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Lake Country House, Wales

The scene: A distinguished estate in the Welsh countryside, about 15 miles north of Brecon Beacons National Park in tiny Llangammarch Wells. Built in the 19th century as a hunting and fishing lodge, the hotel includes parkland, a nine-hole golf course, croquet, fly-fishing and an indoor pool on the 50-acre property. My stay: 1996.
Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times
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