Food and Travel (UK) - - 200 th Issue -

Since Fran­cis Coul­son opened Shar­row Bay in Cum­bria as the first Bri­tish coun­try house ho­tel in 1949, count­less stately homes fol­lowed suit. The trend emerged af­ter the Sec­ond World War, when own­ers saw tax hikes on their es­tates. Faced with the hard re­al­ity of hav­ing to sell, many con­verted their prop­er­ties into ho­tels. Clas­sic Bri­tish Ho­tels recorded that there are now 5,000 coun­try house ho­tels in Bri­tain, a 16 per cent rise since the 1990s. To­day, pack­ages in­clude din­ner, bed and break­fast as well as ex­pe­ri­ences like cook­ery schools, fal­conry and horse rid­ing. They give the user a good deal and en­sure prop­er­ties make a profit.

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