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      magnificent skies, broad sandy beaches, the Norfolk Broads
      and several areas of outstanding natural beauty. Dotted
      with medieval villages and ancient wool towns, home to
      great country estates like Sandringham and Holkham Hall,
      and immortalised in the dramatic landscape paintings of
      John Constable, it’s a part of the country with its own
      subtle and unassuming magic.
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                                                                                                       Must Do
                                                                                                        At Least...
                                                                                                       • Visit Flatford Mill, where
                                                                                                         Constable painted “The
                                                                                                         Hay Wain”.
                                                                                                       • Visit The Queen’s
                                                                                                         residence at
                                                                                                         Sandringham.
                                                                                                       • See the Anglo-Saxon
                                                                                                         ship uncovered at
                                                                                                         Sutton Hoo.
                                                                                                       • Explore Ickworth’s 1800
                                                                                                         acre National Trust
                                                                                         Sandringham     estate.
                                                                                                       • See where medieval
Norfolk is an alluring blend of historic heathland, wetland, farmland, mudflats, reedbeds and            Dunwich was swept into
wide sandy beaches backed by high grassy sand dunes. It boasts several Areas of
                                                                                                         the sea.
Outstanding Natural Beauty and some of the best nature reserves in the country, including
Titchwell, Snettisham, Cley and Pensthorpe (home of the BBC’s Springwatch) – it’s easy to              • Get sand between your
see why artists and writers have flocked to the Norfolk coast for many years.                            toes on Holkham Beach.
Suffolk is equally picturesque, with its church towers of knapped flint, quaint medieval towns
and villages, peaceful estuaries and marshlands. It includes the popular seaside resort of             • Explore The Broads
Aldeburgh, inspiration for much of Benjamin Britten’s music and the Aldeburgh Festival.                  by boat.
East Anglia also includes a wealth of history, from the spectacular Anglo-Saxon burial site at
Sutton Hoo to Sandringham, much-loved country retreat of Her Majesty The Queen and
                                                                                                       • Climb into the 5000 year
                                                                                                         old Neolithic flint mine at
four generations of monarchs.
                                                                                                         Grime’s Graves.
                                                                                                       • Visit the haunted




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                      Congham Hall                                       Ickworth
                      Grimston, King’s Lynn, Norfolk,                    Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk,
                      PE32 1AH                                           IP29 5QE                        bedroom in the home of
                      Tel: +44 (0) 1485 600250                           Tel: +44 (0) 1284 735350
                      info@conghamhallhotel.co.uk                        info@ickworthhotel.co.uk        Oliver Cromwell in Ely.
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     Diary of Events
     March
                                                  The Region Uncovered
     National Shire Horse Show, East of
        England Showground.
                                                                               • In 1616, a young woman named Mary Smith was burnt
                                                                                 as a witch in King’s Lynn. Her heart can still be
     April
     Aldeburgh Early Music Festival.                                             viewed there today in Tuesday Market Place.
     Spring Craft Fair, Sandringham.
     East Anglian Game and County Fair,                                        • In 1216, King John lost the crown jewels in The Wash,
        Norwich.                                                                 due to the unexpectedly rapid incoming tide.
     May
     Guineas Classic Race Meeting, Newmarket.                                  • The Nutshell in Bury St Edmunds, close to Ickworth, is
     King’s Lynn May Garland Procession.                                         the smallest pub in England.
     Stilton Village Cheese Rolling
        Competition.                                                           • The entire village of Dunwich fell in to the sea due to
     Blickling Hall Festival of Norfolk Food                                     coastal erosion and when the wind blows at the dead
        and Drink.                                                               of night, you can still hear the eerie church bells ring
     South Suffolk Show, Ingham.                          Lavenham, Suffolk
     Suffolk Show, Ipswich.                                                      from under the sea.
     Bury St Edmunds Festival.
     Air Fête, RAF Mildenhall.                    • Horatio Nelson was born in Burnham Thorpe on 29th September 1758.
     Subaru Houghton International Horse
        Trials, Houghton Hall.
                                                  • The Suffolk Punch is the oldest breed of heavy horse in Great Britain to exist in its
     Bespak Grand East Anglia Run, King’s Lynn.     present state, possibly dating back to 1506.
     June
     Aldeburgh Festival of Music and the Arts.    • There are more medieval churches in Norfolk than any other county in England.
     Classic Boat and Beer Festival,
        Shotley Marina.
                                                  • Lavenham is regarded as ‘the
     F1 British Grand Prix, Silverstone.            most complete medieval town
     Sandringham Horse Driving Trials.              in Britain’.
     Essex History Fair, Braintree.
     Essex County Show.                           • Gwyneth Paltrow trod on
     Suffolk County Show.                           Holkham Beach for the last
     July                                           scene in “Shakespeare in Love”.
     Royal Norfolk Show, Norwich.
     Holkham Hall Country Fair.
     Sandringham Flower Show.
                                                  • The Norfolk Broads were                                            The Norfolk Broads
                                                    created by medieval peat digging.
     Summer Craft Fair, Sandringham.
     Festival Too, King’s Lynn.
     East of England Show.
     Kings Lynn Festival.
     August
     British Open Crabbing Championship,
                                                                                  Extras            The Norfolk cheese, Jacmar, is a
                                                                                                    semi-hard delicate goats’ cheese
        Walberswick.
                                                                                  from Reedham. Norfolk Dapple, an unpasteurised
     Sandringham Classical Concert                                                hard cows’ cheese, is made with milk from cows
        with Fireworks.                                                           grazed at Stody in the Glaven.
     September
     Town and County Show, Norwich.
     Sandringham Game and Country Fair.
     October
                                                  In AD 60, a terrible disaster occurred in East Anglia.
     Norwich Food Festival.                       Two cities were sacked and eighty thousand of the Romans
     November
     Sandringham Food and Drink Fair.             were slaughtered. All this was caused by a woman –
     King’s Lynn Food Fortnight.                  Boadicea, Queen of the Iceni tribe.
     Christmas Gift Fair, King’s Lynn
        Corn Exchange.
                                                                  That’s how many years the                     The number of varieties of

                                                  1300                                             700
     December
     Thursford Christmas Spectacular.                             Anglo-Saxon ship lay buried                   herbs grown in Congham
     Norfolk Christmas Festival, Sandringham.                     at Sutton Hoo.                                Hall’s kitchen gardens.
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                                                                                                In the Know
Taste of East Anglia                                                                            • Congham Hall overlooks
                                                                                                  the cricket field on which
                                                      The rich soils and vast fields of East
                                                      Anglia grow an abundance of produce         the World Snail Racing
                                                      – everything from potatoes to               Championships are held
                                                      cauliflower, purple sprouting broccoli      every year. Over 300 snails
                                                      to kohlrabi, and lettuce to fennel.         race hard and anyone with
                                                      There are also numerous pork, poultry       a snail can enter.The winner
                                                      and lamb farms.                             receives a silver tankard
                                                                                                  stuffed with lettuce!
                                                      The kitchen garden at Congham Hall
                                                      produces an impressive range of fresh     • There are pieces of the
                          Congham Hall Potting Shed   vegetables and over 700 varieties of        Giant’s Causeway in the
                                                      herbs. Indeed, the Congham Hall herb        garden at Ickworth.
garden is one of national repute. Many of these herbs are used by the chefs to create their
superlative, genuinely imaginative dishes.
                                                                                                • The oldest oak on the
                                                                                                  Ickworth estate dates from
They also make excellent use of superb local delicacies such as Brancaster                        the 13th century. It would
mussels (October to March), Cromer crabs (May to September),                                      have been an acorn when
                           Gressingham duck and samphire                                          the Magna Carta was
                           (summer months). Partridge,                                            signed.
                           pheasant, rabbit, hare and pigeon are all
                           locally sourced, often from the grounds of                           • There’s a strong ‘home-
                           Congham Hall itself.                                                   made’ ethos at Congham
                                                                                                  Hall.The preserves and
                            Ickworth is similarly blessed with an abundance of
                                                                                                  chutneys are all home-
                            excellent local produce. However, it’s the Ickworth vineyard
                            that’s particularly worthy of note. Bottles of Ickworth wine          made, as is the pot-pourri
                            are available in the hotel and make a delightful accompaniment        made from the hotel’s own
       Brancaster mussels                                                                         flowers and herbs.The
                            to succulent Ickworth lamb.
                                                                                                  delicious smoked salmon on
                                                                                                  the menu is home-smoked.
Festivals and Attractions                                                                       • Ickworth was originally
Aldeburgh Festival of Music and the Arts, one of the world’s greatest musical events, is held     designed as a giant picture
in the Snape Maltings Concert Hall. With rustling reeds and the Alde Estuary as its backdrop,     gallery but the paintings




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there are few more beautiful venues to enjoy fine musical performances.                           were intercepted and
The magnificent Palladian mansion of Holkham Hall was one of the locations for the film,          confiscated by Napoleon’s
“The Duchess”, starring Keira Knightley. The sandy beach and spectacular estate are two of        troops before they ever
the most breathtakingly beautiful spots in the entire British Isles.                              reached England.


                                                                                                              Lavender, Norfolk
                              Enhance your Experience
                              Let us book you a wreck and reef diving trip or charter a
                              fishing boat for you on the Norfolk coast.There are also
                              fantastic seal watching trips that can be arranged for your
                              group and excursions to Sandringham. For the more
                              adventurous, parachuting can be laid on at one of the many
                              airfields that East Anglia has to offer.
                              events@vonessenhotels.co.uk
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     The England you seldom see outside your dreams
     Congham Hall is a Georgian manor house set in acres of parkland and gardens in Norfolk - still
     largely unspoilt and home to more landed estates per acre than any other region. The manor has
     the feel of a fine country house in which you're staying as a treasured guest - log fires, fine ceramics,
     pewter and bronzes create a warm, 'at home' atmosphere. This is England as you'd like it to
     be - lazy sunny afternoons and leisurely tea on the lawn.
     The chefs use only the finest seasonal produce, sourced locally, to produce genuinely imaginative
     dishes that delight and inspire. This includes local specialities such as Cromer crab, Norfolk
     pheasant or King's Lynn shrimps.
     The kitchen team also smoke their own fish, make their own preserves and grow most of the
     speciality fruit and vegetables they use, such as globe artichokes, yellow courgettes, nasturtium
     flowers and salad leaves. You'll also find 700 different varieties of herbs in the kitchen garden!




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                                          An elegant Georgian manor house
                                   set in acres of parkland, orchards and gardens.




                                                                                                      Hotel Highlights
Where simple pleasures become immensely satisfying                                                    • An elegant Georgian manor house
                                                                                                        set in gracious parkland, orchards
The 14 bedrooms at Congham Hall are individually decorated to the very highest standards with           and gardens.
luxurious drapes, comfortable beds and elegant furniture.The décor is fresh and English, with warm    • Holkham is the most extensive, diverse
neutrals and traditional floral prints in keeping with the period character. Small touches such as      and dramatic of nature reserves.
crisp, Egyptian cotton linen, the softest of bath robes and pot-pourri using flowers and herbs from   • A genuine working kitchen garden with
the gardens help promote a most comfortable and rewarding stay.                                         over 700 varieties of herbs.
The grounds and gardens are irresistibly attractive - an evening stroll is a delight for all the      • Flowers are grown especially to adorn
senses, the air heady with rich aromas, glorious sunsets emblazoned across big Norfolk skies,           the rooms and for the pot-pourri that
swooping owls in the gathering twilight and the ghostly shapes of distant horses grazing in the         scents the house.
historic parkland.                                                                                    • A countryside setting where total
                                                                                                        peace and tranquillity reign
Only minutes away, lies The Queen's Sandringham Estate and some of the country's most glorious          unchallenged.
sandy beaches. If this is not heaven, you can see it from here!
                                                                                                      • Holkham Beach, where “Shakespeare
                                                                                                        in Love” was filmed, is a short drive




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                                                                                                        away.

                                                                                                      By road Congham Hall is located off
                                                                                                      the A148 six miles north-east of King’s
                                                                                                      Lynn and 100 miles from London.
                                                                                                      By rail 110 minutes from London King’s
                                                                                                      Cross to King’s Lynn.
                                                                                                      By air 40 miles from Norwich Airport,
                                                                                                      125 miles from London Heathrow, 155
                                                                                                      miles from London Gatwick and 80
                                                                                                      miles from Stansted Airport.
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                                                   www.conghamhallhotel.co.uk
     The ultimate setting for some family time out
     Set in 1800 acres of glorious National Trust parkland in the heart of Suffolk, Ickworth was the
     dream of the much travelled and fabulously wealthy Earl of Bristol. For many years, home to the
     Hervey family, the East Wing is now the most remarkable luxury family hotel.
     Today, it offers a warm and welcoming environment for parents who want to relax in spectacular
     surroundings while their children have the time of their lives. The lavish décor is stylishly
     contemporary but still respects the grand heritage of this great house.
     Enjoy a sophisticated and sumptuous adult-only affair in Frederick's restaurant or choose creative
     but simple dishes for the whole family in the sunshine-filled Conservatory. In addition, there are a
     range of unique facilities for events, meetings and civil ceremonies.




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                          Historic grandeur, contemporary style, unashamed luxury,
                               sheer indulgence for children and parents alike.




                                                                                                       Hotel Highlights
Forget work, escape life, just rest and play                                                           • The Ickworth Hotel and Apartments,
                                                                                                         situated in the East Wing adjoins the
                                                                                                         awe-inspiring central Rotunda and
The hotel has 27 bedrooms and you can choose to ‘Lord it’ in the Marquess’s bed chamber or               nestles within 1800 acres of
snuggle up in the butler's cosy retreat. The additional 11 apartments in The Dower House, a short        'Capability' Brown parkland now
distance from the main hotel nestling in its own four acre garden, offers families spacious              owned by The National Trust.
accommodation and privacy with all the benefits of the hotel.                                          • Fantastic indoor heated pool and
                                                                                                         Aquae Sulis Retreat.
Pedal off across the rolling green expanse of Ickworth's National Trust parkland, take a swim in the   • The Dower House Apartments and
stylishly contemporary indoor pool, book yourself a riding lesson, hack across the wide open             unique three bedroom Butler’s Lodge.
Suffolk countryside or just stretch out with a good book under a shady tree.                           • Discover the Ickworth estate on
                                                                                                         bicycles, on horseback or by horse-
While the kids are being looked after by the experienced nannies in the Ofsted registered Den,           drawn carriage.
or busy burning off excess energy, you'll have the opportunity for some serious pampering in the       • Take a guided tour of the Ickworth
exclusive Aquae Sulis Retreat. There's a wide range of refreshing and rejuvenating therapies to help     estate vineyard and sample some of
restore your inner equilibrium and sense of wellbeing.                                                   the locally made wine.
                                                                                                       • Babysitting and listening services,




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                                                                                                         children’s high tea, cots and highchairs
                                                                                                         make life easy.

                                                                                                       By road Leave the A14 at Junction 42
                                                                                                       for Horringer. On reaching the village,
                                                                                                       Ickworth is about 100 metres on the
                                                                                                       right.
                                                                                                       By rail 90 minutes from London’s
                                                                                                       Liverpool Street or King’s Cross to Bury
                                                                                                       St. Edmunds.
                                                                                                       By air 45 miles from Stansted Airport,
                                                                                                       95 miles from London Heathrow.
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                                                     www.ickworthhotel.co.uk
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                        From Highland splendour to                                                                                      Must Do
                        Edinburgh’s bright lights,
                        Scotland offers a wealth of
                        alluring possibilities. Whether
                                                                                                                                         At Least...
                        your interests run toward                                                                                       • Scramble along
                        history, art or sport, you’re sure                                                                                Hadrian’s Wall.
                        to find a perfect escape for every
                        season. Northern England is                                                                                     • Take a Champagne cruise
                        equally rich in fascinating                                                                                       on an Ullswater steamer.
                        heritage and inspiring landscapes.                                                                              • Visit the ancestral
                        From the grandeur of the                                                                                          home of Tarzan at
                        Lake District to the hills and
                                                                                                                                          Greystoke Castle.
                        dales further east, it has proved
                        irresistibly attractive to countless           Britainonview.com        Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland          • Look for ‘Nessie’.
                        great writers and artists.
                        In Scotland, jaw-dropping landscapes are interwoven with legend and romance. Whether
                                                                                                                                        • Marvel at the ‘Angel of
                                                                                                                                          the North’ sculpture.
                        you’re marvelling at beautiful lochs, magnificent mountains, and vast empty beaches, exploring
                        ancient abbeys, castles and historic houses, or following in the footsteps of Bonnie Prince                     • Drive up Hardknott Pass,
                        Charlie, William Wallace or Robert the Bruce, every day is a thrilling experience.                                the steepest in England.
                        The Lake District is the largest National Park in England, with a profusion of unspoilt fells,
                        woodlands, lakes, villages, towns and beaches that never fail to charm. It has been an
                                                                                                                                        • Visit Wordsworth’s
                        inspirational magnet for countless writers and artists, including Turner, Wordsworth,                             home, Dove Cottage,
                        Coleridge, De Quincey, Beatrix Potter and Arthur Ransome.                                                         in Grasmere.
                        Then there’s the drama of Hadrian’s Wall, Lindisfarne and Durham Cathedral, plus the rolling                    • Enjoy a ‘wee dram’ at a
                        landscapes of the Yorkshire Moors and Dales. In between, you’ll find the thriving urban buzz                      whisky distillery.
                        of Newcastle, with its lively nightlife, culture and the shopping mecca of the MetroCentre.
                                                                                                                                        • Walk across the
                                               Dalhousie Castle                                        Seaham Hall                        spectacular Tyne Bridge.
                                               Bonnyrigg, Nr Edinburgh,                                Lord Byron’s Walk, Seaham,
                                               Midlothian, EH19 3JB
                                               Tel: +44 (0) 1875 820153
                                                                                                       County Durham, SR7 7AG
                                                                                                       Tel: +44 (0) 1915 161400         • Visit Coniston Water
                                               info@dalhousiecastle.co.uk                              info@seaham-hall.co.uk
                                               www.dalhousiecastle.co.uk                               www.seaham-hall.co.uk              where the 300 mph
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                                               The Samling                                             Sharrow Bay
                                               Ambleside Road, Windermere,
                                               Cumbria, LA23 1LR
                                                                                                       Lake Ullswater, Penrith,
                                                                                                       Cumbria, CA10 2LZ                • Explore mighty
                                               Tel: +44 (0) 1539 431922                                Tel: +44 (0) 1768 486301
                                               info@thesamlinghotel.co.uk                              sharrow@relaischateaux.com         Edinburgh Castle.
                                               www.thesamlinghotel.co.uk                               www.sharrow@relaischateaux.com




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     Diary of Events
     January
                                              The Region Uncovered
     Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Winter Festival.
     February
                                                                                                  • Glasgow is one of the liveliest
                                                                                                    and most cosmopolitan
     North Pennines Spring Festival,
        Cumbria.                                                                                    destinations in Europe, a city of
     Glasgow World Film Festival.                                                                   style and vitality that boasts
     Fort William Mountain Film Festival.                                                           world famous art collections,
     March                                                                                          the best shopping in the UK
     Glasgow International Comedy
                                                                                                    outside London and the most
        Festival.
     April
                                                                                                    vibrant nightlife in Scotland.
     Edinburgh Folk Festival.
     Edinburgh International Science
                                                                                                  • Dalhousie Castle dates back to
        Festival.
                                                                                                    the 13th century, pre-dating
     Wear Valley Food Festival.                                                                     nearby Rosslyn (Roslin) Chapel,
                                                                            Wastwater, Cumbria
     Shetland Folk Festival.                                                                        featured in the Da Vinci Code.
     Glasgow Art Fair.
     May
                                              • Every week from May to September, Highland Games are held in the towns and
     North Pennines Art and Countryside         villages throughout Scotland.These colourful gatherings involve feats of strength and
        Festival, Cumbria.                      athletic ability as well as pipe bands and dancers.
     The Keswick Jazz Festival.
     Coniston Water Festival.                 • Cumbria is rumoured to be the home of King Arthur and some believe Carlisle
     The Word Festival, Aberdeen.               Castle is the site of Camelot.
     Children’s International Festival,
        Edinburgh.                            • Bamburgh Castle, probably the finest in England, is perched on a basalt outcrop on
     June                                       the very edge of the North Sea and commands stunning views of the Farne Islands,
     Appleby Horse Fair.                        Holy Island and the Cheviot Hills.
     Royal Highland Show.
     Durham Regatta.                          • The MetroCentre is Europe’s largest
     July                                       shopping and leisure centre with
     T in the Park, Balado Airfield.            almost 330 shops.
     Edinburgh International Jazz and
        Blues Festival.                       • The world’s only Malt Whisky trail
     August                                     features eight distilleries in Speyside.
     The Edinburgh Tattoo.
     The Edinburgh International Festival.
                                              • Hadrian’s Cycleway follows Hadrian’s
     The Edinburgh Festival Fringe.             Wall and runs 174 miles coast to coast
                                                                                                                      Bamburgh Castle
     Edinburgh International Book Festival.     from Ravenglass to South Shields.
     Edinburgh International Film Festival.
     September
                                                                 Scottish architecture is full of revelations. In Glasgow, there are
     Kirkby Lonsdale Victorian Fair.
     Durham Military Tattoo.
     The Edinburgh Mela.
                                              Extras             Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s icons,The Lighthouse, Glasgow
                                              School of Art and the Hunterian Gallery, while Edinburgh’s New Town is the
     Scottish Countryside Festival, Glamis.
     Autumn Speyside Whisky Festival,         largest, single example of 18th century Georgian architecture in Europe.
        Dufftown.
     Kendal Torchlight Procession.                                  The tradition of Haggis Hurling dates back to
     October
     The Taste District Food and Drink                              early Scottish clan gatherings, where the
        Festival, Penrith.
     Great North Run.
                                                                    womenfolk would toss a haggis across a stream to
     November                                                       their husbands, who would catch it in their kilts.
     The Kendal Mountain Film Festival.
     December
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     Glasgow’s Hogmanay Party.
     Edinburgh Hogmanay Party.
                                              793            was sacked by the
                                                             marauding Vikings.                  125       whisky distilleries you’ll find
                                                                                                           in Scotland.
Taste of Scotland & The North                                                                           In the Know
                               Sharrow Bay’s founder, Francis Coulson, was a pioneer of                 • The Dungeon Restaurant at
                               modern cuisine and helped put the North of England on the                  Dalhousie Castle is the
                               foodie map.                                                                oldest part of the Castle
                               60 years after the hotel first opened, it’s still setting the standard     dating back to 1280. Dine
                               by which other establishments are judged and is enduringly                 at a table on the raised dais
                               popular with gourmets from all over the world. The six course              where the Earls of
                               Michelin star dinner is always a gastronomic high point and the            Dalhousie, the chiefs of the
                               Wine Spectator Award of Excellence rated Sharrow as offering               Ramsay clan, dined for
                               ‘one of the finest restaurant wine lists in the world’.                    centuries.
One highly recommended culinary experience is a Champagne cruise on your very own                       • Sticky Toffee Pudding was
private Ullswater Steamer – relax with canapés and Billecart Salmon Rose in                               created in its modern guise
the company of the hotel’s award-winning sommeliers.                                                      at Sharrow Bay by Francis
Seaham Hall is rated the finest Michelin starred restaurant in County Durham                              Coulson OBE in the early
and Harden’s Restaurant Guide gave it a Remy award as one of the ‘top twenty                              1970’s.
restaurants outside London’.                                                                            • Wordsworth’s famous
Moving north of the border, it’s hard to imagine a more evocative setting than                            daffodils poem, composed
Dalhousie’s Dungeon Restaurant. Here you’ll enjoy excellent traditional Scottish                          in 1804, was inspired by the
cuisine that features fresh local produce salmon, venison, grouse and prime                               beautiful sight of the
Scottish beef.                                                                                            flowers alongside Lake
                                                                                                          Ullswater on a stormy day

Festivals and Attractions                                                                                 whilst walking with his sister
                                                                                                          Dorothy.
The world renowned Edinburgh Festival in August is the largest pan-arts festival in the world
with over 500 ‘fringe events’. There’s also the International Science Festival, Children’s
                                                                                                        • Dalhousie Castle can
                                                                                                          arrange Highland Games in
International Theatre Festival, Jazz and Blues Festival, Art Festival, International Book Festival,
                                                                                                          Anna Park – its very own
International Film Festival…
                                                                                                          parkland on site. Along
Beamish North of England Open Air Museum is a world famous tourist attraction - step on                   with clay pigeon and laser
board the trams, visit the school house or go down a coal mine. Special themed events are
                                                                                                          clay shooting.
held at Beamish throughout the year.
In the 1950’s, Seaham Hall was the location of Britain’s first ever hospital radio station, Radio       • Seaham Hall was built in
Therapy, in the room which is currently the Penthouse.                                                    1791 by the Millbanke
                                                                                                          family.Their only daughter,
Durham Cathedral was founded in 1093 and completed almost 40 years later. It was built
                                                                                                          Annabella, married the
not just as a magnificent place of worship, but also as the home of the shrine of St Cuthbert.
                                                                                                          celebrated author and poet,
Over half a million visitors come to see the splendour of the Cathedral each year and are




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                                                                                                          Lord Byron, at the Hall in
welcome to join one of the 40 services that are held each week.
                                                                                                          January 1815.




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                           Enhance your Experience                                                                     Highland Games


                           Pony trek through the beautiful Scottish scenery, learn the Scottish
                           Highland Fling, try your hand at falconry and archery, or visit a
                             Scottish mill and have your very own kilt made.
                              Adrenaline junkie? Go on a Fire Fighter Experience in Cumbria
                              or drive a 4x4 vehicle on rough and rocky scenic trails through
                            the Lake District National Park.
                           events@vonessenhotels.co.uk
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     “This castle hath a pleasant seat”
     The splendour and history that surrounds this 13th century castle, amid the forest and parkland
     on a picturesque bend in the South Esk, combined with the luxury and comforts which you expect
     from one of Scotland's finest hotels, provides an irresistibly hospitable blend.
     Whether it's gazing up at the magnificent castle walls, relaxing in the Library with a drink from the
     'secret bar' next to the open fire, dining in the ancient barrel-vaulted dungeon or climbing the
     majestic twin staircases to the quarterdeck landing above, you are overwhelmed by the sense of
     tradition and grandeur.
     It is hard to imagine a more evocative setting than the award-winning Dungeon Restaurant. The
     rough stone walls, worn flagstones, burnished suits of armour and deep shadows add an air of
     drama to excellent traditional Scottish castle cuisine that features fresh local produce such as
     salmon, venison, grouse and prime Scottish beef.




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                                  A fascinating 13th century castle set within acres
                                       of wooded parkland and river pasture.




                                                                                                        Hotel Highlights
A warm welcome within mighty walls                                                                      • The vaulted two AA Rosette fine
                                                                                                          dining Dungeon Restaurant located in
                                                                                                          the oldest part of the castle.
Extensive renovation has created 29 beautiful bedrooms decorated in Scottish design fabrics such
as tweed, tartan and twill. Period furniture, rugs and carpets combine to create a richly warm and      • The Ramsay family retained possession
luxurious feel that's deeply relaxing and truly welcoming. The hotel also boasts 20 historically          of their castle longer than any other
                                                                                                          family in Scottish history.
themed bedrooms where you will always feel as welcome as the 'Laird' would have done in years
gone by. Nestling in the original quarry that provided the stones for Dalhousie Castle’s mighty         • In 1648, Oliver Cromwell laid siege to
walls, you’ll find a 100 year old Lodge with seven bedrooms.                                              the castle for six months and used it as
                                                                                                          his Headquarters during the civil war.
For your ultimate relaxation, there's the Aqueous Spa, the first of its kind in Scotland. It combines   • A wonderful blend of the original
therapeutic treatments with invigorating hydro facilities - the hydro pool, with its multi-massage        castle experience with all modern
jets, the Laconium, a Roman style sauna, the Ottoman, a Turkish style steam bath, and a tropical          comforts in a relaxed setting amid
rain and cold fog shower. The castle is the perfect venue for special events, with versatile and well     friendly and accomplished staff.
equipped function suites.                                                                               • The only genuine 13th century
                                                                                                          castle hotel within easy reach of
                                                                                                          Edinburgh with its own falconry and
                                                                                                          archery centre.

                                                                                                        By road Dalhousie Castle is located on
                                                                                                        the B704, one mile from the A7 at




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                                                                                                        the A720 city bypass.
                                                                                                        By rail Four and a half hours from
                                                                                                        London Kings Cross to Edinburgh
                                                                                                        Waverley.
                                                                                                        By air 14 miles from Edinburgh Airport
                                                                                                        and 45 miles from Glasgow Airport.
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                                                       www.dalhousiecastle.co.uk
     The perfect lakeland getaway for total relaxation
     In the early 1780's, between the American War of Independence and the French Revolution,
     Mr Edward Thorneycroft built a house overlooking Lake Windermere. Despite the turbulent times
     it was, and still is, a heavenly haven of calm and tranquillity.
     By the 1800's,The Samling was owned by John Benson, landlord of William Wordsworth. Walking
     over from Dove Cottage to pay his rent, the poet passed through some of Britain's most gorgeous
     landscapes - it's an environment that has inspired some of the greatest verses in our language and
     one that you can still enjoy today.
     There is none of the chintz you might expect - décor is stylishly chic and luxuriously relaxed, with
     roaring log fires, wood panelled walls and heavy drapes. The award-winning restaurant offers food
     made from only the finest, freshest local ingredients, prepared with imagination, panache and a
     lightness of touch that guests cite as a major reason for their repeated visits.




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                                            A lakeside gem in which to take
                                    in one of the most inspirational views in Britain.




                                                                                                                  Hotel Highlights
The loveliest landscapes and a home to match                                                                      • 67 acres of stunning lakeland
                                                                                                                    scenery with picturesque views across
All of the bedrooms are startlingly different and all but two have stunning views over Lake                         Lake Windermere.
Windermere.There are five rooms in the main house and the rest are in stone cottages scattered                    • The outdoor hot tub - the sunset
in the grounds. In the African-themed bathroom of The Bothy, a cottage with a patio, is a                           view from here was voted one of the
rainshower bath, said to have once belonged to Winston Churchill.                                                   most romantic in the world.
                                                                                                                  • The Samling and its 11 fantastic rooms
The 67 acres of extensive grounds and woodland are dotted with well-chosen contemporary
                                                                                                                    can be yours exclusively, offering a
works of art complementing the mood of each part of the garden. Venturing further afield, you
                                                                                                                    secluded lakeside hideaway for a day, a
can explore the beautiful countryside so beloved by the romantic poets, Beatrix Potter and legions
                                                                                                                    weekend or maybe a little longer.
of artists.
                                                                                                                  • Unique activities and team building
The hotel can arrange a trip on one of Lake Windermere's steam cruisers and other activities                        available, including sheep or duck
include sailing, fell walking, golf, horse riding and fly fishing with a local guide. Finally, there is the hot     herding.
tub, with what must be the most inspirational view in Britain.                                                    • Awarded Hotel of the Year by Lake
                                                                                                                    District Life.


                                                                                                                  By road The Samling is located one mile
                                                                                                                  south of Ambleside off the A591, which




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                                                                                                                  (South Lakes/Kendal).
                                                                                                                  By rail Three hours from London
                                                                                                                  Euston to Oxenholme.Two hours from
                                                                                                                  Glasgow Central.
                                                                                                                  By air 57 miles from Carlisle Airport
                                                                                                                  and 113 from Newcastle Airport. 174
                                                                                                                  miles, 163 miles and 91 miles from
                                                                                                                  Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester
                                                                                                                  Airports respectively.
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                               T:   +44 (0) 1539 431922     F: +44 (0) 1539 430400 E: info@thesamlinghotel.co.uk
                                                           www.thesamlinghotel.co.uk
     SEAHAM HALL AND THE SERENITY SPA




     An experience that's sure to blow the mind
     A small luxury hotel located just 20 minutes from Newcastle, Seaham Hall is the leading luxury
     hotel and spa destination resort in Northern England. As you glide around the spectacular
     water sculpture and up to the entrance, you get a mounting sense that outrageous indulgence
     is imminent.
     Leave your expectations at the door - super-luxurious facilities and chintz-free décor, with
     furnishings in funky chocolates, beiges and greens leave many guests speechless with admiration.
     Seaham Hall may be drenched in history (Lord Byron married Annabella Milbanke here in 1815),
     but the design faces fearlessly towards the future - it's as 21st century as can be.
     Dine at Seaham Hall's restaurant, the finest Michelin star restaurant in County Durham and you'll
     want to tell your friends about it. Gourmet guides score it highly and Harden's Restaurant Guide
     gave it a Remy award as one of the top 20 restaurants outside London.




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                                         A former aristocratic country house,
                                     now a luxurious and contemporary spa retreat.




                                                                                                       Hotel Highlights
A sensual extravaganza that cannot be bettered                                                         • The location of the marriage of the
                                                                                                         celebrated author Lord Byron in
There are 19 individually designed suites and bedrooms - and apart from a great selection of             January 1815.
techno-gadgets and exotic bathrooms, each has its own strikingly unique style and character. Most      • Stunning and unique Serenity
have sea views and the ground floor rooms boast private terraces.                                        Spa - the only design of its type in
                                                                                                         the world.
Linked to the hotel by a magical underground walkway,The Serenity Spa is oriental in design and
                                                                                                       • Only coastal hotel in South Durham.
has more Feng Shui than you can shake a leg at. Facilities include an aromatherapy-based snail
shower (so called because of its shape), a 20 metre ozone-cleansed pool, sauna, steam room, ice        • Magical underground walkway
fountain and hydrotherapy bath.                                                                          connecting the hotel and the spa.
                                                                                                       • Only hotel in North East England with
Voted Best Spa for Style by The Sunday Times and Best UK Spa Destination by Condé Nast                   two restaurants with AA Rosettes
Traveler, it offers over 45 different treatments.Together, they provide the very best of both worlds     within one property.
- the indulgence of a luxury boutique hotel and the lavish experience of a unique oriental spa
                                                                                                       • Michelin star White Room.
resort. You don't stay at Seaham Hall - it stays with you.
                                                                                                       • Awarded England’s Leading Hotel and
                                                                                                         Spa at World Travel Awards.


                                                                                                       By road Seaham Hall is located on the
                                                                                                       B1287 just off the A19 between




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                                                                                                                                                        & SCOTLAND
                                                                                                       By rail Two hours and 40 minutes from
                                                                                                       London King’s Cross to Durham, or four
                                                                                                       and a half hours from London
                                                                                                       Paddington to Seaham.
                                                                                                       By air 20 miles from Newcastle
                                                                                                       International Airport and 40 miles from
                                                                                                       Teesside International Airport.
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                               T: +44 (0) 1915 161400 F: +44 (0) 1915 161410 E: info@seaham-hall.co.uk
                                                       www.seaham-hall.co.uk
                              SHARROW BAY




     Imitated, but never bettered, for 60 years
     Sharrow Bay, founded by the remarkable Francis Coulson 60 years ago, pioneered the entire
     concept of the English country house hotel. It's also the oldest British member of the renowned
     Relais & Châteaux collection. Nestling comfortably in the most sublime of spots on the banks of
     Ullswater, it has been setting an example par excellence for countless pale imitations.
     Dining at Sharrow Bay is a legendary experience of almost mythical renown - one to be shared
     and cherished. The restaurant has been able to proudly boast a Michelin star for 13 consecutive
     years - a consistent achievement very few establishments ever match. Sharrow Bay is also credited
     as the original creator of Sticky Toffee Pudding, the breakfast is widely acclaimed as ‘the finest hotel
     breakfast’ anywhere, while the signature afternoon tea is another experience that leaves guests lost
     for words.




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                                     A sublime haven that has set the benchmark
                                        for country house hotels for 60 years.




                                                                                                        Hotel Highlights
The ultimate to-die-for country house experience                                                        • Sharrow Bay is the original country
                                                                                                          house hotel. First established in 1948,
                                                                                                          the hotel celebrates 60 years of
The 24 beautiful bedrooms offer the most wonderful luxury accommodation on Lake Ullswater -
                                                                                                          excellence.
full of porcelain, pictures, antique furniture, books and games, they are the epitome of homely
comfort. Some have sublime lake views looking out onto the dramatic fells and woodlands.                • Sharrow Bay is the founding
                                                                                                          British member of the prestigious
Bank House, the ‘jewel in the crown’, is justifiably regarded by many as the best luxury hotel in the     Relais & Châteaux collection.
Lake District. Situated further along the lake, about one mile from the main house, it offers five      • Sharrow Bay's staff have over 500 years
spacious double bedrooms all with unbelievable views of lake and fells.                                   of cumulative experience at the hotel.
Nestling in 12 acres of beautifully maintained private gardens and woodland, surrounded by              • The world famous British dish, Sticky
magnificent fells and gazing out across the sparkling waters of Lake Ullswater, Sharrow Bay is a          Toffee Pudding, was invented at the
                                                                                                          hotel in the 1970's.The pudding can be
natural haven of inspiring peace and tranquillity. It's the perfect setting for quiet contemplation,
                                                                                                          purchased in exclusive retailers such as
leisurely conversation or a bracing walk to make room for the next wonderful culinary event.
                                                                                                          Harvey Nichols and Fortnum & Mason.
                                                                                                        • Sharrow Bay is one of a mere handful
                                                                                                          of restaurants to achieve a Michelin star
                                                                                                          for 13 consecutive years.

                                                                                                        By road Sharrow Bay is located on the
                                                                                                        Howtown road from Pooley Bridge on




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                                                                                                        the eastern shore of Lake Ullswater, which




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                                                                                                        is eight miles from Junction 40 of the M6.
                                                                                                        By rail Four hours and 15 minutes from
                                                                                                        London Euston to Penrith.Two hours
                                                                                                        from Glasgow Central.
                                                                                                        By air 36 miles from Carlisle Airport.
                                                                                                        120 and 130 miles from Edinburgh and
                                                                                                        Glasgow airports respectively.
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                           T:   +44 (0) 1768 486301     F: +44 (0) 1768 486349 E: sharrow@relaischateaux.com
                                                           www.sharrowbay.co.uk
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      The Beaujolais area lies between the Burgundy Region
      and the fascinating city of Lyon, with the Rhône valley
      beyond. It is an intensely pretty region famous for its
      golden stone, with rolling hills and forests in the North and
      a gentler landscape in the South. It’s a renowned red wine
      region - the combination of the Gamay grape, warm
      southern climate and the local granitic soils creates a host
      of spectacular vintages.
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                                                                                                  Must Do
                                                                                                   At Least...
                                                                                                  • Tasting tour of the
                                                                                                    region’s vineyards.

                                                                                                  • Visit the perfectly preserved
                                                                                                    medieval town of Pérouges.

                                                                                                  • Wander the streets of
                                                                                                    Vaux-en-Beaujolais, setting
                                                                                                    for the 1934 comic novel
                                                                                                    “Clochemerle”.

                                                                                                  • Visit the town of Oingt in
                                                                                                    the famed ‘golden stone’
                                                                                                    region.

                                                                                                  • Take off from the Château
                                                                                                    in a hot air balloon.

The area offers many attractions apart from the obvious vineyards.The region is one of
dramatic hills, bold colours and unspoilt villages such as Ternand,Theizé and Oingt and has
                                                                                                  • Discover La Croix-Rousse,
                                                                                                    historic centre of Lyon’s
lost none of the charm that first persuaded the monks of Cluny Abbey to start cultivating
the gentle slopes.                                                                                  silk industry.
Lyon is only 17 miles from Château de Bagnols. With 2000 years of history, France’s second
city is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site – and for good reason.There’s a Roman
                                                                                                  • Visit the house where the
amphitheatre, a wealth of Renaissance architecture, a stunning opera house, around 30               inventors of film, “The
wonderful museums, 28 bridges over the Saône and Rhône, 650 antique shops, a thriving               Brothers Lumière”, grew up.
arts scene and superb shopping.
                                                                                                  • Browse the Canal
                                                                                                    Flea Market.
                     Château de Bagnols
                     69620 Bagnols, France
                     Tel: +33 (0) 4 74 71 40 00
                     bagnols@relaischateaux.com
                                                                                                  • Visit the Textiles and
                     www.chateaudebagnols.fr                                                        Decorative Arts Museum.
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                  Roman amphitheatre, Nîmes                                  The Millau Viaduct   Balloon trip from Château de Bagnols


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      Diary of Events
      January
                                             The Region Uncovered
      The Conscript's Celebration,           • Lyon is most certainly the world’s
        Villefranche-sur-Saône.                  undisputed capital of gastronomy
                                                 and boasts a number of three-
      Bocuse d'Or, Lyon.
                                                 Michelin star restaurants nearby.
      February                               •   The long-awaited release of each
      Print'Or (Clock, Watch and Jewellery       year’s Beaujolais Nouveau comes
        Exhibition), Lyon.                       at the strike of midnight on the
      The Do-it-Yourself and Inventions          third Thursday in November.There
                                                 are about 120 festivals to honour
        Exhibition, Lyon.
                                                 the arrival of this enticing young wine in the Beaujolais region alone.
      March/April                            •   All the grapes in the Beaujolais region must be picked by hand.These are the only
      Musicades (Chamber Music Festival),        vineyards, along with Champagne, where this is mandatory.
        Lyon.                                •   No tour is complete without visiting the Beaujolais Cru villages -- Brouilly, Morgon,
      The Detective Story Festival, Lyon.        Chiroubles and Romanèche-Thorins, home to Hameau-en-Beaujolais, France’s best
      Lyon-Charbonnières Car Rally.              wine visitor centre.

      May
                                                                    •    The narrow traboules of Vieux Lyon are alleyways that have
                                                                         been used for centuries by silk workers. During World War II,
      The Nights of Sound (Electronic                                    they proved excellent hiding places and means of escape for
        Music Festival), Lyon.                                           the Resistance.

      June/July
                                                                    •    Pérouges has appeared in numerous French films, including
                                                                         “The Three Musketeers”.
      The Nights of Fourvière, Lyon.
      Beaujolais Festival,Villefranche-
                                                                    •    The Lyon National Opera was the first of its kind outside
                                                                         Paris, endowed with a National Symphony Orchestra and a
        sur-Saône.                                                       ballet company.
      Medieval Festival,Ternand.
                                             •   The public urinal in the town square of Vaux-en-Beaujolais, centre of the drama in
      Watercolour Festival, Bagnols.             the comic novel “Clochemerle”, is the most famous in the world.
      September
      Barrel Organs Festival, Oingt.
      Tupiniers du Vieux Lyon, Lyon.
                                             Extras            When Lady Hamlyn began restoring the derelict Château de Bagnols
                                                               to its former glory in 1987, more than 400 specialist builders and
                                             craftsmen rose to the challenge, while hundreds of specially commissioned items were
      October                                made throughout the world to complement the private collection of antique
      Lyon Tennis Grand Prix.                furnishings which complete the interior.
      November                               The French Revolution saw the demise of many great
                                             houses, but Château de Bagnols survived. The partial
      Celebrate the arrival of the new
                                             destruction of the three ‘fleur de lys’, symbol of French
        Beaujolais.                          royalty, on the top of the fireplace in the Salle des Gardes, is
      December                               the lasting reminder of this troubled period.
      Christmas Market.                      Lyon is France’s second largest fashion centre, after Paris. Over
      Festival of Lights.
                                             16,000 workers are employed in the clothing, jewellery, shoes,
                                             leather, perfumery and cosmetics industries.


                                                                                                                              55°
                                                                There’s at least that many            Beaujolais Nouveau


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                                             4000               vineyard owners in the
                                                                Beaujolais region.
                                                                                                  should be served slightly
                                                                                                            cool, at about
Taste of the Beaujolais region                                                                        In the Know
With all its celebrated restaurants, famous chefs, brasseries,
                                                                                                      • Following extensive
                                                                                                        research into 17th and 18th
cafés and bars, Lyon is widely regarded at the gastronomic
                                                                                                        century designs, Helen
centre of the universe, with a milky way of Michelin stars
                                                                                                        Hamlyn carried out the
sprinkled across the region.
                                                                                                        restoration of the Château
Château de Bagnols boasts its own Michelin star and offers                                              and spent over four years
seductive restaurant menus, featuring regional specialities,                                            creating over 450 bespoke
traditional spit-roasted meats and game, plus inspired                                                  items, ranging from glasses
contemporary dishes.                                                                                    and crockery to exquisite
The splendid and varied wine list includes the 10 celebrated                                            silverware.These items are
Beaujolais crus, as well as many of the great wines of neighbouring Burgundy, plus excellent            now available as a complete
vintages from the best wine regions of the world.                                                       homeware offering.
                                              The majestic Salles des Gardes is the main              • The Château’s moat and
                                              dining room - the coat of arms above France’s             mediaeval fortifications are
                                              largest Gothic fireplace marks the royal visit of         13th century, but the
                                              Charles Vlll in 1490. Guests enjoy robust                 harmonious design of the
                                              Beaujolais cuisine, including local charcuterie, fish     courtyard, with its golden
                                              and cheeses.The china, glass and Irish table linen        paving stones, classical
                                              were all especially designed and made for the             proportions and the
                                              Château.                                                  exquisite wall paintings, are
                                                                                                        a legacy from the
                                              On fine days, you can eat outdoors on the
                                                                                                        Renaissance.
                                              south-facing terrace, the Salon d’Ombrage,
                                              under the shade of the 100 year old lime trees -        • On 30th October 1490,
                                              a more romantic location is hard to imagine.              Charles V111 of France
                                                                                                        visited Château de Bagnols
                                                                                                        and to commemorate this
Festivals and Attractions                                                                               event, a crown was carved
                                                                                                        in the stone fireplace in the
The Beaujolais Nouveau Festival celebrates the long-awaited                                             Salle des Gardes, today’s
release of each year’s Beaujolais Nouveau and commences                                                 restaurant.
at the strike of midnight on the third Thursday in November.
                                                                                                      • In 1619, Gaspard Dugué,
The Textiles and Decorative Arts Museum possesses the                                                   the Treasurer of France,
most important collection of textiles in the world. Lyon’s                                              acquired Château de
silk-work from the 17th to 20th centuries is extensively                                                Bagnols and transformed it
represented, but the museum also possesses an exceptional                                               from a fortress into a
collection of drawings, patterns and fabrics created for the                                            gracious country residence.
royal courts of Europe over the last four centuries.

                                                                                                       Château de Bagnols La Boutique

                                  Enhance your Experience
                                                                                                                                          BEAUJOLAIS REGION
                                  We will be pleased to arrange a private guided tour of the
                                                                                                                                             LYON & THE


                                  local vineyards and cellars followed by a wine tasting.
                                  On the third Thursday in November, you can celebrate
                                  arrival of the year’s Beaujolais Nouveau in the Château’s
                                  17th century winery with a traditional dinner.
                                  events@vonessenhotels.co.uk
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                         CHÂTEAU DE BAGNOLS




      A truly unique property steeped in history
      One of the finest five-star deluxe châteaux hotels in France and one of the country's major historic
      monuments. Lady Hamlyn discovered it in 1987 and with much energy and passion, painstakingly
      restored it to its former glory, revealing Renaissance features and treasures from during the
      château's finest period.
      Dating from the 13th century, the Château features impressive towers, the original dry moat,
      honey-coloured 'pierres dorées' stone and a dramatic entrance across a drawbridge. The interior
      is as it would have been in the 18th century and features antique furniture, original tapestries and
      delicate silks. The Winery features many artefacts that would have been used in those days for the
      making of wine. The floor is even coarse sand, as it would have been 300 years ago.
      The Michelin star Salle des Gardes restaurant offers diners the most wonderful selection of
      regional specialities and an impressive selection of French wines. Outside, the sun-facing
      terrace, shaded by 100 year old lime trees, provides the most spectacular view of the
      Beaujolais countryside.




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                                                        T H E C O N T I N E N TA L S E T
                                   One of France's finest five-star châteaux hotels
                                  in the heart of the stunning Beaujolais vineyards.




                                                                                                       Hotel Highlights
Renaissance grandeur and a location past compare                                                       • A deluxe château hotel in France: a
                                                                                                         destination in its own right, in the
This unique luxury hotel offers 21 of the most breathtakingly superb bedrooms and suites in              heart of the Beaujolais vineyards.
France. They include 13 apartments that bear the names of those who have contributed to the            • A 13th century medieval castle open
Château's distinguished past.                                                                            all year round, offering 21 superb
                                                                                                         bedrooms and suites.
The restoration of many of these rooms has revealed the most remarkable Renaissance and 18th
                                                                                                       • A Michelin star dining experience,
century frescoes. All with private bathrooms, many of which are located in the towers and
                                                                                                         hosting France's largest gothic
therefore circular with arrow slit windows, have been furnished with exceptional care, using soft
                                                                                                         chimney.
velvets and shimmering silks, complemented by rare and beautiful antiques. They also possess the
very latest telecommunications system.                                                                 • Many activities available - wine tasting
                                                                                                         in a private cellar or ballooning over
From the south-facing terrace, under the shade of the lime trees, you look over the gently splashing     the Beaujolais hills.
fountain at the centre of the Château's park. This is surrounded by an orchard of cherry trees.
                                                                                                       • Very central location - easy access
Beyond there's a dazzling panorama of hills covered in vineyards and woods. The Roman style              from Lyon, Paris and Switzerland.
swimming pool has wonderful views over the rolling Beaujolais countryside.
                                                                                                       • Perfect for exclusive use events.


                                                                                                       By road Four hours from Paris and 30
                                                                                                       minutes from Lyon. From Paris, exit
                                                                                                       Villefranche-sur-Saône Sud N°31.2,
                                                                                                       follow signs to Roanne/Tarare (D338)
                                                                                                       to Bagnols.
                                                                                                       By rail Two hours from Paris to Lyon
                                                                                                       via TGV. The hotel is located 28
                                                                                                       kilometres from Lyon station.                      BEAUJOLAIS REGION
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                                                                                                       By air One hour from Lyon St-Exupery
                                                                                                       International Airport.
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                                                Château de Bagnols, 69620 Bagnols, France                                                           105
                           T: +33 (0) 4 74 71 40 00 F: +33 (0) 4 74 71 40 49 E: bagnols@relaischateaux.com
                                                      www.chateaudebagnols.fr

				
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