The Down Hall Country House Hotel in Hatfield Heath, Essex, describes itself as one of England's most established country house hotels.
Near Bishop's Stortford on the Hertfordshire and Essex border, it is 45 minutes from central London and also handy for Stansted Airport.
Dating back to 1322, the Italianate mansion offers an historic setting, with luxury interiors and ornate ceilings.
There are 110 acres of grounds. The hotel was hosting weddings, birthday parties and christenings this weekend.
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Parts of the Anglia region have seen nearly a month's worth of rain in just a few hours during intense thunderstorms overnight.
A wet and windy start, with heavy and perhaps thundery rain in places. This will gradually ease away westwards through the morning.
Cloud with locally heavy rain spreading in overnight