EAST SUSSEX HOTEL, BUXTED PARK HOTEL WINS HAND PICKED HOTELS’ ‘HOTEL OF THE YEAR 2011’
Champagne winter escapes from £145 from 1 February – 18 March 2012
Buxted Park Hotel in Uckfield, East Sussex, has been awarded Hand Picked Hotels’ ‘Hotel of the Year 2011’, for achieving excellent customer and employee satisfaction in 2011.
Hand Picked Hotels, a collection of 17 country house hotels located across the UK, holds an annual awards ceremony to celebrate the highlights of the hotels in the collection and ‘Hotel of the Year’ is the most prestigious of three awards selected by the Hand Picked Hotels board. Buxted Park Hotel, along with Rhinefield House Hotel, was also recognised for being awarded with the AA's highest accolade of red stars in 2011. They join Chilston Park Hotel, Crathorne Hall Hotel, Ettington Park Hotel, Norton House Hotel, Seiont Manor Hotel and Wood Hall Hotel who were all recognised for maintaining their red star status.
The two other major awards included ‘Consistent Hotel of the Year’ which was awarded to Crathorne Hall Hotel in North Yorkshire, winner of the Hotel of the Year Award 2010’, and ‘Most Improved Hotel of the Year’, won by Hendon Hall Hotel in Hendon, North London.
Russell Lines, General Manager of Buxted Park Hotel since August 2009, is delighted with the award: "It is a great honour to win this award – a real confidence boost and motivator for all the team here. I am hugely proud of the team and the level of commitment, service quality and standards they naturally deliver and attain. I'm so passionate about the hotel so I am delighted that Buxted Park Hotel has been recognised as one of the best."
The Hand Picked Hotels judging committee included board members Chairman and CEO, Julia Hands; Operations Director Douglas Waddell; Commercial Director Ken Arkley and Finance Director Mandy Newton as well as Deputy Operations Director Margaret Erstad; Head of HR Deborah Seymour; Group HR Assistant Keely Dobinson and Office Manager & PA to Chairman, Louise Fiksen.
Located in East Sussex near the Ashdown Forest, Buxted Park Hotel, Uckfield, East Sussex was built as a country home in 1722 and boasts 312 acres of grounds which include three large lakes and a deer park. Some fascinating guests have stayed at Buxted Park Hotel, including Winston Churchill, Marlon Brando and William Wordsworth. Today, guests can dine in a two AA rosette fine dining restaurant and enjoy the comfort of 44 stylish bedrooms, with seven suites named after famous literary figures.
On 1 February 2012, Hand Picked Hotels launch a Champagne overnight stay from just £145 per person per night, so there’s never been a better time to visit. Book now for any night between 1 February and 18 March 2012 – and enjoy a pre-dinner glass of Bruno Paillard Brut Champagne, pre-dinner canapés, a three course dinner, an overnight stay and breakfast.
To book contact 0845 458 0901 or visit www.handpickedhotels.co.uk and quote PWP
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About Hand Picked Hotels
The award-winning Hand Picked Hotels collection, created by former City lawyer Julia Hands, are luxurious country house hotels renowned for exquisite food, fine wines and excellent service in stylish, relaxing surroundings. There are 17 hotels across the UK, with locations ranging from the New Forest and Jersey to Yorkshire and Edinburgh. Hand Picked Hotels has focused on the quality of its service and cuisine and in the last three years 15 hotels have achieved two AA rosette status with Norton House in Edinburgh winning three AA rosettes. Eight hotels have achieved red star status, being recognised as amongst the AA's Top 200 hotels in the UK & Ireland. Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa has been awarded and retains 5 bubbles from the Good Spa Guide.
The spa hotels include Brandshatch Place Hotel & Spa in Kent, Nutfield Priory Hotel & Spa in Surrey, Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa in Cheshire, New Hall Hotel & Spa in North Birmingham, Wood Hall Hotel & Spa in West Yorkshire, Norton House Hotel & Spa in Edinburgh and L’Horizon Hotel & Spa in Jersey.