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I love this book!! Granted, my edition is a 2003 publication, which may be the original version. When we make a decision on where our next trip will be, I thoroughly consult and review everything on our path of travel that is listed in this book!!
We just returned from the UK and Ireland. I had chosen to have one of our dinners, while in No. Wales at Maes-Y-Neuadd outside of Harlech. We were staying in Caernarfon, so as to be closer to the ferry terminal for the crossing to Ireland. It was a 50 minute drive (as the bridge was under construction and had to re-route) to Maes-Y-Neuadd from our inn in Caernarfon (Victoria House - very nice). We had allowed extra time so we would have opportunity to see the "fabulous gardens".
Imagine our disappointment when we drove all that way and entered the gates only to find the house and gardens unkempt, worn and tired. The food was good and one could tell that the chef knew what he was doing and was on top of trends in the culinary world, but service really was odd and it was like eating in a morg. It was all really quite sad, as one could see that this place once was absolutely glorious. What a jewell this could be if someone had the finances and love to pour into it.
Before departing on this adventure we also tried to book the "Steam and Cuisine" dinner train, only to learn that it only is available for corporate events.
If I had purchased a newer version, I'm sure these things have been corrected. Just FYI.
Thank you for all the wonderful places and events that we have enjoyed because of this great book....including, but not limited to: Schlosshotel Chaste', Tarasp, Engadine, Switzerland, Ashford Castle, Cong, Co Mayo, Ireland!! Ballymaloe House and Cookery School!!! Amazing!!
With gratitude, Deb S., Sunnyvale, CA

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Unbelievable Book:) Really shows fun interesting places. Can be your dictionary to travel. I read it and love it. My friends have it:)

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