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Hilcote House B&B;, Sites to see in and around Harpenden

Harpenden is a picturesque and lively Hertfordshire town situated 5 miles north of the historic city of St Albans. The Village as it is referred to locally, has good transport links to Kings Cross St Pancras (Home of Eurostar) with Brussels only 1hr 51mins and Paris 2hr 15mins away. Harpenden has an abundance of shopping, leisure facilities, restaurants, pubs, coffee shops, boutique shops and many open spaces of which Harpenden Common, being the largest, that won the green flag award for best in the country.

For your enjoyment there are many places of interest like Brocket Hall, Luton Hoo and Knebworth House to name but a few. There are many activities and interests that involve cycling, walking, jogging, sailing and fishing at Stanborough Lakes, Spas, horse riding, Whipsnade Animal Park, and a farmers market on the last Sunday of the month.

Harpenden War Memorial

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Brocket Hall & Golf Club

No less than 540 acres in the grounds of one of Britain’s most historic stately homes. Comprising of not one but two Championship 18-hole golf courses, a magnificently equipped Clubhouse and the Palmerston Golf Academy all with the spectacular backdrop of thousands of mature trees and woodland. One of the finest and most exclusive golf clubs in the United Kingdom. Virtually unmatched for setting and elegance, Brocket Hall Golf Club is a golfer’s dream and a unique and private refuge from a hectic world. Whether you play golf or not, Brocket Hall is worth a visit.

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Knebworth House

One of England’s most beloved stately homes, Knebworth House is famous worldwide for its rock concerts and as the home of Victorian novelist Edward Bulwer Lytton – author of the words “The pen is mightier than the sword” – this beautiful gothic mansion is situated 29 miles north of London off the A1(M) at Stevenage.

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St Albans Cathedral

St Albans Cathedral, which is a Church of England Cathedral, is located in St Albans. At 84 metres its nave is the longest of any cathedral in England. With much of its present architecture dating from Norman times, it became a cathedral in 1877 and is the second longest cathedral in the United Kingdom (after Winchester). Local residents often call it “the abbey”, although the present cathedral represents only the church of the old Benedictine abbey.

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Luton Hoo

Luton Hoo was formerly a stately home but is now private dwelling with a golf course and spa complex. It has appeared as the setting for a number of films. The original house was built by Robert Adams in 1767 for the 3rd Earl of Bute but heavily destroyed by fire. It was occupied from 1903 by Sir Julius Wernher a diamond magnate with mines in South Africa. The parkland grounds were originally laid out by Capability Brown in the 18th century, and today part of it has been developed into a Golf course.

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Hatfield House

Hatfield House is a country house set in a large park, the Great Park, on the eastern side of the town of Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England. The present Jacobean house was built in 1611 by Robert Cecil, First Earl of Salisbury and Chief Minister to King James I and has been the home of the Cecil family ever since. It is currently the home of Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 7th Marquess of Salisbury. The house is open to the public.

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