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Whether you have been living in our part of Hertfordshire for a while or you are a relative newcomer to the charms of this legendarily green county, it’s hard to argue against its suitability for golfing – after all, few areas of the UK can boast such beautiful and extensive rolling countryside. 

You won’t be too surprised, then, to hear that there is many a golf country club in Hertfordshire. But which characteristics should you seek in such a club, and why is Shendish Manor a strong proposition in this regard?

1.    A challenging golf course

One of your very first priorities will always be the standard of the course itself. Our own 5660 yard, par 70 course provides an excellent mix of hazards through both parkland and woodland copses, having been designed to US PGA specifications. 

2.    Reasonable green fees

Yes, you may expect a lot from a golf country club in Hertfordshire, but you shouldn’t be priced out. Thankfully, the current weekday green fees here at Shendish Manor are just £16.50 for those aged over 60, and £13.50 for golfers in the 16-and-under age bracket. The equivalent fees at weekends are £23.50 and £18 respectively.

3.    Strong transport links

Shendish Manor is located in Apsley, a charming 19th-century mill village near the towns of Watford and Hemel Hempstead, which are both a less than 10-minute drive away. Even central London can be reached in a mere 30-minute train ride, which helps to make our golf country club in Hertfordshire not only a convenient one to reach, but also attractively located for a golf break. 

4.    The opportunity for corporate membership

As more companies continue to base themselves in the Watford and Hemel Hempstead areas, so more firms are contemplating investing in corporate membership of the Shendish Manor Golf Club to reward their hardworking employees. Both standard and tailor-made packages are available.

5.    Attractive golf-break packages

Alternatively, you may be based much further afield than Hertfordshire, or you may simply be interested in a short stay that incorporates all of the best things about a great golf break. Book a golfing holiday at Shendish Manor, and you can look forward to a comfortable and spacious bedroom, a fulfilling breakfast, a delicious three-course dinner and a couple of rounds of highly stimulating golf. 

The Shendish Manor Golf Club is open – weather permitting – 365 days a year. So why not call us now, on 01442 251806, to learn more about how you can become a member or otherwise take advantage of a golf country club in Hertfordshire that truly caters to its users’ needs?

     

 

 

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Most of us, if we were asked, would express a wish to tie a knot in a location that intrigues us. That’s one reason why so many people are drawn to historic settings when they are seeking out wedding venues – and as one of the most popular wedding venues in Apsley here at Shendish Manor, we can confirm that the village is definitely an interesting place to formalise one’s union. 

So, why should you be especially intrigued by the thought of getting married here?

It’s steeped in history 

For such a seemingly unassuming location, Apsley has certainly played a key part in British history. It was here that, during the 19th-century Industrial Revolution, saw extensive paper making activity, thanks partly to the construction of what later became the Grand Union Canal, but also to a man known as John Dickinson, who purchased an existing mill in the locality in 1809.

Dickinson will always be known in history as the inventor of a new method of continuous papermaking, which was to be so successful that the last warehouse in the area bearing his name did not close until 1999, some 130 years after his death. 

Today, the sole surviving member of a number of 19th-century paper mills in Apsley is Frogmore Mill, which now houses a museum.

Meanwhile, back in the mid-19th century, an impressive residence had been built on the Shendish Manor estate under the ownership of Dickinson’s business partner Charles Longman. Having passed through the Longman family for the rest of the 19th century and into the early 20th century, the property was sold to John Dickinson Stationery in 1936. 

That property is, of course, today’s Shendish Manor

The same Victorian splendour enjoyed by generations of the Longman family – now better known for its publishing activities – remains evident at the present-day Shendish Manor, which has risen to become no less than one of the most esteemed wedding venues in Apsley.

The remarkable heritage of our surroundings is even alluded to in the name of one of our wedding suites – the Apsley Suite, which with its elegant decor and sparkling chandeliers, offers the perfect ambience for newlyweds and as many as 320 guests. However, another impressive space – the mid-19th century Manor House itself – is also available, and exudes undeniable historical charm. 

So, there you have it – the humble mill village of Apsley is a rather more special place to get married than you might have ever thought. So, why hesitate to make Shendish Manor your first choice among the many other highly regarded wedding venues in Apsley?

 

 

 

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We’ve always had a taste for big events here at Shendish Manor, as you will be able to appreciate merely by glancing at our special events page. However, there’s one event, in particular, set to take place at our hotel that could be invaluable for your preparations for your own special day: our Wedding Fayre

It happens from 11am to 3pm on Sunday 14th January 2018, is free to enter and gives you the perfect opportunity to talk to a range of exhibitors about the services they could provide to help to make your nuptials a resounding success.

It’s also an obvious chance, of course, for you to get ‘up close and personal’ with the Victorian splendour of Shendish Manor itself. Once you’ve discovered our charming venue and its 160 acres of elegant parkland and formal gardens, you may not feel the need to consider any other wedding venue! 

Could we represent the perfect wedding package in Hertfordshire?

When you think of all of the things that a dream wedding venue typically offers, it’s difficult to deny that Shendish Manor offers stronger credentials than almost anywhere else in Hertfordshire. There are certainly few buildings in the county that are more distinguished from a historical standpoint; there has been a manor on this site since about 1300.

That sense of history is also apparent through such in-demand spaces for wedding receptions as our Manor House, which dates back to 1853 and boasts the high ornate ceilings, oak panelling, Jacobean fireplace and sweeping staircase that truly mark it out as somewhere special. Its maximum capacity – including evening guests – is 160, although we can also offer the sophisticated Apsley Suite in the east wing of our property, which is suitable for as many as 320 guests. 

All in all, you could hardly hope to find a more inspiring place to tie the knot with your beloved, not least given the presence of our knowledgeable and experienced Wedding Co-ordinators, who will be able to assist in making your wedding day an occasion to remember for all of the finest reasons. They will also be available for you to talk to at the Wedding Fayre.

Make the most of your visit this New Year 

We can’t think of many better ways to welcome in the New Year than taking those first steps that are so crucial to ensuring that your wedding day passes by without a hitch (other than you getting hitched). Why not take the chance while you are here to also enjoy a Light Lunch or Traditional Afternoon Tea with us, while you consider the merits of our wedding package in Hertfordshire?

Call our Events team now on 01442 232220, or email them via salescoordinator@shendish-manor.com, to find out more about our Wedding Fayre and how it could help you to prepare in the best possible way for the most important day of your life 

 

 

 

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Anyone who is even vaguely familiar with our historic hotel here at Shendish Manor will probably know that we have quite the ‘thing’ for lunch offers, and the Christmas and New Year period is no different. As a matter of fact, we have a comprehensive calendar of exciting events lined up, as you can appreciate when you download our Christmas brochure

Making lunches a bit special is something that we love doing at Shendish Manor, not least as we also have some truly beautiful suites in which to hold them. But what are our favourites among our festive season lunch offers that you can take advantage of right now?

Sundays just don’t come any more festive 

If you and your friends or family intend to be in West Hertfordshire on Sunday 17th December, you might be interested in booking our Festive Sunday Lunch for that date.

It will be a delicious three-course lunch with coffee and mints, and for which the price is £19.95 for each adult, and £9.95 for every child aged between three and 12. 

There can be no better way to mark Christmas Day

How are you planning to spend Christmas Day itself? You could, of course, just stay at home like you always do, or you could celebrate it in thoroughly remarkable style by attending our very special Christmas Day Luncheon.

Priced at £89 for adults and £45 for children, our Christmas Day Luncheon will be far from just another Christmas lunch. It will involve our dedicated chefs carefully preparing some utterly magnificent cuisine for you and your family, the festive spirit even further maximised by the fact that Santa will have dropped by the previous night with gifts for all of the children. 

Whoever said Boxing Day couldn’t be special?

Boxing Day may not exactly rank as the most memorable day of the year for most of us – you might usually spend yours snoozing at home amid all of the unwrapped presents – but it’s a very different matter when you instead spend it at Shendish Manor.

We have a fabulous three-course lunch on offer for Boxing Day this year, presenting you with the perfect opportunity to relax with family and friends and enjoy a pleasant stroll in our hotel grounds. The lunch itself is complemented by coffee and mince pies, and can be enjoyed for just £32.50 for each adult, and £16 per child. 

With such a wealth of festive season lunch offers and other captivating events planned throughout the winter here at Shendish Manor – as are outlined in our informative Christmas brochure – you really don’t need to make plans to dine or stay anywhere else this Yuletide!  

 

 

     

 

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We all know it, so let’s just remind ourselves of it: Christmas Day is truly the most special day of the year. Here at Shendish Manor, we’d also like to think that we’ve not forgotten one of the most important things about Christmas Day – the opportunity that it presents to get together with your loved ones, share gifts and simply have a wonderful time in each other’s company. 

We’re mentioning all of this because we think that Christmas Day should be celebrated in the utmost style. So why not have your Christmas Day lunch in Hertfordshire, or to be more exact, at our resplendent historic venue here at Shendish Manor?

Our Christmas Day Luncheon simply should not be missed 

The splendid Victorian architecture of our manor house and our well-appointed rooms help to make our hotel a very welcoming place to spend the festive season. But we’ve also not lost sight of the fact that what matters, more than anything else, are the experiences you have with other people celebrating this most special time of year.

You can rest assured that our Christmas Day Luncheon reflects the special nature of the day. It entails our dedicated team of chefs carefully preparing dishes that you will remember for their magnificence for many months and years to come. Santa will have already stopped by the previous night to drop off gifts for the children, so you’ll be able to focus on enjoying the gastronomic delights of the Christmas Day lunch in Hertfordshire that you simply should not miss. 

Those delights include a choice of such starters as cream of butterbean soup, chicory tart, walnut and pear salad, or smoked salmon and brown shrimp roulade. Then, it’s time for your main dish – how do the likes of roasted Norfolk turkey breast, oven baked lamb rump and baked tomato galette sound?

Your dessert options range from traditional Christmas pudding and tangy lemon tart to chocolate truffle torte, while a selection of British cheeses, crackers, grapes, celery and fruit chutney will also be available. Oh, and there are the obligatory mince pies, too! 

Book your place at this very special event

Your Christmas Day lunch in Hertfordshire shouldn’t just feel like any old lunch in any old place. With that in mind, we’d urge you to get in touch now about our Christmas Day Luncheon, for which reservations are available from 12noon until 3pm, priced at just £89 for adults and £45 for children aged between three and 12 years old.

It’s a good idea to act fast to secure your place, as we suspect this is one festive event of ours this year that will very quickly sell out!

 

 

     

 

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Where better could there be to toast the arrival of the festive season than a green and leafy part of Hertfordshire, in a splendid Victorian property set in 160 acres of stunning parkland and formal gardens, with all of the ‘creature comforts’ and fine dining that you could hope for? That’s the experience that awaits you when you book one of our many remarkable Christmas and New Year events this year at Shendish Manor. 

Our historic manor house has long been one of the places to be seen in this beautiful and well-connected part of the country, throughout the year. But of course, nothing beats the magic of Christmas – nor the enchanting way we mark it, as you’ll quickly appreciate when you download our festive-season brochure.

What amazing events do we have planned? 

Whenever and however you wish to celebrate this extremely special time of year, we’re confident that you’ll find something enticing in our complete Christmas brochure. We certainly have no shortage of festive season lunch offers right now – what about a lovely three-course Festive Lunch in our Orangery Restaurant, for example, along with traditional party novelties? These lunches are available from Monday to Friday during December, priced at just £22.95.

On the subject of lunches, for the same price for adults – and just £10.95 for children aged between three and 12 – you’ve also got the option of attending our Festive Sunday Lunch, which promises to serve up a vibrant and sociable atmosphere for you, your friends and family. Again, a delicious three-course meal awaits you, complete with coffee and mints. 

Meanwhile, the most spectacular lunch of all that we have lined up for this winter is the Christmas Day Luncheon, for which our chefs will diligently prepare their very best dishes, with the benefit of an attentive yet discreet service. With Santa having stopped by the night before to drop off gifts for the children, it’s an occasion that represents amazing value, priced at a mere £89 for adults and £45 for children.

Nor, of course, do you have to restrict yourself to mere lunches with us over the coming months. Why not join us for our New Year’s Eve Dine and Disco, for instance? It’s an even more relaxed celebration than the aforementioned events, a two-course meal being followed by our DJ helping you to party the night away, right the way until 1am. It promises to be a fabulous occasion for just £39.50 per person. 

Don’t look anywhere else for an incredible Yuletide party or lunch! 

A very special time of year calls for a very special celebration – or several! Quite simply, there’s no need to consider any other place for a festive party this year than our gorgeous little corner of West Hertfordshire, and you’re welcome to stay over with us as 2017 becomes 2018, too. 

We are hugely renowned for our Christmas and New Year events here at Shendish Manor, so be sure to act fast to take advantage of our Yuletide party and festive season lunch offers, before all of our remaining spaces have been snapped up.

         

 

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Our Apsley Suite here at Shendish Manor is already a very special place – it is, after all, the contemporary wing of our hotel, but also an atmospheric one with its elegant decor and sparkling chandeliers that help to make it the perfect place for a celebration.

Well, a celebration is certainly what we have planned for this impressive space – capable of accommodating as many as 350 guests – this New Year’s Eve. It is then that a Gala Dinner will take place, presenting you and someone special with the opportunity to enjoy a stunning five-course meal, along with the entertainment that will enable you to see in 2018 in a simply incredible way.

Our New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner costs just £95 for each non-resident, and £169 per person for the residential package, with the latter including overnight accommodation in our resplendent Victorian building. But what else, exactly, can you look forward to for that outlay?

It promises to be a truly wonderful evening

When you are booking a place for you and your beloved on a Gala Dinner, it probably goes without saying that the meal will be the main attraction – and there’s no doubt we have made a huge effort to make this year’s dinner one of our most memorable to date.

It all starts with Amuse Bouche, followed by such options as cured salmon gravlax, chicken, apricot and black pudding terrine, and roasted pepper and tomato soup. For your main dish, you can choose from the likes of beef fillet Wellington, pan-fried salmon fillet and cannelloni with aubergine, olives and feta.

This will be followed by dessert, with your choices here including a selection of British cheeses, double chocolate torte and cherry cheesecake. Coffee and petits fours, and then a glass of Champagne will enable you to see in 2018 in the utmost style.

Meanwhile, the entertainment for this very special black-tie event will start with a first-class saxophone and clarinet player, playing a selection of songs to get you into the mood for our resident DJ, who will take you into the night with a number of hits.

Secure your place for this amazing evening now

Don’t miss your opportunity to attend one of the most special events we will hold all year! Call us now on 01442 232 220 or email conferences@shendish-manor.com to make a provisional booking – which we are able to hold for up to 14 days – and don’t forget to to discover the other amazing events we have planned throughout the festive season. 

 

     

 

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You might have expected such a resplendent historic venue as ours to represent the finest in gentility, and that is rarely a truer characterisation of the atmosphere here at Shendish Manor than during our Traditional Afternoon Teas, which have become something of a legend among our regular special events.

If you have never before attended a Traditional Afternoon Tea with us before, they’re very much what they sound like: gentle occasions to enjoy with your family, friends or loved ones, tucking into a selection of finger sandwiches and assorted other menu items and desserts. They’re great occasions on which to get together, have fun and generally chat the afternoon away.

Well, we’re delighted to announce that our ever-popular Traditional Afternoon Teas aren’t going anywhere this Christmas! In fact, they’re being given something of a seasonal twist, as we explain in greater detail below.

A proper festive afternoon tea, done the Shendish Manor way

Available on any weekday between 12:30pm and 5:00pm and any weekend between 1:00pm and 5:00pm right through the festive period, a Christmas Afternoon Tea with us combines dainty finger sandwiches with freshly made scones, afternoon cakes and mince pies, for the ultimate Yuletide feeling.

All of the above can be booked for a mere £18.95, with Christmas Tipples also available at an additional charge. However, we would advise you to book quickly if you fancy joining us, as we expect all of the events in our packed Christmas programme this year to be subject to huge demand.

Alternatively, you may be interested in the Festive Afternoon Tea with Local Choir that we have planned for Sunday 10th December. It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy all of the things that make our Traditional Afternoon Teas wonderful, tucking into the buffet to a soundtrack of some of the area’s fabulous singing talents.

The price for the aforementioned event also represents excellent value, at £19.95 for adults and £9.95 for children aged between three and 12 years. It really does promise to be an exceedingly memorable occasion in all of the finest ways.

There’s only one place to spend Christmas this year

How could you possibly see out 2017 anywhere other than the splendid Shendish Manor? Simply download our Christmas programme now to discover more about the special events we have lined up throughout the festive period, and which may represent the perfect way for you to celebrate Yuletide in Hertfordshire, whether you are coming to visit us from near or afar.

 

     

 

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Since the conversion of our historic country house into a hotel in the 1990s, it’s fair to say that we’ve had a bit of a ‘thing’ about Christmas. After all, you would struggle to find a more resplendent venue anywhere in Hertfordshire in which to celebrate it than Shendish Manor, with its Victorian main building but also much longer history, going as far back as the 13th century.

We’re sure that right now, though, you’re much more interested in the future than in the past, especially if you’re seeking the perfect festive season lunch offers that will enable you to enjoy both Yuletide and the New Year in style.

You’ll find more information about all of them in our Christmas brochure that we have just released – but what are some of the highlights of this season’s packed events calendar?

The perfect dining experience to end 2017

How has 2017 been for you? Has it been a year in which so many of your personal and professional dreams have come true, or are you already looking towards 2018 in the hope of better things? Regardless of your answer to such questions, you couldn’t end the year in a finer manner than by taking advantage of Shendish Manor’s many great festive season lunch offers.

Our Orangery restaurant has always had plenty of admirers, for instance, and when you purchase our Festive Lunch in the Orangery deal for any weekday throughout December, you’ll be able to revel in a delightful three-course menu with coffee and mints, in addition to traditional party novelties.

Or, if you have space in your calendar on Sunday 17th December, Shendish Manor is surely the place you need to be, given the Festive Sunday Lunch that we have planned, and which will again present you with a delicious three-course menu complemented by coffee and mints.

Amazing deals that just keep on coming 

That’s not all, as we also continue to offer well-priced and exquisite lunches and dinners throughout the Christmas and New Year period. They include our Christmas Celebration Nights that are just the ones you need to know about if you wish to follow up your three-course dinner by partying the night away with our first-class disco. Various dates are available from late November and throughout December, sold on a ‘first come first served’ basis, so we would advise you to act fast to avoid disappointment.

Alternatively, you may simply decide to book the ‘big one’ – our Christmas Day Luncheon, where you will benefit from a magnificent lunch prepared by our dedicated team of chefs. A glass of Champagne will be provided on arrival, and with Santa having stopped by the previous night to drop off the children’s gifts, it promises to be a wonderful night for the entire family.

Even after all of that, we’ve got a Boxing Day lunch, New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner and New Year’s Eve Dine and Disco lined up for you all. We really do believe in treating you throughout the festive season here at Shendish Manor. 

Could you possibly need any more of an excuse to download our informative Christmas season brochure to discover our wealth of festive season lunch offers for 2017?

     

 

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