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  • Exclusive accommodation on a peaceful private estate
  • On the edge of Heartwood Forest; 15 minutes' drive from St Albans
  • Luxurious bell tent with kingsize bed and plush interiors

As swish stays under canvas go, this handsome Hertfordshire glamping spot is quite a corker: a single secluded tent is set on a 102-acre estate 15 minutes' drive from St Albans, where you'll only have sheep and the odd llama for neighbours.

Hillend Farm Heartwood is on the edge of Heartwood Forest, an 800-acre wildwood with tons of trails to tread. The accommodation is located in a prime grassland spot that overlooks hills dotted with native trees (make sure to bring a pair of binoculars, as foxes, larks and other beasties are known to roam these parts).

The interior of the tent is decked out safari-style, with thick rugs for comfort underfoot and gorgeous lighting. The sleeping arrangements come in the form of a comfy kingsize bed, with a sofa bed sorted for parties of more than two. Tea and coffee facilities are included, as is outdoor furniture where you can sit and survey the splendid surrounds (the alfresco seating options also come in handy when lighting up a barbecue).

Toilets and showers are 120 metres away at the main house; a laundry service can be sorted by arrangement. This site is as private as they come, but the friendly owners are on hand to help throughout your stay and to direct you to their favourite local haunts.

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Absolutely beautiful spot, and luxuriously furnished tent.07/26/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomStacey S.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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    Beautiful private location, well appointed, gloriously comfortable bed. I’ve been glamping many times and this is absolutely first rate. Hosts were charming, and very responsive. Woodlands that border the property are great for walking and you can walk to local pubs.


    Nothing! The children (7 and 9) both loved it too, but it’s not particularly set up for children and they were very grumpy when the pool was unavailable as it was being cleaned/treated.

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Thank you so much for the kind words - we thoroughly enjoyed hosting you - and the Pool was unavailable on the Friday, as it was being treated, for which we apologise. Once again, thanks for the review, and we really are glad you enjoyed your stay with us.

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Bar or club house

Cycle hire

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Fitness centre

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Recreation room/arcade

TV room




Amenities on park

Bath available

Car parking by site/unit

Composting toilet

Dog park

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom


Pick-up from public transport


Pub toilets


Shower available

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Wheelchair access


Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome


Barbecue grills allowed

Barbecue provided

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed

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Hikers’ paradise



Wildlife haven


Charging facilities

Communal fridge

Dump station

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No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

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Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

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  • Sandridge, St Albans, Hertfordshire, England, AL4 9FH
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 51.7911°N 0.3120°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
St Albans: St Peters Street Coach Stop — 4.5 kilometres
Hatfield (Herts): The Galleria Coach Stop — 5.9 kilometres
Welwyn Garden City: Bus Station — 7.5 kilometres
Train stations
Harpenden Rail Station — 3.8 kilometres
St Albans Rail Station — 4.6 kilometres
St Albans Abbey Rail Station — 5.6 kilometres
Ferry ports
Kew Pier — 33.9 kilometres
Savoy Pier — 34.1 kilometres
Embankment Pier — 34.2 kilometres
London Luton Airport — 10.8 kilometres
London Heathrow Airport — 36.6 kilometres
London Heathrow Airport Terminal 1 — 36.7 kilometres


Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

To the untrained eye, the grand oaks and bluebell glades of Heartwood Forest (a few minutes' walk from site) look a lot like ancient woodland. In fact, most of this place was farmland not so long ago (hence why you'll be asked to stick to the paths and allow the saplings space to put down roots). Horse riders, joggers, cyclists and walkers are all welcome to ramble here.

St Albans (15 minutes' drive), in contrast, is a place of proper history. This ancient Roman city is home to an impressive cathedral (highlights include its renowned rose window and medieval wall paintings) and the Verulamium Museum (a showcase of local artefacts from 2000 years ago). There are also plenty of leafy spots near the town centre like Verulamium Park, where you can take lakeside strolls and peruse open-air Roman ruins.

This site's friendly llama answers to the name of Des – if his antics have you in the mood for more animal encounters, head to Whipsnade (25 minutes) to explore Britain’s biggest zoo. Fancy some mythical creatures instead? Warner Bros. Studios Tour London (25 minutes) – a.k.a Harry Potter World – is within easy reach.

Must see

  • Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban (5.0 kilometres)
  • Willows Farm Village (7.6 kilometres)
  • Hatfield House (7.9 kilometres)

National Trust

  • Shaw's Corner (5.7 kilometres)
  • Whipsnade Tree Cathedral (16.6 kilometres)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

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  • What attractions are near Hillend Farm Heartwood? To the untrained eye, the grand oaks and bluebell glades of Heartwood Forest (a few minutes' walk from site) look a lot like ancient woodland. In fact, most of this place was … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Hillend Farm Heartwood?
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    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  6:30 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the terms and conditions.

All guests spending the night at the park must present their ID at the reception desk and sign registration forms.
At least one of the party members must be aged 20 or over.

Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 7 day(s) of arrival.

Bookings must not be for more than 10 consecutive nights.

Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.
Continental touring caravans (caravans built with the door on the right-hand side) are not permitted.

Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via

Group bookings of 4 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).

Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch with them as parts of the park are unlit.

If the reception is closed on arrival, please check in at the farm.

In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.

Changes to your holiday
Modifications are subject to a £50,00 (R1 045,88) fee.

No bachelor/bachelorette parties permitted via

Arrivals and departures
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Open fires are prohibited.

Public areas are non-smoking.
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and trunks must be closed quietly.

Reception is unmanned after 6 p.m.. Please inform the park while on your way there should you expect to arrive after this time, so that the team can provide information about your unit/pitch.

Refunds within the indicated cancellation period are only possible if the site is able to relet your unit/pitch.

Single-sex bookings of 3 or more people (excluding couples) are not permitted via

The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behavior is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.
The park is not liable for any refund in the event of force majeure.

Arrivals and departures
The park will send you further check-in information 1 day(s) before your arrival.
There is no reception at this site. Please check in at the Call the mobile telephone given instead.

This is a quiet park: no music is allowed.

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Unsupervised minors must have a letter of authorization from their parents or legal guardian.

Visitors are not permitted on site.
Visitors’ cars are not permitted on site.

Hired accommodation
Your unit must be left clean and tidy, a fine of £30,00 (R627,53) will be charged for unclean units upon departure.