Hand Picked Blog

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Reasons why your mind and body will benefit from a game of tennis

With Summer in full swing, now is the perfect time to start thinking about incorporating some exciting and exhilarating outdoor activities into your fitness routine.

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