With a romantic, turreted exterior and an interior filled with historical artefacts, Knebworth House, near Stevenage, is a fantastic day out.
If this stately home looks familiar, it’s probably because it’s been a filming location for a slew of movies – The King’s Speech, Nanny McPhee and Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, to name a few. Kids will love the dinosaur trail and the adventure playground, and there are also lovely gardens and tea rooms to enjoy. Here are the best places to stay when visiting Knebworth House – bookable on Culture Trip.
At Baileys Farm, guests can choose from three apartments, each with views over duck ponds and rolling fields. The farm itself was built around 450 years ago, but the rooms were all recently converted from old outhouses into wonderfully modern spaces. The owners are very friendly and can take you on a guided tour of the grounds, meeting all the furry and feathered animals that call this place home.
Set on 20 acres (8ha) of Hertfordshire countryside between Hitchin and Luton, Lodge Farm House Bed and Breakfast makes for a charming stay near Knebworth House. With just six well-appointed rooms, the small guest numbers mean there’s more space for you to explore – there’s even a secret garden to discover – and the lungfuls of fresh country air you’ll take are soul-soothing.
A grand country house hotel less than half an hour’s drive to Knebworth House? Yes please. Luton Hoo is a five-star hotel with 228 opulent rooms across its estate, a world-class spa and a championship golf course. Dinner at the Wernher Restaurant is a must – it was remodelled in the early 20th century by the architects of London’s Ritz, and the result is exceptional marble panelwork and fabrics inspired by the Palace of Versailles.
With its pretty garden setting, Best Western Homestead Court Hotel is a great budget option for a stay less than 20 minutes’ drive from Knebworth House. Rooms here are modern and comfortable, while the in-house Bar 66 is a great spot to watch some footy. Welwyn Garden City centre is just a short walk away, so be sure to explore during your stay.
Why visit one country house when you can see two? After stopping by Knebworth, head back to Brocket Hall – which has been home to two Prime Ministers, Lord Melbourne and Lord Palmerston – and stay in its Georgian coach house conversion, Melbourne Lodge. The lodge has 16 beautifully decorated rooms, but you can spend most of your time playing golf on the estate’s championship courses, or dining at the sumptuous Auberge du Lac.
A stay at Tewin Bury Farm Hotel will feel otherworldly. This family-run place is not just home to a hotel, but also a restaurant, a farm shop and a farmyard, so you’ll never be stuck for things to do. For something extra sweet, book into one of the lakeside hot tub rooms or the deeply romantic shepherd’s hut.
A 17th-century country inn set on a quaint village green, the King William IV Hotel is just a few minutes’ drive from Luton Airport and about 30 minutes’ to Knebworth House. The restaurant-cum-hotel has 12 well-appointed ensuite rooms and serves classic pub fare. Expect fish finger baguettes, apple and blackberry crumble and a nacho mountain, as well as assorted kids meals.
More of a city-dweller? Knebworth is not too far from London, and there are no shortage of things to do and places to stay there. See our guides to the best hotels near Buckingham Palace, the top hotels in King’s Cross, some of the best hotels near Harrods, and the best cheap hotels in central London. All are bookable on Culture Trip.
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