HOTEL of the week; ORTON HALL HOTEL & SPA LONGUEVILLE, PETERBOROUGH.
WHERE AND WHY This stunning 17th century manor house on the outskirts of Peterborough is set in 20 acres of parkland. Once the home of the Marquess of Huntly, it's now a four-star hotel. We checked in to one of the 70 spaciously grand rooms, with spectacular views. We certainly felt like the lord and lady of the manor. We were delighted to discover a pub in the grounds, which was once the stables. The Ramblewood Inn still retains some of the original stalls and troughs - and, interestingly, a red telephone box. It serves great food and offers a range of real ales, with four guest beers each month.
ON THE MENU In the awardwinning, AA Rosette Huntly Restaurant, I started with crab and sweet chilli tart with sweet basil and rocket, followed by panfried fillet of Lincolnshire beef with smoked bacon and mushrooms in a Madeira sauce. Somehow I still had room for a dessert of Belgian chocolate truffle pie with peanut ice-cream. Three courses, including coffee, cost PS30 per head.
WHILE YOU'RE THERE The hotel spa was a real treat. I opted for a Therapeutic Pedicure - the best pedicure I've ever had (60 minutes for PS30). If you have children with you, take them to Nene Valley railway, just over a mile away. It's home to the most famous tank engine in the world - Thomas. Tickets cost PS13.50 for adults and PS7.20 for children. Peterborough itself is just over three miles away. Attractions include the cathedral and Queens Gate shopping centre. And Thorpe Wood Golf Course is also nearby - prices from PS19.50 a round.
WAKE-UP CALL In November a double room with breakfast costs from PS108, based on two sharing. bestwestern.co.uk, 08457 73 73 73
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|Publication:||Sunday Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Nov 3, 2013|
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