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The Farmhouse at Redcoats, Hitchin

This rustic bolthole on the outskirts of Hitchin is not only a stunning wedding venue, but a charming boutique hotel and 2AA rosette farm-to-fork restaurant too. We feel a staycation coming on...

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The walls of this 15th century farmhouse must have plenty of stories to tell. The family-run 4AA star hotel is positively bursting with original rustic features, enhanced by the sympathetic interior design which stamps quirky and characterful touches throughout, from the optic lights in the cosy bar to the vintage crockery and utensils in the scullery-style breakfast room.

Each of the 27 rooms – four in the main farmhouse, eight in the converted stables and coach house and 15 in the barn – are individually styled, offering farmhouse chic, comfy beds, luxury bathrooms and a little haven of calm away from the choas of modern life. You can even bring your pampered pooch along as dogs are welcomed here. Plus there’s an elegant honeymoon suite for blushing brides and grooms.

Wake up to a hearty farmhouse breakfast in the 2AA rosette restaurant, where Exec Chef Sherwin Jacobs is something of a magician in the kitchen. The seasonally changing farm-to-fork menu features ingredients from local producers wherever possible, including homegrown fruit and veg, game from nearby shoots and Redcoats’ very own honey. Plus there’s an impressive vegan menu, too. Enjoy lunch, dinner, Sunday Roast and Afternoon Tea in the recently refurbished light-filled Orangery, which is beautifully decorated in the signature farmhouse style – cue serious style envy!

And if you’re hankering after a rural barn wedding, this one will stop you in your scrolling tracks – the Grade II-listed oak beamed barn is all your Big Day dreams come true. It was refurbished only in 2018, so has plenty of cleverly hidden tech and subtle modern touches to ensure everything goes smoothly, and it can cater for 120 guests, with everything from bountiful banquets to rustic hog roasts. The barn leads out to a pretty landscaped courtyard and garden – perfect for a sunny reception – and has it’s very own adjoining Cowshed bar, too, for cocktail hour!

Photo credits: Binky Nixon; Rafe Abrook; Em.J Photos; Ayelle Photography

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The Farmhouse at Redcoats, Redcoats Green, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG4 7JR
01438 729500

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