The Garden House

Watton-at-Stone, Hertfordshire
Self-catering
+44 (0)1920 830286


A substantial Georgian house in Woodhall Park with a private garden of one acre and surrounded by ancient trees and parkland

Bedroom

4 bedrooms

Sleeps

Sleeps 8

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

The Garden House (traditionally the home of the head gardener) and the Walled Gardens were built in the 1780s – the gardens providing vegetables and fruit for the house. You’ll revel in so much space: a large drawing room with a wood-burner, lots of books, an elegant dining room overlooking the gardens and an extra snug with a TV and games – perfect as a teenage den or an escape. You’ll also find a handy utility room down here for muddy boots or dogs.

Upstairs are swish bedrooms, all very traditional, comfortable and pretty with Roman blinds in thick fabrics and gorgeous views through sash windows. Cook as a team in the vast kitchen with double range cooker and masses of kit – you could easily cook Christmas lunch for 8. A loaf of local bread, some eggs and a cake are waiting for you.

Spill out onto smooth lawns, follow the sun round the house, sit under ancient oaks and a giant redwood.

The Garden House - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Staying in such an elegant, comfortable house with so much room for friends or family
  • Learning about the estate's history and its future plans
  • Having Woodhall Park on your doorstep
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You should know

  • One well-behaved dog only, sleeping downstairs
  • WiFi and mobile signal are patchy and a tad slow
  • Outdoor gravel and steps make it unsuitable for wheelchairs or those with reduced mobility

Essentials

  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Flexible
Check out
Flexible
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 4 nights on weekdays.
Closed
Rarely.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Property
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £411
Weekly price
from £2880
Damage deposit
£250
Surcharges
Reduced rates for 7-night stays.
1 House for 8
From £4114 bedrooms

Reviews

Had a lovely stay with friends here. Beautiful house set in gorgeous grounds with endless space for the kids to play and explore. House has everything you could need and finished to a very high standard. Couldn’t fault it.

Grace, London

We had a wonderful weekend in this lovely, house. The decor was immaculate, with new furniture and fittings throughout, and it was very well equipped with everything we needed. We loved the huge walled garden and enjoyed relaxing on the sun loungers in perfect weather. A big added bonus were the beautiful grounds of Woodhall Estate through which we could wander for a few hours without seeing a soul. Much fun was had in the games room on the table tennis table, and playing croquet on the lawn. A fabulous house which we would highly recommend.

Anne, Leeds

A really pretty Georgian house with masses of space indoors and out for great reunions of families and friends. You're surrounded by hundreds of acres of glorious parkland and within walking distance (a mile and half) of a proper village pub with local ales and hearty food.

Nicola, Sawday's inspector

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Location

The neighbourhood

Outside your garden there are paths through the parkland. Pheasants, squirrels and rare birds gambol through 500-year-old trees. The nearest village is Watton-at-Stone, 1.5 miles, with a good bakery, a butcher and a deli. You'll also find The Bull, an excellent pub for local ales and hearty food. Hertford, 11 minutes in the car, is a bustling market town with pretty streets.

Local points of interest from The Team at Woodhall Estate

  • Varied countryside walks from the doorstep across Woodhall Park and beyond. Take your pick from a short walk to blow the cobwebs away to more challenging routes, there are options aplenty with guidebooks and maps provided plus pub recommendations enroute.
  • Food glorious food! From village pubs to fine dining options, there's a wealth of choice in the local area. The Grandison in Bramfield is one of our favourite places for Sunday roasts or relaxing and refueling after a long walk. Four-legged friends welcome
  • The historic market town of Hertfordshire, Hertford, is 6 miles away, full of independent boutique shops to explore, real ale pubs and many dining options. We like Hertford House brasserie, for lazy breakfasts or brunch made with local, seasonal produce.
  • Shop local. If you plan to rustle up some hearty meals in our well-equipped kitchen there's plenty of opportunity to buy fresh, local produce nearby. Local farm shops offer activities for children, meet the animals, cafes and pick your own fruit in summer.
  • A countryside retreat, within an hour of London and easily accessible by road or train. The historic cities of Cambridge and St Albans are also within easy reach and are perfect for a day trip to eat, drink and shop to your hearts content.
  • The best thing about staying at The Garden House is the chance to relax in a beautiful setting, with an acre of private gardens, surrounded by trees, parkland and wildlife. If you like bird spotting, squirrel, deer or sheep spotting, you'll be happy here!

Introducing

The Team at Woodhall Estate

Woodhall is a working estate that sets the highest standards for holistic estate management. They strive to nurture their core values of community, conservation and sustainability. The estate’s main focus is to preserve and enhance it for the benefit of the thousands of people who live, work, learn or visit here.