The break-out star from Netflix’s critically-acclaimed iconic Bridgerton returns on May 4 for her own spin-off series ‘Queen Charlotte’ – A Bridgerton Story, recreating her origin story and marriage to King George III.
With Hand Picked Hotels exceptional collection of country house retreats, Bridgerton fans can follow in the footsteps of the formidable Queen and her heirs with a regal overnight experience of their own.
Mansion House Experience and Queen Charlotte Lounger at Bailbrook House Hotel, Bath
With series three scenes filmed in Bath itself, Hand Picked Hotels’ Bailbrook House Hotel and its Bridgerton-esque architecture is the perfect place to live the Bridgerton life. One of only two Grade II listed country house hotels in Bath, Bailbrook House Hotel features 20 acres of stunning grounds, three Royal Lounges, a Conservatory Bar and Cloisters restaurant in which guests can relax in style.
What’s more, the hotel has its very own Queen Charlotte Lounge, named in honour of her visit in 1817 to then resident Lady Isabella King, founder of The Ladies Association, a charity designed to educate women and one the Queen was a patron of. Here, guests can partake in a sumptuous afternoon tea or unwind with a drink.
With Bailbrook House Hotel’s Bridgerton-inspired Mansion House experience, guests can immerse themselves into the elegant period charm of the hotel with a two-night stay in an exquisitely decorated bedroom. With a sensational, seasonal three-course dinner on the first evening, chilled champagne in the room on arrival, complimentary wholesome breakfast on both days and tickets to the historic Roman Baths, guests will truly feel spoiled. Prices begin at £543 for a deluxe double and £637 for a suite per room, per night. Subject to availability.
Royal Retreats with Regal Connections
For those seeking a similarly regal experience of their own in other locations around England, Hand Picked Hotels’ Royal Retreat delivers an outstanding overnight experience. In celebration of His Majesty King Charles III’s Coronation, Hand Picked Hotels’ Royal Retreat is available throughout May at 19 of its hotels.
With this regal experience, guests can relax with an overnight stay, complete with a wholesome breakfast and a special Royal Afternoon Tea in some of the most beautiful country house lounges. Featuring quintessentially British delicacies, including coronation chicken, smoked salmon and cucumber finger sandwiches, homemade cakes, traditionally baked scones, clotted cream, and strawberry jam, accompanied by a range of loose-leaf tea blends and a glass of sparkling Champagne, guests will feel like royalty themselves.
Those, who like Queen Charlotte travel with their four-legged family members, need not miss out, as dog-friendly rooms are available on request throughout the collection.
From Surrey’s Woodlands Park Hotel to Yorkshire’s Crathorne Hall Hotel, guests will find Hand Picked Hotels has a range of royal connections to explore:
Woodlands Park Hotel – Surrey: Scandal was nothing new to Queen Charlotte and the royal court, so none of them would have been surprised to find the then Prince of Wales (future King Edward VII) frequently visit accompanied by his mistress Lillie Langtry at Woodlands Park. The go-to country estate for Edwardian society, Woodlands Park was renowned for lavish dinners and raucous events attended by everyone from politicians and artists. Royal Retreat from £307 per night, based on two sharing a classic room.
Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa – Northamptonshire: Famous for her match-making skills, Queen Charlotte would have loved the intimacy of Fawsley Hall. Built by the Knightley family, Fawsley Hall was built for entertaining. The third generation of Knightleys regularly hosted Queen Elizabeth I; she rewarded the family with two members being knighted at the Hall. Today’s Master Suite is believed to be where she slept and features a four-poster bed, ornate bathtub and the original hand-carved fireplace. Royal Retreat from £347 per night, based on two sharing a classic room.
Buxted Park Hotel – East Sussex: Owned by designer Basil Ionides, who was famous at the time for his work on London’s Savoy Hotel, this Palladian country house was regularly visited by King George V and Queen Mary. The couple visited so regularly, today’s hotel has suites named after them, alongside Robert Browning and Winston Churchill who were part of a long tradition of visits by prime ministers and artistic luminaries. Royal Retreat from £271 per night, based on two sharing a classic room.
Crathorne Hall Hotel – North Yorkshire: the largest country house hotel constructed during the reign of Edward VII, it was no surprise that Crathorne Hall quickly became a popular retreat for the rich and famous. Owned by Thomas Dugdale, an MP from 1929 to 1959, Crathorne Hall hosted multiple prime ministers, as well as visits from Lord Mountbatten, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother and King Charles III - the then Prince of Wales visited with racing driver Graham Hill in 1974. Royal Retreat from £343 per night, based on two sharing a classic room.
For the best value stays, Hand Picked Hotels offer a range of Signature Experiences at each of its 21 properties.