Author Archives: James Ruddy

The Swan Hotel and Spa, Lavenham

01/05/2018 by .

As soon as we pass the mass of black beams and wonky leaded windows, it is clear that The Swan Hotel and Spa is still dripping with its 15th-century origins and will be an adventure into an ancient past coupled with plenty of contemporary style.

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The Angel Hotel, Bury St Edmunds

01/05/2018 by .

Bag a room at the front of the Angel Hotel, in Bury St Edmunds, and you will be looking out over a huge cobbled square that has changed little for many centuries, certainly since the arrival of the railways in 1846 ended its role as one of the key coaching inns between London and East Anglia.

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Allington Manor

03/04/2018 by .

Britain is celebrating its Bed and Breakfast places with the first national day this month. James Ruddy reveals the highlights of a night at one of the new breed of historic and luxurious manor houses, near Margaret Thatcher’s birthplace.

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The Signal Box

06/03/2018 by .

Ever wondered what life would be like hidden away in a romantic and luxurious railway signal box in deepest North Norfolk? James Ruddy reveals all.

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Inspira Santa Marta Hotel

23/01/2018 by .

If it was a Jamie Oliver recipe, it might well be called ‘Green Hotel Casserole’. The mixture is simple: take an elegant 18th-century building in central Lisbon; mix in lots of Feng Shui design, stir in some socially responsible touches and add stacks of sustainable stuff – then hey presto, taste the Santa Marta experience.

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Slieve Russell Hotel

12/10/2017 by .

It was no surprise that a red, amber and green traffic lights warning system was operating to ease guests through the hotel’s busiest breakfast session times.

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