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Country Retreat in wing of Manor House in historic Hertfordshire Min 2 ngt stay

8 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights

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Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Ware - Rural sanctuary near London

3 beds, 2 bath (can sleep up to 8) in stunning parkland with private garden

Described by several guests as 'magical' this home is a former wing of an historic manor that in the past has been a girls school and a monastery complete with it's own private chapel. Hidden away in a vast parkland estate with it's own large private garden it is the perfect place to relax and unwind.

With high ceilings and spacious proportions this large 3 bedroom house is elegant but comfortable and homely. Although listed as sleeping 6 adults (2 each in 3 bedrooms), the Master and Kingsize bedrooms are large enough to accommodate another adult sleeping on an electric single airbed to accommodate up to 8. For infants (up to 2 years) a travel cot is provided.

All 3 bedrooms are equipped with TV/Freeview Channels, full tea/coffee making facilities, quality cotton bed linen and plenty of towels. An iron, ironing board and hairdryer is also provided.

The large patio and garden is ideal for al fresco dining or relaxing and regenerating, surrounded by mature trees.

Guest Access:

Check-in is from 3:00 PM local time and checkout is by 12:00 PM local time. Guests have full use of the house which includes:

Entrance Hall with coat/boot room and a separate cloakroom/toilet.

Large Sitting room with laptop working area

Large kitchen/diner

Laundry facilities in a separate utility area

3 bedrooms comprising of 1 Master Bedroom with ensuite bathroom,

1 Kingsize Bedroom, 1 Double Bedroom

Large Family Bathroom

2 single raised airbeds (or 2 basic camp beds with sleeping bags) and a travel cot for infants up to 2 years are available to use on request for groups of 7-8.

Large private patio and garden surrounded by mature trees

Parking for up to 2 cars in the courtyard

Interaction with Guests:

All guests will usually be welcomed personally and settled in by myself or other family member. During longer stays a basic clean and change of bed linen and towels is included every 7 days.

House Rules:

This home is a peaceful retreat and not suitable for loud or late parties. Guests are expected to treat it as they would their own home - ie. with loving care.

To book this property for workshops, talks and other small events please see below and contact me for details.

Celebrations and Small Events:

Short Stay B&B Option: Short stays including the ingredients for a self catered breakfast is available throughout the year. Please ask for details before booking.

We can host and/or fully organise a wide variety of small events ...

Spa breaks (including massage, face and body treatments)

Pre or post nuptial stays

Meditation or yoga groups

Private meetings

Small celebrations (can include outdoor marque/equipment hire)

Country pursuits

Spiritual retreats (including talks, workshops and intuitive development)

Honeymooners Welcome:

All newly weds or new civil partners booking a three night stay (or more) receive complementary sparkling wine and flowers in their room on arrival.

The Neighbourhood:

The house is hidden away at the end of a half mile drive through a fourteen acre parkland, accessed from a B road four miles from Ware Town. Due to the lack of light pollution on a clear evening it's a wonderful place to stargaze.

Our county landscape is full of diversity – dense ancient woodlands nestle alongside open arable farmland; expansive country estates stretch across hills and vales, while many fields and forests are punctuated with public tracks, bridle paths, rivers and lakes.

The area is ideal for bird watchers, nature lovers, walkers, cyclists, trekking and horse riding with many public footpaths and bridal ways through open countryside close to the house. Pretty villages and market towns are prevalent in this part of east Hertfordshire. You'll be amazed that you're only 45 minutes from London and half an hour from Stansted Airport. My family and friend's nickname for the area is 'Middle Earth.'

Getting Around:

For easy transport and to appreciate the surroundings, a car is ideal and will make the most of your stay if a touring break is in mind. There is a good choice of local car hire companies including those that will deliver your vehicle to the house or organise pick up at any airport.

Easy access to and from the A10, M11 and M25.

If you are looking for a tranquil stay before a flight, Stansted Airport is 15 miles (28mins) away by car/taxi.

The nearest train station (Ware Town) is 3.7 miles (9mins) away and taxi fare to or from the house is approx £7

45 min train journey time into London Liverpool Street from Ware Town.

Other train stations within 10-15 mins drive from the house are Hertford, Hertford East, St Margarets and Harlow.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 October, 2016

About India

Born and lived in London, committed urbanite, ex graphic designer and studio owner ... AKA recovering workaholic. After two decades running a small business I made a life change to one of balance and moved out of the city.

Having re-trained I enjoyed some years as a Progressive Kinesiology Practitioner and emergency/respite foster carer for children and young people with learning challenges. Now semi retired I share my peaceful haven by hosting individual guests and small group events involving relaxation and self development.

As a guest I treat wherever I stay with the utmost respect and appreciate privacy and clean, uncluttered spaces. I like to think I'm an easy, warm and friendly guest and always do my best to leave a place as lovely as I found it.

As a host, all guests are welcomed personally and settled in but from then on, they can relax and enjoy the house and garden to themselves.

My Life motto is: "Commit Random Acts Of Kindness."

India purchased this house in 2000

Why India chose Hertfordshire

If you are looking for a spacious, rural sanctuary that feels very 'far from the madding crowd' but is only forty minutes from London, only twenty minutes from Stansted and in the middle of an idyllic country landscape .... this could be it.

What makes this house unique

Serviced Seven night/Weekly/Monthly Holiday Home or Meeting Base Rental:

Stays of a week or more are based on a short term holiday/vacation let agreement and require a deposit. A weekly cleaning and change of bed linen service is provided and included with these types of rentals. The owners do not reside at the property during these periods but someone is always on hand or easily contactable for the assistance of guests.

Short Stay B&B Option: Short stays including the ingredients for a self catered breakfast is available throughout the year. Please ask for details before booking.

Specially tailored retreats and events:

We can host and/or fully organise a wide variety of small events ...

Spa breaks (including massage, face and body treatments)

Pre or post nuptial stays for small wedding parties

Meditation or yoga groups

Private meetings

Small celebrations (can include outdoor marque/equipment hire)

Country pursuits

Spiritual retreats (including talks, workshops and intuitive development)

Honeymooners Welcome:

All newly weds or new civil partners booking a three night stay (or more) receive complementary sparkling wine and flowers in their room on arrival.

Parking for the Airports:

Depending on the time of year it may be possible for us to look after your car for guests flying out of Stansted (or Luton) for short trips. There is an additional charge for this service. Please enquire at the time of booking.


based on 8 holidaymaker reviews

Country Retreat in wing of Manor House in historic Hertfordshire Min 2 ngt stay
average rating of 4.875 based on 8 reviews

Gorgeous house, lovely host!

  • 5 of 5

This house is so lovely. The house and garden are both massive and so well kept!

We stayed for a wedding and the whole weekend went so smoothly because of everything India provided for us, she's such a lovely host :) thank you for letting us stay in your gorgeous house ❤️

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely comments and for being such great guests. It was a pleasure to meet you all and I'm so glad your weekend was a resounding success. Thanks again!
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Wonderful house

  • 5 of 5

I would unreservedly recommend anyone to stay in this beautiful house. The owner of the house is extremely helpful and does all that she can to ensure that her guests have a great time staying in her home.

The house is very well kitted out, and has just about everything one could need to make for a comfortable stay. We did not need to take anything from home apart from ourselves and our luggage.

Everything was spotlessly clean and all the bedrooms ready for an excellent night's sleep. All the rooms are large or very large and are furnished very nicely; the beds were particularly comfortable as was the living room furniture.

The garden is very large and excellent for young children to play in.

All in all I would give the house 10 out of 10 for giving us a wonderful weekend

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful property in stunning surroundings

  • 5 of 5

Myself and four girls have just returned from this beautiful property and a glorious, relaxing weekend away.

The house is stunning, fully equipped and comfortable.

India couldn't have been more helpful in organising everything for us, from receiving a shopping delivery to booking a table at the local pub.

We have had a fantastic weekend and we will be back in December for a girls "Christmas" weekend away!

Thank you India

  • Review Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You're so welcome ladies! Thank you for being such considerate guests and treating our tranquil place with TLC. You left it wonderfully clean and organised, I really appreciate it. Look forward to welcoming you back soon :)
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Wonderful Cottage & Host

  • 5 of 5

I hired the cottage for a weekend away with some girl friends and we had a fantastic time.

India was very welcoming and the little touches of leaving us milk, toiletries etc. was great.

The cottage was much larger than I thought from the pictures, and there was plenty of room for the 8 of us, including the garden which was beautiful. Everything was immaculately clean and tidy and the reason for the fifth star!

The location was remote but the town of Ware is only a short (10 minutes) drive away and it had everything we needed, shops, bars and lovely restaurants.

I would definitely recommend this property & host to anyone. Thank you India :-)

  • Review Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! It was a pleasure to host such a lovely group. I list the manor as suitable for 6 but can sleep 8 with the addition of raised airbeds in the two bigger bedrooms. It's great feedback for me to know that you were all comfortable and still found it spacious. I'm so glad you had such a great weekend and thank you again for being ideal and very considerate guests. As an owner it's deeply appreciated.
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Beautiful property, well kept, well equipped, with a serene garden and great host. Highly recommend!

  • 5 of 5

From initial booking to post departure, India was a fantastic and incredibly supportive host. As organiser for a group of 6 ladies celebrating a friend's 40th, I was looking to arrange an eventful weekend and India provided information and help for every request. Whether searching for local caterers to provide dinner one night or checking out the menu by the new owners of the local pub (The White Horse - also highly recommended!) and booking us a table, to providing links to local walks or arranging a cab to collect and deliver the surprise birthday cake, India was just great.

The property itself was just as described - well appointed, clean and welcoming with all you need for in a home from home. The journey along the long drive up to the main house was lovely and the grounds along the way were beautiful. The garden was just that little bit special - a serene and calming oasis where all you can hear are the sounds of the country side. We enjoyed early evening drinks each night on the patio.

Overall we all had a great weekend. I would highly recommend this property and would like to say thank you again to India for all her help!

  • Review Submitted: May 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Gina it was a genuine pleasure to help and to meet you all. I'd like to say a special thank you to you and the ladies for being such wonderful guests and making my job so easy. The whole house was so clean and tidy when I returned a friend questioned if anyone had actually been here for the weekend! I'm so glad your celebrations were a resounding success. Thanks again!
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Beautiful property and fantastic surroundings!

  • 4 of 5

A fantastic place to stay, in a beautiful location, close to two country pubs and easy access to interesting towns and larger cities.

The accommodation was very well organized, clean and the owner (India) made us all feel very welcome.

We will return on our next visit to the UK.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lovely family and very considerate guests who took great care of the house. It was a genuine pleasure to meet them and I highly recommend them to all owners. Perfect no stress booking. I look forward to seeing them again next time.
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The White Horse and Chequers Inn Pubs
Nearest Ferry
93 Miles
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Great Hadham Golf Club
Nearest Train
3.7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
M25 and M11
Nearest Restaurant
3.5 Miles
Very wide choice of restaurants in Ware Town
Nearest Ski
13 Miles
Gosling Ski & Board Centre, Welwyn
Nearest Beach
44 Miles
Southend On Sea and Shoeburyness
Car: recommended

Only 26 miles from Central London East Hertfordshire is an excellent base to explore and enjoy the abundance of nature and outdoor pursuits while being very close to many attractions and other activities. From fly fishing to white water rafting at the Lee Valley Park, A visit to the gunpowder mills near historic Waltham Abbey, Paradise Wildlife Park, Abbeys, Churches, Market towns and villages are all within easy reach. Whether you fancy traditional fish and chips on the beach in an old sea side town in Essex or hitting the highlights of London, this a perfect place to be. A peaceful, relaxing rural sanctuary in easy reach of anything else you might need ... what could be more ideal. Here's just a few ideas ...

The Ware and Hertford Waterbus:

The waterbus between Ware and Hertford cruises along the picturesque flood plains of the River Lee. The River Lee with an abundance of wildlife connects these two historic towns. On route you pass through two original working locks. Operating every Saturday and Sunday (except in extreme weather or special event) between Ware Town Quay (next to The Priory, behind the Library car park) and Hertfords Bircherley Green Shopping Centre (by Starbucks). A wonderful way to watch the scenery with journey times approximately 75-90 minutes each way. The service is fully accessible and has two toilets (one disabled), refreshments and a licensed bar on board. Boats have space for up to 60 passengers and welcome buggies and wheel chairs.

The historic and Exclusive Fanhams Hall:

Afternoon tea or just a walk through the grounds is a treat for the senses at Fanhams Hall. A listed Jacobean building dating back to 1412, it has two distinctly different but equally magnificent gardens. The formal Queen Anne garden of topiary, winding paths, pond and fountain is beautiful and traditional in it's 'British-ness.' Take a spiritual journey to the Japanese gardens called Koraku-en which means 'Joy After.' Designed by Mr Inaka and laid out by Professor Suzuki in the early 1900s the gardens include many magical features such as the fox lake, spirit bridge and tea house.

Scott's Grotto - the largest in the UK:

You may be surprised to know that tucked away in a street of modern houses in Ware is the UK's largest grotto. Most examples of eighteenth century garden buildings are in the grounds of stately homes which makes this one unique. Scott's Grotto was restored in 1990 by the Ware Society. The Grotto is a series of six chambers extending over 65 feet into and 30 feet below a chalk hillside, with air shafts, light wells and connecting passages. The chambers are decorated with shells, stones such as flint and fossils, and coloured glass. It's open to the public from 2.00pm - 4.30 pm every Saturday and Bank Holiday from April to September. Parties can also be shown round at other times by appointment with the Warden. Entrance is free but a donation of £1 is suggested from new visitors. It's advisable to wear flat shoes and bring a torch.

The Henry Moore Foundation at Perry Green:

Open 1 May to 25 October 2015, Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays. Founded by the artist in 1977 to encourage public appreciation of the visual arts, you can interact with the amazing sculptures in the grounds, visit the studio and attend events.

Golf Courses Galore:

There are choices of golf courses within close proximity including Chadwell Springs, Ash Valley Golf Club, Hanbury Manor Hotel and Country Club, The Hertfordshire Golf and Country Club and Briggens Park Golf Club.

Standon Calling Music Festival:

A must-do on the UK music festival scene, Standon calling is on this year from 31st July - 2nd August 2015. Only 18 mins from the house, ideal if you're a luxury loving festival goer or need a rest in a peaceful sanctuary after attending ;)

Country pursuits are abundant in the area including Fishing, Horse Riding and Clay pigeon shooting with facilities and opportunities for experts to novices including family fun days and events.

A great base from which to explore and visit areas of natural beauty, towns, villages, historic sites and attractions in and close by East Hertfordshire, The Lea Valley, Essex borders and Cambridgeshire. Ware Town and Hertford are minutes away with a fantastic choice of restaurants, pubs and bars. Slightly further afield are Hatfield, St.Albans and Bishops Stortford. Within just over an hour, you could be in historic Cambridge, Central London or a seaside town in Essex.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Ware, Hertfordshire

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Christmas 2016
24 Dec 2016 - 26 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £500

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. There is a mi casa tu casa approach with this home but guests are expected to treat the house, all of its contents and gardens as they would their own home - with tender loving care. Guests are ultimately expected to leave the home as they found it. Please contact me for all house rules, health and safety information, privacy/data protection and other details from the house manual that will help you decide if this home-from-home is right for you and your family or friends. The retreat is exactly that. It's a beautiful (but not stuffy) home in a stunning historic building and very quiet and peaceful location. Loud, large or late parties are not acceptable at any time.

For short stays a self catering breakfast is included in the price. The owner usually lives at the property during short breaks but once they are welcomed and settled in by their hosts, guest have the freedom and privacy to use the whole house and private gardens with the exception of the owners private suite (accessed from the first floor landing.)

During longer serviced lets, guests have access and full use of the same facilities (whole house excluding private rooms) but the owner is not resident during your stay. For stays of more than one week, a weekly house clean and change of bed linen is included.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Ware in East of England

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Family Bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Underfloor heating and masses of concealed storeage
    Ensuite to Master Bedroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • The large family bathroom has underfloor heating and extensive concealed storage. The en suite bathroom to the Master Bedroom has ample storage for two adults. Both bathrooms are fresh, clean and modern with green Brazilian slate floors.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Double Bedroom - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot , Space for 1 travel cot or 1 foldaway camp bed in this room
    Kingsize Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Single raised airbed can be added to this room
    Master En Suite - 1 Large Double Bed , Ensuite. Single raised airbed can be added to this room
  • Master Bedroom 19' x 13'7" (5.8m x 4.14m) with en suite bathroom Kingsize Bedroom 18' x 9'10" (5.74m x 3m) with kingsize bed Double Bedroom 13'7" x 9'3" (4/14m x 2.82m) with double bed All bedrooms are clean, fresh and simply decorated. Bedrooms have tea and coffee making facilities and TV with Freeview channels.
  • Books
  • Television ...
  • Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • paragliding
  • whitewater rafting
Please enquire about any additional services we may be able to provide or organise for you during your stay. We will always do our best to help whenever we can. Please read through all details before enquiring to make sure this home-from-from is suitable for you and your friends or family. This home is available as bed and breakfast short stays aswell as serviced weekly or monthly lets.

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