Good Hotel Guide Review
‘Quirky and very individual’, Annie Rowley’s artfully styled B&B is in a Grade II listed Georgian town house mentioned in the Pevsner architectural guide to Hertfordshire. ‘Fighting through the foliage of that packed little front garden, with the perfume of the roses still intense, was fun.’ ‘Immaculately kept’ rooms brim with chandeliers, huge mirrors, vintage glassware and sculptures – ‘an unbelievable collection’. Up the mahogany staircase, the light-filled drawing room is just the place to settle into, with a book or a nip of home-made sloe gin. Bedrooms (one large, elegant suite with a bathroom to match, and two petite, all with king-size beds) are on the top floor. Each is supplied with bathrobes, slippers and an ‘eclectic’ selection of reading material, plus a host of treats – Belgian hot chocolate, sweet and savoury snacks. ‘The double glazing was very good at keeping out the traffic noise’, but there may be creaks and bumps from other rooms. ‘Superb’ organic breakfasts are taken at a communal table, in the pretty courtyard garden, by the pond or under the wisteria; home-cooked dinners may be ordered in advance. Drawing room. Free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Sky, Freeview). Radio 2 at breakfast. Front and back gardens. Pay & Display parking. Children over 12 welcomed (‘exemptions made, if discussed, for younger children’). Resident Labrador, Presley. 5 mins’ walk from the town centre. 3 bedrooms. Per room B&B £120–£150. Dinner from £45. Closed Christmas.