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The Best Places to Stay in the UK

Places to stay

Lying on the fringes of London, places to stay in the Thames Valley tend to cater for city-dwellers looking for a romantic country bolthole, or holidaymakers from further afield who base themselves here and day-trip to the capital. Either way, if you want country house grandeur, you're in the right place: choose from Cliveden, Stoke Park, Coworth Park and other lusciously landscaped piles where you'll feel like the lord/lady of the manor. Prefer something more homely? Every Thames-side town of note has a country inn, some coolly revamped in boutique style (like the Olde Bell at Hurley), others more traditional (like the Red Lion at Henley). Windsor and Henley are your best bet if you want shopping, entertainment and riverside bustle:. There are also scores of B&Bs throughout the area, many of which are casting off the peach bedspreads and embracing a more modern look, as well as the usual array of self-catering country cottages. Finally, there's camping, either on one of the Thames locks, or at Wellington Country Park – a great option for families.

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