2014 marks the 450th birthday of the world’s greatest playwright, William Shakespeare

With special events taking place throughout the year in his birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon, Ettington Park Hotel part of the Hand Picked Hotels collection of country house hotels across the UK, is offering an exclusive Shakespeare package for visitors.

From £350 per two people during 2014, the two-night package includes a three-course dinner on both evenings, accommodation in a classic bedroom and full breakfast on both mornings. Also included are two tickets to all five of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust houses: Shakespeare’s birthplace at Henley Street; Anne Hathaway’s Cottage & Gardens; Nash’s House & New Place; Mary Arden’s Farm* and Hall Croft.

Taking place during the weekend of Shakespeare’s birthday, 26-27th April, Stratford-upon-Avon will host a celebration, a vibrant mix of pageantry and performance. A grand birthday procession will parade through the town, followed by a community parade where spectators can join costumed players, musicians and creative groups to celebrate this milestone anniversary. There will also be a programme of special events and activities at Shakespeare’s homes, with free entertainment in the streets and the parks of Stratford. 

Ettington Park Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, is a magnificent neo-gothic mansion set in the heart of a 40 acre estate. Offering 48 bedrooms and a 2 AA Rosette restaurant, the hotel also features an indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam room.

For more information about Hand Picked Hotels or to book, visit www.handpickedhotels.co.uk or call 0845 458 0901.

Notes to editors:

*Mary Arden’s Farm is open during March – November only.

Press: contact Claire Basing Lawson or Marion Hardman at Four Communications, the Hand Picked Hotels press office, at [email protected] or 020 3697 4358

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, a total of 20 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 17 hotels awarded two AA rosette status and Norton House Hotel in Edinburgh recognised with three AA rosettes.  Nine hotels have achieved red star status which means they are ranked within the AA's Top 200 hotels in the UK & Ireland. The Four Red Star Fawsley Hall is also now part of the Hand Picked collection. There are nine hotels with spas offering the latest therapies and treatments to promote wellbeing and relaxation. Hand Picked Hotels was AA Hotel Group of the Year 2012-2013.