3 beds, 2 bath (can sleep up to 8) in stunning parkland with private garden
Born and lived in London, committed urbanite, ex graphic designer and studio owner ... AKA recovering workaholic. After two decades running a small business I made a life change to one of balance and moved out of the city. Having re-trained I enjoyed some years as a Progressive Kinesiology Practitioner and emergency/respite foster carer for children and young people with learning challenges. Now semi retired I share my peaceful haven by hosting individual guests and small group events involving relaxation and self development. As a guest I treat wherever I stay with the utmost respect and appreciate privacy and clean, uncluttered spaces. I like to think I'm an easy, warm and friendly guest and always do my best to leave a place as lovely as I found it. As a host, all guests are welcomed personally and settled in but from then on, they can relax and enjoy the house and garden to themselves. My Life motto is: "Commit Random Acts Of Kindness."
India purchased this House in 2000
Why India chose Ware
If you are looking for a spacious, rural sanctuary that feels very 'far from the madding crowd' but is only forty minutes from London, only twenty minutes from Stansted and in the middle of an idyllic country landscape .... this could be it.
What makes this House unique
Serviced Seven night/Weekly/Monthly Holiday Home or Meeting Base Rental: Stays of a week or more are based on a short term holiday/vacation let agreement and require a deposit. A weekly cleaning and change of bed linen service is provided and included with these types of rentals. The owners do not reside at the property during these periods but someone is always on hand or easily contactable for the assistance of guests. Short Stay B&B Option: Short stays including the ingredients for a self catered breakfast is available throughout the year. Please ask for details before booking. Specially tailored retreats and events: We can host and/or fully organise a wide variety of small events ... Spa breaks (including massage, face and body treatments) Pre or post nuptial stays for small wedding parties Meditation or yoga groups Private meetings Small celebrations (can include outdoor marque/equipment hire) Country pursuits Spiritual retreats (including talks, workshops and intuitive development) Honeymooners Welcome: All newly weds or new civil partners booking a three night stay (or more) receive complementary sparkling wine and flowers in their room on arrival. Parking for the Airports: Depending on the time of year it may be possible for us to look after your car for guests flying out of Stansted (or Luton) for short trips. There is an additional charge for this service. Please enquire at the time of booking.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Home away from home
This was our 2nd visit and we just love staying here. Great walks, the house is homely and has everything you could want. Beds really comfortable! Highly recommended - Thanks India
Large spacious beautiful home.
We booked this property for three adults and 4 children aged between 1 and 5. Wish we could’ve stayed longer, beautiful drive upto the house itself, the instructions given were very clear we found the house very easily. India was soo thoughtful she provided vegan milk as well as dairy, as that was the dietary requirement for some of us, kitchen was very well stocked lots and lots of room around the house and a very large garden! The rooms were a great size and very tastefully decorated, while having a very homely feel. Toileteries were also provided incase you do forget anything which is such a lovely touch! Would definitely recommend staying here! Thanks India
Thanks so much it's wonderful to have such considerate and appreciative guests stay :)
Perfect peaceful family retreat to spend Christmas together
The house it’s neat and clean, the Buddhas, crystals and colourful pictures are to my taste so I found it to have a positive calming energy. The heating was on high, so was a bit to warm in the end, but this was easy enough to adjust and get fresh air from the big windows. The property had everything we needed- the kitchen was well equipped, which was important for us as we love cooking (and eating!). We had a good dining table for the 8 of us including a high chair- it was a bit cosy with all the Christmas crackers and paraphernalia but it worked.
The bedrooms were spacious and clean. We had enough space for our luggage and to hang our clothes. The beds were very comfortable warm. The tv in our room didn’t work, but that didn’t matter to much as it meant our daughter wasn’t glued to it all day! There’s no tv in the lounge, which was a bit of a shame as there were some Christmas movies we wanted to watch together, but in hindsight it was probably a good thing as it meant we played games and didn’t turn into couch potatoes!
The bathrooms were lovely, although there wasn’t enough hot water to fill a full bath for me- but I probably should have read the water instructions before to make sure there’d be enough! There are no blinds in the downstairs loo or bathroom upstairs and we found this too exposed to the neighbours / people in the courtyard so we put up a bin bag for some privacy.
The garden was large, neat (for winter!) and peaceful. In the summer we probably would have spent the most time out there. We had some lovely walks into wareside and were welcomed warmly at the white lion (not at the chequers!)
India met me on arrival and showed me round- she was very welcoming and made me feel at home. She responded to my messages very quickly - which was much appreciated when looking for the bath plug! Definitely recommend staying here to friends, winter or summer breaks.
Stayed for two nights in June 2018 to celebrate our wedding.
From the moment we entered this lovely house to consider booking to celebrate our wedding, we knew we had made the right choice.
The lovely owner made us feel so special and went to great lengths to ensure our stay was truly a memorable one.
This house is spacious, tranquil, beautifully kept and very special indeed.
From the outset, We felt extremely welcome and comfortable and cannot fault in any way whatsoever.
We would highly recommend to couples wishing to have a quiet break away as well to families wishing to celebrate a special occasion.
A real gem, we shall return.
lovely weekend retreat, very homely and welcoming.
3 night stay in a very well appointed and comfortable house. Set in glorious grounds, having its own lovely garden. Spacious and comfortable rooms in a charming well maintained country property. Warm & Friendly greeting ensured that the stay was everything we expected.
A wonderful pre-wedding bridal visit!
I chose to stay at this property with my family the night before my wedding, and I could not be more glad that I did! The house itself is beautiful, historic and fascinating - just perfect for photos. India made us feel so welcome, inviting me to visit a few weeks before the Big Day, and setting up my bedroom with a proper bridal welcome complete with prosecco and balloons. This all made for a very comfortable, calm wedding morning - exactly what a nervous bride needed! I couldn't recommend the experience more highly, and am so grateful to India for her care and attention.
Only 26 miles from Central London East Hertfordshire is an excellent base to explore and enjoy the abundance of nature and outdoor pursuits while being very close to many attractions and other activities. From fly fishing to white water rafting at the Lee Valley Park, A visit to the gunpowder mills near historic Waltham Abbey, Paradise Wildlife Park, Abbeys, Churches, Market towns and villages are all within easy reach. Whether you fancy traditional fish and chips on the beach in an old sea side town in Essex or hitting the highlights of London, this a perfect place to be. A peaceful, relaxing rural sanctuary in easy reach of anything else you might need ... what could be more ideal. Here's just a few ideas ...
The Ware and Hertford Waterbus:
The waterbus between Ware and Hertford cruises along the picturesque flood plains of the River Lee. The River Lee with an abundance of wildlife connects these two historic towns. On route you pass through two original working locks. Operating every Saturday and Sunday (except in extreme weather or special event) between Ware Town Quay (next to The Priory, behind the Library car park) and Hertfords Bircherley Green Shopping Centre (by Starbucks). A wonderful way to watch the scenery with journey times approximately 75-90 minutes each way. The service is fully accessible and has two toilets (one disabled), refreshments and a licensed bar on board. Boats have space for up to 60 passengers and welcome buggies and wheel chairs.
The historic and Exclusive Fanhams Hall:
Afternoon tea or just a walk through the grounds is a treat for the senses at Fanhams Hall. A listed Jacobean building dating back to 1412, it has two distinctly different but equally magnificent gardens. The formal Queen Anne garden of topiary, winding paths, pond and fountain is beautiful and traditional in it's 'British-ness.' Take a spiritual journey to the Japanese gardens called Koraku-en which means 'Joy After.' Designed by Mr Inaka and laid out by Professor Suzuki in the early 1900s the gardens include many magical features such as the fox lake, spirit bridge and tea house.
Scott's Grotto - the largest in the UK:
You may be surprised to know that tucked away in a street of modern houses in Ware is the UK's largest grotto. Most examples of eighteenth century garden buildings are in the grounds of stately homes which makes this one unique. Scott's Grotto was restored in 1990 by the Ware Society. The Grotto is a series of six chambers extending over 65 feet into and 30 feet below a chalk hillside, with air shafts, light wells and connecting passages. The chambers are decorated with shells, stones such as flint and fossils, and coloured glass. It's open to the public from 2.00pm - 4.30 pm every Saturday and Bank Holiday from April to September. Parties can also be shown round at other times by appointment with the Warden. Entrance is free but a donation of £1 is suggested from new visitors. It's advisable to wear flat shoes and bring a torch.
The Henry Moore Foundation at Perry Green:
Open 1 May to 25 October 2015, Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays. Founded by the artist in 1977 to encourage public appreciation of the visual arts, you can interact with the amazing sculptures in the grounds, visit the studio and attend events.
Golf Courses Galore:
There are choices of golf courses within close proximity including Chadwell Springs, Ash Valley Golf Club, Hanbury Manor Hotel and Country Club, The Hertfordshire Golf and Country Club and Briggens Park Golf Club.
Standon Calling Music Festival:
A must-do on the UK music festival scene, Standon calling is on this year from 31st July - 2nd August 2015. Only 18 mins from the house, ideal if you're a luxury loving festival goer or need a rest in a peaceful sanctuary after attending ;)
Country pursuits are abundant in the area including Fishing, Horse Riding and Clay pigeon shooting with facilities and opportunities for experts to novices including family fun days and events.
A great base from which to explore and visit areas of natural beauty, towns, villages, historic sites and attractions in and close by East Hertfordshire, The Lea Valley, Essex borders and Cambridgeshire. Ware Town and Hertford are minutes away with a fantastic choice of restaurants, pubs and bars. Slightly further afield are Hatfield, St.Albans and Bishops Stortford. Within just over an hour, you could be in historic Cambridge, Central London or a seaside town in Essex.