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De Vere Beau­mont Es­tate, Old Wind­sor

You get the works at The De Vere, Beau­mont Es­tate

cour­tesy of 21st cen­tury style in a his­toric set­ting

So down to Old Wind­sor for a week­end break at this in­trigu­ing and un­doubt­edly distinc­tive es­tate. There’s a Ge­or­gian white man­sion house and dra­matic chapel that must make the his­to­ry­hunt­ing over­seas tourists go “Oooooh!”, all sit­ting in 44 acres of grounds that would have Jane Austen ex­pect­ing to find a choice of landed gen­try hus­bands for one of her ladies.

Then there’s the stun­ningly re­fur­bished School House where we were set­tled (it was once known as ‘the Catholic Eton’), and enough art along cor­ri­dors to make you think you’re stay­ing in a gallery cu­rated by those ob­sessed with gilt mir­rors, Vic­to­rian prints and mod­ern day in­ter­pre­ta­tions. Our room oozed ‘Best of Bri­tish’ and had a pic­ture above the bed of a stag (as you do) but with a tree grow­ing out of its antlers. The truth is that you are prob­a­bly not go­ing to dis­cover and ad­mire all the quirks of this place over a week­end, and what we no­ticed is that the over­seas vis­i­tors were at least matched in num­bers by Brit fam­i­lies who knew they’d dis­cov­ered a gem so were en­joy­ing a ‘stay­ca­tion’.

Fair enough, it was last chance be­fore back to school, but what’s not to like? There’s an in­door pool and gym, the in­ter­net ac­tu­ally works quicker than all the ma­jes­tic old trees grow­ing across the cen­turies at their own pace, and flatscreen TVs sit on walls op­po­site those stag paint­ings.

The great thing here is that even with a wed­ding go­ing on and peo­ple ar­riv­ing for con­fer­ences there’s so much room for ev­ery­one to spread out that those seek­ing a peace­ful es­cape are as happy in the friendly at­mos­phere as oth­ers in their busi­ness suits or par­ents try­ing to run chil­dren ragged so they go to bed. You re­lax.

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