Not far from the West Midlands geographically, most of Warwickshire is worlds away from it in spirit.
The history stretches back almost 1,100 years. In 914AD Ethelfleda, daughter of Alfred the Great, ordered the building of a 'burh' or an earthen rampart to protect the small hill top settlement of Warwick from Danish invaders.
It is now owned by the Tussauds Group, and is constantly being voted as England's Best Historic Attraction - a title it richly deserves.
Now, this isn't a visitor's attraction, it's a hotel. However, it does have a good history behind it.
Once the country seat of Sir Christopher Wren, Wroxall boasts a magnificent collection of listed buildings and private grounds. The House itself, is beautiful. The stables and coach house have been sympathetically turned into further accommodation for the hotel. In the grounds, are a private chapel, and the ruins of Wroxall Abbey itself.
I had the pleasure of staying here a couple of times on business, and the hotel lived up to my expectation of how a country house hotel should be.
And it has a one-eyed cat called Nelson!