Our History

Hand Picked Hotels, originally a collection of hotels part of the Virgin group owned by Sir Richard Branson is now a group of 19 unique hotels and spa hotels created by former lawyer turned hotelier Julia Hands.

Since acquiring the group in 2001 the portfolio has changed shape with new additions and significant investment to each of the hotel.

A brief timeline

2001/2002

Julia Hands became CEO and Chairman of Hand Picked Hotels which included 16 hotels

2008

Audleys Wood Hotel and New Hall Hotel & Spa become part of the group

2012

Bailbrook House Hotel in Bath is acquired

2013

Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa and St Pierre Park Hotel Golf Resort & Spa join the group

2014

Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa becomes another addition to the collection

2017

Stanbrook Abbey Hotel is purchased 


Each of our hotels have their own story to tell which make them the characterful and charming venues they are today, some with tales of royal owners and famous guests and others steeped in history. Read more about their heritage.

Audleys Wood Hotel

Bailbrook House Hotel

Brandshatch Place Hotel & Spa

Buxted Park Hotel

Chilston Park Hotel

Crathorne Hall Hotel

Ettington Park Hotel

Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa

Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa

L'Horizon Beach Hotel & Spa

New Hall Hotel & Spa

Norton House Hotel & Spa

Nutfield Priory Hotel & Spa

Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa

Stanbrook Abbey Hotel

St Pierre Park Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort

Wood Hall Hotel & Spa

Woodlands Park Hotel



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