I stayed 3 nights at Talbot House recently and throughly enjoyed the experience. Set up by 'Tubby' Clayton in 1915 as a respite house from the horros of the front line, you can imagine exactly how the place was used. All over the house are replicas of what was there in 1915/16/17 and little has changed. If you are single The General's Room is as near to the original that you can get, other rooms have a variety of more modern furnishing. The 'Piece de Resistance' is the chapel on the top floor - I challenge you not to be moved as you climb the steep stairs into this quiet room, laid out as a small chapel with various mementoes from families of personnel who enjoyed their stay at Talbot House or received communion there; as you climb the stairs, read the lines painted between the treads at eye-level. If you stay in the Wanderwalle room, be prepared for a tap on the shoulder in the middle of the night - it may make you jump but won't make you afraid.
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