Cookies & Privacy Policy

The following information is in response to the New EU law regarding cookies. You may read about the new law here:
The Information Commissioner’s Office –

When someone visits this site we collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. We collect this information in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website. We will not associate any data gathered from this site with any personally identifying information from any source. If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website, we will make it clear and will explain what we intend to do with it.

Use of cookies by

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information for the owners of the site.

We have listed all the cookies we know about at the time of publishing this document. However we do not have control over which cookies a 3rd party (e.g. Google, Facebook etc) may require. These 3rd party cookies may change over time and this may not be immediately reflected in our policy. We aim to provide you with as much information as possible for you to make an informed decision. To this end we have provided links to the Privacy policy of any 3rd Party service we currently use and, where available, a link to their cookie Opt-Out page.

The table below explains the cookies we use and why.

How to control cookies in your browser

You can change the way that your web browser handles cookies for just one site or all sites in general. But be careful, if you disable all cookies you may find you are unable to log into your webmail or do your weekend shopping at your favourite online store.

There are some websites that offer explanations of how to control cookies in your web browser, please refer to them if you would like complete control over your cookies:
A guide to deleting and controlling cookies
A free resource to help marketers and consumers understand the issues surrounding the use of cookies.
Cookies – advice for members of the public.

    • Cookie
    • Name
    • Purpose
    • [This Site]
    • Comments:
      comment_author, comment_author_email, comment_author_url

      Shopping cart:
      cart_in_use, wp-settings-1, wp-settings-time-1, PHPSESSIONID

    • Although this site does not store or directly collect information about you using cookies, we may need to use a cookie to provide a specific function to you. These cookies are session cookies and will generally expire when you navigate away from the site and the browser is closed, unless indicated below. These are most commonly used when we provide a service to you and you communicate with us, e.g. by leaving a comment on a page or when using a shopping cart. Your use of these functions on this site implies consent to the use of these cookies, without which we would not be able to provide the service to you.

      Comments: As a convenience, Cookies are used so that a visitor won’t need to re-type all their information again when they want to leave another comment.
      These cookies will expire in one year.

      Shopping cart:
      Used to build your shopping cart and expire in one or two years as required. You may add items to your cart and return another day to complete your order.

    • Google Analytics

      Google’s Analytics Privacy Policy

      Google Analytics Opt Out Tool (beta)

    • _utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmz
    • These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors arrived from and the pages they visited.
      If you do not want to allow Google Analytics to collect data you may opt out with the link to the left
    • Google Maps

      Google’s Privacy Policy

    • Various unique identifiers, except for PREF which stores your options such as preferred zoom level.

      Most of the cookies expire 10 years after your last visit to a page containing a Google Map.

      Google set a number of cookies on any page that includes a Google Map. While we have no control over the cookies set by Google, they appear to include a mixture of pieces of information to measure the number and behaviour of Google Maps users

    • WordPress

      WordPress cookie information

    • WordPress is the Content Management system that this website uses. In order to present certain features to you cookies may be used.

      WordPress only uses cookies to track a visitor who logs in to the admin console when cookies are necessary for the correct function of the site. By logging in you accept the use of cookies in this way.

      Other visitors to this site will only have cookies stored if they add comments to an article. By adding a comment you accept the use of cookies by this site.

If you have any concerns about our use of cookies please send us a message via our contact page and we will respond asap.

This privacy policy sets out how Gaddesden Estate uses and protects any information that you give Gaddesden Estate when you use this website.

Gaddesden Estate is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

Gaddesden Estate may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from 1st August 2012.

What we collect

We may collect the following information:

  • name and job title
  • contact information including email address
  • demographic information such as postcode, preferences and interests
  • other information relevant to customer surveys and/or offers

What we do with the information we gather

We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:

  • Internal record keeping.
  • We may use the information to improve our products and services.
  • We may periodically send promotional emails about new products, special offers or other information which we think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided.
  • From time to time, we may also use your information to contact you for market research purposes. We may contact you by email, phone, fax or mail. We may use the information to customise the website according to your interests.


We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

How we use cookies

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Controlling your personal information

You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways:

  • whenever you are asked to fill in a form on the website, look for the box that you can click to indicate that you do not want the information to be used by anybody for direct marketing purposes
  • if you have previously agreed to us using your personal information for direct marketing purposes, you may change your mind at any time by writing to or emailing us at [email protected]

We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. We may use your personal information to send you promotional information about third parties which we think you may find interesting if you tell us that you wish this to happen.

You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998. A small fee will be payable. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please write to Estate Office, Gaddesden Home Farm, Bridens Camp, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP2 6EZ.

If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible, at the above address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.