Subject: Recommendations/Accommodations in England
In addition to our self-catering in England in May/June, we found three places to stay that we would highly recommend:

BANK HOUSE, Farley Road, Oakamoor, Nr. Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire ST10 3BD, tel 01538 702810, fax 01538 702810. This guest house, which is close to the Potteries District if you love china and close to many stately homes and lovely gardens, and next to Derbyshire with its lovely dales and rivers, is an amazing place. Restored and run by Mr. and Mrs. Orme, it is lovely and gracious without being in the least stuffy. Muriel Orme was chosen the British AA (Automobile Assoc.) Landlady of the Year recently and has made the Top Ten list nearly every year in the 90's. John Orme has restored and enlarged an old farmhouse virtually by himself (a retirement project) and is now doing large terraced water gardens! Muriel Orme writes out complete directions for anyplace you might want to go and is wonderfully helpful in suggesting places to go in the area. John is an expert on wine, Scotch whisky, art, architecture, and gardens; both are superb cooks. They have three rooms; the Master Suite is worth a splurge (36 pounds per night per person with breakfast); lovely views, large sitting area, complete tea tray, jacuzzi and bidet, robes, irons, snacks, mineral waters. Muriel greets each visitor with a lovely tea in the garden or in the living room.

WOODLAND CRAG GUEST HOUSE, How Head Lane, Grasmere, Cumbria, tel. 05394 35351. In the heart of the lovely mountains and lakes of England's Lake District, this is a charming, hospitable place with lovely rooms and views, set at the end of a scenic lane out of the hustle and bustle of Grasmere. Some of my Swedish family stayed here and were absolutely enchanted. 24 pounds per person per night with breakfast.

THE SHIP HOTEL, Allonby, Maryport, Cumbria CA 15 6QF, te. 01900 881017. This hotel, at which Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins once stayed, is located in a seldom visited (by the non-English) seaside location in the far NW of England. The owners, Peter and Carole Yates, are very hospitable, serve good food, and have a super-clean inn. Peter Yates is the founder of the Yates Brewery, which brews some fine English beer, Yates Ale, and is an expert on beer, having brewed beer his whole life. They have travelled extensively and have interesting stories to tell.

Cheers and happy travels, Pat in Baltimore