What We Love
- A charming boutique hotel near historic Hitchin in Herts, with breakfast and welcome proseccoGetting a gang of friends and holing up in this rustic escape
- Being just a 30-minute train ride from central London
- Choosing from more than 30 varieties of gin at the stylish bar
What To Know
- Executive balcony bedrooms overlook the hotel gardens
- The Needham House Spa has a hammam and Swedish sauna
- Free WiFi
Having recently re-opened following a full refurbishment, this hip sleep in the picturesque Hertfordshire village of Little Wymondley is a cool pick. Not only will you have both the medieval market town of Hitchin and the ancient Roman settlement of Stevenage on your doorstep, but you’ll be an hour’s drive from central London – or just 30 minutes if you take the train.
But location aside, it’s the on-trend guest rooms that give the hotel its modish edge. There’s boutique-chic decor, floor-to-ceiling windows and super-comfortable beds swathed in designer bed linen. Days can be spent visiting the gorgeous gardens at nearby Knebworth House. Equally worthy of your attention is the sleek Brasserie SG4 with its show kitchens and booth-style seating, and the too-cool bar with its top-notch gin and champagne menus.
How to Get There
Had a pleasant one night business stay at Needham House and had no complaints. Room was clean and well spaced out. The bath room and shower were excellent. The BAR area was well manned and drinks were good. Breakfast next morning was self service, struggled to find the juice but over all great breakfast. Definitely recommend.
Mrs Village Joiner and I were given a gift voucher for a two course dinner at what is supposedly a four star Hotel. Restaurant area is pleasant enough and we were seated promptly close to the open kitchen area. We had a main course and a pudding.
You would think Xmas Turkey lunch would be a breeze, oh no it's not. The Turkey wrapped in bacon with stuffing in the middle was fine, gravy was like salted water, and whilst vegetables can be eldentay (sorry about the spelling) warm raw vegetables are not. Cauliflower cheese was okay though.
Xmas pudding was bloody awful, the pudding was flat, dry, and would be better suited as tyre material. Who in their right minds put ice cream and custard on the same dish.
Service marginally better, despite forgetting the drinks order and asking for a second time what we ordered. The waitress was polite and the food (I use that term loosely) came out in good time.
Perhaps if the so called Chefs spent less time looking at their phones and drinking coffee/socialising with members of staff, they could improve things. Yes we could see into the kitchen from where we sat.
This was the company Christmas dinner, and we booked a room to stay the night. First impressions were good, the room was ok , but why if you have problems with electrics and can't have kettles in the rooms do you put tea things in the room? Fetching a flask from downstairs is not a practical solution. The shower in the room didnt work properly, alternating between freezing and scalding. The Christmas dinner and disco was again ok but totally spoilt by the presence of Bouncers throughout the meal. I personally found it insulting to think that they needed such security at a company dinner, my partner found the whole thing intimidating. Why does a relatively upmarket hotel reduce itself to Stevenage high street pub level? Unlikely to return.
We have visited for lunch and spa treatments. Staff, facilities and treatments all good and nice. I would recommend to put more signs that relaxation room is a Quiet area as some guests don't care and have very loud conversations including answering phones. Relaxation room was rather not comfortable today because if it.
I didn’t receive a reply to the comments below despite emailing the general manager so thought important to share.
“On a positive note the lodge is an ideal place for a small group of people to gather for a small family event. It was clean and tidy and well stocked on towels / robes.
The frustrations for a self catering venue is there was no kettle. If there is a problem with the kettle tripping the fuse then this should have been addressed electrician wise. Moreover there was no phone to request hot water and during the less than 24 hours we were there a traipse to collect hot water vats occurred numerous times.
It’s marketed as having WiFi - there was no WiFi possible - we mentioned it Saturday evening it wasn’t working and were informed ‘ X will sort it out ‘ We never met X- as we suspected would be the case- as in our hearts we also knew it wouldn’t be sorted. It was a shame as we struggled to share our electronic memories in a satisfactory way. This obviously isn’t a new one off problem as I’ve seen other comments on this site about kettles fuses tripping etc. An electrician should help? “