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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - SU­SAN KUROSAWA

THE Red Lion at Hen­ley-onThames is a wis­te­ria-clad prop­erty with a his­toric past and a spec­tac­u­lar river­bank lo­ca­tion. The build­ing dates back to the 1530s and was used as a pri­vate home and then a school­house be­fore its con­ver­sion to lodg­ings in time to host Charles I in 1653 on his royal jour­ney from Lon­don to Ox­ford. Other fa­mous guests have had gue­strooms named in their hon­our, in­clud­ing the Duke of Marl­bor­ough, Ge­orge III and Queen Char­lotte. But don’t let the past dis­tract: re­quest a room with river out­look and be sure to break­fast in the sun-drenched restau­rant. More: redlion­hen­ley.co.uk. ARM­CHAIR TRAV­ELLER River Cot­tage Christ­mas Fayre: It’s less than six months to Christ­mas, which is scary, and all those cool Yule cel­e­bra­tions in the NSWBlue Moun­tains are al­ready in the wings; Hugh Fearn­ley-Whit­tingstall to the res­cue with a stuffed goose and all the rich trim­mings, plus ginger­bread con­fec­tions. To­day, 6.30pm, Life­Style Food. Taggart: We’re a few episodes into the new sea­son of this lon­grun­ning and al­ways gritty Glas­gow crime se­ries and De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Jackie Reid has had a perm; it din­nae work, lassie, but who cares as she’s still the most be­liev­able fe­male cop­per on telly. Fri­day, 8.30pm, ABC1.

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