|Cottage:||The Lovejoy Studio|
|Location of the cottage:||Belchamp Walter|
|Number of bedrooms:||2|
|Sleeps:||3 (Click for important info)|
|Children / Babies:||No / 1 Babe in Arms - minimum age of guests is 18 years|
|Arrival days (changeover):||Sunday, Monday, Friday|
|Pets:||2 (2 small - medium size)|
Remember the Lovejoy TV series?
Our pick of the holiday cottages in Essex has to be the Lovejoy Studio. Not only is this cottage in a beautiful, rural location but it also has a great history about it.
The Lovejoy Studio is where scenes from the popular TV series 'Lovejoy' were filmed in this lovely converted coach house and the grounds of Belchamp Hall where it stands.
Sitting in the grounds of Belchamp Hall and surrounded by lovely countryside on the Suffolk/Essex border, The Lovejoy Studio is part of a stable block dating from the 18th century, which has been converted into luxury holiday accommodation. Within just 1.5 hours driving distance from London, The Lovejoy Studio is a place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life; a place to unwind, relax and enjoy some tranquility.
Remember the popular BBC series, which ran from 1986-94, about the 'lovable rogue' and antiques dealer called Lovejoy? Well, Belchamp Hall was a regular feature as the home of Lovejoy's love interest, Lady Jane, and was known in the series as Felsham Hall. Lovejoy is still shown around the world today and has quite an international following. People not only love the characters and stories, but also the places where it was filmed.
If you are a fan of the Lovejoy TV show and are looking to visit some of the locations locally, here are a few ideas:
The Half Moon pub in Belchamp St Paul was featured in quite a few episodes.
The Fox Inn, Finchingfield was featured in the 1992 Christmas special (and the village of Finchingfield was featured in two episodes).
Hedingham Castle was featured in the 1992 Christmas special as a castle in Prague.
Coggeshall was featured in series four and you may recognise the clock tower.
Townsford Mill, Halstead is an antiques centre featured in series four.
Long Melford was featured many times in the show with the interior of the Bull Hotel and many of the antiques shops.
Belchamp Walter church (just across the road from Lovejoy's) was featured in the last episode called “Last Tango in Lavenham”
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Kitchen: all cottages are complete little homes and facilities include modern central heating, refrigerator, hobs, oven and / or microwave, toaster, crockery & serving dishes, cutlery, many utensils, fire-extinguisher, lots of pots & pans, glasses & mugs, kettle, coffee maker, teapot, kitchen towels, oven gloves, olive oil & vinegar, salt & pepper, sugar, herbs, tea, fresh and instant coffee, washing up liquid, cloths, general cleaning materials, etc.
"Welcome Pack": Contains all the freshest ingredients for a 'Proper English breakfast': eggs, bacon, butter, some tomatoes, fruit, a lemon, a litre of milk and a loaf of fresh local bread.
Bathroom: Soap, fluffy cotton towels, bath mats, shaver point, toilet brush, toilet roll.
Bedroom: Cotton bed linen, wardrobe with coat hangers / chest of drawers, iron, ironing board, hairdryer.
Living room: If your cottage has an open fire or stove then a basket of firewood and a bucket of coal will be provided free, more will be available at cost - firelighters will be provided. TV, books, games, magazines, local brochures, OS and other maps, folder with our special 'What To Do' insiders guide to the local area
Bikes: Please check with the owner that these are available before you arrive to avoid disappointment if they are in for maintenence
Baby: Cot and high chair provided in cottages accepting babies (please bring babies bedding).
Dog: Water bowl and treat per dog is provided in cottages accepting pets.
Well behaved Dogs are always welcome, please refer to All About Bringing Pets for charges, rules and how this cottage may suit your pet.
Gainsborough Health Spa is offering 15% off all treatments and spa day packages and 33% off day passes.
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Our "Welcome Pack": Contains all the freshest ingredients for a 'Proper English breakfast': eggs, bacon, butter, some tomatoes, fruit, a lemon, a litre of milk and a loaf of fresh local bread.
Cottages with open fires are supplied with a complimentary first load of fuel after which you can buy more using an honesty box.
Most cottages also supply Bikes free of charge unless it is stated that no bikes are available.
Enjoy the hedonistice pleasures of a Massage or Beauty Therapist treatment at your cottage to smooth away those stressed nerves.
There is a lovely private tennis court at this cottage.
Now every place we have reviewed will come up in order of distance from your cottage
Assington Mill runs some very interesting Rural Arts and Craft Courses from Gilding and Bee Keeping to Coracle and Straw Bale house building.
Important moments slip by so quickly. Capture them in a relaxed portraiture session in the comfort of your own holiday cottage.
While you are staying with us why not have a special treat and go Sailing for the day.
We can offer you your own Personal Chef at this cottage to create the perfect evening in.
London Liverpool Street station - Colchester station = 47 mins
London Liverpool Street station - (change at Marks Tey) Sudbury station = 79 mins
Colchester - taxis at station - 45 mins to cottage
Sudbury - Sudbury Town Taxis 01787 377366 - 15 mins to cottage
A perfect gem, absolute joy!
As an American, the English cottage is just something we dream about! The Lovejoy Studio far exceed our expectations - the countryside was gorgeous. We were welcomed warmly by the owners and their sweet dogs! They really went the extra mile
A very welcoming and relaxing stay. We are very impressed with every last detail! Many thanks
Absolutely superb cottage. Everything has been supplied, and the building has been beautifully renovated. The beds are comfortable, the bathroom well appointed and the living area is cosy and bright. Charlie is keen to make sure all is well, we really didn't want to leave!
We had a wonderfully relaxing break. Daisy and Mungo are just delightful!
We enjoyed our second visit very much. The Grove are a great self catering company and very thoughtful about needs of clients.
Another super stay!! We really relax and enjoy the cottage and the environment....a big thank you. Will miss Daisy and Mungo's greetings!
Great place to relax! Love the peacocks -:)
An idyllic cottage for a relaxing weekend, after a very stressful week. Amazing weekend for both of us and the dog!
A great find! Loved staying at the Studio. Had everything we needed, and is in a great location. Going home feeling that we have had a lovely break. Thanks
Beautiful and relaxing grounds and a lovely Studio. Greeted by peacocks in the morning! Really enjoyed our stay.
Wonderful cottage in a wonderful location. Really enjoyed our stay here. Lots of interesting places to visit in the vicinity
Our 3rd time back - same as every, Great! Everything is just spot on - we will be back
Lovely stay - thank you
We thoroughly enjoyed our 5 nights here - lovely atmosphere and friendly people
Another enjoyable stay at the Studio. Got an opportunity to go on a tour of the house - that was a great afternoon. Charlie, Alice & Helen are very welcoming and the added company of Mungo & Daisy to keep our Toby company. Wonderful as always, will be back
Second visit - everything still outstanding
An amazing cottage, in a well appointed cottage,will definitely stay again.
Simply amazing, don't want to leave.
Tranquility personified! A very well presented and appointed cottage in a beautiful place.
A real gem. A great four days of peace and being able to relax. Everything perfect.
Absolutely loved our stay. The house and surroundings are so relaxing - could have stayed another week!
Hugely enjoyed our stay. The accommodation is just perfect and everything thought of - the bathroom and kitchen especially lovely. Can definitely see us returning in the future. Thank you!
"Do you need a cover for your car?" Not a phrase you would expect on holiday! This shows the level of passion Helen has for caring for guests. The property is a delight, wildlife and walks amazing. An audience with a peacock on the walkway is a lifetime highlight
So much better than the photos. Perfect cottage, so cosy and peaceful.
Wonderful stay for a very special anniversary.
A lovely welcome, a lovely property and a fantastic stay. Relaxing, peaceful and everything we hoped for.
An oasis in the countryside of the Essex/Suffolk border. Fabulous decor and so well designed! We stayed here before - and loved it!
Absolute unique setting, please don't tell anyone, I don't want to spoil it! Can't wait to return, thank you very much.
We have stayed in all sorts of accommodation but this is by far the most unique, absolutely fabulous. Not at all intrusive but Charlie is here if you need him - everything is so explanatory. Can wait' to return. We have had a wonderful stay. Thank you.
Wonderful relaxing weekend in beautiful surroundings. The welcome basket was a real treat. This is our 2nd visit, will definitely be back in the summer. Stunning accommodation with such lovely little touches, thanks again.
An amazing place to stay, far exceeded our expectations. The fresh food, fruit and juice on arrival was a lovely surprise. Very clean, tidy, cosy and homely. Everything we needed was there and explained. The area was peaceful and friendly, perfect to walk the dog, do some shopping and eat out. Couldn't have been better. We will be visiting again.
A lovely character cottage - great location.
A comfortable, elegant cottage beautifully finished and furnished, yet at the same time homely and relaxing. Charlie was welcoming, solicitous and considerate with being intrusive. A wonderful much needed away from it all break!
Words cannot describe how special Belchamp is. Having lived at Munt House some twenty years ago, being here was a wonderful and very nostalgic reverie. Belchamp Hall and it's surroundings will always have a very special place in my hear.
Only here for a few days - excellent Studio with everything you need supplied including a warm welcome. It looked lovely on the website but when we saw it, it filled our expectations and more. Could not fault a thing. Recharged our batteries!! We shall be back.
Beautiful grounds and a very cosy cottage. Our hosts made us feel very welcome and we highly recommend this venue for a little getaway -:)
Our expectations were exceeded and we had a wonderful weekend. The Studio is beautiful, well equipped, cosy and much larger than we thought. The welcome basket was unexpected and the bread and bacon were particularly good. The area is also beautiful and there are lots of great walks, wish we could have stayed longer!
Lovely short break, quite eventful but enjoyable. Thank you for everything, Drying my hair in the bedroom with a peacock at the window has to be a first!
Peaceful,colourful (especially the peacocks) and very welcoming. Thank you.
We received a warm welcome from Charlie and the two lovely dogs, Mungo and Daisy. Our dog was made to feel very welcome and he had a great time exploring. We shall be back!
Very relaxing stay in fabulous accommodation and lovely surroundings. Thank you for the welcome pack and your 'rent a dogs' Mungo and Daisy! We went to Frinton on Sea 3 times for a nice beach trip back in time! Hopefully we will be back next year.
What an absolute treat it was to spend a few days relaxing at Lovejoys Studio. It is very special and exceeded our expectations - truly 5 star and in such beautiful grounds. We can't imagine anyone would be disappointed with this tasteful and spacious cottage. We felt very honoured to have shared part of Belchamp Hall. We would have no hesitation in recommending any of the Lovejoy Cottages.
10/10. Just the break we needed! Hope to be back soon x
We have had a very peaceful 9 days in a lovely location. The Studio is extremely comfortable and very well equipped. Very welcoming. Would highly recommend to family and friends. Thank you.
We really enjoyed our stay at The Lovejoys Studio. It's a beautiful Cottage in a peaceful setting. The cottage itself is finished to a very high standard but has been done in such a way to make it comfy and homely with lots of finishing touches.
Fabulous Setting and cottage. Total recharge of the batteries. We will be back !
Lovely week at Lovejoy's Studio. Peaceful, relaxing and comfortable accommodation. Welcome pack on arrival provided a lovely first breakfast. Watching the resident peacocks retreat to the treetops at dusk was a daily source of entertainment.
The Lovejoy Studio was very clean, comfy and spacious. Belchamp Hall and the grounds are stunning, well worth a visit. On arrival we met Charlie and he made us feel very welcome, we couldn't have asked for a nicer place to stay. The property is outstanding. Although is was only a weekend stay we enjoyed it very much and liked the peacefulness and sounds of the animals in the grounds - very relaxing.
Wow - just can't fault the place, one of the best cottages we've stayed in.
An amazing cottage and so fully equipped. A very quiet and peaceful holiday. Would highly recommend this cottage to family and friends.
Lovely cosy cottage. Lovely village - really liked Clare for dog walking, antiques and afternoon tea. The cottage was clean and had all that you need.
The Lovejoy Studio is great. It's light, spacious and very nicely done. The place was spotless and the welcome basket was a nice touch. It was also lovely to watch the peacocks wandering around. I thoroughly recommend Grove Cottages for quality. Everything exceeded our expectations. Well done!
Wonderful weekend stay at The Lovejoy Studio. Only regret not staying longer. Accommodation beautifully laid out, with all mod cons. Warm, comfortable, peaceful and quiet, made for a wonderful stay. Recommend to family and friends, another first class booking through Grove Cottages. Perfect, thanks again.
We've found everything about the cottage first class.
A beautifully presented cottage, probably the best we have ever stayed in! Lots of attention to detail, the welcome hamper is a nice touch. A lovely, peaceful location and in a good position to explore this interesting county.
Highly recommended. Had a lovely stay.
Nice , great weather.
We had a exception week in The Studio. Well done for equipping it so well. The setting is very peaceful and relaxing and everyone very friendly. We will recommend this to friends in Devon and will be back!
Just a little note to say thank you so much for making our stay so enjoyable. You made us feel so welcome and we really appreciated it. You've done such a great job at creating an atmosphere which is special and homely all at the same time, especially with all the little extras and finishing touches. Basically, you're fab and we just wanted to encourage you to keep doing what you're doing. Thanks again.
Truly wonderful tranquil setting. The Studio has such character, whilst being very practical. Helen and Charles were so welcoming and very eager to help.
Highly enjoyable stay in beautiful surroundings. Facilities excellent, thank you.
Fabulous secluded peaceful hideaway. High standard accommodation. We will definitely be back and spread the word! Thank you for a really relaxing break in beautiful surroundings.
Best accommodation in the UK we've ever had the joy to experience. Perfect weekend away from real life. We will be returning for sure. The bed is the best bed in the world, thank you for having us!
We first visited the property in May and knew we would return. It's a high spec/furnished cottage, very spacious with secluded garden. Took the opportunity to use the tennis court this time.. welcome pack was lovely, felt at home immediately. For us, this is a haven of tranquility and a time to relax and escape the London lifestyle.
Perfect. Just what we needed. Beautiful, clean, comfortable accommodation. Peace and quiet in a lovely setting - walks straight from the door- will definitely return.
Had another wonderful stay. Beautiful cottage and the peace and tranquility is just what we needed. Great that we can bring the dog along too. Everything was perfect!! Would love to come for a Christmas break, can imagine it would be magical.
After renting holiday cottages in many counties over the years, this is definitely the best we have ever stayed in. We are already planning our next trips in the Autumn and Spring to enjoy the area again in different seasons. Our expectations were exceeded. The welcome pack was beyond expectations. The location is superb with freedom to walk around the estate. The owners were very friendly, welcoming and helpful. They have obviously gone to the trouble to think of everything you might need - even a car cover, should the resident peacocks take a liking to your car!
A destination that simply calls us back time after time, just has to be special. The Studio has everything we could ask for in a relaxing break to forget any troubles that may have travelled with us - it's our 'bolt hole' from the outside world!
Simply wonderful. So pleased we listened to our friends high recommendations and praise. What a fabulous Studio and location - we will be back! Vastly exceeded our expectations. Thank you.
Excellent accommodation, owner most helpful. One of the most peaceful places I have every stayed! I cannot fault it! If you're looking for a peaceful, relaxing retreat, The Lovejoy Studio fulfils these requirements fully.
Oh yes, we've enjoyed ourselves alright! I defy anyone not to! It is a beautiful home from home in a lovely peaceful spot and we were looked after so well by Charlie & Helen. The property has been the best base from which to see so many beautiful places in this area of Suffolk. We would love to come back again one day; worth everyone of our 320 mile journey to get here!
The best cottage we have stayed in! Over and above fulfilled our expectations!
Excellent location and a very peaceful setting.
With or without the iconic Lovejoy TV series, this outstanding place of beauty and seclusion, can well rest on it's own reputation. 5 star quality that is truly affordable for that very special getaway. A genuine country retreat, right in the heart of Gainsborough country!
Have nothing but praise for the beautiful Lovejoys Studio, in it's stunning setting. It surpasses everything we were expecting and was a little piece of paradise in North Essex. A truly wonderful spot for a relaxing break.
A truly wonderful cottage set in beautiful grounds. Very easy to relax and enjoy but very hard to leave at the end...we will be back!
Lovejoy's Studio is a lovely conversion. Comfy, well equipped and lots of attention to detail. I left feeling rested and relaxed.
Really relaxing weekend in peaceful surroundings. Welcome basket was a nice touch.
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay here in The Lovejoy Studio, with a lovely welcome from Helen.Home from home but with country on doorstep. Very quiet location to get away from it all. Great way to recharge batteries. Lovely to see peacocks roaming around, a beautiful sight. Will definitely be back. Thanks to Helen and Charlie.
Very comfortable and spacious accommodation. An ideal location both to "chill out" for a few days, and to visit some delightful places nearby. We shall come again - hopefully when it is warmer and we can take advantage of the bicycles, and walking in the surrounding countryside.
Another fantastic escape! Keep doing what you're doing!
Awesome! What an escape! We visited in late Feb, it was wet and windy but that did not matter because the cottage is beautiful, and the location is stunning. The welcome was warm from both Helen and Charlie - we were made to feel this was our home. You have absolutely everything you need, it's the attention to detail that really matters. Thank you, we will come again.
We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend break. The cottage is spacious and comfortable and we relaxed on the luxurious sofas, in front of the cosy woodburner.
Greeted by lovely warm welcome from Helen, who was very informative about what to do and where to visit. Beautiful building, very tastefully decorated (loved the painting). Will definitely be back for another visit.
The Studio is exceptionally well equipped, it is clean, comfortable and has lots of charm. As a Lovejoy enthusiast the small subtle touches in reference to the series are welcomed! A delightful property in stunning surroundings. The friendly welcome received on arrival including the breakfast basket, made it perfect. Thank you very much.
Lovejoy Studio filled all our expectations plus more. The pictures online were not deceiving...it really was as wonderful as it looked. Loved the decor, the log burner, the cosy ambiance. The bed was very comfortable, along with the pillows. Bathroom...big bath...loved it. Kitchen facilities excellent. Great for the dogs. Drying room and washing machine very useful.
Thank you for a lovely stay in a lovely cottage.
Absolutely fabulous weekend, so lovely and warm, cosy and very relaxing. 10/10. Perfect for any occasion.
Best stay, loved every minute of it - will be back soon. Many thanks.
We have had a lovely week here with our dog Brody. This is such a lovely cottage. We loved the log burner and everything about the cottage. It's our first visit to Suffolk and we will definitely be back.
Beautiful cottage, amazing surroundings and totally relaxing and peaceful.
Wonderful cottage, so peaceful and relaxed. Amazing walks, everything we needed was here. Will be coming again.
Lovely area and good weather!! Great welcome basket and cosy cottage.
Excellent cottage, lots of space and walks nearby. Have stayed at several Grove Cottages and would highly recommend this one. The Owner, Charlie, was very hospitable and welcoming. Enjoyed the welcome basket of goodies.
Lovely cottage, lovely location. Thank you for the welcome basket - very, very tasty and a very nice touch. One of the best equipped cottages, we have stayed in.
Thank you for a lovely few days and for the very generous welcome pack. The weather has been kind to us, and we've enjoyed getting 'lost' on the country lanes!
First time that we have visited this area - wish we had come years ago! The Studio is a great property - so relaxing and bright. Sadly we couldn't stay for longer, but will return for 2 weeks next time!
Our third holiday in this lovely cottage, was as peaceful, relaxing and wonderful as before. Enjoyed the tennis, great books, small peacocks and the visits from Mungo and Daisy. Hope to return - thank you!
Nice, relaxing stay in a superb cottage.
A wonderful stay - superb cottage, loved meeting Mungo and Daisy! We will be back.
We love this cottage and our second stay here was perfect. Peaceful location and home from home feel, are just what we look for. Mungo and Daisy the resident dogs are favourites of ours too! A truly magical stay and thank you to Charles, for making us feel welcome again.
A very beautiful cottage, very well equipped, tastefully decorated - a real home from home! We had sunny and warm weather and would like to recommend Kentwell House in Long Melford. Thank you for an awesome break!
Had a lovely week cycling, walking and sight seeing. We found the lovely countryside a lot hillier than it looked on the map. Really enjoyed staying in the Studio - very comfortable and well equipped.
A wonderful week visiting relatives. Highlight was wildlife and Mungo and Daisy!
Nice cottage in a really nice part of the world.
As fans of the Lovejoy tv series, Belchamp Hall is an incredible place to stay. The Lovejoy connection aside, we love the peace and seclusion here. Plenty of places to visit and plenty of choice for places to eat. We have been here before and we will stay here again. Thank you for the welcome basket. I have really enjoyed my stay here.
Wonderful accommodation, beautiful place. We all enjoyed our stay. Time went too quickly though!
Lovely secluded cottage, excellent all round facilities. Good walks and an enjoyable game of tennis. Peacocks added entertainment - lovely countryside.
Beautifully converted property in a fantastic location, so peaceful and relaxing. Hard to find words that do it justice! We don't want to go home and can't wait to come back. We love the dogs, Mungo and Daisy and hope to come back soon, to see the peacocks.
Beautifully converted property in fantastic location, so peaceful and relaxing. Hard to find words that do it justice! We don’t want to go home and can’t wait to come back.
We had a great 2 weeks in this lovely cottage - beautiful countryside, loved the peacocks and the dogs. Hope to be back in the future.
Fab cottage with bags of character in beautiful and peaceful surroundings. A great base to explore Suffolk and Essex.
Just wanted to say a huge thank you to you! We had a fabulous time at The Lovejoy Studio We cottage about 3/4 times a year and can honestly say this is the best we have had. The accommodation was spectacular and had absolutely everything we needed for a relaxing break.
This is a real gem of a cottage! Calling all stressed out workers who need to re-charge, re-set and relax .... it is here! The welcome from Helen was excellent, very friendly, just right! Welcome pack was one of the best we have had. The cottage is faultless.
Beautiful, cosy cottage in lovely surroundings.
A lovely relaxing break.
Perfect. Home from home!
Absolutely amazing. So relaxing, beautiful accommodation, extremely warm and friendly welcome from lovely Charlie and Helen. Great walks, gorgeous pubs and restaurants nearby – the perfect weekend away.
Friendly sheep, dogs and peacocks. Beautiful property and perfect location for a relaxing break. A real home from home. The Pheasant pub is well worth a trip. Wish we could stay longer.
A great few days away from the manic time in the house. Weather has been good to us, lovely walks and visiting local towns and villages. We will try to get back another time.
Wonderful relaxing stay at The Lovejoy Studio peaceful surroundings and such a well equipped and beautiful accommodation meant this was the perfect place to unwind and recharge our batteries. Hope to be back in the future. Thank you.
Once again Grove cottages exceed expectations and sets a new standard in quality and comfort.
Thank you for a wonderful and comfortable stay. We had a great lunch in Long Melford at The Swan and enjoyed the sunny winter mornings in this lovely area.
Fantastic short break, great settings and facilities.
Beautiful setting. Loved exploring all the local villages. And the welcome pack.
Absolutely perfect. We loved everything about the cottage, amenities, service and location. A beautiful cottage that we will endeavour to return to on a frequent basis. I would personally like to thank Helen for all of her incredible help in setting up the perfect proposal for my girlfriend. She said YES!
A lovely place. Very spacious and easy to relax in. We received a warm welcome from Helen. The Studio had everything we needed and was spotlessly clean.
Easy space to relax in. Enjoyed everything about this place. Nice walks around the lanes.
Second time here was as wonderful as the first.
Second visit here. So wonderfully relaxing. Beartie our dog loves it here. He is convinced that the peacocks could become his new best-friends!
A beautiful cottage set on stunning grounds. Very rural but easy to get to local towns. Will definitely visit again, thank you!
Loved it, beautiful place. Would come again.
Batteries now re-charged in readiness for Christmas! Lovely, well-equipped cottage – warm and comfortable – just what one would want in late November.
A cosy weekend in a fantastic cottage, we were lucky to get sunny November days to enjoy local walks and snugly evenings by the log burner.
Absolutely lovely cottage – very comfortable bed.
Very restful few days in a comfortable cottage in beautiful countryside. Thank you for the generous welcome pack.
We love this place and we will definitely be back. Well done!
Fantastic and peaceful location. We liked the welcome basket. Thanks, we hope we are coming back.
Absolutely beautiful! A relaxing weekend had. Thank you.
Really lovely cottage, decor is very nice. Peaceful location lovely walks. Thank you for the welcome basket.
Very relaxing stay lovely walks and atmosphere. Loved the Lovejoy connection! Recommend The Great House in Lavenham for dinner. Very friendly and helpful host – thank you!
Just fantastic! We will be back. Top quality welcome.
Idyllic setting, beautiful cottage and people in the area very friendly and welcoming. Just what the doctor ordered to recharge the batteries. Would recommend to anyone and would certainly come back.
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