts and stunning gardens. They often have exhibitions, outdoor theatre, and concerts, so there's a cultural fix for everyone. To make the most of your visit, check out the seasonal events calendar. The Old Palace, where Queen Elizabeth I spent her childhood, is also open on select days.

Phone number: 01707 287010 | Web: hatfield-house.co.uk

When planning your visit to these attractions, consider staying in one of the many cosy lodges in Hertfordshire. They offer a perfect retreat after a day of exploration and are often situated in idyllic locations that allow you to enjoy the county's natural beauty. Whether you're a family looking for fun-filled activities, a couple seeking a romantic getaway, or a solo traveller on an adventure, Hertfordshire's lodges provide a comfortable and convenient base for your excursions.

FAQs

This is our first lodge break, what will it be like?

Expect a cosy retreat with all the comforts of home, often surrounded by nature. Many lodges in Hertfordshire offer modern amenities like Wi-Fi, hot tubs, and fully equipped kitchens. You'll have privacy and space to relax, with the great outdoors right on your doorstep.

What should I pack when visiting Hertfordshire?

Pack for comfort and the weather – layers are key. Bring walking boots for exploring the countryside, and don't forget swimwear for hot tub lodges. Essentials like toiletries are a must, but many lodges provide basics like towels and bed linen.

Can you park outside the lodge?

Most lodges in Hertfordshire have dedicated parking spots. Some may be right outside your door, while others might have a central parking area. It's convenient for unloading your gear, and you won't have to lug your bags far.

What if it rains during my lodge break?

Rain can't spoil the fun! Lodges are equipped for cosy days in, with entertainment options like board games and TVs. Nearby, you'll find indoor attractions like The Warner Bros. Studio Tour – perfect for a wet day.

Can I get food delivered to my lodge?

Yes, many local restaurants and takeaways deliver to lodges. Some lodges may also offer their own meal services. Check with your lodge provider for a list of nearby options or look up local delivery apps.

Is Hertfordshire a good place to visit ‘off-season’?

Absolutely! Hertfordshire's charm isn't weather-dependent. Off-season visits mean fewer crowds at attractions like St Albans Cathedral and Knebworth House. Plus, lodges often have fireplaces or hot tubs to make your stay extra cosy.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

Definitely. Hot tubs at lodges are typically drained, cleaned, and refilled between guests. You can look forward to a sparkling clean soak upon arrival.

Are there pet-friendly lodges in Hertfordshire?

Yes, there are several pet-friendly options. Check with the lodge provider beforehand, as some may require a small deposit or fee. Your furry friend can join the adventure and enjoy the trails and parks with you.

How close are lodges to local attractions?

Lodges in Hertfordshire are often within a short drive of local sights. For example, Paradise Wildlife Park and The Henry Moore Foundation are accessible for day trips. Your lodge might even have walking trails leading to nearby villages or landmarks.

What kind of activities can we do near our lodge?

There's no shortage of activities. Go hiking in Ashridge Estate, visit historic sites, or enjoy a round of golf at courses like The Grove. Many lodges also offer on-site activities like fishing, cycling, or even archery.

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