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Birch Cheshunt

UK England South East England Hertfordshire Cheshunt

01992 633 375   Lieutenant Ellis Way, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire EN7 5HW

  • 140 Guest Rooms
  • Contemporary Luxury
A cool, contemporary country pile escape just outside London for creatives, explorers and dreamers

It's rare to find a complete one-off, but Birch is most definitely that… or, rather, a two-off, because they have two very distinct properties –  one 30 minutes north of London, the other, Birch Selsdon, 30 minutes south.

Birch Cheshunt, the northern outpost, is a sprawling mansion set within 55 acres of mature grounds. Hotel, resort, retreat? It's all of those things, and more. Members' club, wellness space, work getaway, creative hub? That's getting closer. 'Basically a funfair for adults', they say. There are rooms, of course, a wide array in fact – small and large, either with twin beds or giant doubles, and with bath or shower, and also family-and-friends orientated, with bunks, They are calming yet stylish – no TVs or desks, because that's the vibe, but there's a screening room and co-working spaces, because that's also the vibe. The public areas are glamorous and comfortable at the same time, making full use of the dimensions and original features, but places where you can tramp in covered in mud from a yomp in the grounds, lounge on the sofas and chill out over a drink. Kids and dogs, by the way, are all cool too.

There are two restaurants (all-day grill-dining at Valerie's and the farm-to-table Zebra Riding Club), both fabulously stylish, an on-site farm, bakery and cafe, and no fewer than three bars. Want to learn how to make sourdough or bake focaccia? Maybe take a course in composting? That's another bit of the vibe, too, not to mention a stuffed events calendar that encompasses everything from pilates to pottery throw-downs, wine-tasting to shinrin-yoku (the Japanese art of forest bathing) – and they're the more regular-sounding events. Puppy yoga, doughnut-decorating or DJ workshops, anyone? Meanwhile, tucked away in their secret walled garden is a 25-metre outdoor lido with poolside snacks and a bar. It's open from 6am for the early birds among you, and hosts separate kids and family sessions too.

It's a fabulously open, creative, magic-and-mojo sort of place. For those looking for a different kind of escape, it's hard to think of a more fun and welcoming experience, whether you're a couple, a family or solo. Join as a member, and you can come and go as you please. Otherwise, stay for a night or a week, hug a tree, grab a sauna, go for an evening of food and live music in the meadow, make a pizza, meet the animals... You'll never look at a simple hotel stay in quite the same way again.

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The bedrooms are set up to remove the pressures of daily life. A place where you can really switch off. From work, expectation, and information overload. No noisy TVs or boring desks. Just warm, well-crafted, and carefully considered rooms. Plenty of rooms await. Some small and cosy. Others large and light – ideal for a family takeover or a friend’s sleepover. Whatever room you go for, you’ll get big beds and  Simba mattresses. Like most spaces you stay at, Birch has beds. That’s about where the similarities end. While you’re with them you’ll get complete access to the Screening Room, Co-working space, Wellness Space (and all the classes taking place there), and Lido.

Suitable For

Kids are just welcome - we just ask that children are always with a parent or guardian. If you’re sleeping over then you may want to choose a Bunk room which is ideal for families.

Dogs are  welcome in all our communal areas (excluding the Bakery, Lido and Gym). Just be considerate of others. While you love your dog, and we love your dog, not everyone may be a fan. Oh, and please pick up their mess. If you want them to sleep over too just let us know in advance via the comments box at the time you make your reservation so we can plan accordingly. It’s £15 for the stay (per dog max. 2 dogs per room).


Birch looks like a hotel but there’s a lot to do here. We run a full events programme (from art workshops and maker masterclasses, to festivals and parties), a busy workout schedule (30+ yoga/spin/HIIT classes every week), and a growing programme which includes gardening lessons, foraging walks, and pottery classes.Work, rest, and play in our Bakery, bars, two restaurants run by Robin Gill, co-working space called The Hub, Wellness Space, Pottery Studio, screening, music, and art rooms. Of course, you can always just rest and reset with a long sleep and lazy walk around our 55 acres of nature.

Food & Drink

The Zebra Riding Club - expect a showcase of culinary techniques and a selection of seasonal falavours.

Valeries is the all-day dining restaurant in the middle of the Mansion House. Head there for grilled goodies and sweet treats. Meat and fish are cooked on the grill. Pastas and salads are packed with flavour and fizz.

There are three bars at Birch. Expect classic cocktails, wines on tap (literally), and refreshments from nearby producers.

The Bakery produces fresh bread and pastries for the whole site. Regular baking classes take place here, and you can eat the Bakery’s best bits for breakfast in Valeries or at the Links café.

The Links café offers speciality coffee and tea, sandwiches, salads and pastries till midday. You can also buy Birch-made produce, lunch time options from midday till 4pm and during the summer months a picnic bag of goodies all day.


Double room only from £140, B&B from £180

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