The picturesque village of Ashwell situated in the rolling downs of rural East Hertfordshire was our destination for this weekend.
Although less than 50 miles north of London, it’s a world away from the hustle and bustle of the capital.
The village is well catered for with a convenience store, traditional butchers, a quaint coffee and gift shop and no less than three pubs; The Three Tuns, Rose and Crown and Bushel & Strike.
While we just missed lunch service at the Three Tuns we enjoyed a glass or two of Prosecco in the lovely beer garden.
A restored 14th century cottage, home to the local museum is now open a couple of times a week showcasing local artefacts and houses a Resource Centre due in part to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Ashwell Springs, a biological Site of Special Scientific Interest is also a source of the River Cam; coincidentally the village itself was once home to Erasmus Darwin, great grandson of Charles Darwin, the English naturalist, geologist and biologist.
Another celebrated resident, Kiki Dee was the first white British artist signed to Motown and erstwhile duetting partner of Elton John; both having achieved their first No 1 single in 1993 with ‘Don’t go Breaking my Heart’.
We stayed at Loves Lane, a Camping and Caravanning Club certified site. Sheltered, peaceful, and with immaculately clean facilities this really is a hidden gem and one that we look forward to staying at again.
The annual village open day Ashwell at Home has for the last 30 odd years taken place on a Sunday afternoon in May; another good reason for a return visit.