Jersey's Longueville Manor is one of just a handful of independently owned and managed hotels holding five red AA stars in the British Isles. Launched in 1949 and operated by three generations of the Lewis family, the hotel is still tapping into its potential. Rosalind Mullen paid a visit
Malcolm Lewis's grandparents, Sidney and Edith, wouldn't recognise Longueville Manor today. When they opened the 14th-century manor as a guest house in St Saviour, Jersey, in July 1949, it had 12 bedrooms and just one bathroom. Some 70 years and another two generations later, its 30 luxurious rooms and suites all have en suite bathrooms and, among the delights of the 18-acre estate is a kitchen garden, swimming pool, wine cellar, two treatment rooms, a cocktail bar, a three-AA-rosette restaurant and guests can charter the hotel's 44ft yacht.
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