The History of Hand Picked Hotels
Hand Picked Hotels has gained an enviable reputation as a leader in luxury hospitality, but this privileged position has been hard-won.
Originally part of the Virgin Group, owned by Sir Richard Branson, the collection was acquired by Founder and Chairman Julia Hands in 2016. Under Julia’s meticulous leadership and investment, Hand Picked Hotels has flourished to become a stunning portfolio of twenty-one exquisite country house hotels and coastal retreats across the UK and the Channel Islands.
Every hotel has been hand-picked for its unique charm, from a Grade II listed former monastery to the country’s oldest inhabited moated house, promising the perfect blend of character and laidback luxury.
Our Portfolio Timeline
Hand Picked Hotels’ first Guernsey hotel, St Pierre Park Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort, joins the group, along with Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa in the Midlands, which boasts a rich history of regal hospitality. They are followed by Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa in 2014, with its prime position in St Helier.