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Hosts Jane and Steve Epperson (she’s English, he’s a transplanted Texan) previously owned a country house hotel so they know what guests want. Consequently their modern Georgian-style home offers more guest facilities than many hotels: indoor heated lap pool, hot tub, sauna, and g... more

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Arundell Arms, Lifton, England

The Arundell Arms is a traditional fishing inn that provides its guests the opportunity to fish for salmon, trout, and sea trout in miles of river and a 3-acre lake. Owned by Anne Voss-Bark, an expert fisherwoman, who is now retired, the hotel is now run by her son Adam Fox-Edwards wh... more

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Sign of the Angel, Lacock, England

At the Sign of the Angel is a black-and-white timbered inn at the heart of the lovely National Trust Village of Lacock. This 15th-century wool merchant’s house is easy to spot as it contrasts strikingly with the neighboring stone buildings. Heavy old beams, low ceilings, and crooked... more

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Situated behind high stone walls on a tree lined residential street, The Bath Priory dates back to 1835. A fine example of Gothic style architecture constructed of traditional honey-brown stone, it has been completely renovated and transformed into an award winning luxury hotel comple... more

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Beryl, a Gothic Revival mansion on thirteen acres of grounds just a mile from Wells Cathedral, is a grand house full of lovely antiques and home to Holly Nowell and her family. The measure of her success is the large number of returning guests who bring their family, friends, and even... more

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Blagdon Manor, Ashwater, Devon, England

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Castle Combe is a picture-perfect example of a Cotswold village, gold-stone buildings, slate roofs, exposed timbers, and burbling stream. The last house was constructed in 1647. This idyllic setting with the complete absence of street lights and television aerials has won the “Prett... more

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A Tudor manor house dating from 1650 set in a quiet, picturesque village above Bourton-on-the-Water, Clapton Manor is surrounded by its lovely gardens with only the birds to wake you in the morning and fabulous walking paths straight from the back gate. Inside the house, thick stone w... more

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Chipping Campden, rich in history and exquisite architecture, is home to the Cotswold House Hotel standing in Regency splendor next to the ancient market place. Its traditional exterior belies a splendid contemporary interior that emphasizes sublime comfort and luxury. Enjoy a drink i... more

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Ednovean Farm in June

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With its acres of lovely gardens, grass tennis court, and heated swimming pool, Ennys is an idyllic, 17th-century manor house set deep in the Cornish countryside, 3 miles from St. Michael’s Mount. You reach it along a private lane, and I timed my arrival perfectly—the kettle had j... more

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Gidleigh Park, Chagford, England

A visit to Gidleigh Park is an experience not to be missed. The setting is stunning: a secluded woodland surrounding acres of beautiful garden with a tumbling stream in Dartmoor National Park. The house is a divinely decorated beauty full of lovely antiques and honey-toned paneling. B... more

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As you drive by on the busy A442, it would be easy to dismiss this as “just another pub” but step inside the door and you realize how big a mistake you could have made! The name originates from the Middle Ages when the shires of Merry England were divided into “Hundreds.” The ... more

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As you walk directly into the oak-paneled hall, you catch the spirit of this lovely house with its enormous stone fireplace, ornate stone-mullioned windows, and plump sofas enticing you to sit and relax. The dark-oak paneling, carvings, ornate plasterwork ceilings, family portraits an... more

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Upper Slaughter, just up the hill from its sister village, Lower Slaughter, is a quiet, tranquil collection of idyllic cottages surrounded by bucolic Cotswold countryside. In the center of the village lies the grand former home of the Witts family, “lords of the manor” her... more

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Sitting beside the harbor, the whitewashed Lugger Hotel was for many years the village hostelry and reputedly the haunt of smugglers. Indeed, for such a crime, the landlord, Black Dunstan, was hanged in the 19th century. Nowadays Portloe, while having its share of holiday homes, remai... more

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The Nanscawen Manor House is closed.  ... more

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Cheltenham was a fashionable destination during the Regency period and today the classical squares and terraces built in delightful garden settings are the town’s pride. Benjamin Bowen’s boutique hotel and bistro occupies a fine Regency villa on the edge of Pittville Park. Previou... more

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No need to request a room with a view at Nonsuch House. Every room offers a spectacular panorama of the sheltered harbor of Dartmouth with its castle, houses stepped down the wooded hillside to the river, and yachts tugging at their moorings. After a day of sightseeing, enjoy tea by t... more

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This lovely Edwardian house sits high above the pretty village of Porlock and was designed as a home where every room has views of the distant sea across the roofs and chimneys of the village. Anne and Tim have worked hard to keep the feel of a private home while adding all the amenit... more

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The pretty village of Fowey, with its narrow lanes and little cottages cascading down the hillside to the harbor, is understandably a popular holiday spot. Besides its maritime history the town has literary associations with Daphne du Maurier, who lived and based her novels in the ar... more

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Located on a quiet cul-de-sac, a 10-minutes downhill walk to the Roman Baths and Pump House (save your legs, take the bus back), Paradise House offers magnificent views over the city from its half-acre of manicured, walled gardens at the rear of the property. Originally constructed in... more

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Tim knows how to look after guests: For many years he was a hotelier at one of London’s splendid little townhouse hotel, Number Sixteen. After selling his share of the hotel, he came back to his native Devon to run Parford Well. Set within a walled garden, the comfortable house ... more

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At its heart St. Ives is a lovely old fishing town with narrow cobbled streets and quaint cottages. While the fishing industry is gone, the town’s artistic legacy thrives. The splendid Tate as well as many lesser known private galleries feature dramatic seascapes with white beaches.... more

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The Priory, England

Standing on the River Frome on the edge of the lovely town of Wareham, this 16th-century building was once the priory of Lady St. Mary, a Benedictine monastery, and is now a particularly lovely hotel. The entrance, through a little walled courtyard, sets the tone for this most delight... more

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The Queensberry, set in the heart of Georgian Bath, has been a hotel for over 100 years. Long ago it was 4 townhouses which accounts for the large central stairway with the criss-crossing stairs that rise 6 stories through the building—handily there’s an elevator. This friendly bo... more

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Dear Karen Brown Travelers, We want to alert you to the fact that The Rectory Farmhouse has closed. We sincerely wish Sybil and Robert a much deserved retirement and thank them for the welcome they have extended all these many years. Originally a monastery with cellars dating back ... more

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Tucked away at the edge of the small town of Thornbury is Thornbury Castle and from the moment you see it you will be enchanted. Construction began in 1510 at the order of the 3rd Duke of Buckingham, but ceased when he was beheaded in 1521 at the Tower of London. The castle was then a... more

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