Photo: Adare Manor Hotel Ireland

Measuring 132 feet long and 26 feet high, the Minstrels' Gallery at Ireland's Adare Manor Hotel has lights filled with stained glass.

Courtesy Adare Manor Hotel

In addition to being a discriminating where-to-stay resource, National Geographic Traveler's 2010 Stay List is an in-a-nutshell look at the geography, history, and architectural styles of five countries whose total acreage is less than California's. Selections from England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales range from humble farmsteads to over-the-top castles.

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