Expansion for Hand Picked Hotels with acquisition of St Pierre Park Hotel & Golf Resort in Guernsey
Hand Picked Hotels, the award-winning collection of country house hotels, has agreed terms for the acquisition of St Pierre Park Hotel & Golf Resort in Guernsey.
The 4 star resort hotel is to be purchased from SandpiperCI for an undisclosed amount. St Pierre Park Hotel has 131 bedrooms, and major conference and banqueting facilities for up to 360 people, a leisure spa and a range of dining options.
The proposed acquisition is part of a strategic expansion by Hand Picked Hotels, created by former lawyer turned hotelier Julia Hands, to extend its presence in the Channel Islands, where it will complement Hand Picked’s L’Horizon Beach Hotel & Spa, St Brelade’s Bay, in Jersey. The hotel will be operated and managed by Hand Picked Hotels and will become part of the award-winning Hand Picked Hotels collection immediately upon completion. This will expand to 19 hotels in September when Bailbrook House Hotel in Bath, acquired last year, also joins the collection following a £10 million restoration.
Set in 35 acres of parkland, with woods and lakes, St Pierre Park Hotel has a 9 hole par 3 golf course designed by Tony Jacklin, a spa, and gym, an indoor swimming pool, steam room, whirlpool, sauna and solarium. Outdoor hotel leisure facilities include three all weather tennis courts, a croquet lawn, a trim trail, crazy golf and a children's play area.
The hotel is just outside the island’s capital, St Peter Port. Guernsey is served by many UK airports including Manchester, Gatwick, Stansted, Bristol, Southampton and Birmingham. There are regular ferry crossings from Poole, Portsmouth, Weymouth, St. Malo and Cherbourg.
Julia Hands, who formed Hand Picked Hotels in 2001 from a collection of hotels purchased with her husband, financier Guy Hands, said: “St Pierre Park will be our second resort hotel alongside L’Horizon in Jersey. The hotel is a great family destination and an excellent place for leisure breaks, weddings and business meetings and conferences. Guernsey is a beautiful island with good beaches, watersports, and excellent local produce. We look forward to attracting guests from the UK and elsewhere in Europe and further afield.”
The acquisition is subject to regulatory and legal clearances.
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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. From September 2013, there will be a total of 19 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 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. Hand Picked Hotels is the AA Hotel Group of the Year 2012-2013.