Westfield Studios

Hatfield, Hertfordshire

Take the train into London (20 minutes) for culture and all the sights then head back to peace and comfort in lovely countryside


4 bedrooms


Sleeps 6


Anne’s creative flair shines brightly at her house in leafy Hertfordshire. An artist, filmmaker and production designer for theatre and opera, she’s a self-styled ‘junk’ creative. This has been the family home for nearly 30 years so it’s filled with books, Anne’s paintings and curiosities, and interesting things at every turn. Dating from the 1850s with attractive Gothic-shaped windows it sits behind a white picket fence in a verdant half acre of garden; there’s an annexe too where Anne and Steve stay when they’re not travelling. Inside find decoupage furniture, an open coal fire, a living room with an eclectic mix of velvet sofas and bright pink lampshades, and a large kitchen with a diverse china collection, wood-burner and French doors to the garden. Upstairs to spacious bedrooms with beds dressed in white cotton; one double has an en suite, the rest share a cream bathroom; and back downstairs is a wacky flowery themed loo. Close to golf courses, Hatfield House, Knebworth, the market towns of St Albans and Hertford – and this is also a peaceful base for exploring the capital.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights, 7 nights in high season. Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Pubs/restaurants 2 miles.


Nightly price
from £143
Weekly price
from £1000
Lowest weekly price for 2 guests.
1 House for 6
From £1434 bedrooms


The house was perfect for a long weekend. It was close to London, which was great for sightseeing, and the actual house was beautiful. The outside gives a country cottage feel, and inside is classic and quaint. The bedrooms in particular were really spacious and the log fire in the evening was very homely. The owners were very accommodating and friendly.

Jenny, Hampshire

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Anne Tilby

  • Nearby Hatfield House, Park and Gardens for events, festivals, markets, coffee and quirky Real Tennis Court. There are also some shops. Visit the Elizabethan Palace's Knot & fragrant Herb Gardens plus Hatfield Park’s Farm Animals! 3 miles away.
  • Explore Mill Green Mill, a wonderful 18th century working flour mill and museum, running various activities and courses while the local baker produces Mill Green loaves. Enjoy a visit to Scott’s Grotto - a shell covered labyrinthine folly near Ware.
  • Ramble along numerous footpaths, through the nature of Essendon valley and the Hatfield House Estate or walk four miles from the house down leafy lanes to the banks of Izaak Walton’s famous River Lee. Horse lovers? Petasfield Riding Stables.
  • The market town St Albans with Abbey and with funky Art Deco Cinema The Odyssey, is steeped in Roman history. On buzzing market days enjoy the shops and stalls before lunching out. From here experience the Harry Potter Tour at nearby Leavesden Studios.
  • For kids Bushcraft Camps run wild adventures in Broxbourne and Hatfield Woods, whilst the Celtic Harmony Camp offers ancient Iron Age crafts and living skills near Brickenden. Paradise Wildlife Park is also nearby as is Willow Pet Farm and Harry Potter!
  • With its 25m swimming pool, gym, exercise classes and sports facilities the University of Herts is a must for fitness. On the same campus the Weston Auditorium stages the occasional concert. There are mountain bike/ bridle paths near to the house.