10 Places to stay in Hertfordshire & Bedfordshire

St Michael's Manor Hotel(below image) Close to the centre St Albans, this magnificent town-house hotel is set in five acres of beautiful English country gardens, with its own one acre lake. The 30 rooms are individually styled and there’s an award winning restaurant. St Albans 01727 864444 www.stmichaelsmanor.com

Ramada Hemel Hempstead – Set in 6 acres of landscaped gardens, this stylish hotel is conveniently located for business and leisure, being just five miles from the busy centres of Hemel Hempstead and St Albans. It has a restaurant, 24-hour room service and a bar with patio area that leads to gardens. Redbourn 0844 815 9059  www.ramada.com

The Barns Hotel – Hotel in a riverside location. Samuel Whitbread, founder of the brewing business, was born in the main house in 1720 and it remained within the Whitbread family until 1890s, becoming a hotel in 1987. As well as comfortable Bedford accommodation, you can also dine in the delightful Wine Glass Restaurant, with views across the great River Ouse. Bedford 01234 270044 www.barnshotelbedford.co.uk

Beales Hatfield Hotel – A stunning contemporary four star hotel in Hatfield with 53 bedrooms, award winning Outsidein restaurant and Talk bar, and wonderful modern artworks that add to the unique atmosphere. Hatfield 01707 288500 www.bealeshotels.co.uk

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Stratton House Hotel – Family owned hotel in the heart of Biggleswade. The restaurant offers an interesting and imaginative blend of traditional and contemporary cuisine. Biggleswade 01767 312442 www.strattonhouse-hotel.com

Inn at Woburn – Few hotels blend the traditions of the 18th Century so effortlessly with modern comforts, and the 2 AA Rosette restaurant, Olivier's, provides a superb menu of contemporary English and continental cuisine, served with flair and imagination. Woburn 01525 290441 www.woburn.co.uk

Archways Lodge Hotel – Friendly, family-run hotel. From the ultra-cool of the Alaska room, to the funky décor of the Music room, all of the rooms have an individual style. Stevenage 01438 740389 www.zizz-hotels.co.uk

holiday inn stevenageHoliday Inn Stevenage  – Centrally located 4-star hotel with stylish décor. Destinations is the new restaurant and bar adjoining the hotel, and there’s also a mini gym. Stevenage 01438 722727 www.histevenage.com

The Old Palace Lodge Hotel – The newly awarded 4-star Old Palace Lodge stands as it has for several hundred years with warm old English charm. Each of the bright, comfortable rooms features a private en suite bathroom. Dunstable 01582 662201 www.oldpalacelodge.com

Premier Inn Bedford (Priory Marina) – Ideally located within the peaceful Priory Country Park, yet just a 5 minute drive from Bedford town centre. Bedford 0871 527 8066 www.premierinn.com

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