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Arrival Day Suggestions

Our Check In Time  - 4pm

Remember, you can request an early check in time (from) 1pm (£35) via your Guest Log In, or please get in touch via email. We will check availability, confirm with you & send over a payment link. These are available on a first-come first served basis.

In the meantime, here are some ideas of what to do ahead of the 4pm check in time. These suggestions are day dependent as to what's open so please remember to double check opening days and times directly with the business. 

We also send up a 'monthly round-up' email of monthly 'goings on' in the month you are staying with us - so do look out for that too!

The Cheesplate Buntingford

One of our favourite shop/eatery in Buntingford, bringing you exceptional cheese & accompaniments. Mention to Toby 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 local restaurant in Buntingford, housed in a beautiful 16th century building and showcasing local produce and seasonal menus (good cocktails too!). A lovely cosy restaurant that is open Wednesday to Sunday.

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.

Peppermill Bar & Kitchen

An inviting Bar & Kitchen concept with seasonal menus, tempting cocktails & fine wines. The menu is a build up of predominantly small plates, where sharing is at the forefront, with flavours from our home soil and around the world – ideal for sharing. Lovely large garden & Dog Friendly throughout.

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.  Foodie led. It has odd opening hours Monday - Wednesday so we highly recommend checking in first to see if its open! You need to book too.....

Dog friendly outside only.

Pearces Farmshop Cafe

A lovely farm shop & cafe with lots of choice from local suppliers. The Butchers, Bridget B's,  next to it is where we buy all the meat for our Breakfast Boxes and Dine-in Boxes 

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.

The Sword Inn Hand

In Westmill. 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 early 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.

Alpaca Farm

Yew Tree Alpacas is a rural business based in Anstey, East Hertfordshire based around our own herd of 40 alpacas. Most of our alpacas are home bred.  Our 2023 alpaca walking dates are now available to book online.


Please note they are not an open farm, all activities with alpacas are on pre booked dates available to book on their website

Saffron Grange Vineyard

Centuries ago, fields upon fields of crocuses grew across Essex and Suffolk, making Saffron Walden a global centre for Saffron production. Today, the same unique soil that enabled the crocus to flourish here is the key to growing the highest quality grapes that make our premium English sparkling wines.

Their Tasting Room / Shop is open 10-4 Wednesday to Saturday.


Saffron Walden is a lovely medieval town to visit too with an abundance of independent shops and a thriving market on Saturdays.

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