The Most Alluring Country House Stays

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Have a taste of the Downton Abbey life at these spectacular country houses, which have either been converted into plush hotels or can be rented out for a time...

Set in a 400-acre deer park, this former stately home oozes period charm with wood-panelled rooms, warmed by log fires, which enjoy far-reaching views of the Bassenthwaite Lake. Choose between traditional bedrooms or more contemporary ones in the spa wing. For details, see www.armathwaite-hall.com

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