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Historic hotels in England you have to visit

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The UK's hotels have so many unique facets to them, from interesting design to incredible food and outstanding locations, but it's the history that really adds another dimension to them. So here is a selection of the Good Hotel Guide's favorite historic hotels in England...

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Duke House, Cambridge

Once the student home of the Duke of Gloucester, Duke House is a fitting location to stay in when visiting Cambridge, the historic city dedicated to education. Close to the main colleges at the university, the rooms maintain a number of original features, and the elegant B&B provides a communal fridge on the landing for milk and cold drinks, available on an honesty basis - it's like being a student in a really, really posh way.

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Plumber Manor, Dorset

A Jacobean Manor once known to Thomas Hardy in his time writing Return of the Native, Plumber Manor is a family run hotel, which has been with the same clan since 1972. In the gallery there is a portrait gifted by Charles II, but these days the royal treatment is reserved for guests with excellent food and charming service.

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Hartwell House, Aylesbury

Blissfully quiet, Hartwell House is a stately mansion was home to Louis XVIII during his exile from France and is now run by Historic House Hotels for the National Trust. Every inch fit for a king, the hotel is filled with marble fireplaces, rococo ceilings, brocaded sofas and the most enormous beds. So rock up and live like a royal for a weekend!

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The Pier at Harwich, Essex

A Victorian seaside hotel and restaurant overlooking the Stour and Orwell estuaries, The Pier at Harwich is brimming with maritime heritage while its sea facing rooms all have a bright, nautical style to enjoy as you watch the ferries go by. The restaurants specialize in seafood whether it's relaxed and simple in the Ha'Penny bistro or more elaborate in the Harbourside restaurant.

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The Feathers, Ledbury

A 500-year-old inn in a medieval town, The Feathers is comfortable, intimate and filled with original features including characteristic Tudor beams that give it a cosy vibe. Food is equally rooted in tradition with the likes of Cotswold venison loin and root vegetables on the menu.

This selection is taken from the Good Hotel Guide's best hotels in England.