More Than An Inkling
If you follow this link www.theoldinn.com and click on “history” on their welcome page, you will be able to read about the supposed and confirmed historical connections with the hotel from 1600 AD or even earlier. Notwithstanding the purported visit by Peter the Great of Russia, those interested in the aims of this website may be interested to note that Tennyson stayed here, as well as at The Three Cups. However, the main reason for this posting is to point out the connection between J.R.R. Tolkien who stayed at The Three Cups and his fellow Inkling, C.S. Lewis, who spent his honeymoon with Joy Davidson at The Old Inn in 1958.
The Old Inn’s website is another fine example of how a famous hotel can promote itself tastefully by making known its cultural connections.
I can’t help wondering how many potential visitors to Britain and Ireland would prefer to stay at inns with some history rather than characterless modern hotels. What with successful academics from England, rich executives from further East and those crossing the sundering seas from the uttermost West, there must be hosts of wealthy customers would like to stay at hotels like The Old Inn and The Three Cups if only they were both open for business.