The Edwgarebury Hotel – Local Attractions Elstree – Things To Do In Watford – Visit Hertfordshire
Elstree enjoys a strong link with the British film industry with many local film studios where recognisable TV and Movies are filmed including Eastenders and Star Wars. The town of Borehamwood also offers an array of shopping facilities and is surrounded by pristine countryside. The Edgwarebury is proud to have played host of films past and present.
Local Attractions in Elstree, Watford & Surrounding Area
Elstree Film and Television Studios
Shenley Rd Borehamwood WD6 1JG
T: 020 8953 1600 W: www.elstreefilmtv.com
Based just outside London, Elstree Studios has been synonymous with film making for the best part of the last century and is proud to still be playing an important role in Film & Television Production.
Aldenham Country Park, Elstree
Dagger Lane Elstree WD6 3AT
T: 020 8953 9602 W: www.hertsdirect.org/aldenham
The park consists of 175 acres of woodland and parkland set around a large reservoir. Attractions include a network of footpaths, Winnie-the-Pooh’s 100 Aker Wood, a rare breeds farm, lakeside and nature trail, children’s adventure play area and picnic site.
History of the Edgwarebury Hotel
The first reputed occupant of Edgwarebury House was Commander Sir Tim Dawson BT, of the Royal Navy in 1540 AD. It remained a private residence for many generations of the Dawson family.
In the early 1930’s it was turned into a Private Country Club and remained so until the late 1960’s. It was operated as a small family run hotel with a fine restaurant for some years until the recent expansion in 1989.
The buildings original features have been retained and added to, several pieces throughout the hotel are of considerable age. The front door for example was originally part of the dungeons in Lewis Castle. The entrance hall is dominated by the original fireplace, this outstanding feature with Italian carved columns supporting the ornate mantelpiece immediately draws the eye and creates a unique setting for events & parties.
The decorative frieze paintings around the upper part of the lobby were executed by Sir Norman Little. They depict scenes from the Spanish Armada. It is understood that some of the wood in the lobby panelling is actually recovered timber from Spanish ships involved in this battle. Another feature is the wooden panel in our Beaufort room, which is believed to date back to the 1600’s. In the bar there is a particularly fine set of old gothic panels made from ships lockers. The frieze over the mantelpiece features some fine carving, which frames a medieval Spanish painting, produced on leather canvas.
The Edgwarebury hotel is set in 10 acres of landscaped gardens and natural woodland, with stunning views overlooking Wembley stadium and Central London. Many television programmes and films have featured the Edgwarebury Hotel as a backdrop.
In addition to this, the Edgwarebury hotel can boast several celebrities past and present as guests including Peter Sellers, Tom Cruise & John Cleese to mention just a few.
Most facilities are wheelchair accessible, refreshments and toilets available. Accessible by car or public transport.
- Elstree & Borehamwood Station (1.5 miles)
- Luton Airport (20.3 miles)
- Heathrow Airport (27.5 miles)
- King's Cross Railway Station (13.5 miles)
- Euston Railway Station (13 miles)
- Paddington Railway Station (12.7 miles)
- Edgware Tube Station (5.6 miles)