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On a 500-acre estate with a working farm, this ''impressive'' Tudor manor house has been in the hands of the same family since 1556. ''It remains very much the home of John and Ann Ashton,'' say inspectors in 2010. ''They are hard-working hosts, happy to advise on local places of interest.''The hall has a ''remarkable'' collection of antiques from various periods, old family portraits, original fireplaces, and ''a happy mix of comfortable sofas and armchairs''.

Four of the bedrooms are in the main house; others are in the Carriage House and Cedar Lodge close by. ''Our room in the main house was a generous space with stone mullioned windows. An immense Victorian wardrobe provided ample storage. Armchairs and a desk in an alcove encouraged relaxation.'' Dinner is served in a small candlelit room by the host. His wife, aided by a new chef, Justin Fenwich-Scott, cooks traditional meals: ''She delivers spot-on seasoning in dishes like spinach timbale with crunchy elements of other vegetables; main courses came with vegetables from local producers, which were full of flavour and cooked with care. The cooked breakfast was of prime quality.'' -- 2012 Entry

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Soulton Hall, Soulton, Nr. Wem, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 5RS