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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

4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (2,897 reviews)

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

£114
The Cottage Guest House
The Cottage Guest House

71 Birchanger Lane, Bishop's Stortford CM23 5QA

3.5 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (82 reviews)

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

£70
DeSalis Hotel London Stansted
DeSalis Hotel London Stansted

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

3.0 out of 5.0
3.4 out of 5 (246 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 Green Man Boutique Hotel
The Green Man Boutique Hotel

The Street, Bishop's Stortford CM22 6QU

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

Situated in Bishop's Stortford, this inn is within 32 mi (52 km) of Kelvedon Hatch, University of Cambridge, and Olympic …

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Leggatts Farm
Leggatts Farm

Henham Road, Saffron Walden CB11 3LZ

3.0 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (10 reviews)

Situated in a rural location, this bed & breakfast is within 9 mi (15 km) of Mountfitchet Castle, Market Square, and The …

£70
Dunmow Guest House
Dunmow Guest House

46 Stortford Road, Dunmow CM6 1DL

4.0 out of 5.0
5 out of 5 (13 reviews)

Situated in Dunmow, this guesthouse is within 16 mi (25 km) of Chelmsford Cathedral, Market Square, and Audley End House. …

£89
The Stables at Fultons
The Stables at Fultons

Market Place, Dunmow CM6 1AX

3.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (72 reviews)

Situated in Dunmow, this inn is within 16 mi (25 km) of Chelmsford Cathedral, Market Square, and Audley End House. Kelvedon …

£65
Stansted Skyline Hotel
Stansted Skyline Hotel

Chelmsford Road, Dunmow CM6 1LP

3.0 out of 5.0
2.6 out of 5 (34 reviews)

Situated in Dunmow, this hotel is 11.8 mi (19 km) from Chelmsford Cathedral and within 20 mi (32 km) of Kelvedon Hatch and …

£59
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 (300 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 …

£45
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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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