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Bed and Breakfast to stay in Leavesden

Hi all,

I'm looking for a friendly and smallish bed and breakfast to stay in for a couple of nights in October 2020 in Leavesden.

Appreciate any and all advice!

Thanks,
Virginia

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Do you mean near the Harry Potter studios, near Watford?

Posted by
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Hi Nigel,

Thanks for getting back with me so quickly.

Yes, this is so that we can tour the Harry Potter Studios. Normally my husband and I would do anything to avoid a commercial, touristy place like this but this is a Harry Potter commercial, touristy place! We are great fans of the books and also enjoy the movies. We understand its high price tag, but are still interested.

Do you know of a bed and breakfast that would be convenient? Does it make more sense to look in Watford rather than Leavesden?

Thank you,
Virginia

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Leavesden is a suburb of Watford, just a lot of housing, and an old aircraft factory with runway which they ave turned into a film studio. I would not stay in either (and I used to work in Watford, and drive through Leavesden every day)

I am assuming you have a car, or how are you planning to get around?
I would stay in nearby St Albans, a much better choice.

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Hi Nigel,

Thank you for this great advice! This is our fourth trip to the U.K., and you have helped us out so very much in planning each and every one of these trips. You are such a treasure!! We really appreciate all of your advice!

Indeed, we will have a rental car. I will now start looking in St. Albans as you suggest for a place to stay.

Regards,
Virginia

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I agree with Chris, I really wouldn’t look to stay in Watford and you will certainly struggle to find a decent B&B there anyway.

Having a car will really help. St Albans is a good call. You could also try over towards the Chilterns. Lots of lovely small towns where I am sure you will find more places to stay.

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Hi Emma,

Thank you for recommending the Chilterns. I am not familiar with this area, but I will research some of the small towns in that area.

Thanks very much for your advice!

Regards,
Virginia

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Chris, I really apologize for calling you Nigel!!!

I greatly appreciate your advice, and will be checking it out.

Sheepishly,
Virginia

Posted by
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Being local I don't usually stay north of the city unless I want a car in which case I have been successful with Watford Junction Holiday Inn Express just next door to the station. I've also been very happy with a Holiday Inn Express just off the M25 a bit further east, helpful when I'm at Elstree Studios for the day.

But neither of them are B&Bs - far from it, although they do provide breakfast of a sort and St Albans south M25 has free parking.

Looking at villages in the Chilterns is a most excellent idea.

No shame in wanting to visit the home of Harry.

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Hi Nigel,

Thanks alot for these specific suggestions of places to stay. It seems like they would certainly be convenient. We will need to return our car, and grab a bus or train to Heathrow from Watford, so these places might make alot of sense.

We will be at the end of our 4 week holiday in the UK, and will have stayed in 5 or 6 bed and breakfasts before coming to our last stop here, so staying in a non-B&B would not be all that bad.

Having said that, I will still look into the Chilterns villages. The area looks absolutely beautiful!

Thanks again,
Virginia

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Taking a train from Watford to Heathrow is a real pain because it basically involves going into the city to come back out again. A waste of time and effort. There is a bus/coach that goes between Watford and Heathrow. I can't remember the number off the top of my head but a quick Google will find it.
If it was me I would just book a local mini cab. Watford( and some of the Chiltern for that matter) aren't THAT far from Heathrow. With a couple of you travelling it wouldn't cost much more than tickets on public transport and it will be an awful lot easier.

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Hi Emma,

Thanks for the idea about possibly using a mini-cab rather than public transportation to get to Heathrow! I hadn't even considered it before.

Living out in the boonies way west of Austin, TX, public transportation is not a possibility, so public transport is normally a welcome novelty to us when we travel to the UK. Having said that, we don't want to use public transport if it requires much more time for maybe just a little more money. When we travel what we have the shortest supply of is time!

Thanks again for this idea! Particularly if we end up staying out in the Chilterns somewhere relatively close to Heathrow we may indeed use a mini-cab.

Virginia