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Hertfordshire’s Natural Beauty Via Lodge Farm Bed and Breakfast

Lodge Farm House BandB is set within the beautiful rolling Chiltern Hills; formally recognised as an area of outstanding natural beauty since 1965, covering 324 square miles of countryside including our own county of Hertfordshire and local Bedfordshire.

The area provides our guests with access to some of the finest landscapes in the country and to many wonderful woodlands, countryside walks and cycle paths. Pegsdon Hills, Barton Hills National Nature Reserve and Sharpenhoe Clappers are all gems of our local area. Swathed in wildflowers in spring and summer, offering stunning viewpoints over the rolling Chiltern hills.

The Chilterns Cycleway is a 170-mile circular cycle route taking in the best of the Chilterns scenery passing through Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire with some of the best landscapes in these counties. The route is mostly on-road, following minor roads, with just a few sections following towpaths, surfaced cycle lanes and bridleways.

There are lots of options for splitting up the cycle route into shorter sections and exploring a bit at a time. Shorter options that could be considered whilst staying with us at Lodge Farm House include the Great Offley to Whitwell route (5 miles). This section is on country lanes which pass through local farmland, then down from King’s Walden to the river at Whitwell.  This route is undulating as there is a long hill between King’s Walden and Whitwell so make sure that you take advantage of your full English breakfast at our bed and breakfast to set you up for the day and give you the sustenance you will need for the journey ahead!

For the keen birdwatchers amongst you, you may be interested to know that it is also one of the best places in the UK to see and admire red kites. These magnificent birds of prey were re-introduced to the area over 20 years ago and can often be seen in all their splendour gliding above our beautiful guest house. The red kite reintroduction has proved to be one of the greatest conservation success stories of the 20th century and you could experience these amazing birds from the grounds of our beautiful bed and breakfast.

If you enjoy a pub crawl, and frankly who doesn’t, you can enjoy walks from our local village pubs. The Three Springs Walks all begin and end at the Red Lion pub, in nearby Great Offley. You will have the pleasure of being able to explore green tranquil landscapes of ancient hedges, sunken lanes and small woodlands all the way. The long and short circular routes of the Three Springs Walk take you through some of the loveliest countryside of the northern Chilterns near Hitchin.

Alternatively starting and finishing from the nearby Lilley Arms, a 300-year-old former coaching inn, the Chalk Hill Walk gives a choice of a 2 or 5-mile walk, both starting and finishing at this pub.

No need to feel guilty about indulging in a pub lunch and enjoying your favourite tipple when completing these beautiful countryside walks, you will deserve them!

After experiencing the delights of the countryside, return to Lodge Farm House guest house where you will be able to explore our beautiful gardens, have access to our gorgeous lounge area where you will find comfy sofas, lovely views and an honesty bar. It’s the perfect space for relaxing before retiring to your comfortable bedroom.

So, as you can see there are many reasons to make Lodge Farm House B&B your choice of accommodation when visiting Hertfordshire or Bedfordshire. Situated in the beautiful landscapes of the Chilterns our guests have a wealth of activities and sights to experience, taking in the English countryside at its best.

Whether staying for work or pleasure we look forward to welcoming you soon.

Another Nearly Royal Wedding at Lodge Farm House!

Having worked closely with Richard from Country Tipi’s for over a year now. We absolutely love putting their Tipis up in the beautiful grounds here. The multi-level garden is ideal to fit their 3 tipi triangle set-up like a glove, check out the photograph above!

Set within the beautiful rolling Chiltern Hills and only 3 miles away from the historic market town of Hitchin, you’ll struggle to find a better connected rural location. Lodge Farm House offers various packages to suit different budgets, including use of the B&B during your wedding. There is even a beautiful secluded secret garden for you to hold your ceremony in. We’ve just held one of our first weddings of the season: the fantastic wedding of Ricky & Jess, The new Mr & Mrs King. Check out some of the beautiful shots from the hugely talented D&A photography below:

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We also run our own converted horsebox bar called the Tipsy Pony, which has a wide selection of great drinks. As of two weeks ago we now offer the option to link the bar to the Tipis using a custom joining kit to keep it sealed if required. Get in touch with Maria via email on info@lodgefarmbandb.co.uk or 01462 768 229 for further information about the venue and B&B.

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Our Hitchin Highlights – by Lodge Farm Bed and Breakfast

Lodge Farm House B&B is just a stone’s throw from the historic market town of Hitchin.

Set in over 20 acres of stunning Hertfordshire countryside our B&B is perfectly placed, only a few miles from Hitchin and Luton.

Our Victorian farmhouse turned bed and breakfast guest house is truly a tranquil retreat. It has been described by many of our visitors as a hidden gem. Sitting in the lovely, peaceful gardens overlooking the rolling hillside views, it’s hard to believe that you’re only three miles from bustling Hitchin!

Top 5 Hitchin Highlights

Our B and B guests often ask us where they can go and what they can do during their stay with us. We always recommend a trip to Hitchin. The town is always buzzing with its wonderful restaurants, CAMRA pubs and bars. Whether you are looking for a casual pizza or an a la carte meal there are plenty of options available to suit all culinary tastes and wallets.

  1. Hitchin Town Centre

hitchinHitchin’s quaint square often holds outdoor market events for foodies where local produce is on offer. Some of the eagled eyed among you will recognise it from the fantastic hit series ‘Doctor Foster’ starring Suranne Jones. Some of the tense, dramatic scenes were filmed in Hitchin town centre!

  1. Hitchin Lavender Farm

lavenderIf it’s the great outdoors that takes your fancy we often suggest checking out Hitchin Lavender Farm. It’s a great place to visit for both adults and children. When the lavender & sunflowers are in full bloom you can enjoy picking them to take home to enjoy. Its tea room serves lovely food & wonderful cakes in the converted barn next to the fields. You’ll also find a well-presented shop selling some unusual gifts. Free parking is available on site to visitors.

 

  1. Swimming in Hitchin

swimOn a hot sunny day, Hitchin’s outdoor swimming pool can resemble a tourist beach in Europe! It is open during the spring and summer months. During less favourable weather, you can enjoy two indoor heated swimming pools.

 

  1. Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin

For entertainment, visit the Queen Mother Theatre… it never disappoints. The team at Lodge Farm House B&B have seen many high-quality shows there. The programme is varied, with something for everyone – and the bar offers bargain priced refreshments. For a full list of everything that is on, go to www.queenmothertheatre.org.uk.

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  1. St Mary’s Church, Hitchin

churchSitting alongside the River Hiz, St Mary’s church is the centrepiece of the town and the largest Parish Church in Hertfordshire. Dating back to the 14th & 15th centuries it is a beautiful piece of architecture; the stained glass and stonework are superb. Occasionally, the church tower is opened to the public and you can climb to the top and overlook the town, market place and river. Don’t forget your camera!

We hope that our Hitchin highlights have given you some ideas about what to do during your stay with us at Lodge Farm House. However, with its warm atmosphere, lovely gardens, wonderful views and beautifully decorated comfortable rooms you may not want to leave the grounds of our wonderfully peaceful guest house!! We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Lodge Farm’s First Wedding Fair!

Lodge Farm’s First Wedding Fair!

This month, we welcomed over 200 people to our first Wedding Fair. Lodge Farm is renowned for being a welcoming venue full of character – perfect for small, intimate weddings or larger celebrations of 50 to 200 people. What better way to show people what we’re all about?

Weddings have been a fabulous part of our venue for five years. Part of our success is the partners that we work with to provide our happy couples with their perfect day. We were delighted that so many of our suppliers supported our event. Many are based locally in the Hitchin and Luton areas, which makes them perfect partners for Lodge Farm weddings.

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Our Wedding Fair was held on Easter Monday and the weather was kind to us. The sunshine really showed off our fabulous gardens and scenery – our romantic backdrop is a complimentary part of every wedding package we offer!

Some brides-to-be came along to book a wedding venue for their big day… others were looking for ideas and inspiration. Everyone enjoyed the event and went away smiling!

As we look back on an amazing event, we would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who helped to make our Wedding Fair a big success – including our guests, suppliers and our own team who worked so hard. It was lovely to receive such lovely feedback about our wedding venue and the packages we offer.

Our Wedding Suppliers – From Hitchin, Luton and beyond…

It was lovely that so many of our wedding suppliers supported our event…

Claire Nellis from Heaven Flowers helped to show off our venue by decorating our arbour with a stunning floral display, (see below).

She also brought along some lovely examples of the bridal bouquets she crafts.

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(With thanks to Claire for these wonderful photos.)

A supplier who has been a big feature of weddings and events at Lodge Farm since we started to hold weddings is Nick from Fairytale Marquees. Nick provides marquees of all shapes and sizes – including the one we used on the day.

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Delicious food and cake tasters were on offer from Laura at Kingfisher Caterers and Sarah from Novelties Cakes. No-one went away hungry!

The other exhibitors who supported our Wedding Fair were:

  • Country Tipistipi
  • Disco Nyts
  • Dub Vintage vehicle hire
  • House of Colour
  • It’s All About The Days celebrant service
  • Lance James independent jeweller
  • LSK Luxury Toilet Hire
  • Magician Matthew Le Mottee
  • Mirror Images Events
  • Pianist Elliot Porter
  • Please Be Seated chair covers and bows
  • Smiley Booth photo booth
  • Special Occasions Video
  • Sung Blue Photography
  • The Vintage Wedding Drive

If you would like the contact details of any of these wedding suppliers – or more information about our wedding packages, please contact us. We’d be delighted to show you around!

New Supper Club at Lodge Farm!

Try something different.. our new Supper Club!

Join our Supper Club event on the 11th February. Jean Luc is a Michelin trained chef and has produced a lovely menu just for us.

We’ll start with drinks from 7pm, with a glass of Prosecco. Dinner will be at 8pm. The cost is great value at just £45 per person.

This is a truly special opportunity, perfect for an early Valentine’s Day gift, an evening to treat a good friend… or simply because you deserve it!

To reserve your places, please email Maria.

Jean Luc Sainlo - Lodge Farm's Supper Club ChefEnjoy Michelin quality food from our chef Jean Luc…

Jean Luc loves to cook excellent food with fresh, seasonal ingredients. He has a broad experience but specialises in European and Nouvelle cuisine.

His long career involves working in France and the UK with the likes of Philippe Chavent, Gordon Ramsay and Jean-Christophe Novelli.

Jean Luc now runs Sainlo Events will his wife and business partner Colleen. The Supper Club is a lovely partnership between Sainlo Events and Lodge Farm.

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Why not stay at Lodge Farm House on the night of the Supper Club? It’s the perfect end to a fabulous Supper Club evening…

Enjoy a fabulously cosy and charming stay – with a great breakfast too! Book your room now!

See you on 11th February!

Brilliant Business Meetings at Lodge Farm House

Discover a beautiful venue for brilliant business meetings.

Business meetings will never be the same again. Goodbye boring, bland meeting venues. Hello to a professional, personable setting with exceptional customer service. There’s lots of free parking too!

Lodge Farm House is conveniently located between Hitchin and Luton. Our meeting venue is the ideal choice for meetings of up to eight delegates. The room is spacious, bright and includes free wi-fi. The refreshments are amazing too.

Why worry about town centre traffic and finding car parks? Feel relaxed and inspired at the start of your meeting thanks to a beautiful, country drive to Lodge Farm’s tranquil setting. You’ll find it hard to believe that we’re so close to Hitchin and Luton.

A Creative, Professional Venue for Business Meetings

First impressions count. Your clients and/or guests will love Lodge Farm House. The setting and service are perfect ambassadors for your business. It’s a great venue for a business meeting or a one-to-one (for those networkers out there). More importantly, it shows the creative, considerate side of your business. Why not try something a little different?

Is your business international? Our meeting venue is near to Luton airport. This is especially helpful if you or other delegates are travelling from Luton airport before or after your meeting at Lodge Farm House.

So – if you’re planning a meeting and are looking for an ideal venue, contact Maria to find out more.

Those Summer Nights; a look back at the 2016 Wedding Season

Those Summer Nights; a look back at the 2016 Wedding Season

With the first sip of wedding season Champagne now many a celebratory weekend ago, it’s been a beautifully busy summer at Lodge Farm House.

Toasts aplenty, we’ve welcomed no less than nine happy couples and their guests, with each big day seeing the Farm transformed. From classic summer celebrations to Moroccan teepees, crisp white quintessentially British marquees to botanical extravaganzas, our views over the rolling Hertfordshire countryside have provided the perfect blank canvas.

Our favourite sights of the season? Brides, blooms in hand, taking their first steps down the Farm’s traditional wooden staircase, pastel bunting blowing in the breeze, the lawn lit by candlelight, our Secret Garden adorned with bunches of wild flowers for an August afternoon blessing, the tallest cake we’ve seen to date making its way from catering truck to top table, yards of fabric turned into breathtaking marquee entrance and dancing figures against the setting sun.

Amongst all of this celebration, we even found the time to launch our new bar, the aptly named, Tipsy Pony (playing homage to our four-legged field residents, now unperturbed by post speech roars of laughter and guests dancing into the night). The transformed trailer sits beautifully in our rural surroundings, and has proved quite the attraction – although perhaps this is due to its (alcoholic) contents!

And for every wedding celebration, come rain, wind and scorching September shine, we’ve seen platefuls of delicious dining leaving our kitchen in the expert hands of Kingfisher Event Caterers; a five tier cheese cake with homemade biscuits, breads and chutneys, warm salads of chorizo, green beans, butternut squash and baby spinach, twice baked soufflés with figs, herbs and parmesan cream, fish and chips served alongside Beckett’s London Dry Gin and traditional meats with all the trimmings to name a few.

And so, as the Farm sits peacefully in the same tranquil surroundings we fell for years ago, we look forward to the weddings of 2017. In just a few weeks, we’ll be exclusively welcoming those couples with dates set to our Open Day, where they can glimpse into the possibilities that our idyllic venue offers. (Look out for more details.) And between now and then? Well, you may just find us by the Tipsy Pony.

Anyone for Afternoon Tea?

Anyone for Afternoon Tea?

At Lodge Farm we’re part of a thriving estate, and relish the opportunity to play our role in the wider countryside community.

The Herts Air Ambulance is a Charity that runs on the generosity of donations and support of local businesses. With costs running at around £500,000 a month, the team save lives, reduce or prevent disability, by delivering pre-hospital emergency medical treatment within our rural areas.

20160609_132214And so, on a sunny Thursday afternoon, and with a fondness for tea, cake and happy hosting, we opened the Lodge Farm gates to hold a fundraiser.

Out on our terrace, overlooking the rolling Hertfordshire hills, guests were welcomed with homemade Pink Lemonade and Mojitos mixed up in the Lodge Farm Kitchen, before sipping on Prosecco.

With bubbles, came stacks of neat sandwiches and homemade quiche of which we’re confident Mary Berry would be proud (no soggy bottoms here).

20160609_132105And no Afternoon Tea would be complete without cakes a plenty. With plenty of tempting treats on offer, plates were piled with Bakewell tarts, macaroons, cream cakes and sweet biscuits.

The terrace provided the perfect place to enjoy the late afternoon warmth, and as the raffle unfolded to much excitement from a table of particularly lucky winners and funds raised reached £425, it was decided; this an event to be repeated.

If you would like to support a charity… or fancy an Afternoon Tea with friends and family, talk to Maria at Lodge Farm House.

Horse Talk

Much excitement this week as we move the horses over to summer grazing. Yes, warm mornings and balmy evenings are on the horizon.

And with spring in the air, we’ve been hard at work with creating new space and the most of our barns and outhouses.

With Shelley leading the rejig in typical calm, cool and collected fashion we now have an exceptionally well organised Feed Room, complete with chalk board with our liveries favoured breakfasts and dinners (that’ll be carrots and apples all round).

Making the most of the fine weather, we’ve been encouraging horses (much patience necessary) to load quietly onto trailers and lorries for a number of outings. Jim and Lance and Steve and Sandwich are currently our most well travelled residents, taking on dressage and a 10 mile sponsored ride over one weekend. We’re still questioning whether riders should be returning more tired than their steeds?

Not to be outdone, team Gordon have once again taken the showing circuit by storm in their first of the season outing this bank holiday weekend. They returned home happy, with a two wins and a third place for Lacey and Jasmine. Make way for a summer of polished boots, gleaming tack and an exceptionally smart Fudge.

So at the start of Spring, all is well on the yard; our favourite white chicken continues to rule the roost (and finish off the tea room biscuits), whilst our four legged residents can look forward to longer days of rug free turn out – sunshine dependant!