The Inn’s Last 800 Years Have Seen Time Stand Still

The Inn’s Last 800 Years Have Seen Time Stand Still

This tale is one of passion, intrigue and even of ghosts. It spans a period of 800 years and goes back to the time of the Crusaders and to the time of the legendary outlaw Robin Hood. In the year 1187 the Seljukian Turks, the Saracens, captured Jerusalem once again in the name of Islam. Incensed, the Europeans set off on a crusade to recapture the fallen city and marched to the Holy Land.

They were led by Phillip Augustus of France, and King Richard I of England and such was their zeal that even Richard sold everything he could to finance this third Crusade… church and crown lands, titles, offices of state, he levied taxes and fleeced the English Barons. But all was to no avail as Saladin, the Saracen Emperor, beat back the Christians and retained Jerusalem.

In the heart of the English Midlands, lay the city of Nottingham, where its castle built on a hill of sandstone, overlooked the Nottinghamshire countryside. Here lived the Sheriff of Nottingham, who, according to legend, was constantly plagued by his adversary, Robin Hood. The hill was riddled with a warren of caves that for many of Nottingham’s citizens was home.

The River Leen flowed by the foot of the castle hill where on the river bank a brewery house had been established in 1097 to brew for the castle occupants. Water for the beer was drawn from the river whilst the com was ground on a grindstone near the brewery. During the Third Crusade the brewery house, which by now had become an inn, was used as a resting place by knights on their journey to join their King on the Crusade.

The inn soon became known as “Ye Tryppe to Jerusalem” (the ancient English word “tryppe” stemmed from the Latin word meaning “to halt or rest”). The inn gained some notoriety when Queen Isabella, wife of King Edward II, entertained her lover Mortimer at Nottingham Castle. Romantics believed that Isabella, who had been made a virtual prisoner by the King, received Mortimer at the castle after he had gained entry by climbing the inn’s 20 meter long chimney, which was reputed to lead to a secret passageway into the castle.

Isabella eventually escaped with her lover to France from where in 1326 she overthrew her husband and subsequently caused his murder at Berkeley Castle in the English country of Gloucestershire. The inn remained the property of the castle until 1621 when James I granted a separation warrant to create what was then the smallest parish in England comprising some five houses, the brewery and a population of just thirty inhabitants.

To the rear of the building and burrowed out of the hill are two large cells that were used to keep prisoners including those who had been condemned to death. The cells still have their wrought iron gates and set in the walls are the iron rings to which the prisoners were shackled. Near the brewery yard was the gibbet from which many of those unfortunates must have swung when the due penalty of the law was carried out.

In the 19th century Nottingham Castle was burnt down and replaced by the present building. At about the same time, the Trip to Jerusalem came into the hands of the Ward family, Georgina Marshall the present licensee is a descendant of George “Yorky” Ward the first of the family to run the premises. For the inn which is said to be the oldest in England, the last 800 years have seen time stop still. The River Leen is now covered and can no longer be seen. But the inn buildings are still the same as they ever were, and even the old living accommodation above the bar is still in use. There are rooms here that Georgina has not yet seen, and that is after 15 years of living there. But perhaps that is not surprising because the inn is reputed to be haunted and even now glasses mysteriously shatter.

Author: Kalista Neoma
Tour and Travel Notes.

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The Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, VT – I Keep Going Back

The Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, VT – I Keep Going Back

They say that Vermont is a state of mind. That is how I feel about Woodstock Inn. I discovered this delightful country estate back in the days when the guests in the original old building shared a bath down the hall. My Dad first introduced me to the Inn, when we traveled from Connecticut to ski the local mountains–Mt. Tom, Suicide Six and Okemo.

The food, service and ambiance at the Woodstock Inn was so inviting that I chose to spend part of my honeymoon at the Inn during the height of Vermont’s vibrant foliage season.

Last week the entire Hill Team spent many memorable days at the renovated Woodstock Inn and Resort on the Village Green. We were delighted to find the usually quirky May weather to be a bright, sunny, 70 degrees during our stay. We had managed to hit a perfect spring in Woodstock. The lavender and white lilacs were in full bloom. Bright red tulips and yellow daffodils filled the Inn’s delightful gardens.

Then there is the food. Although the nostalgic part of me misses the old world atmosphere of the original dining room, The new Red Rooster is the talk of the town. We call it casually sophisticated, with top service from the entire staff.

We oohd and ahhd over a delicious dinner . Having tried many versions of salmon all over the world, we all agreed that the Woodstock Inn served one of the best, recommended by our waiter. He also paired the perfect wine with our crab stuffed artichoke appetizers from their impressive list.

Each fresh fillet was crusty on the outside and hot, pink and juicy inside.

Although Woodstock is not on the water, each cafe’ chef told us that they can receive fish caught that morning to serve in the evening from purveyors in Boston.

For those of us who are up with the sun, complimentary coffee is served in the library from 7-l0 am each day.

Although the inn serves breakfast and lunch, my favorite breakfast (aside from Eggs Benedict served in your room or lanai), is their Three Onion Cream featured on our blog. We like this onion relish on a freshly baked bagel with Green Mountain coffee. Adding some smoked salmon is a bonus taste sensation.

For lunch, any homemade soup of the day is the ultimate comfort lunch.

There is so much more to the Woodstock Inn than the food and lovely rooms and suites, some with closed in glass lanais for privacy, in room dining or as an extra office.

There is a complimentary racquet and fitness club, with indoor pool, saunas and full spa services close by via free shuttle. The Inn also offers a par 70 Trent Jones Sr. Golf Course and lessons. The gift shop stocks Simon Pearce glass and Shackleton hand-made furniture and pottery. A complimentary, personal tour of these local attractions, as well as the Billings Farm, can be arranged.

My favorite place in the inn is reminiscent of the rich, wood-paneled English pub I remember from snowy winter evenings. Richardson’ Tavern serves innovative cocktails and good pub grub from 4pm on in a quiet, yet convivial atmosphere.

I know Norm’s favorite without asking. The English custom of serving afternoon tea and homemade chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies in the library each afternoon.

I suspect that Maralyn appreciates the up to date and speedy Internet access in this classic old property, while always retaining the traditional flavor of the original Woodstock Inn.

In any case, the Hill Team highly recommends the Woodstock Inn. It’s always a delightful treat.

As a longtime food writer for Where Magazine New York City, Brenda Hill, along with her writing partner, Maralyn Hill (no relation), writes and publishes books about chefs, food and international travel. They co-authored Our Love Affairs with Food & Travel and joined French Master Chef Herv Laurent in writing Cooking Secrets: The Why and How Brenda has been active in the California Writer’s Club, IFWTWA, and the Santa Barbara’s Writers Conference. Brenda Hill and her partner Maralyn Hill conduct marketing and writing seminars ane will have a new book on writing, “Success, Your Path to a Successful Book.” They also enjoy being food judges.

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Explore the many facets of San Francisco: the worlds most famous downtown areas , from Howard Johnson Inn & Suites hotels close to the airport and within walking distance from Union Square, Chinatown, Nob Hill and the Theatre District, to name a few.

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There is nothing like resting your body on a plush and comfortable bed at the Howard Johnson Inn and Suites after a long day of traveling in South San Francisco. Our spacious hotel accommodations and abundant amenities are a welcoming retreat.

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We are pleased to offer many different room selections to fit your needs. Want help planning the perfect California trip? Call 1-800-571-2933 and one of our reservations agents will be happy to answer all your questions and assist you in planning a great vacation.

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Nearest places of interest

Union Square

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Located just 14 minutes away from our hotel.

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Hotel proximity to this retail district is exceptionally good as you can skirt in and out of your room to drop off bags and packages.

One of the Popular Attractions, Fishermans Wharf is located 18 minutes from our hotel.

Fishermans Wharf is at a surprisingly short distance from Union Square

It is comprised of an open-air market layout with vendors of crafts, clothing, prepared meals, sourdough bread, fresh produce, gifts and more.

Stroll down the boardwalk as you leisurely lick an ice cream cone. Have your camera ready for photo opportunities with resident sea lions, Alcatraz prison and other interests from Pier 39.

After lunch, make the short jaunt up the hill to the Ghirardelli chocolate factory (free samples are usually available).

Within easy walking distance of Union Square, Chinatown offers as much wonder as Fishermans Wharf with authentic, affordable Chinese food plus vendors of all types sharing their wares inside and out.

Genuine Chinese silk clothing, Chinese groceries, souvenirs, furniture and art can be found within the hundreds of shops in this small community. From the gorgeous gateway on Grant Avenue to the awe-inspiring Bank of Canton building, youll find Chinatown an amazing place to explore.

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Meeting Rooms – Holiday Inn Benelux

Meeting Rooms – Holiday Inn Benelux
The Benelux is a driving economic force in Europe, with companies continually probing business opportunities that will increase international and cross-border trade. Yet, finding suitable meeting rooms in the Benelux can be fraught with difficulty, especially for small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) without conference facilities of their own.

This is where we at Holiday Inn Benelux come in. With almost 30 business hotels located across Belgium and the Netherlands, we have meeting rooms in all sizes and formats, from small intimate venues ideal for breakout sessions, to expansive theatre suites capable of accommodating several hundred delegates.

You will find Holiday Inn Benelux venues in major conference hubs like Brussels and Eindhoven; in historic university towns like Leiden and Ghent, and in popular tourist areas like Ostend and Bruges. Our flexible approach means we can cater for any kind of event, not just board meetings and conferences, and our meeting rooms appeal as much to private function organisers as they do the international conference market.

Friendly, efficient and always open for business

Our easy-to-navigate, comprehensive web site means we at Holiday Inn Benelux are always ready to take your booking. And with 29 superbly equipped hotels offering meeting rooms for up to 800 delegates, we can help you with your event no matter how large your company or prestigious the occasion.

Our search option makes finding a Holiday Inn venue easy work. Just enter the name of the location, and the maximum distance you want to travel. The default search covers all meeting room types, but you can narrow this by, for example, omitting classrooms or banqueting suites, to make the search more specific to your needs. You can further define your options with our advanced search function, which covers things like proximity to airports and motorways, on-site leisure facilities and business centres. Once you have a list of likely options you can compare your choices and make an online enquiry we will respond with availability and cost of the venue/s youve chosen straight away, with a fully costed proposal within 24 hours.

The benefits of Holiday Inn Benelux meeting rooms

There are many benefits to booking our meeting rooms at Holiday Inn. You could start with the extensive catering and refreshment facilities; the spacious, luxurious guest rooms; the on-site spas or the fully staffed leisure clubs. For business users, the most important aspect is probably the services of a dedicated Meetings Host, who will be your personal assistant before, during and after the event, arranging everything from audio-visual equipment to taxis on departure.

We at Holiday Inn Benelux realise its the individual touches which reflect your company image, and impress delegates and clients. So we are happy to personalise meeting rooms in whichever way you choose, from flower arrangements to after dinner speakers. Our cabaret, theatre and banqueting layouts overlook some of the most stunning locations in the Benelux, and our meeting rooms are as suited to wedding receptions and charity galas as they are to training events and business conferences.

The Benelux is a dynamic, invigorating place to live and work. We at Holiday Inn Benelux are proud to be part of its success.

Emma writes articles on Meeting Rooms in Belgium including guides to Meeting Rooms – Holiday Inn Benelux.