Friday, August 12, 2011

InfoBritain - Travel Through History In The UK : Historic Accommodation In Eastern England

Historic Accommodation In Eastern England

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As InfoBritain is a site for historical tourism we have created a special list of hotels with particular historic interest. Each hotel has been selected for its quality, and for the historic nature of its buildings, or for events that took place in or near the hotels. In eastern England you could stay at the Angel, Bury St Edmunds, where Dickens took accommodation on one of his reading tours. Or there's The George in Huntingdon, where Oliver Cromwell's grandfather lived: or the Black Boy in Sudbury named after the dark haired Charles II who returned to the throne following Oliver Cromwell's austere rule. Charles would come to this part of the country whenever he could, to enjoy the horse racing at Newmarket.

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Featured Hotels

The Angel Hotel, Bury St Edmunds, a beautiful coaching inn dating back originally to 1452. There have been many famous visitors over the years, including Charles Dickens who stayed at the Angel while he was giving readings of his books at the Athenaeum. He mentioned the hotel in The Pickwick Papers.

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Huntingdon is well known for its connection with Oliver Cromwell, the man who led Parliamentary forces in the Civil War and removed Charles I from the throne. The Cromwells were a prominent local landowning family and Oliver Cromwell was born here. The George, a former coaching inn, was once the home of Oliver Cromwell's grandfather. The Cromwell Museum is only two hundred yards from the hotel.

Twenty four en-suite bedrooms are well equipped with modern facilities, which include CD players, modem points, radio, television, telephone, iron and ironing boards and hair dryers. A feature room and a four-poster bedroom are available.

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The Old Ferry Boat Hotel in St Ives near Cambridge has one of the longest histories of any hotel in Britain. Documents indicate that alcoholic drink was served here from 540 AD, while the foundations are thought to have been laid a century earlier. This would date the original inn to the chaotic time just after the Roman withdrawal from Britain. Since then of course the building has gone through a number of incarnations, but even so the present Old Ferry Boat is an historic building.

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Chimneys is a charming seventeenth century house in the Norman village of Stansted Mountfitchet in Essex. Many of the properties here date back to the sixteenth century. Rooms in the hotel are individually decorated, and food is of a high standard. Chimneys would be a lovely place to stay if you needed accommodation near Stansted airport.

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The Black Boy dates to around 1700, and is one of a number of pubs and inns in Britain named the Black Boy. These establishments are named in affectionate commemoration of the dark haired king who returned from exile in 1660 to govern Britain following the bleak years of Parliament's rule after the Civil War. Charles II enjoyed life and would often come to nearby Newmarket to watch and take part in the horse racing. Charles brought a sense of fun and enjoyment back to Britain after the austere years of Parliament's rule, and for that he was fondly remembered in the names of many King's Heads and Black Boys. The Black Boy in Sudbury is a charming inn which offers good, unfussy accommodation at a reasonable rate.

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Sculthorpe Mill is an eighteenth century mill on the river Wensum, in north Norfolk. The interior has been extensively modernised to give four star hotel accommodation, with every room having views over the river.

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Historic Hotels in East England

Hintlesham Hall Hotel, Ipswichgrade 1 listed Elizabethan manor house

Bull Hotel, Long Melford - former coaching inn built 1450

Sherbourne House, Attelborough - Georgian country house built 1740

Caley Hall Hotel, Hunstanton - set around a manour house built 1648

Dales Country House Hotel, Sheringham -Victorian grade II listed building in National Trust parkland

Heacham Manor Hotel, Heacham - grade II listed 16th century house

Rose and Crown, Colchester - built around a 14th century posting house

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