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Linden House Stansted
Linden House Stansted

1-3 Silver Street, Stansted CM24 8HA

5.0 out of 5.0
3 out of 5 (2 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this luxury guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Mountfitchet Castle and House on the Hill Toy …

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Elsenham Lodge
Elsenham Lodge

Park Road, Elsenham CM22 6DF

3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Elsenham, this bed & breakfast is within 3 mi (5 km) of Mountfitchet Castle, House on the Hill Toy Museum, and …

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Days Inn London Stansted Airport
Days Inn London Stansted Airport

Welcome Break Service Area, Bishop's Stortford CM23 5QZ

2.5 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (633 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Bishop's Stortford Golf Club and within 3 mi (5 km) of Rhodes …

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The Green Man Boutique Hotel
The Green Man Boutique Hotel

The Street, Bishop's Stortford CM22 6QU

3.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (8 reviews)

Situated in Bishop's Stortford, this inn is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Hatfield Forest and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Bishop's Stortford …

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Little Bullocks Farm
Little Bullocks Farm

Hope End, Bishop's Stortford CM22 6TA

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

Situated near the airport, this guesthouse is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Hatfield Forest and within 9 mi (15 km) of Bishop's Stortfor …

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High Hedges - B&B
High Hedges - B&B

Green Tye, Much Hadham SG10 6JP

4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (17 reviews)

Situated in a rural location, this bed & breakfast is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from The Henry Moore Foundation and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) fro …

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Steepleview B&B
Steepleview B&B

61 Newbiggen Street, Dunmow CM6 2QS

4.0 out of 5.0
4.9 out of 5 (22 reviews)

Located in Thaxted, this bed & breakfast is within 9 mi (15 km) of Fry Gallery, Old Sun Inn, and Saffron Walden Museum. Walde …

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Warners Farm B&B
Warners Farm B&B

Top Road, Saffron Walden CB10 2XJ

3.5 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (6 reviews)

Situated in a rural location, this bed & breakfast is within 6 mi (10 km) of Ashdon Village Museum, Fry Gallery, and Old Su …

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Motts Cottage
Motts Cottage

High Street, Dunmow CM6 3SE

4.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (6 reviews)

Situated in a rural location, this bed & breakfast is within 9 mi (15 km) of Braintree Public Gardens, Great Notley Country …

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The Swan Inn Felsted
The Swan Inn Felsted

Station Road, Dunmow CM6 3DG

3.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (13 reviews)

Situated in Dunmow, this inn is within 9 mi (15 km) of Great Notley Country Park, Braintree Public Gardens, and Towerlands …

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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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