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Orestone Manor Hotel

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 9:20 am by .

London Paddington was in one of its quieter moods as I took my seat aboard the GWR service to Newton Abbot. A brief but pleasant interlude in the GWR First Class lounge was followed by a remarkably quick journey just three stops later to the peace and tranquillity of south Devon in just under two and a half hours.

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The Petwood Hotel

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 3:31 pm by .

Arrival at The Petwood Hotel was greeted by disconcerting ambiguity. A surfeit of RAF personnel and people dressed in outmoded fashions had me wondering if I had passed through a time warp back to a parallel universe set in 1940s.

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Washingborough Hall Hotel

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 3:06 pm by .

Lincolnshire is not short of stately homes, country houses and castles, notably the Elizabethan mansion of Doddington Hall, and the ghostly haunt of the Pilgrim Fathers, Gainsborough Old Hall.

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The Athenaeum Hotel

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 11:39 am by .

There is something quintessentially British about a hatted doorman. Particularly a very tall one. And perhaps, the quick doff of Jim’s top hat was the perfect introduction to my stay at The Athenaeum Hotel, a Mayfair landmark since 1840.

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Florence Gardens Hotel

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 3:36 pm by .

Portsmouth has been much maligned, Spike Milligan relegated the whole town to Room 101 and sure, a weekend break in Portsmouth doesn’t have the same ring as 48 hours in Corfu or Majorca. You won’t see minke whales, otters or seals frolicking on the coast like you could, up in Scotland. But Portsmouth has a rich literary and naval history, the first Sherlock Holmes was written here. There is a newly restored and amazing dockyard with Henry VIII’s warship the Mary Rose and Nelson’s Victory.

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The Angel Hotel Abergavenny

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 1:49 pm by .

The Angel Hotel Abergavenny has come a long way since its early days as part of the old THF portfolio. Its family ownership over the last fourteen years has lovingly transformed the hotel into one of Monmouth’s destination properties. Particularly relevant considering Abergavenny is the gateway to the Brecon Beacons and a prominent foodie town since the conception of its twice yearly food festival.

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