Bailbrook acquisition

Bailbrook acquisition

Expansion for Hand Picked Hotels with acquisition of Bailbrook House Hotel Bath

Hand Picked Hotels, the collection of architecturally splendid country house hotels, has acquired Grade II* listed Bailbrook House Hotel in Bath.

The hotel and conference centre has been acquired from investor clients of real estate advisory company Delancey for an undisclosed amount. Bailbrook House Hotel currently has 78 bedrooms and 30 meeting rooms, a restaurant and bar and fitness, beauty and spa facilities.

The acquisition is part of a strategic expansion by Hand Picked Hotels, owned by former City lawyer Julia Hands, to establish a presence in the South-west. The hotel will be operated and managed by Hand Picked Hotels. Following an extensive refurbishment programme over the next two years, Bailbrook House Hotel will become part of the award-winning Hand Picked Hotels collection, bringing the total portfolio to 18 properties across the UK.

Bailbrook House Hotel, an early 19th century property in 20 acres of grounds, is one mile from the city centre in Bath, England’s only World Heritage city. A former private country house, it was originally designed by the celebrated Bath architect John Eveleigh for a wealthy lawyer, Dr Denham Skeet. The property was acquired by Hilwood Resorts & Hotels in 2007 and currently focuses on leisure, conference, weddings and civil ceremonies.

Julia Hands, who created Hand Picked Hotels in 2001 from a collection of hotels purchased with her husband, city financier Guy Hands, said: “We have been searching for some time for the right opportunity to provide Hand Picked Hotels with a strategic presence in the South-west. Bath is a beautiful city and first-class location for our expansion, with stunning architecture and a fascinating history attracting visitors from all over the world. Bailbrook House Hotel has enormous potential and we will be using our extensive experience of working with listed properties to deliver a sensitive refurbishment that will enhance its heritage. Once this has taken place, Bailbrook House Hotel will become part of the Hand Picked Hotels portfolio.”

For more information visit our website - hotels in Bath

Notes to editors:
For media information, please contact Marion Hardman at Four Communications on 020 3023 9030 or 07961 578 401 or
To contact Delancey:; T: 020 7448 1461

About Hand Picked Hotels
Hand Picked Hotels, created by former City lawyer 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. There are 17 classically British hotels in rural settings across the UK, with locations ranging from the New Forest and Jersey to the Cotswolds and Edinburgh. Hand Picked Hotels has won an unrivalled number of awards, with 16 hotels awarded two AA rosette status and Norton House Hotel in Edinburgh recognised with three AA rosettes. Eight hotels have achieved red star status which means they are ranked within the AA's Top 200 hotels in the UK & Ireland. Seven of the hotels have spas offering the latest therapies and treatments to promote wellbeing and relaxation.



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