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Fanhams Hall
Fanhams Hall

Fanhams Hall Road, Ware SG12 7PZ

4.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (32 reviews)

Situated in Ware, this hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Ash Valley Golf Club, Lee Valley Park, and Paradise Wildlife Park. …

£69
Hertford House Hotel
Hertford House Hotel

1 Fore Street, Hertford SG14 1DA

3.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (44 reviews)

Located in the heart of Hertford, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Paradise Wildlife Park, Lee Valley Park, and Hatfiel …

£45
Down Hall Country House Hotel
Down Hall Country House Hotel

Matching Road, Hatfield Heath, Bishop's Stortford CM22 7AS

4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (314 reviews)

Located in Hatfield Heath, this spa hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Hatfield Forest, Rhodes Arts Complex, and Bishop's …

£76
De Vere Theobalds Estate
De Vere Theobalds Estate

Theobalds Park, Waltham Cross EN7 5HW

4.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (419 reviews)

Situated in Waltham Cross, this hotel is 1.9 mi (3 km) from Lee Valley White Water Centre and within 9 mi (15 km) of White …

£59
ibis Stevenage Centre
ibis Stevenage Centre

Danestrete, Stevenage SG1 1EJ

3.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (202 reviews)

Situated in Stevenage, this hotel is 3.2 mi (5.2 km) from Knebworth House and 11.5 mi (18.5 km) from Hatfield House. The …

£41
Ramada London Stansted Airport
Ramada London Stansted Airport

Welcome Break Birchanger Green, Bishop's Stortford CM23 5QZ

3.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (1,069 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Bishop's Stortford Golf Club and within 3 mi (5 km) of Rhodes …

£53
Beales Hotel
Beales Hotel

Cornet Way, Hatfield AL10 9NG

4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (154 reviews)

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

£80
Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel
Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel

Old Shire Lane, Waltham Abbey EN9 3LX

4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (265 reviews)

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

£71
Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel & Country Club
Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel & Country Club

Hertfordshire, Ware SG12 0SD

4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (187 reviews)

Situated in Ware, this luxury hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Chadwell Springs Golf Course, Top Events GB, and Artshed. Rive …

£115
West Lodge Park Hotel
West Lodge Park Hotel

Cockfosters Road, Barnet EN4 OPY

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

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

£105

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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