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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 22 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


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


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


Bailbrook House Hotel in Bath is acquired

2013 - 2014

Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa and St Pierre Park Hotel Golf Resort & Spa join the group in 2013, followed by Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa in 2014


Stanbrook Abbey Hotel is purchased 


Braye Beach Hotel in Alderney, Fermain Valley Hotel and Zigguart Hotel in Guernsey join the collection

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

Rhinefield House Hotel

Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa

Stanbrook Abbey Hotel

St Pierre Park Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort

Wood Hall Hotel & Spa

Woodlands Park Hotel