Durham, United Kingdom
October 19, 2003
The house itself is a 150-ish-year-old tall red-brick affair, which is quite unusual in itself, and set in the small and sleepy little village of Limerick, which is about 20 miles inland from Portland. It's quiet and in the middle of a forested area, with no particular attractions save for the lovely walks on your doorstep.
The rooms are large, with high ceilings, small bathrooms (after all, it wasn't built to house a bathroom in every bedroom), and really comfy and clean beds.
Downstairs, there are a couple of large living rooms with period furniture and interesting literature lying around. You also have Tom and Kyle Osbourne, the nicest and most helpful people you could wish to meet. They will either leave you alone, if that's what you want, or spend time talking to you about what's in and around the place, where to go, where you've been, etc. At the time we were there, Tom was mulling over the idea of using the house for murder/mystery-themed events - could be interesting.
Breakfast was a filling affair, consisting of a variety of hot and cold offerings prepared fresh and brought to you by Mrs. Osbourne (Kyle). Great stuff.
Unfortunately, this is a spot that you may only discover by accident when your're on your way from A to B. But if this place happens to be on your way somewhere, you could do a lot worse. Personally, I'd detour to take it in.
The website is http://jeremiahmasonhouse.com
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