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  • AlinaRC
    Hertfordshire1,535 contributions
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    The grounds of Chorleywood House are a large public open space/ parkland. The most striking feature on arrival is the red and white summerhouse. If you continue past this towards the house, you arrive at a sunken garden and restored formal pond. Continuing on the path behind the house are large rhododendrons, a wisteria and spring bulbs - snowdrops and garlic in season. The lawns around the house and summerhouse also have banks of daffodils.

    Also of interest in the spring is the Woodland Walk to the northeast - it has masses of bluebells as well as primrose and stitchwort. Around Dell Mound are more spring bulbs, and silver birches, which look attractive early in the year. Finally, the orchard is maturing well and of interest in the spring. Early into blossom are pears, damsons, plums and crab apples. These will soon be followed by apples.

    To thoroughly explore the whole grounds would take half a day. To make a day of it, combine with the adjacent Chorleywood Common or Chess Valley Walk, which goes through the northwester part of the grounds.

    There is no getting away from the fact it is close to the M25. The noise levels vary a lot though - it is quietest around the entrance and house, and most intrusive by the river. It does also depend on the time of year - the leaves on the trees block out some noise, and the direction of the wind. There is no access to the house, which is now private flats. In one corner this is also a private tennis club in part of the former walled garden. The red and white summer house opens a few times a year, with an exhibition about local history. There are also two or three public events at the orchard year year. There is no cafe or toilets onsite. Cafe on the Common is only a few minutes walk away from the main entrance and has facilities. Chorleywood House is about 20 minutes walk from Chorleywood tube/train station. There is also parking available onsite.
    Written April 1, 2024
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  • Eleanor P
    Rickmansworth, UK4 contributions
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    A wonderful way to keep fit. Enjoy the views, Meet friendly people. Have to avoid the golfers as I am sure they feel the same.
    Written February 22, 2022
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  • Parm M
    London, UK135 contributions
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    What a stunning woodland! We went in time to see the beautiful bluebells in all their glory. Beautiful tall trees and so calm and peaceful. Lovely place to relax when you want to get away from busy London. Lots of entry points but we parked on the bumpy Old Shire lane. Be ready for uneven grounds and branches along your pathway and a little uphill walking.
    Written May 9, 2022
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  • Matt
    Hertfordshire, UK6 contributions
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    Lovely area, Really enjoyed the experiment. The sights were pleasant and my wife and I were astounded by the area. 10/10 recommend.
    Written June 5, 2020
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  • Rory T
    London, UK519 contributions
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    Very nice church that oozes character. Very well maintained grounds and beautiful interior. Worth a visit if you're passing through Chorleywood.
    Written October 2, 2018
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  • dianella28
    London, UK201 contributions
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    It was the stuff of fairy tales. The roads and pavements around the pub are in a shocking state, emerald moss cushioning thickly in places. I felt like a fairy-tale prince hacking my way through thick forest to reach the castle where the princess lies sleeping. When I saw the letters spelling out "COURAGE" displayed on the side wall of the pub, the U hanging askew, I really felt as if I needed courage. The reviews suggesting an ogre-like landlord had filled me with trepidation. Plus I was soaked by the heavy rainstorm, and disappointed that the Old Shepherd at Chorleywood had been closed, with a sign outside explaining that it was undergoing a refit.
    The Land of Liberty, Peace and Plenty is an unpretentious little place, with many period details. To my relief, there was a pleasant young woman behind the bar. A savoury smell of cooking reached my hungry nostrils. Having ordered a drink and divested myself of my sopping coat and hat, I turned my attention to the idea of lunch. I knew from reviews that there was a very limited food offering, and was not expecting much. When I enquired, it was as I had feared--pasties and pies, but nothing suitable for vegetarians. But as I walked away from the bar, I heard the man standing in front of the bar say, "Bombay potato balls", and to my delight, the barmaid came over and said that I could indeed have Bombay potato balls--if I was prepared to wait for a long time. Which I was indeed prepared to do. So I paid a very reasonable £3.50 and sat down at a corner table.
    There were not many customers around. There were many CAMRA award certificates on display. In fact, one wall of the pub was almost hidden by them. "London Drinker", the local CAMRA magazine, was available to read.
    The pub has black beams, the ends of which are unusually encased in sort of square horse-shoes of iron. The walls are painted creamy white with rough textured finish. I noticed some unlit battery-powered candles sitting on the window sill. This is great to see. It was some time before I noticed the sign asking people not to use their mobile phones--even better.
    Where was the ogre? I didn't see one--not while I was there, anyway. The landlord, if the man standing in front of the bar was he, seemed taciturn but not unfriendly.

    This pub is so celebrated that its awards are in danger of eclipsing the character that makes it so celebrated. It was only afterwards that it occurred to me to wonder what might have been previously displayed on the wall that now had so many certificates on it--old photographs, maybe, or an oil painting?

    The toilets are utilitarian in feel but quite clean. A flyer above the hand basin in the Ladies explained that from January this year, the pub would not open until 3pm on Mondays, to allow for improvements to take place. The normal hours would resume when the Summer months came.

    The Bombay potato ball--for it was one--was a globe of golden pastry, encasing a well-spiced mixture of potatoes and vegetables. A bijou treat.

    As the afternoon progressed, more and more drinkers filtered in, especially at 4pm when the working day for tradesmen ends. I overheard a little snippet of conversation that I thought telling. A customer was recalling with amazement the tiny dimensions of his childhood bedroom in Wembley. This reminds us of the time-honoured journey of Londoners out to the suburbs and the Hertfordshire countryside for a better life and fresher air--a reverse Dick Whittington.

    On the way back to Chorleywood station, I lost my way and saw a red kite, hovering overhead, its breast feathers glowing a dark red in the sun.
    Written February 21, 2020
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