World class hotel for England players

WHEN Beckham, Rooney, Lampard and co jet into Germany ahead of next month's World Cup they can be assured of one thing - the hotel they will stay at is a real winner.

WHEN Beckham, Rooney, Lampard and co jet into Germany ahead of next month's World Cup they can be assured of one thing - the hotel they will stay at is a real winner.

That's the message from Suffolk woman Jan Davies, 46, who stayed at the plush Buhlerhohe Schlosshotel in Baden Baden after winning a national competition.

Ms Davies, of Ipswich Road, Harkstead, and her partner Ian, 44, were left speechless by the impressive building and were dazzled by the luxurious rooms.

She said: “It was a fantastic building, very grand and quite imposing, with beautiful views.


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“It is right out in the middle of nowhere so the England team will get a lot of privacy.

“The food is absolutely gorgeous, the chef has a Michelin star, and we were really impressed with what we ate.

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“To be honest I think they will be over the moon with where they are staying.”

As part of the prize, won through a competition run by a national newspaper, the couple also got to go and watch a game at the Gottlieb-Daimler stadium in Stuttgart where several World Cup games will be played.

The pair were even invited onto the pitch at half-time to sample the atmosphere in the 54,000 seat stadium.

Ms Davies said that after her weekend visit to the area she is confident the England team has a good chance of bringing back the top prize in football.

She said: “My son says we are going to go all the way and I hope we do to.

“I think it's about time we did.”

n. Have you got a World Cup story? Contact Neil Puffett on 01473 324796 email neil.puffett@eveningstar.co.uk

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The hotel is set high in the mountains on the edge of the Black Forest.

The FA has taken the hotel exclusively for the duration of the tournament, which means the Three Lions will be able to completely relax and concentrate on the job ahead.

The players' bedrooms will be fitted with computer games, a games room has been added for activities such a table-tennis and darts and one suite will be used as the massage and treatment room.

The hotel, built in 1914, and has hosted the likes of Bill Clinton and Nelson Mandela in the past.

TRACTOR Boy will be out and about in the town centre today in his new super-size England shirt and shoppers are invited to come and play "kicky uppy" with him on the Cornhill from 11.30am.

The Evening Star event team will be there in support and you can buy a copy of The Star and a goody bag - including a World Cup planner and a car flag - for just £1.

On the same day World Cup planner sponsors Turners Hyundai will be outside Debenhams showcasing their latest model.

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