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Michael Emmanuel of The French Horn – interview

Michael Emmanuel of The French Horn – interview

It was a hot evening, a rare one in England this summer, when we walked into The French Horn. This is perhaps one of the most beautiful of country inns on the banks of the Thames. There was blazing sunshine outside and a roaring log fire inside. In fact the hotel (it’s described as a…

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Anderida, Ashdown Park Hotel – restaurant and hotel review

Anderida, Ashdown Park Hotel – restaurant and hotel review

Ashdown Forest is an ancient area of heathland about 30 miles (48 km) south of London in East Sussex. It was once a medieval hunting forest created soon after the Norman conquest of 1066. The Forest continued to be used by royalty and the nobility for hunting into Tudor times. King Henry VIII, the monarch…

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Humphry’s Restaurant – Stoke Park – review

Humphry’s Restaurant – Stoke Park – review

It is indeed a park, and a world-renowned 27-hole golf course set in landscaped grounds. Lots of facilities for club members, as well as for those taking advantage of day-membership and hospitality packages. But there is a stunning little corner of Stoke Park which is open to the general public and at a price that…

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Stoke Park – Country House Hotel review

Stoke Park – Country House Hotel review

It’s the kind of country-house estate that we believe has disappeared. How can there be anything this magnificent so close to London (only 35 minutes from the capital and 7 miles from Heathrow Airport)? But here it is in all its splendour. In fact it’s such an icon of classic British architecture that it’s been…

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Auberge du Lac at Brocket Hall – hotel and restaurant review

Auberge du Lac at Brocket Hall – hotel and restaurant review

Stately Homes have always held a fascination. Great houses set amongst manicured lawns, and trees often grown from seedlings collected by intrepid botanists a couple of centuries ago. But now we can enjoy not only a few hours at these magnificent estates but we can stay and play. When it comes to chequered and fascinating…

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The Elms Hotel Worcestershire – hotel review

The Elms Hotel Worcestershire – hotel review

This is an imposing Queen Anne mansion. Go on, admit it, you can’t remember who Queen Anne was and didn’t know she was a builder. The Elms dates from 1710 and the exterior has all the elegant proportions of a stately home of that period. It was designed by architect Thomas White who was a…

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Brockencote Hall for lunch – restaurant review

Brockencote Hall for lunch – restaurant review

Joseph and Alison Petitjean have owned and run Brockencote Hall for the last 24 years. They had been living in France and were just married, and they had a dream of opening a country house hotel in England. They visited properties suitable for conversion to an hotel and settled on Brockencote Hall. They bought the…

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Castle House Hotel, Hereford – review

Castle House Hotel, Hereford – review

I confess, this isn’t a part of the country I know well. OK, it’s true, I am a city sort but I am increasingly charmed by our beautiful towns and rolling hills. I have even bought a pair of green wellies for kicking through leafy forests and dewy dells. Hereford is a city, as it…

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the bell at skenfrith, Monmouthshire – hotel review

the bell at skenfrith, Monmouthshire – hotel review

the bell (note the corporate lower-case letters) at Skenfrith, Monmouthshire could easily be overlooked. You need to know it’s there and it’s worth the drive down a few country lanes to reach – although some guests have been known to arrive by helicopter. It’s a restored 17th century coaching inn and was in a state…

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