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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 (101 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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Cheshunt Marriott Hotel
Cheshunt Marriott Hotel

Halfhide Lane, Broxbourne EN10 6NG

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4.1 out of 5 (415 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 …

£59
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
Beales Hotel
Beales Hotel

Cornet Way, Hatfield AL10 9NG

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4.1 out of 5 (147 reviews)

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

£66
The Bell Hotel Epping
The Bell Hotel Epping

High Road, Bell Common, Epping CM16 4DG

3.0 out of 5.0
3.1 out of 5 (87 reviews)

Located in Bell Common, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Epping Forest, St John the Baptist Church, and Church of the Hol …

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The Elms Annex
The Elms Annex

Stocking Hill Lane, Buntingford SG9 9PX

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4 out of 5 (1 reviews)

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 …

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Brooklyn House
Brooklyn House

36 Bramley Road, London N14 4HR

3.0 out of 5.0

Located in North London, this guesthouse is 5.3 mi (8.6 km) from White Hart Lane Stadium and within 12 mi (20 km) of Emirates …

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Needham House Hotel
Needham House Hotel

Blakemore End Road, Hitchin SG4 7JJ

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4.2 out of 5 (78 reviews)

Situated in a rural location, this spa hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Gordon Craig Theatre, Knebworth House, and Stotfold …

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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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