Poets Corner Lodge
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
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Well that's all of you caught up for now. I will be here for just over a month hopefully as I start work on the 2nd June and plan to save a bit while I can.
Stay safe everyone.
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