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Fanhams Hall

Fanhams Hall

1 mi from Scott's Grotto
    4.0 out of 5.0
     
     

    Situated in Ware, this hotel is within 12 miles (20 km) of Ash Valley Golf Club, Lee Valley Park and Paradise Wildlife Park. Rhodes Arts Complex and Hatfield ...

    3 Bedroom House With Garden in Ware

    3 Bedroom House With Garden in Ware

    0.6 mi from Scott's Grotto
      3.5 out of 5.0
       
       

      Situated in Ware, this holiday home is in the same area as Paradise Wildlife Park, Ash Valley Golf Club and Lee Valley Park. Regional attractions also include ...

      3 Bedroom House With Garden in WareGet Rates

      3 Bedroom House With Garden in WareGet Rates
      Park Inn by Radisson Harlow

      Park Inn by Radisson Harlow

      3.5 mi from Scott's Grotto
        3.0 out of 5.0
         
         

        Situated in Harlow, this eco-friendly hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Lee Valley Park, Rhodes Arts Complex and Epping Forest. Kelvedon Hatch and Paradise ...

        Hertford House Hotel

        Hertford House Hotel

        0.7 mi from Scott's Grotto
          3.0 out of 5.0
           
           

          Located in the heart of Hertford, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Paradise Wildlife Park, Lee Valley Park and Hatfield House. The Galleria and Myddelton ...

          Lea House. Luxury, Fully Serviced Accommodation

          Lea House. Luxury, Fully Serviced Accommodation

          0.1 mi from Scott's Grotto
             
             

            Situated in Ware, this holiday home is in the same area as Paradise Wildlife Park, Lee Valley Park and Ash Valley Golf Club. Regional attractions also include ...

            Lea House. Luxury, Fully Serviced AccommodationGet Rates

            Lea House. Luxury, Fully Serviced AccommodationGet Rates
            De Vere Theobalds Estate

            De Vere Theobalds Estate

            7.9 mi from Scott's Grotto
              4.0 out of 5.0
               
               

              Situated in Waltham Cross, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Paradise Wildlife Park, White Hart Lane Stadium and Lee Valley Park. Emirates Stadium and ...

              The White House

              The White House

              2.6 mi from Scott's Grotto
                2.0 out of 5.0
                 
                 

                Situated in Hatfield, this guesthouse is close to The Galleria, University of Hertfordshire and Hatfield House. Area attractions also include Verulamium ...

                Tewin Bury Farm Hotel

                Tewin Bury Farm Hotel

                0.2 mi from Scott's Grotto
                  4.0 out of 5.0
                   
                   

                  Situated in Hertford, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Hatfield House, The Galleria and Knebworth House. Paradise Wildlife Park and Lee Valley Park are ...

                  Best Western Welwyn Garden City Homestead Court Hotel

                  Best Western Welwyn Garden City Homestead Court Hotel

                  1.2 mi from Scott's Grotto
                    3.0 out of 5.0
                     
                     

                    Located in the heart of Cole Green, this eco-friendly hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Hatfield House, and within 9 mi (15 km) of The Galleria and Knebworth House. ...

                    Woodland Lodge

                    Woodland Lodge

                    3 mi from Scott's Grotto
                      3.0 out of 5.0
                       
                       

                      Situated in Hoddesdon, this lodge is close to Paradise Wildlife Park and Lee Valley Park. Area attractions also include Capel Manor College and Gardens and Royal ...

                      Pocket Guide: Scott's Grotto 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.