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Tips on how to exercise smarter not harder

Tips on how to exercise smarter not harder

We are all living increasingly busy and hectic lifestyles, and for many of us there simply are not enough hours in the day. Here are some tips on how you too can enjoy a fitness routine when time is precious.

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Productive events that make the most of summer-time!

Productive events that make the most of summer-time!

Our group head of sales, Martin Terry, tells us why this season is the perfect time to take your pick of our flexible event spaces – either inside or out.

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A Christmas wedding in the New Forest

A Christmas wedding in the New Forest

We meet Bex and Tom who had a romantic Christmas wedding at Rhinefield House Hotel deep in the New Forest national park.

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Planning the perfect mini-moon

Planning the perfect mini-moon

The mini-moon - a few days of post-nuptial rest – is becoming ever more popular and with Hand Picked Hotels, there is a wealth of options to suit every couple.

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The best party of our lives

The best party of our lives

As soon as Anne-Marie and Mark arrived at Woodlands Park Hotel in Cobham, Surrey, they instantly knew that it was right for them.

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A Weekend in West Yorkshire

A Weekend in West Yorkshire

West Yorkshire is quite the picture postcard with its wild sweeping moorland, deep valleys, pretty Pennine villages and grand old towns.

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A rustic autumn wedding

A rustic autumn wedding

We meet Clare and Steffan who were married at New Hall in Birmingham on an autumnal day surrounded by their friends and family

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How to decorate your ceremony room and reception

How to decorate your ceremony room and reception

There are many stylish ways to decorate a wedding ceremony and breakfast room – here are just a few of our favourite ideas to help bring your venue alive and make your special day unique.

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History of Stanbrook Abbey Hotel

History of Stanbrook Abbey Hotel

Stanbrook Abbey has a long and significant history, having been home to an order of Benedictine nuns for over 150 years prior to becoming the country house hotel it is today.

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How to throw a British and Chinese wedding

How to throw a British and Chinese wedding

We meet Richard and Anna who wanted to throw both a traditional British garden party theme and Chinese wedding in Yorkshire

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