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Green, leafy and affluent Hertfordshire isn’t exactly a part of the country known for its lack of golf courses. You may therefore be wondering why you should specifically make Shendish Manor your next golfing destination, even if you don’t intend to stay the night with us.
The truth is that while our Victorian manor house exudes charm and comfort as a place to reside for the night, we have also attracted particular acclaim in recent years as a golf country club in Hertfordshire – and there are so many ways for you to make the most of our course and premises.
First, let’s consider the course itself...
The benefits of our golf course aren’t restricted to its wonderfully tranquil and picturesque setting and easy-to-reach location, a less than 10-minute drive away from Watford and Hemel Hempstead.
That’s because our 5660 yard, par 70 course also provides a thrilling experience for novice and seasoned golfers alike, with its varied hazards through both parkland and woodland copses, all designed to US PGA specifications.
...but there are so many other amenities to enjoy
Every good golf country club in Hertfordshire knows that a rewarding golfing holiday, break or visit is about so much more than the golf itself – and sure enough, our facilities are among the best that you will find anywhere in the county.
Head towards the 19th hole, for example, and you will find the Coach House, from which buggies and trolleys can be hired. There’s also an excellent bar here for when you fancy a satisfying breakfast or meal.
Why not make a break out of it?
While we have various membership options from which you can choose – and which are likely to be of particular appeal if you are based close to our hotel – we are also renowned for our highly flexible, value-for-money and stimulating golf breaks.
If it’s the latter that you wish to book, our reservations team will make the entire process easy for you. We offer not only standard golf break packages, but also a tailor-made service if you would like your next golfing holiday to cater to even the finest details.
But even just a typical golf break with us gives you so much of the best that we have to offer as a golf country club in Hertfordshire. Several enthralling rounds of golf, a relaxing stay in a twin or double bedroom, a satisfying breakfast and a delicious three-course dinner can all be included in a golfing package with us, at a very reasonable price.
With various interesting offers and promotions running throughout the year, if you’re on the lookout for the perfect golf country club in Hertfordshire, we reckon here at Shendish Manor that your search may just be over.
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It may seem as if almost anywhere can serve as a wedding venue these days, but let’s be honest: when it comes to the most romantic day of our lives, great numbers of us like to keep things traditional. English country houses continue to attract loved-up couples who want to get married in a truly idyllic setting – but Shendish Manor has a more fascinating history than most other venues.
Our original Manor House may date from the mid-19th century, but the site’s developed history goes as far back as Norman times. It is thought that William the Conqueror’s brother sublet the farmhouse that then occupied the Shendish Manor site to Ralf de Chenduit, with the corruption of his surname over time gradually leading to the present Shendish pronunciation.
At the forefront in the Victorian era
The Victorians transformed the UK in more ways than one. The Shendish site had remained a farmhouse, with some 300 acres, right up to 1853, when it was purchased by Charles Longman, whose fortune partly came from the famous publishing family of that same name. However, he was also a partner in the papermaking business of the local inventor, John Dickinson (1782-1869).
Strong links with the Dickinson family
John Dickinson will always be irrevocably associated with the Apsley area in which Shendish Manor stands. It was he, after all, who invented a continuous mechanised papermaking process and founded paper mills that played a dominant role in the local economy. His company – John Dickinson Stationery Limited – acquired Shendish Manor in 1936, using it as a sports and social club.
Truly impressive wedding suites
Shendish Manor may have been a hotel and conference centre since the 1990s, but it is also now one of the most sought-after wedding venues in Apsley, in part due to its impressively well-preserved historical fabric. The Manor building itself boasts such original features as a Jacobean fireplace, high ornate ceilings, oak panelling and a sweeping staircase. The all-round setting is unspeakably romantic, and evocative of how it would have been like in Charles Longman’s day.
Would you like to immerse yourself in a piece of true living history when you get married? If so, don’t hesitate to enquire to the Shendish Manor team about how we can help you to plan the nuptials that you will remember for – hopefully – many years and decades to come.
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As conditions get brighter and warmer and many of us look to the spring and summer, you might be contemplating what kind of short break you want to take this year. Perhaps you should book a weekend away in the city, head to the countryside or even book a golf package?
Or maybe you could more-or-less do all three, by booking a golf break at Shendish Manor?
We give you everything in a golf break
You might be wondering how any golf holidays in Hertfordshire could possibly tick all of the above boxes – after all, Shendish Manor may be many things, but it is certainly not in a city. We’re actually situated in a 19th-century mill village called Apsley, in a valley of the Chiltern Hills.
We are, however, also a hugely popular hotel located a mere 30-minute train ride from central London, with all of its typical big-name urban attractions ranging from the Tower of London and the London Eye to the National Gallery and St Paul’s Cathedral.
But even if you don’t want to wander very far from your hotel on your golf holidays in Hertfordshire this year, booking a stay at Shendish Manor makes a lot of sense.
After all, our 5660 yard, par 70 course is an immensely rewarding one on which to play, being designed to US PGA specifications and offering just the right mix of hazards through both parkland and woodland copses to keep you stimulated and challenged for round, after round, after round.
Then, there are the rooms in which you can stay when you choose Shendish Manor. 18 beautiful bedrooms are to be found in our elegant original Manor House, which is the epitome of mid-Victorian charm. An additional 52 further air-conditioned rooms can be booked in our modern wing, and are superbly equipped for all of your needs throughout your holiday.
Few hotels offer such attractive golf break packages
We can be very flexible when you are booking a golf break with us. However, as a guideline, a golf holiday at Shendish Manor tends to combine several rounds of golf with a night or two in one of our twin or double bedrooms, a satisfying breakfast and a succulent three-course dinner in our Orangery restaurant.
Plus, with golf holidays in Hertfordshire also giving you ample gorgeous countryside to enjoy, you couldn’t hope for a more inspiring and tranquil backdrop on which to tee off.
So why not find out more today about what a golf break with us entails and to make your booking, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01279 603547?
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Shendish Manor has been hosting special occasions for longer than most Hertfordshire wedding venues. After all, our historic country house was built in the mid-19th century, and there has been a manor here since around 1300.
Weddings in Hertfordshire, of course, are usually pretty magical already, given that this is one of England’s greenest and most beautiful counties.
But you’ve also got no shortage of fine venues to choose from in this jaw-dropping part of Britain. So what are the many ways in which Shendish Manor makes the nuptials of those who book our venue thoroughly enchanting for everyone in attendance?
We get the basics right!
Such is the splendour of our venue that it can be easy to forget the almost endless list of mundane aspects of a wedding that must be dealt with if the day is to be a success.
That’s why we work extra hard in this area – or rather, our knowledgeable Wedding Co-ordinators do, guiding and helping you with your wedding planning before handing over to an experienced manager who will be able to oversee your celebrations on the day.
It’s the kind of fastidiousness for which we have long been renowned, and which assists in ensuring there are no unexpected nasty shocks on the date itself.
We provide the suites that will leave you gasping
The setting is all-important when you are selecting a wedding venue, so it’s just as well that Shendish Manor offers several breathtakingly romantic suites.
The largest of them, the Apsley Suite, offers all of the air-conditioned space necessary for as many as around 320 guests to celebrate in style, with the elegant decor and sparkling chandeliers helping to set the perfect tone.
Meanwhile, our Manor building exudes Victorian charm, its many fine original features including high ornate ceilings, oak panelling, a Jacobean fireplace and sweeping staircase. The largest suite in this part of the property is the Longman suite, which has a capacity of 96 guests for a wedding breakfast.
Both the Manor House and Longman suite also open out onto the grounds of the estate and the Dutch gardens, which provide you with an idyllic spot to enjoy a drinks reception with your family and friends and have some snaps taken by your wedding photographer.
We do everything else needed to make your wedding a triumph
Whether you wish to use your own speciality caterer, take advantage of special bedroom rates for your guests or enjoy all of the convenience of complimentary parking including coach space, there’s little need to look further than Shendish Manor for your choice of venue.
Contact us now to learn more about why no venue does weddings in Hertfordshire quite as well as Shendish Manor does.
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Much has been made in recent times about how we are now firmly in the era of the British 'staycation', in which many of us - rather than jetting off to faraway exotic climes - are renewing our acquaintance with the things that make the UK a fine holiday destination in its own right.
So with that in mind, what do our golfing trips in Hertfordshire offer that makes them such a great alternative to a similar holiday anywhere else in the world?
A suitably challenging course
How does a US PGA-specification, 5660 yard, par 70 course sound for your golfing holidays? Our course here at Shendish Manor is open right through the year, and provides the perfect mix of hazards through both parkland and woodland copses. Whatever your golfing experience and ability, you can expect a rewarding game.
A stunning backdrop
If there's one definite benefit of basing your golfing trips in Hertfordshire, it's the jaw-dropping rural surroundings that you can expect as you tee off. Our own golfing venue doesn't disappoint - after all, we are set in 160 acres of beautiful parkland and formal gardens in one of the prettiest corners of West Hertfordshire.
The assistance of a professional
The best golfing holidays are never just about the enjoyment - they also represent the ideal opportunity for you to improve your game. That's why you may well be interested in arranging private one to one or group lessons with our own PGA professional.
Whether you're enjoying the delightful breakfast served in our Coach House bar that also happens to be conveniently placed for the 19th hole, or tucking into the complete exquisite three-course dinner at our enchanting Orangery restaurant, Shendish Manor provides an amazing gastronomic experience.
A comfortable stay
Across both our original 19th century Manor House and a sophisticated and tasteful modern wing, we offer rooms in which to stay that are highly inviting and equipped with all of the essentials you would expect on your golfing break. By that, we mean the likes of multi-channelled LCD television, complimentary broadband Internet access, hypoallergenic pillows and duvets, and so much more.
Both standard and bespoke golfing trips to Hertfordshire are available to be booked from the Shendish Manor team right now - so why not call 0844 879 7417 or email email@example.com to enquire about them or make a booking?
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If you're still looking up and down the country for the perfect venue at which to tie the knot with your beloved, you may be interested in learning about the many things that make the county of Hertfordshire, in southern England, the ideal place to invite all of your friends and family.
It's just so... green
Hertfordshire is one of the UK's most beautifully rural counties, a quality preserved in large part thanks to the continued extensive use of its land for agriculture. Such jaw-dropping verdant scenery makes a fine backdrop for wedding photos, of course, and when you get married at Shendish Manor, your heart is also sure to be captured by our 160 acres of surrounding parkland and gardens.
You will be well-connected
Do you have friends and relatives that you would like to invite from London or the Home Counties? What about further north, or beyond the UK? Whatever the situation, you can be sure of your guests being able to easily reach us. Our venue is located a mere 30-minute train ride from central London, and the road and rail links to other parts of the UK are strong, too. As for airports, two of Britain's biggest - Stansted and Luton - are within 10 miles (16 kilometres) of Hertfordshire's borders.
Few counties offer so many incredible venues
One of the biggest reasons why there are so many Hertfordshire weddings is the simple fact that there are so many venues that lend themselves beautifully to a ceremony and reception that are memorable in all of the finest ways. We would like to think we very much live up to the county's formidable reputation in this regard here at Shendish Manor, with our splendid Victorian country house and prestigious and spacious suites.
There's plenty to see and do away from the venue
If you're travelling to what may be the opposite end of the UK or even the world to see someone get married or to formalise your own union, it doesn't hurt to be somewhere that is also a delight to visit in its own right. Hertfordshire serves up no shortage of appealing attractions and activities, ranging from Berkhamsted Castle and the Henry Moore Foundation to Hatfield House and Watford Museum - to say nothing of the delights of nearby London.
When Hertfordshire weddings can be as magical and as memorable as those that we hold here at Shendish Manor, why should you feel the need to consider any other venue? Call us now, on +44(0)1442 232220, to learn more about the merits of our exquisite setting for your nuptials.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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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Shendish Manor has been hosting special occasions for longer than most Hertfordshire wedding venues. After all, our historic country house was bui… Read more…
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If you're still looking up and down the country for the perfect venue at which to tie the knot with your beloved, you may be interested in learnin… Read more…
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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 t… Read more…
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