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From the grey stone cottages of Cornwall, squat and huddled against the Atlantic storms contrast with the red brick of Hampshire. The meandering village streets with multi-paned windows, the wild ponies of the New Forest, the windswept moors of Devon, the cozy pubs with the walls darkened from centuries of pipe smoke and coal fires, tea rooms with dark furniture and white lace doilies all bring a sense of this island nation's rich past. Then the hubbub of the city streets of cosmopolitan London with ultra modern hotels sitting next to homey old hotels from story books. A nation of contrasts and great food.

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London:

DraycottThe Draycott Hotel****, 26 Cadogan Gardens, London SW3 2RP

A country house hotel – "The Draycott" in the middle of the hustle, bustle just off Slone Square," with elegance and comfort and special amenities . . .

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St. James ClubSt. James's Hotel and Club ****, London SW1. England. (heart of Mayfair)

Formerly restricted to club members, with new owners and compete renovation, the Victorian town house club is now also a hotel. Perfectly remodeled and designed inside (rooms smallish due to structural dictates) the club feel has been retained but updated and without the stuffiness so often the hall mark of such places. Very comfortable, great food, world's best afternoon tea that can set a new bar for such delights. Personal attentions and high tech mod cons in the rooms from WiFi to TV. Set on a quiet cul-de-sac in Mayfair it is close to everything in the West end from theaters to shopping, restaurants to historic wine merchants, bespoke hatters and tailors of Saville Row.
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Milestone HotelThe Milestone Hotel *****, London W8, UK.

World class service in a five star hotel in the center of London's theater and shopping districts, this luxury establishment is set in two jointed Victorian buildings facing Kensington Park. Fine food, personal attention.


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London Heathrow Airport:

HIlton London Heathrow HotelHilton London Heathrow Terminal 5 **** - London Heathrow Airport
If you do have to pass through LHR, then the brand new and excellent Hilton London Heathrow Terminal 5, as it is called, is a great place to spend the night. Perfect sound proofing, modern interior in great taste, and speaking of taste, they bake their own breads! Outside unprepossessing but the interior excellent. Even swans in the small river in front. Beautiful views of Windsor Castle in the distance. (Its name is a bit misleading. It is near but not right by Terminal 5. You have to take a Hoppa Shuttle bus to get to it and don't expect help with your luggage.) It is only 13 miles from the center of London and is freeway close to the entrie south of England, has excellent gym, spa, massage, and computer business center with free wifi.
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Sheraton Heathrow HotelSheraton Heathrow Hotel**** - London Heathrow Airport
One of the better airport hotels at the London Heathrow Airport is the Sheraton Heathrow Hotel**** just a few minutes from most terminals by the LHR shuttle known as the "HOPPA". The rooms are comfortable, the public areas pleasant but it is the restaurant, The Orchard Restaurant, that is special with really good food and superb British beers! Pets are accepted too.

Limited free wifi, computer stations, fitness center, cafe for snacks and they offer long term parking packages with their 237 space car park.
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Remaissance Heathrow HotelRenaissance Hotel**** - London Heathrow Airport
If you're looking for a hotel near London Heathrow airport, you could do a lot worse than the Renaissance London Heathrow Hotel which sits right on the edge of the airport with a glorious view of the airplanes taking off and landing. This is a very comfortable four-star hotel with a slightly dated exterior that belies an understated but elegant, modern Interior. The food is not what is was a few years ago and some of the rooms need refreshed but still a good place to stay.
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Provinces:

Summer Lodge Country House HotelSummer Lodge Country House Hotel*****, Restaurant & Spa, Evershot, Dorset DT2 0JR, UK
A real charmer in Dorset. A real charmer in bucolic countryside of Dorset only a couple of hours southwest of London, but worlds away in tranquility, solitude and bucolic charm - and pet friendly. It is also famous for the world class cuisine of Executive Chef Steven. A member of the Relais & Chateaux group.
This is the real English countryside, the land of Thomas Hardy, the haunts of Tess of the d'Urbervilles, villages with thatched cottages dressed in ivy vines, rivulets of winding lanes, prehistoric ancestry – in short one terrific place to visit.
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Chewton GlenChewton Glen Hotel *****, New Milton, Hampshire.

Chewton Glen is more than a luxury country hotel - it is a spa and country club with golf and other activities situated between the ancient New Forest and the English Channel just a few minutes walk from the beach. Superb cusine. It is a luxury destination in itself, not to be missed.
NOT dog friendly.
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