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In Ashwell, Alder Barn is located on the northern tip of Hertfordshire, just one mile from both the Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire borders, giving excellent access to Cambridge, Bedford, Hertford and more.

Ashwell is just 3 miles form the A1(M) giving excellent access south to London (43 miles to Buckingham palace) and the North.

If you prefer the train, Ashwell & Morden station is only 2.4 miles from Alder Barn, and is on the main line from London Kings Cross to Cambridge:

  • Kings Cross: 1 hour 4 minutes
  • Cambridge: 26 minutes

There are numerous things to do within an hour’s drive for both adults and children whatever the weather.

For more details of what is very near to Alder Barn, our Ashwell Village page give details of food and drink, shopping etc.


Cambridge is a city in the East of England, with settlements dating from prehistoric times, through Iron Age, Medieval, Tudor, to a vibrant modern-day mix of old and new. But most famous for its world-renown university and a hub of scientific discovery. Visit the place where the atom was the first split, where the structure of DNA and electrons and neutrons were all discovered. Where Sir Isaac Newton developed his theory of gravity, Charles Darwin developed his theory of evolution and Sir Stephen Hawking lived and worked.

The small historic town centre is completely pedestrianised, meaning you can walk without worrying about vehicles and really enjoy taking in the sights or better still spend some time on the River Cam, on one of the famous punts, either a self-guided trip or via an organised tour.

There are so many things to see and do; King’s College Chapel dating from 1446, with it’s famous Ruben’s painting ‘Adoration of the Magi’. The Mathematical Bridge in Queen’s College, the Gatehouse to Trinity College – discover why the statue of King Henry VIII is holding an orb and a wooden chair leg…

Add to this a host of amazing restaurants and eateries, museums, theatres, cinemas, galleries, great shopping and good transport links, there’s something for everyone in Cambridge.

Ashwell is only 20 miles from the centre of Cambridge, typically taking 40 minutes by train (from Ashwell and Morden station) or car. So, if you are thinking of a holiday cottage for Cambridgeshire, then Alder Barn is a great option.


The town of Bedford can trace its history back to Anglo-Saxon times, later becoming a busy and popular market town. Lying 46 miles North West of London and on the River Great Ouse, it’s still an industrious and busy town to this day, with everything you would expect in the way of shopping, hotels and restaurants.

Surrounded by open countryside, with the remnants of a medieval castle and many religious sites and churches, there’s plenty to see and do. Including a theatre, The Bedford Corn Exchange - which is now an entertainment venue featuring a variety of performances and concerts. There is also a strong sporting heritage in Bedford with football, rugby, rowing and kayaking all taking place at the various clubs.

All this including country parks, nature reserves and National Trust owned properties, including the spectacular Wrest Park, there’s plenty to do in and around Bedford.

Also, keep your eyes peeled, you may recognise places from your favourite movies, Bedford has hosted filming many times including; Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, Comedy Central and more.

Ashwell is only 18 miles drive from the centre of Bedford, typically taking 30 minutes car. So, if you are thinking of holiday cottage for Bedfordshire, then Alder Barn is a great choice.


The historic market town of Hertford is a mere 20 miles north of London and dates back to the 10th century. It is situated on the confluence of four rivers; the Rib, Mimram, Beane and Lea, with a canal network which connects the town with London via the Lee Navigation and a water bus which runs throughout the summer months.

The town centre is now largely a conservation area to protect the many historic and varied buildings, whilst providing specialist shops, a wealth of restaurants and pubs. With a modern water sculpture depicting the meeting of the four rivers, along with an impressive war memorial monument depicting a brass stag – which gives the town its name – Hertford – from the medieval Harte meaning a stag and Ford, a river crossing.

With a castle, remains of a priory, many historic bridges, beautiful surrounding countryside and many ancient and historic remains, there’s plenty to do and discover in Hertford.

Ashwell is only 23 miles drive from Hertford, typically taking 30 minutes car. So, if you are thinking of a holiday cottage for Hertfordshire, then Alder Barn is a great choice.