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On the 29th January 2016 Hand Picked Hotels sold The Priest House Hotel in Derbyshire. For more information please call The Priest House on 01332 810649 or email enquires@thepriesthouse.co.uk

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Hand Picked Hotels is set to finalise sale of Derbyshire hotel to focus on expansion plans

Hand Picked Hotels is set to finalise sale of Derbyshire hotel to focus on expansion plans

Hand Picked Hotels has exchanged contracts to sell The Priest House Hotel, Derbyshire, as the group focuses on larger hotels for the award-winning collection.

The Priest House Hotel is being sold to Derbyshire businessman Stuart Garner, CEO of Norton Motorcycles, based near the hotel in Castle Donington. The purchase is a personal acquisition by Stuart Garner. The hotel is being sold as a going concern and employees will be transferred to the new owner. The sale will be completed on 29 January.

Hand Picked Hotels awarded prestigious new AA Silver Star Awards

Awarded AA silver stars

Four hotels in the collection achieve new status

Hand Picked Hotels has been awarded four new AA Silver Star awards- winning more accolades in the new award ratings than any other hotel collection. The celebrated hotels are Nutfield Priory Hotel & Spa in Surrey, Bailbrook House Hotel in Bath, New Hall Hotel & Spa in Birmingham and L’Horizon Beach Hotel & Spa in Jersey.

Hand Picked Hotels £2.5m new look at St Pierre Park Hotel Health Club & Spa

Hand Picked Hotels £2.5m new look at St Pierre Park Hotel Health Club & Spa

Hand Picked Hotels is undertaking a £2.5m refurbishment of the Health Club & Spa at St Pierre Park Hotel and Golf Resort in Guernsey.

The investment programme will include a new pool hall with the latest heat experiences, an outside sun terrace and hot tub and a new, much larger gym space with the latest fitness and functional training equipment, plus a separate fitness zone for resistance and free weights training.

Racing driver Alex Lynn sports a dash of Tudor at Silverstone

Young British racing driver Alex Lynn will be racing at Silverstone next month, with his car in the livery of Fawsley Hall.

The reigning GP3 champion is being backed by Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa, part of the  Hand Picked Hotels collection, and a favourite place for Silverstone fans to stay. Silverstone is Alex’s favourite circuit and he cannot wait to feel the support of his home crowd in July, for this exciting round of the GP2 Series, the recognised stepping stone to Formula One. Alex is racing with French team DAMS.

Spa expansion for L’Horizon Beach Hotel & Spa

Spa expansion for L’Horizon Beach Hotel & Spa

L’Horizon Beach Hotel & Spa in St Brelade’s Bay, Jersey, is undertaking an exciting refurbishment of its health club & spa facilities.

Due for completion in May this year, the existing spa will be updated to include a wider range of state-of-the-art health, leisure and beauty treatment facilities.

To support the expansion, L’Horizon Beach Hotel & Spa, part of the award-winning Hand Picked Hotels collection of country house hotels across the UK, is embarking on a recruitment drive as they look to attract local talented staff interested in joining its team of beauty therapists. 

Crathorne Hall Hotel re-opens for business

Crathorne Hall Hotel re-opens for business

Historic Crathorne Hall Hotel in Yarm, North Yorkshire, will be re-opening for business on Monday 10 November following the fire that damaged part of the hotel last month.

After a month of intensive work to get the hotel operational again, Julia Hands, Chairman and Chief Executive of Hand Picked Hotels, owners of Crathorne Hall Hotel, and Ken Arkley, Commercial Director of Hand Picked Hotels, will be joining Peter Llewellyn, General Manager of the hotel, in welcoming the guests.

Weddings at Bailbrook House Hotel

Weddings at Bailbrook House Hotel

Space and style on offer following a £10 million restoration

April 2014: The architecturally splendid, Grade II* listed Bailbrook House Hotel in Bath, designed by the famous architect John Eveleigh, is one of Bath’s most popular wedding and celebration venues.  Transformed by a £10 million restoration in 2013, the hotel is set within 20 acres of private grounds and offers far-reaching views over England’s only world heritage city.

Mothering Sunday Celebrations at the Priest House Hotel

Mothering Sunday Celebrations at the Priest House Hotel

With Mothering Sunday just around the corner, now is the perfect time to treat your mum by sharing a truly memorable day together at The Priest House Hotel

Built around a Norman mill tower, and with a history spanning over 1000 years, The Priest House Hotel in Castle Donington, Derbyshire is surrounded by woodlands, original watermills and tall weeping willows and enjoys a picturesque setting on the banks of the River Trent. This Mothering Sunday, enjoy a special lunch with the family at the hotel’s 2 AA fine dining restaurant. Priced at £24.95 per person and £12.50 per child*, The Priest House’s Mother’s Day Lunch includes a three-course menu of locally sourced products. 

Crathorne Hall Hotel unveils a £4m grand restoration

Crathorne Hall Hotel unveils a £4m grand restoration

Crathorne Hall Hotel unveils a £4m grand restoration

Historic Crathorne Hall Hotel in Yarm, North Yorkshire, will unveil a grand £4m restoration as it relaunches today (1 October) – one year on from the fire that badly damaged the east wing.

After a year of intensive rebuilding and refurbishment, Julia Hands, Chairman and Chief Executive of Hand Picked Hotels, owners of Crathorne Hall Hotel, and Lord Crathorne, whose family owned the Edwardian country house for more than 70 years, will be joining Peter Llewellyn, General Manager, and the team to celebrate the restoration.

Steel sailing ship docks at St Pierre Park Hotel and Golf Resort

Steel sailing ship docks at St Pierre Park Hotel and Golf Resort

A striking sculpture of a clipper ship in full sail has created a grand entrance at St Pierre Park Hotel and Golf Resort

The sculpture was commissioned by Julia Hands, Chairman and Chief Executive, Hand Picked Hotels, from the Ratho Forge, based in Midlothian, Scotland. Steel sails are offset by uplighting, with glass mosaics creating a sparkling water effect. The surrounding gardens have been landscaped to complement the nautical structure.

Bailbrook House Hotel Celebrates Two AA Rosettes Success

Bailbrook House Hotel Celebrates Two AA Rosettes Success

Hand Picked Hotels is delighted to announce Bailbrook House Hotel in Bath has been awarded two AA Rosettes

Hand Picked Hotels is delighted to announce Bailbrook House Hotel in Bath has been awarded two AA Rosettes, following the refurbishment and launch of the hotel in late 2013. The hotel’s much loved Cloisters Restaurant scooped the accolade following an AA inspection this month and brings the total number of hotels awarded two AA rosette status across the collection of country house hotels to 18. Hand Picked Hotels also boast a three AA Rosette restaurant in Scotland and a Michelin star restaurant in Jersey. 

£4.5 million restoration unveiled at Tudor gem Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa

£4.5 million restoration unveiled at Tudor gem Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa

A £4.5 million restoration is being unveiled today (12 March) at Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa – a Tudor gem set in the Northamptonshire countryside.

Fawsley Hall, former family seat of the Knightley family, was mentioned in the Domesday Book and Queen Elizabeth I and Henry VIII were among many royal and celebrated guests. The Hall, which also incorporates handsome Georgian and Victorian architectural features, overlooks the historic church of St Mary the Virgin which contains the Knightley family tombs, including the effigies of the 16th century Sir Richard Knightley and his wife Jane.

Hand Picked Hotels acquires Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa

Hand Picked Hotels acquires Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa

Expansion for Hand Picked Hotels with acquisition of Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa from RBS Real Estate Asset Management

Hand Picked Hotels has acquired Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa – expanding the award-winning country house hotel portfolio to 21 properties and strengthening its position as a significant operator in the Channel Islands.

Experience the Great British Summer at Hendon Hall Hotel

Experience the Great British Summer at Hendon Hall Hotel

Make the most of sunny afternoons and warm evenings, and feel miles away from the city, within the landscaped gardens of North London’s Hendon Hall Hotel – the perfect setting to enjoy ‘al fresco’ dining.

The former country house was originally built in the 16th Century for David Garrick, the famous actor and manager of the Drury Lane Theatre. 

Mothering Sunday Celebrations at Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa

With Mothering Sunday just around the corner, now is the perfect time to treat your mum by sharing a truly memorable day together at Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa, Northamptonshire.

Surrounded by 8 acres of formal grounds designed by Capability Brown, Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa is a beautiful Grade I* listed country house hotel, complete with a wealth of period features.

Mothering Sunday Celebrations at Woodlands Park Hotel

Mothering Sunday Celebrations at Woodlands Park Hotel

With Mothering Sunday just around the corner, now is the perfect time to treat your mum by sharing a truly memorable day together at Woodlands Park Hotel

A spectacular country retreat nestled in the Surrey countryside, Woodlands Park Hotel is a grand Victorian country house hotel, complete with a wealth of stunning features including rich russet stonework, oak panelled rooms and tall stately chimneys.