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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 (92 reviews)

Situated in Ware, this inn is within 25 mi (40 km) of White Hart Lane Stadium, London Zoo, and Emirates Stadium. Kelvedon …

£55
Manor of Groves
Manor of Groves

High Wych, Sawbridgeworth

3.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (27 reviews)

Situated in Sawbridgeworth, this golf hotel is 15.4 mi (24.7 km) from Kelvedon Hatch and within 25 mi (40 km) of Olympic …

£58
The Green Man
The Green Man

Mulberry Green, Harlow CM17 0ET

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4.1 out of 5 (11 reviews)

Situated in Harlow, this inn is 12.6 mi (20.2 km) from Kelvedon Hatch and within 25 mi (40 km) of Olympic Stadium and White …

£46
The White Hart Hotel
The White Hart Hotel

2 Prospect Place, Welwyn AL6 9EN

3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 25 mi (40 km) of Wembley Arena, London Zoo, and Wembley Stadium. Lord's …

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Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel
Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel

Old Shire Lane, Waltham Abbey EN9 3LX

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4.2 out of 5 (229 reviews)

Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Waltham Abbey Church, Lee Valley White Water Centre, …

£64
Holiday Inn Stevenage
Holiday Inn Stevenage

St Georges Way, Stevenage SG1 1HS

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4.1 out of 5 (126 reviews)

Located in the heart of Stevenage, this eco-friendly hotel is 11.5 mi (18.4 km) from Hatfield House and within 32 mi (52 km …

£46
The Brocket Arms
The Brocket Arms

Ayot Saint Lawrence, Welwyn AL6 9BT

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4.3 out of 5 (90 reviews)

Situated in a rural location, this inn is within 32 mi (52 km) of Wembley Arena, London Zoo, and Selfridges. Trafalgar Square …

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Hunters Meet Hotel, Hatfield Heath Near Bishop's Stortford
Hunters Meet Hotel, Hatfield Heath Near Bishop's Stortford

Chelmsford Road, Bishop's Stortford CM22 7BQ

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4 out of 5 (2 reviews)

Situated in Bishop's Stortford, this hotel is 13.6 mi (21.9 km) from Kelvedon Hatch and within 32 mi (52 km) of Olympic …

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Hilton London Stansted Airport Hotel
Hilton London Stansted Airport Hotel

Round Coppice Road, Stansted CM24 1SF

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3.8 out of 5 (1,337 reviews)

This family-friendly Stansted hotel is located near the airport, 19.6 mi (31.6 km) from Kelvedon Hatch, and within 32 mi (5 …

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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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