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Stotfold in Central Bedfordshire can be dated back to Saxon times, though it probably goes back far further, its site doubtless attracting settlement because of the River Ivel which runs through it and its location by what became the Great North Road. It may have been traffic on that route that gave the place its name – thought to be derived from ‘stots’ (drovers’ horses) grazed and held in enclosed ‘folds’ as they were driven south. The town features at Stotfalt in the Domesday Book, when it had 200 residents. Today there are more than 7000, a number set to rise with expansion on its southern side. It has a supermarket and several pubs, and is well provided for as regards outdoor leisure spaces including parks, a recreation ground, and water-meadows used as a nature reserve. Stotfold’s most famous daughter is Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton, born there in 1980. In the Domesday Book four mills were mentioned, indicating it was a prosperous place. An early 19th century mill still occupies a spot where a Saxon version once stood. The parish church of St Mary’s has elements which date from the 12th century, and boasts a 15th century bell in its peal. Stotfold is easy to get to by car, just off junction 10 of the A1(M); the nearest train station is in the adjoining small town of Arlesey, just a mile to the west.

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Tudor Oaks Lodge (1.06 miles)

Tudor Oaks Lodge

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Tudor Oaks Lodge, on the A1, one mile past junction 10 northbound, is a complex of buildings with characteristic beams. All rooms have LCD TV. Luxe rooms have four-poster beds and jacuzzi baths, ... More | visit website

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Travelodge Baldock Hinxworth (1.23 miles)

There are loads of reasons our customers choose to stay at Travelodge. Our great value clean and comfortable rooms with en-suite provide everything needed for a good night's sleep and are close to where people ... More | visit website

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Champneys Henlow Grange (2.33 miles)

Champneys Henlow Grange
Henlow Grange blends the tradition of the old with the innovation of the new, offering luxury and grace with a cosy atmosphere that makes every guest feel at home. Henlow has a 50 year history ... More | visit website
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Zeus Hotel and Restaurant (2.49 miles)

Zeus Hotel and Restaurant

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Zeus Hotel and Restaurant building is steeped in history, having been built as a private house and maltings in the early 18th century, when Baldock was a favourite watering place ... More

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Letchworth Hall Hotel (3.57 miles)

Letchworth Hall Hotel

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A fine example of an English manor house, this beautiful 17th century hotel stands within 8 acres of mature landscaped grounds in Letchworth Garden City. Originally built in 1625, Letchworth Hall Hotel ... More

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The Airman Hotel (3.79 miles)

The Airman Hotel

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A privately owned hotel of individual style set the countryside, where our guests are treated with a warm welcome upon arrival. Offering a unique combination of exceptionally resoanable rooms rates, with ... More

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The Three Tuns Hotel (3.86 miles)

The Three Tuns Hotel

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We are a traditional Country Hotel, Pub and Restaurant situated in the heart of the village of Ashwell, North Hertfordshire which is also close to the South Cambridge shire border.We ... More

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Firs Hotel & Restaurant (4.72 miles)

Firs Hotel & Restaurant

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Conveniently located for visiting Stevenage, Letchworth, Luton and Henlow, this family-managed hotel and restaurant has easy access to the A1 (junction 8) and the M1 (junction 10). Enjoy comfortable accommodation, personal service ... More

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Sun Hotel (5.12 miles)

Sun Hotel
The Sun is a traditional coaching inn which has been an important landmark of historic Hitchin since the 1500s. Today's hotel features 32 comfortable en-suite bedrooms including two feature rooms, one with a four-poster for ... More | visit website
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The Jester Hotel (5.14 miles)

The Jester Hotel

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This lovely country inn is located just off the A505 between Baldock and Royston; near junction 10 of the M11, it has great access to the region’s major road network. The hotel’s ... More

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