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.

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.

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.

B&B on site!

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!

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.