“Village location but with good links to Hemel Hempstead and Watford” - AA Inspector
HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, HERTFORDSHIRE
Our Inspector's view
In the heart of the county, this modern hotel has been built around an old flour mill on the banks of the River Bulbourne with water meadows adjacent. The thoughtfully equipped, contemporary bedrooms are located in three annexes situated around the complex. A good range of air-conditioned conference and meeting rooms complement the lounge bar and restaurant.
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Facilities – at a glance
- En-suite rooms: 71
- Family rooms: 10
- Bedrooms Ground: 35
- Smoking rooms: 8
- Satellite TV available
- Free TV
- WiFi available
- Children welcome
- Private fishing
- Christmas entertainment programme
- New Year entertainment programme
- Night porter available
- Outdoor parking spaces: 100
- Accessible bedrooms: 2
- Walk-in showers
- Open all year
- Maximum number of guests: 180
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About the area
As Hertfordshire is so close to London, many of its towns have become commuter havens. St Albans, less than 19 miles (30km) from the capital, has retained its distinctive character, along with many historic remains. The Roman city of Verulamium is situated in a nearby park, and excavations have revealed an amphitheatre, a temple, parts of the city walls and some house foundations. There are also some amazing mosaic pavements.
The abbey church at St Albans is thought to have been built on the same site where St Alban met his martyrdom in the 3rd century. The abbey was founded in 793 by King Offa of Mercia, and contains the saint’s shrine, made of Purbeck marble. Lost for years, it was discovered in the 19th century, in pieces, and restored by the designer of the red telephone box, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. The abbey also contains some wonderful medieval wall paintings. Nicholas Breakspear was born in St Albans, the son of an abbey tenant. In 1154 he took the name Adrian IV, and became the first, and so far only, English pope. Another famous son of Hertfordshire was Sir Francis Bacon, Elizabethan scholar and Lord High Chancellor, born in Hemel Hempstead in 1561.
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