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Down Hall Hotel & Spa

Down Hall Hotel & Spa

Matching Road, Hatfield Heath, Bishop's Stortford
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 2 hours ago

Located in Hatfield Heath, this spa hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Hatfield Forest, Rhodes Arts Complex and Bishop's Stortford Golf Club. Kelvedon Hatch ...

£63

£63
Tewin Bury Farm Hotel

Tewin Bury Farm Hotel

Hertford Road, Tewin, Welwyn, Hertford
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 5 days ago

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

£96

£96
Novotel Stevenage

Novotel Stevenage

Knebworth Park, Stevenage
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 17 hours ago

Situated in Stevenage, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Knebworth House and within 12 miles (20 km) of Hatfield House and The Galleria. River Lea and St Alban's ...

£40

£40
Hertford House Hotel

Hertford House Hotel

1 Fore Street, Hertford
3.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 2 days ago
2 others viewing this property now

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

£38

£38
Best Western Welwyn Garden City Homestead Court Hotel

Best Western Welwyn Garden City Homestead Court Hotel

Homestead Lane, Welwyn Garden City
3.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 17 hours ago
5 others viewing this property now

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

£49

£49
The Bell Hotel Epping

The Bell Hotel Epping

High Road, Bell Common, Epping
3.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 5 days ago

Located in Bell Common, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Epping Forest, Waltham Abbey Church and Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge. Lee Valley White Water ...

£46

£46
Manor of Groves

Manor of Groves

High Wych, Sawbridgeworth
3.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 3 hours ago
8 others viewing this property now

Situated in High Wych, this spa hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Rhodes Arts Complex, Ash Valley Golf Club and Bishop's Stortford Golf Club. River Lea and ...

£48

£48
Fanhams Hall

Fanhams Hall

Fanhams Hall Road, Ware
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 19 hours ago
2 others viewing this property now

Situated in Ware, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from River Lea and within 12 miles (20 km) of Ash Valley Golf Club and Lee Valley Park. Paradise Wildlife Park ...

£65

£65
The Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel

The Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel

Tilekin Green, Bishop's Stortford
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 1 day ago
2 others viewing this property now

Situated near the airport, this romantic hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Bishop's Stortford Golf Club and within 3 miles (5 km) of Hatfield Forest and Rhodes Arts ...

£42

£42
West Lodge Park Hotel

West Lodge Park Hotel

Cockfosters Road, Barnet
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 4 hours ago
12 others viewing this property now

Located in a rural location, this family-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Alexandra Palace, Hatfield House and White Hart Lane Stadium. Russell Square ...

£71

£71

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.