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Address: Ayot St Lawrence, nr Welwyn | Hertfordshire, St Albans AL6 9BX, England
Phone Number: +44 1438 820307
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Lovely house and garden

Enjoyed visiting the house, it was very homely and the volunteers gave a lot of information about the house and this made it more enjoyable to visit. The gardens were lovely too

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 October 2016
Christine S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Enjoyed visiting the house, it was very homely and the volunteers gave a lot of information about the house and this made it more enjoyable to visit. The gardens were lovely too

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Welwyn, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

We joined the national trust and this was our first place to visit, the guide was very informative, the house was interesting, the grounds also, worth a visit, nice in the summer to sit in the grounds during one of the plays etc that are put on there each year.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

First visit. I like houses that you can imagine someone living in and this was good. Good views from house over countryside and the garden is pretty. No tea shop and a very small gift shop. You have to navigate narrow country lanes to find it - that's all part of the fun.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

I like this place. Nice sturdy house, in a huge garden... it evokes a period, an atmosphere. It would have been a cosy home, I reckon, somewhere to enjoy reading while the clock ticked, taking afternoon tea in the garden in the summer months, playing the piano in the hallway when friends came for dinner in the winter... It's rather... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

We went on a lovely hot summer's day, which meant we really got to appreciated the beautiful grounds on which the house is set. The house itself was interesting, but it's not a big property so won't make for a whole day out. The volunteers were very helpful and full of information, and we got to see Shaw's academy award... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

We went without children as this is probably not going to offer much for them . However for adults this is charming place and beautiful garden. Our guide was both amusing and knowledgable.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

Interesting to see where GBShaw lived. Not so much a pretty house, but a pleasant middle class home of the early 20th Century. Learn about Shaw and his private life as well as his writing. Brace yourself for the drive up the narrow lanes though.

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Thank Nick083
Farnham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

We enjoyed walking round the garden, and visiting Shaw's writing hut. The guides were good at and able to really able to bring the house to life. They were also helpful in directing us to the local pub for an excellent lunch.

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Thank Elizabeth C
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

Shaw's Corner is a delightful house, small enough to feel like a home. Lovely garden with Shaw's writing hut at the bottom of it. Staff all very friendly and knowledgeable. Enjoyed an excerpt from Pygmalion being read in the orchard.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

George Bernard Shaw's homestead is really incredible. You can see exactly how he lived and wrote all those plays in the little writing shed that is literally an 8 x 10' box in the woodlands on the property. Very clever.

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