Mar13

A Georgian Celebration

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Georgian Celebrations and Heritage Breaks

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2014 heralds the 300th anniversary of the beginning of the most celebrated period in architecture following the accession to the throne of George I. The Georgian era spanned over 100 years to 1830 and influenced the design and building of many grand country houses.
Jan17

New Year, New You!

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Spa & well being

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The first months of the New Year make us all think about a fresh start and doing things differently. January and February are always a busy time in our spas and health clubs, with people looking to improve fitness and make time for relaxation.
Nov11

Bailbrook House Hotel in Bath

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Bailbrook House Hotel in Bath

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We always emphasise that we hand pick our hotels. In the case of Bailbrook House Hotel, I feel almost as if Bath chose us and trusted us with the restoration of a mansion which has been part of the city since the 18th century. This is our first city hotel.
Aug20

A first-class celebration

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A first-class celebration!

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We are now in the midst of the results season when teenagers find out the results of their GCSEs and A levels and students celebrate graduation and professional exams such as law and accountancy finals.
Mar25

Spring Escapes

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Spring at Hand Picked Hotels

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Following a grim winter, the Easter break provides a good excuse to escape and make the most of the countryside.
Jan22

Relaxation at a Hand Picked Spa

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January and February are a time when New Year resolutions are made and sometimes swiftly broken.

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Many people may have resolved to place a bigger emphasis on relaxation and this can be achieved without the need for unrealistic levels of self-denial.

Dec03

Winter Walks

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Winter Walks

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One of my favourite winter walks is from L’Horizon Hotel & Spa at St Brelade’s Bay, one of the most spectacular beaches in Jersey. L’Horizon is perfect for a winter weekend or midweek break to recharge the batteries, with its delicious local produce, fine wines and spa.
Oct17

AA Hotel Group of The Year

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AA Hotel Group of the Year

Hand Picked Hotels wins AA Hotel Group of the Year award
As CEO of Hand Picked Hotels I take a keen interest in feedback from our guests. I read all the correspondence from guests which comes to our Head Office in Sevenoaks whether it contains compliments or a complaint. I find that this gives me a real insight into life on the ground in the hotels. It also gives me a wealth of anecdotes on the lengths our Hand Picked team members go to in order to deliver Hand Picked service to our guests.
Aug30

Hand Picked Weddings

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Fairytale weddings at Hand Picked Hotels

Hand Picked Weddings
Weddings are a very special time to gather family and friends together. With guests travelling from all over the country and further afield, we offer the opportunity for the bride and groom to have exclusive use of a Hand Picked Hotel – and make the most of the full country house experience.
Apr19

Deep Sleep Spa Packages with Hand Picked Hotels

Categories // Spa and wellbeing

The importance of a good night’s sleep has been in the news recently, with high-profile cases of extreme insomnia.

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Napoleon, Florence Nightingale and Margaret Thatcher got by on four hours a night but most people do need more to avoid that alarm clock grogginess after a late night. No one is really sure why we need sleep. Some believe that sleep gives the body a chance to recuperate from the day's activities but in reality, the amount of energy saved by sleeping for even eight hours is tiny.

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