Allington Manor

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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Afternoon Tea at the Savoy

While £65 for tea sounds like a price only an oil sheikh could afford, it really is lunch, tea and dinner rolled up in one – perhaps brunch too, if you take the high tea option, which includes a poached egg with smoked salmon and hollandaise sauce.

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The Salutation Hotel, Ambleside

Having occupied one corner of the centre of Ambleside for more than 360 years, it is not surprising that the Salutation Hotel has acquired both a history and a reputation.

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The Signal Box

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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The Runnymede Hotel and Spa

Maybe it was the effects of a “White Night”   dry gin and pink Mediterranean tonic water but when I looked out of my bedroom window from the Runneymede Hotel I thought I saw a Jacuzzi by the Thames, full of happy looking people waving their hands in the air.

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The May Fair Hotel

The May Fair Hotel opened in 1927 with Royal approval – since then it’s played host to many a celebrity, and is as known for its discretion as much as its flowing champers

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