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Scottish Charm

As one of the most stunning parts of the UK, Scotland is a popular wedding destination. For Matt and his newlywed Lauren, who has family ties to this unspoilt and beautiful country, it was a no-brainer and Norton House proved to be the perfect venue.

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The wedding exit - then and now

While having your guests throw rice at the end of the ceremony used to be tradition, there are now so many other options to create a wedding send-off that you will not forget. Take a peep at our favourites…

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Golf Holidays

St Pierre Park Hotel is the location of Guernsey’s premier golf course, so if you are looking for a golfing getaway to practice and perfect your swing, look no further.

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A weekend in Stratford-upon-Avon with General Manager Gordon Burniston

Set on the banks of the River Avon, Stratford-upon-Avon is one of England’s most famous medieval towns. Located six miles away, General Manager of Ettington Park Hotel, recommends how to spend 48 hours in Shakespeare’s old stomping grounds.

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Recipe of the Month: Venison, Pheasant & Pear Casserole

With the help of our Executive Head Chef Andrew Soddy, learn how to create Venison, Pheasant and Pear Casserole at L'Horizon Beach Hotel & Spa.

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Why your skin will benefit from regular facials

Taking good care of your skin over the winter months is essential to fighting damage caused by the cold, wet and windy elements, and regular facials are one of the most effective methods by which to nurture your complexion.

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Discover North Yorkshire

From the magnificent beaches of the Heritage Coast to the dramatic rolling hills of the moors, a weekend break at Crathorne Hall Hotel will allow you to explore all of North Yorkshire’s gems.

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The A to Z guide to planning your wedding - part 2

There is so much involved in planning a wedding, that it can often feel a little overwhelming; fortunately our A to Z of wedding planning, which covers every part of the process, should help to make things easier.

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Top 5 tips for planning your end of year, Christmas themed event

Sharla Payne, Hand Picked Hotel’s Director of Agency Sales, is no novice when it comes to planning and hosting events! Here she gives her top tips for making your end of year event productive, fun and of course full of Christmas cheer!

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Getting married in Guernsey

Easily accessible via an hour’s hop from the UK by air or a pleasant three hour sea voyage, if you are looking for a stunning island destination for your wedding, Guernsey won’t disappoint.

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