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Tewin Bury Farm Hotel, the perfect countryside retreat near Welwyn, Hertfordshire

By Emma McNamee – 11th April 2020
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What I loved about Tewin Bury Farm:

What I loved most about this hotel are the extensive gardens and grounds for exploring.    You’re surrounded by fields of green and woodlands, and the hotel runs alongside river Mimram, housing a wooden walkway bridge over the original water wheel.   There’s gardens, terraces and event space galore, also making this the perfect venue for a wedding, conference, business meeting, or other celebratory occasion.

 

Worth paying a babysitter?

Either / Or really – it works for many scenarios – a couple’s get away, a family escape to the country, or a weekend away with a gaggle of your girlfriends!

 

Expect:

Country air, lush green grounds, cosy farm-inspired rooms and a friendly welcome.

 

Value for money: (out of 10)

8/10

Multi-purpose farm setting

Owned by the Williams family since the early 1900s, this is both a working farm and a well-thought out hotel, with rooms spread out across the farm in barn-like buildings, converted farm buildings, or newer blocks built in keeping with the farm’s rustic character and charm.

 

The options and possibilities at this hotel and venue are endless.   They actually have 9 different options as meeting & events space, from the 17th Century Tythe Barn with exposed oak beams to The Meadow Barn that will seat up to 450 people and can flow out on to their Meadow activity field.

 

Within the hotel grounds they also have a fabulous farm shop, supporting a range of local producers plus their own home-reared or home-baked goods.  You can even pre-order Afternoon Tea boxes or Picnic Hampers to enjoy in their open green spaces.

 

The farm shop leads on to their bar and an outdoor terrace for al fresco day time indulgence.  As it was drizzling outside, we set up camp for an aperitif in their bar area with pack of cards and Rummikub for a bit of family board game fun, which we rarely find the time to do at home amidst all the endless chores awaiting.  It’s good to get away, even if it’s only 30 minutes up the road, as it removes you from the home office and domesticity that is forever calling out to you!

 

Truth be known, in hindsight, we wished we’d booked a second night.  Just as we were leaving the sun was shining and they were setting up for a BBQ and live music on their large outdoor terrace area – the perfect way to spend a chilling Sunday afternoon over the August bank holiday weekend.

 

The Accommodation

As for the rooms, they felt clean and well sanitized on entering, again blending modern comfort with a respect for the features of the original farm buildings.  We had a duplex room which was ideal being away with our son for the night, who had his own space and single bed in the converted loft space above us.

 

We booked the last room available for the 3 of us, but availability permitting there are plenty of room options to consider.  All rooms are individually designed to make the most out of whichever farmhouse converted building they’re residing in, some also with their own private patio.

 

As an unexpected but very welcome treat, we also had a bottle of bubbly and some macaroons in our room with a Tewin Bury Farm card wishing us a lovely anniversary – I’d put a note in the booking online that it was a special occasion for us.  It’s the little touches and personalised service like this in a hotel that make a place stand out to me, and make me want to go back again.

 

Restaurant – The Cowshed

If you’re staying at a countryside retreat, you tend not to want to venture far afield for dinner, and The Cowshed provides the perfect ambience for an intimate meal.   Unsurprisingly named after the shed which used to house their cattle, it has been beautifully restored maintaining original features and blending these with modern touches.  Think exposed brick walls, oak beams, comfy booths, subtle lighting, exquisite food and a well-stocked bar and you’ll realise in you’re in for a treat.

 

We feasted on the smoothest chicken liver parfait with brioche, followed by their own home-reared lamb, whilst our son enjoyed his sirloin and chips.  I rarely make 3 courses, but it was our anniversary after all, and the crème brulée with home-baked shortbread was far too tempting to pass up!

 

The Cowshed is also where you head for breakfast, offering a fantastic spread of cooked and continental food, setting you up well for the day and a walk around the grounds, fields and woodlands beyond.

 

In Summary

We’ll definitely be back, and perhaps allow ourselves more time for walking the surrounding countryside next time.  We’d arranged for our dog to stay with family overnight, we hadn’t even thought to bring her with us, but have since found out that they do have dog-friendly rooms and will provide a dog bed and water bowl in the room for your furry friends too, so definitely something for us to factor in on another visit.

 

Whether you’re local or not, it’s a perfect countryside retreat to escape from the daily grind for some country air, with a great restaurant to boot and friendly service throughout.

 

For more information visit: https://www.tewinbury.co.uk

Enjoy!

 

Emma xoxo

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This is a Girl About recommendation. This means that it was not gifted in return for a review but paid in full by our writer and the venue had no idea that I was there. We only recommend places we absolutely love, and places that we know you’ll love too!

 

Emma McNamee
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