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Premier Inn Ware
Premier Inn Ware

Marsh Lane, Hertfordshire, Ware SG12 9QB

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Feathers Hotel
Feathers Hotel

49 Cambridge Road, Ware SG12 0TN

3.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (99 reviews)

Located in Wadesmill, this inn is within 3 mi (5 km) of Top Events GB, Artshed, and Chadwell Springs Golf Course. River Lea …

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Coltsfoot Country Retreat
Coltsfoot Country Retreat

1 Coltsfoot Lane, Knebworth SG3 6SB

4 out of 5 (1 reviews)

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De Vere Theobalds Estate
De Vere Theobalds Estate

Theobalds Park, Waltham Cross EN7 5HW

4.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (401 reviews)

Situated in Waltham Cross, this hotel is 1.9 mi (3 km) from Lee Valley White Water Centre and within 6 mi (10 km) of Paradise …

£68
The Sword Inn Hand
The Sword Inn Hand

Westmill, Buntingford SG9 9LQ

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4.4 out of 5 (30 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this inn is within 12 mi (20 km) of Ash Valley Golf Club, Top Events GB, and Artshed. Benington …

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Beales Hotel
Beales Hotel

Cornet Way, Hatfield AL10 9NG

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4.1 out of 5 (145 reviews)

This family-friendly Hatfield hotel is located in the business district, within 3 mi (5 km) of The Galleria, Hatfield House …

£75
Holiday Inn Stevenage
Holiday Inn Stevenage

St Georges Way, Stevenage SG1 1HS

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4 out of 5 (140 reviews)

Located in the heart of Stevenage, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Gordon Craig Theatre and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) …

£46
The Elms Annex
The Elms Annex

Stocking Hill Lane, Buntingford SG9 9PX

3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Buntingford, this cottage is within 25 mi (40 km) of University of Cambridge, Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences …

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Abbington Hotel
Abbington Hotel

23 Hitchin Road, Stevenage SG1 3BJ

2.5 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (79 reviews)

Situated in Stevenage, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Gordon Craig Theatre and within 9 mi (15 km) of Knebworth House and …

£60
Holiday Inn Express London Stansted Airport
Holiday Inn Express London Stansted Airport

Thremhall Avenue, Bishop's Stortford CM24 1PY

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (2,550 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Bishop's Stortford Golf Club, Hatfield Forest, and …

£59
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Pocket Guide: Ware Scott's Grotto Hotels

Hertfordshire is not short on interesting historic buildings, and Scott's Grotto near Ware is certainly one of them. It consists of an entrance hall and six chambers which delve into a chalk hillside for over 65 feet and these are all decorated with bits of coloured glass, stones and flints. Light wells, air shafts and connecting passageways create a large underground complex here, quite unusual for the time and for grottos in general. Grottos were all the rage in stately homes in the 18th Century, and this one was a part of the extensive gardens surrounding Amwell House. All of the structures here are either Grade I or Grade II listed, and if you're based at a nearby Hertfordshire hotel, or simply passing through the area, Scott's Grotto is a fascinating place to visit or stop off for an hour or so.

Hertfordshire Hotels for Scott's Grotto

Scott's Grotto was built by John Scott. He was a Quaker poet in the 18th century whose father left him Amwell House in his will, and he duly took possession in 1768. Scott was obviously a bit of a romantic, and there are numerous other odd features in the gardens here, including an early gazebo on the hillside. Even for the time, Scott excelled in embellishing his house and garden with all sorts of unusual features, and quite a few visitors turned up to see his handiwork. In the 10 years from 1779 no fewer than 3,000 of them stopped off, including Samuel Johnson, who in 1773 described the grotto as a 'fairy hall'. Find out what all the fuss has been about for all these years, and see the place for yourself if you're staying at a nearby hotel or guesthouse in Hertfordshire.

Visit Fairy-Cave Scott's Grotto from Hertfordshire Hotels

Scott left the house, garden and grotto to his daughter Marie and in 1863 after she died Scott's Road was constructed close by. The grotto has been open to the general visiting public for over a century now, and was listed in 1950. It's easy to find from a nearby Hertfordshire hotel, and it really is still just as charmingly eccentric and colourful as when Samuel Johnson described all those years ago.

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