Welcome to the Hertfordshire countryside

The Redcoats farmhouse is situated a few miles outside Hitchin, in the direction of Old Stevenage.

It is ideally situated for walks of various lengths (from the stroll in our very own garden or the walk to nearest pub to the National Trails crossing the Barton Hills National Natural Reserve or Sharpenhoe Clappers), as well as wonderful cycle rides in the glorious countryside. Well, glorious on the way down as it is not always as flat as it looks! No matter, there is usually a pub or some friendly local to come to the rescue…

Explore the local villages and towns


Hitchin is a charming medieval market town with incredible range of shops, restaurants, cafes, pubs and theatres. There are markets on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays as well as a farmers market on the last Saturday of the month there is and a weekly Sunday morning car boot sale.

You can also visit St Mary’s Church, the British Schools Museum and Hitchin Lavender (a 12-acres farm with several varieties of lavender and sweeping views from the footpaths that surround the fields).

Read more about Hitchin on the Visit the Chilterns website

Letchworth Garden City

The world’s first Garden City – planned to combine the best of ‘town and country’ living! From the Spirella Building to the Cloisters, you’ll be fascinated by the range of architecture, from Arts and Craft to Art Deco.

St Paul’s Walden

Home to two 18th century mansions, both standing in parks of great beauty (Stagenhoe and St Paul’s Walden Bury, the latter with strong royal connections, as it is owned by the Bowes-Lyon family and is said to be the birthplace of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother).

Local attractions

Fairlands Valley Park
120 acres of beautiful parkland in the heart of Stevenage including nature reserve, sailing lake and aqua park (summer months only).

Hatfield House
One of the Treasure Houses of England, ten of the most magnificent palaces, houses and castles in England. Visit the House, Park, Gardens, Farm & Adventure Playground. Ice Skating held in the winter. Check website for opening times.

Knebworth House
A beautiful gothic mansion is situated with with fun activities for kids, and lots to do for all ages, including Adventure Playground, Dinosaur Trail, a walk through history in Knebworth House and Gardens and special events throughout the summer.  There is also a licensed restaurant. Check website for opening times.

St Albans Cathedral
The oldest site of continuous Christian worship in Britain and the head of the diocese in which we are located.

Wimpole Estate
A National Trust property with an impressive mansion and Home Farm, park and gardens.

including the safari park, the abbey and the antiques centre

Whipsnade Zoo
part of London Zoo

Imperial War Museum, Duxford
IWM Duxford is Britain’s best-preserved Second World War airfield, with a fascinating history that dates back to the First World War.

incorporating the Shuttleworth Collection, Swiss Garden and Bird of Prey Centre

Shaw’s Corner
National Trust property home to George Bernard Shaw for over 40 years