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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 (101 reviews)

Located in Wadesmill, this inn is within 12 mi (20 km) of Ash Valley Golf Club, Lee Valley Park, and Knebworth House. Rhode …

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Cheshunt Marriott Hotel
Cheshunt Marriott Hotel

Halfhide Lane, Broxbourne EN10 6NG

4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (416 reviews)

Situated in the suburbs, this eco-friendly hotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Lee Valley Park and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Paradise …

£67
Best Western Welwyn Garden City Homestead Court Hotel
Best Western Welwyn Garden City Homestead Court Hotel

Homestead Lane, Welwyn Garden City AL7 4LX

3.0 out of 5.0
3.6 out of 5 (41 reviews)

Located in the heart of Cole Green, this eco-friendly hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of The New Maynard Gallery, Barn Theatre, …

£62
Holiday Inn Stevenage
Holiday Inn Stevenage

St Georges Way, Stevenage SG1 1HS

4.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (142 reviews)

Located in the heart of Stevenage, this eco-friendly hotel is 3.2 mi (5.2 km) from Knebworth House and 11.5 mi (18.4 km) from …

£45
Skyline Luxury Apartments
Skyline Luxury Apartments

135 Skyline, Stevenage SG1 1RU

4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Stevenage, this apartment is 3.3 mi (5.2 km) from Knebworth House and 11.5 mi (18.5 km) from Hatfield House. Th …

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The Brocket Arms
The Brocket Arms

Ayot Saint Lawrence, Welwyn AL6 9BT

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (116 reviews)

Situated in a rural location, this inn is within 9 mi (15 km) of Knebworth House, St Alban's Museum, and St Albans Cathedral. …

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West Lodge Park Hotel
West Lodge Park Hotel

Cockfosters Road, Barnet EN4 OPY

4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (114 reviews)

Located in a rural location, this family-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Alexandra Palace, Hatfield House, and White …

£79
Hilton London Stansted Airport Hotel
Hilton London Stansted Airport Hotel

Round Coppice Road, Stansted CM24 1SF

4.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (1,414 reviews)

This family-friendly Stansted hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Bishop's Stortford Golf Club, …

£71
The Yew Tree
The Yew Tree

36 The Street, Manuden, Bishop's Stortford CM23 1DJ

3.0 out of 5.0
3.6 out of 5 (24 reviews)

Situated in Bishop's Stortford, this hotel is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Mountfitchet Castle and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from House on th …

£50
Macy's Guesthouse
Macy's Guesthouse

168 Station Road, London E4 6AN

3.0 out of 5.0
3.5 out of 5 (48 reviews)

Located in Chingford, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of White Hart Lane Stadium, Olympic Stadium, and Alexandra Palace. …

£45
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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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