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Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport
Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport

Waltham Close Stansted Airport, Bishop's Stortford CM24 1PP

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4.5 out of 5 (2,933 reviews)

This contemporary glass-fronted hotel is adjacent to London Stansted Airport, just a 2-minute walk from the terminal via a …

£111
Ramada London Stansted Airport
Ramada London Stansted Airport

Welcome Break Birchanger Green, Bishop's Stortford CM23 5QZ

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (939 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 19 mi (30.6 km) from Kelvedon Hatch and within 32 mi (52 km) of University of …

£48
DeSalis Hotel London Stansted
DeSalis Hotel London Stansted

Hall Road ( opposite Green St.), Bishop's Stortford CM22 6DR

3.0 out of 5.0
3.3 out of 5 (253 reviews)

Situated in Bishop's Stortford, this hotel is 10.2 mi (16.4 km) from Market Square and within 25 mi (40 km) of Kelvedon Hatch …

£59
The White House - B&B
The White House - B&B

Smiths Green, Bishop's Stortford CM22 6NR

4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (49 reviews)

Situated in Bishop's Stortford, this bed & breakfast is within 32 mi (52 km) of Kelvedon Hatch, University of Cambridge, an …

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2 Bursteads Cottages
2 Bursteads Cottages

Spellbrook Lane, Sawbridgeworth CM21 0NB

3.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (22 reviews)

Situated in Sawbridgeworth, this bed & breakfast is 16.5 mi (26.5 km) from Kelvedon Hatch and within 32 mi (52 km) of Olympic …

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Swan Hotel Thaxted
Swan Hotel Thaxted

Bull Ring, Dunmow CM6 2PL

3.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (149 reviews)

Situated in Dunmow, this inn is within 9 mi (15 km) of The Common, Market Square, and Audley End House. Mountfitchet Castle …

£50
Bush Farm
Bush Farm

Bush Road, Saffron Walden CB10 2RY

4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Saffron Walden, this bed & breakfast is within 12 mi (20 km) of The Common, Market Square, and Audley End House …

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Holiday Inn Express Harlow
Holiday Inn Express Harlow

Crown Gate, Harlow CM20 1NB

3.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (301 reviews)

Situated in the business district, this hotel is 12 mi (19.3 km) from Kelvedon Hatch and within 25 mi (40 km) of Olympic …

£44
Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel & Country Club
Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel & Country Club

Hertfordshire, Ware SG12 0SD

4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (172 reviews)

Situated in Ware, this luxury hotel is within 25 mi (40 km) of White Hart Lane Stadium, Emirates Stadium, and Kelvedon Hatch. …

£122
Linden House Stansted
Linden House Stansted

1-3 Silver Street, Stansted CM24 8HA

5.0 out of 5.0
5 out of 5 (1 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this luxury guesthouse is within 32 mi (52 km) of Kelvedon Hatch, University of Cambridge, and …

£90
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Pocket Guide: Stansted Mountfitchet Castle Hotels

In Hertfordshire you'll immediately sense a deep history, evident from the ruined abbeys and castles that dot the landscape, the ancient towns like St. Albans and artefacts in countless museums. The Romans were here over two millennia ago, but perhaps the most pivotal year in English history was 1066, when the Normans arrived. They immediately built a huge number of 'Motte and Bailey' castles to control the understandably disgruntled natives!

Most of these were later replaced by stone fortresses and others were quickly absorbed back into the landscape, so it's rare to find even the remains of any of them. However, the Mountfitchet Castle open-air museum allows visitors to see what these transient fortifications were like, and it makes a good destination for a day's excursion from a nearby Hertfordshire hotel if you're based in the area.

Hertfordshire Hotels for Mountfitchet Castle Open-Air Museum

This fascinating museum is a reconstruction of a 900-year-old Motte and Bailey castle from the early years of the Norman Conquest. It also has a reconstructed village of the time behind its walls, just as it would have been almost a millennium ago. Visitors can wander around the thatched houses and get a real feel for what it must have been like for Norman settlers at the time, vulnerable to guerrilla attacks from the locals, and seeking to impose their will on their new kingdom by brute force.

Mountfitchet Castle from Hertfordshire Hotels

The Norman castle and its associated village have been reconstructed on the site of an original Motte and Bailey castle of the time, making it a unique example of its kind. Complete with smouldering log fires and many other authentic touches, it's an educational experience as well as a lot of fun. Come along to Mountfitchet Castle with the family and you'll experience not just another empty ruin but a living site full of atmosphere, designed down to the last detail based on contemporary accounts and information from archaeological digs. From your base in a Hertfordshire hotel it makes the perfect daytime outing, and the surrounding parkland with fallow deer is also worth a visit.

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