The Beale Arboretum
West Lodge Park is an elegant William IV house in Hadley Wood, Barnet, Herts, set within 35 acres of beautiful grounds. It was a hunting lodge within the 8’000 acres of the Enfield Chase, playground for many centuries of royalty, who would come to the Chase in search of wild boar, roe deer and fallow deer. West Lodge Park is now the highest rated four star hotel in Hertfordshire and North London, and has been owned and run by three generations of the Beale family since 1945.
The Beale Arboretum was founded by Edward Beale in 1963, developed further by Trevor Beale and is now run by Andrew Beale with a staff team of three. There are over 800 species of trees from around the world, as well as two Plant Heritage National collections of Carpinus betulus (Hornbeam) and Taxodium (Swamp Cypress). Other impressive trees include a 250 year old Arbutus unedo (Strawberry tree), a 150 year old Cedrus atlantica (Atlantic cedar), Sequoia sempervirens (Coastal redwood), and Sequoiadendron giganteum (Giant Sequoia).
Opening times: Open all year all day
Admission rates: £2.50 adults, free children, free for all guests of the hotel even if just having a pot of tea and biscuits!
Group rates: No minimum size, free for a guided tour midweek, £2.50 per person at weekends.
Events: Guided Tours around the Beale Arboretum at West Lodge Park. The tour begins at 2.30pm in the front lounge and finishes at 4.00pm with either lunch prior, or English Afternoon tea afterwards, served in the Mary Beale Restaurant. See website for dates. Sorry - it's Assistance dogs only in the Arboretum.
Facilites: West Lodge Park Hotel, The Mary Beale Restaurant, the Terrace Bar,
Disabled access: Yes, level access, hard gravel paths, plentiful parking.
Coach parking: Yes
Length of visit: 2+ hours
Booking contact: Jane Gray, PA to the MD, West Lodge Park Hotel, Cockfosters Road, Hadley Wood, Herts, EN4 0PYTel: 0208 216 3904
Location: Hadley Wood, Herts. www.bealeshotels.co.uk/westlodgepark/location