Escape to the countryside

Escape to the countryside

Beat the January Blues with an escape to the countryside...


A relaxing countryside break is sure to beat the January blues. Hand Picked Hotels, the award-winning collection of 20 country house hotels across the UK, is offering an ‘Elegant Escapes’ overnight package from just £155* per room, per night – a saving of up to 30%.

The offer includes a glass of Bruno Paillard Champagne, canapés, a three-course dinner, overnight accommodation and breakfast. For parties of 8 or more adults, enjoy a dinner party in a complimentary private dining room. Bookings made by 12 January will also enjoy a complimentary bedroom upgrade. With locations across the UK, why not begin 2014 by discovering a new countryside retreat?

Once a Victorian hunting lodge, Audleys Wood Hotel in Basingstoke, Hampshire, is a Victorian Gothic Renaissance Mansion which is set in seven acres of private grounds. Close by to the historic city of Winchester with its world-famous cathedral, the hotel is also well placed to enjoy a variety of attractions including Jane Austen’s House, The Basingstoke Canal, Marwell Zoo and Beaulieu Motor Museum.

A former private home to English Industrialist William Bryant, today Woodlands Park Hotel near Cobham, Surrey, is a spectacular vision of Victorian architecture. Standing amongst manicured gardens, the hotel boasts a number of horticultural and historical sites to visit nearby including the flagship garden of the Royal Horticultural Society at Wisley, Painshill Park - one of the last remaining 18th century landscape parks, and Hampton Court Palace situated on the River Thames at Richmond.

Alternatively, explore the bright lights of London by day and the grandeur of a historic 17th century country house hotel by night at Hendon Hall Hotel in North London, which is ideally located to visit the capital’s hotspots as well as the green open spaces of Hampstead Heath and nearby stately home Kenwood House. Originally built as a Mansion House for Westminster Abbey, Hendon Hall Hotel is an enchanting and grand retreat surrounded by private gardens on the edge of the city.

For more information about Hand Picked Hotels or to book, visit www.handpickedhotels.co.uk or call 0845 458 0905.

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Notes to editors:

The offer is subject to availability and valid until 28 February. The offer is inclusive of all hotels in the Hand Picked Hotels collection.

Press: contact Claire Basing-Lawson or Marion Hardman at Four Communications, the Hand Picked Hotel press office, at HPH@fourcommunications.com or 020 3697 4358

About Hand Picked Hotels

Hand Picked Hotels, created by former lawyer turned hotelier Julia Hands, is the leading collection of architecturally splendid country house hotels - built for pleasure and continuing a centuries-old tradition of offering guests an indulgent yet attainable country house visit, with a contemporary twist. The award-winning hotels are renowned for exquisite food, fine wines and bespoke service by Hand Picked people in stylish, relaxing surroundings, a total of 20 classically British hotels in rural settings across the British Isles, with locations ranging from the New Forest and Jersey to the Cotswolds and Edinburgh. Hand Picked Hotels has won an impressive number of awards, with 17 hotels awarded two AA rosette status and Norton House Hotel in Edinburgh recognised with three AA rosettes. Nine hotels have achieved red star status which means they are ranked within the AA's Top 200 hotels in the UK & Ireland. The Four Red Star Fawsley Hall is also now part of the Hand Picked collection. There are nine hotels with spas offering the latest therapies and treatments to promote wellbeing and relaxation. Hand Picked Hotels was AA Hotel Group of the Year 2012-2013.

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