Arrival Day Suggestions

Check In Time  - 4pm

We know that a holiday starts from the moment you leave your house! We do try really hard to get our guests in before our official 4pm check in time. However we're not able to confirm any earlier check ins until the day, as we have a list  of cleaning procedures (good for you - less so for us!)...and depending on how we 'find' the retreats, is dependent on how quickly we can turn them around.

SO . . . 

We've put together a list of suggested things to do if you intend to arrive before 4pm.  These suggestion are day dependent as to what's open so please remember to double check opening days and times.

The Cheesplate Buntingford

Our favourite shop/eatery in Buntingford, bringing you exceptional cheese & accompaniments. Mention you're staying with us for a discount.

They're open Monday - Saturday and offer a lovely lunch sat at the cheese counter. Dog friendly too.

The Falcon, Buntingford

A great little restaurant in local Buntingford, housed in a beautiful 16th century building. There is a Deli for takeaway, or a small restaurant that is open 7 days a week.

Dog friendly at outdoor tables only.

The Coffee Shop, Buntingford

A fab coffee shop with food in local Buntingford. Open 7 days a week from 8am.

Dog friendly seating outside only.

Parking in Buntingford is free for 1.5 hours. Please park in Bowling Green Lane Car Park 

The Bull, Cottered

Our pub in the Village. It has odd opening hours Monday - Wednesday so we highly recommend checking in first to see if its open! You do seem to need to book too.....

NOT OPEN  ON MONDAYS (we think!)

Dog friendly outside only.

Pearces Farmshop Cafe

A lovely farm shop & cafe with lots of choice from local suppliers. 

Dog friendly outside.

Church Farm Cafe, Ardeley

Farm, farm shop, cafe and dog friendly walks. Dog friendly everywhere.

The Jolly Waggoner Pub, Ardeley

Next to Church Farm, a great local pub and walkable from us (40 mins).

Very dog friendly.

Please note not open on Monday or Tuesday. 

The Sword Inn Hand

Great pub, gorgeous food, great location. Dog friendly.

Visit Herts Website

Great ideas for Days out in Hertfordshire from museums to walks, shopping to castles.

Hitchin Lavender

Small family run flower farm open in Summer. Explore the rows of lavender, acres of sunflowers and wild flower meadow. You’re welcome to take a picnic with you, or sample something delicious their new Field Kitchen menu. Your four legged friends are also welcome to enjoy the fields and the network of footpaths all around them.