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Hertfordshire Holiday Cottages
Hertfordshire holiday cottages and Home Counties self catering properties are offered by the rental companies featured below. They've been sorted in ascending order, with the best range of cottages featured at the top. Check the sites for the latest information about availability and booking prices.
- 10 Hertfordshire cottages
from Holiday Rentals, that range from town-centre apartments to rural barn conversions. Weekly booking prices start at around £350 but can rise to £875 during high season.
- Around 10 Hertfordshire holiday cottages
situated in towns such as Watford, Hertford and Tring. Their holiday properties fall within the £400 - £595 price range (week-long breaks) with some able to accommodate up to 5 people.
Cottages 4 You
- A small collection of Hertfordshire cottage properties available from Cottages 4 You. However, they offer a wide range in the Middle/East England region. See their section on deals and reductions - they include 2 and 4 person discounts as well as fixed, low-price deposits.
- A collection of holiday cottages in Hertfordshire and the surrounding counties from Total Travel, including Bedfordshire and Buckingham. Booking prices range between £240 and £600 per week.
Hertfordshire is a ceremonial county located to the North of London. Major towns include Watford, St Albans, Hemel Hempstead and Stevenage. Despite the encroachment of the capital, large swathes of unspoilt countryside remains, providing visitors with ample opportunity to escape the nearby urban sprawl.
Patches of ancient woodland and the rolling hills of the Chilterns lie to the West - here the land rises where the the heavy clay of the Thames Basin
is overlaid by chalk. Well signposted footpaths and an extensive network of country lanes run through this distinctly rural setting.
A collection of small rivers such as the Much Hadham
and Stort flow to join the River Lea, itself a main tributary of the Thames. Their waters are popular with coarse fisherman, anglers and boating enthusiasts - pleasure craft can be hired from centres found in Hertford and Ware.
Like many parts of the UK, the region is steeped in history with the Roman roads of Braughing and the geography of Ashwell providing fascinating reminders of bygone times. Hertfordshire is also noted for the garden cities of Welwyn and Letchworth. And the Jacobean, Much Hadham
, with its church and 16th century Morris cottage is one of the showpiece towns. See below for more information about Hertfordshire visitor attractions, places of interest and entertainment.
Hertfordshire visitor attractions
In this section, we have included more detailed information about visitor attractions, historical places and outdoor activities that can be found in the county of Hertfordshire. Links and admission details are also provided where possible.
Paradise Wildlife Park
in Broxbourne boasts a variety of exotic animals including lions, tigers and zebras. There's also an adventure playground and a selection of play areas for the young. Tickets may be booked online and range in price from £10 to £40, depending on group size. Aldenham Country Park
also offers a good day out and consists of over 170 acres of private parkland that features picnic areas and children's play grounds - opening times are 9am - 5pm with entry free for cyclists and pedestrians.
Food and drink
in Bushey is one of the county's top eateries and has received a number of awards for its English and European cuisine. It offers good value for money with two course meals from the a la carte menu starting at just £16. Lussmans in Hertford is also acclaimed and serves similar food - opening times are 11.30 - 22.00, Monday to Thursday.
Visit the 16th century Albion
pub in Ware for its selection of local cask ales. Other good pubs include the Archers
in Bishops Stortford, with its large garden and the cosy Rose and Crown in St Albans which features a beamed interior with inglenook fireplace.
History and Culture
Hertfordshire is home to a wide variety of museums and art galleries. The Stevenage Museum
is one of the most popular and displays items from the Stone Age and Roman times including pottery and glassware. Opening times are Monday to Sunday, 10 - 5pm and admission is free.
Welwyn Roman Baths are also worth visiting and feature remains of a Roman bathhouse that was once part of a 3rd century villa. Entry is £1 for adults, under 16's are admitted free. Opening hours are 2 - 5pm.
Letchworth Museum and Art Gallery is another popular attraction and exhibits archeological artifacts and includes four art galleries - entry is free. Alternatively see Hertford Castle
. It hosts a number of events throughout the year and features a 15th century gatehouse - all that remains of the original construction.
The grounds are open to the general public and are used to host a number of concerts and family days during the summer months. Call +44 (0) 1992 584322 for more information.