Local area

Ashridge Estate is a 2,000 hectare (5,000 acres) area of the Chiltern Hills run by the National Trust. The estate has beech and oak woodlands, commons and chalk downlands. These very different landscapes each support a rich variety of wildlife, including carpets of bluebells in spring, rare butterflies in summer and the fallow deer rut in autumn.

The best way to explore the Ashridge Estate is on foot or by bike. Miles of footpaths and bridleways give you plenty of space to explore, and if you drop into the visitor centre they will be happy to share their favourite routes with you. There is also a fantastic cafe which serves lunches and teas & coffee at Brownlows Cafe at the Monument.

Cycling in the area is excellent. We are on the Chiltern Cycleway and if you like your cycling, either road or mountain biking, this is a must. We do have storage facilities for overnight storage of bikes and a wash down area.

We are very lucky to have an abundance of good local places to eat in the area.

Our local Pub, The Bridgewater Arms, is just a stone’s throw away and serves good pub food.

The Alford Arms in the next door village of Frithsden is an exceptional pub with great beer and excellent food. Tables need to be booked in advance to avoid disappointment. Bar meals are available but space is often at a premium.

The Greyhound and The Valiant Trooper are both good pubs with eating options in Aldbury, which is a lovely walk (cross country on footpaths around 2 ½ miles) from the house through the Ashridge Estate.

In the historical town of Berkhamsted there are many restaurants and cafes to explore. Please see the links below for a list of just a few of them:

Here Cafe 01442 300870 Visit site
I Love Food 01442 877311 Visit Facebook page
Bill’s Diner 01442 862560 Visit site
Zaza 01442 767055 Visit site
The Greyhound Visit site
Valiant Trooper Visit site

For any other information, please see the Berkhamsted Town Guide