Explore the beauty of the Malvern Hills, experience royal Bath and make the most of Great British hospitality before jetting abroad with specially crafted experiences.

This summer, take away the stress of long-haul travel and opt for a gorgeous staycation in the beautiful British countryside, with Hand Picked Hotels’ summer Magic Experiences. 

Helping guests enjoy the magic of Great Britain, Hand Picked Hotels has specially curated an array of immersive experiences that combine the beauty of our countryside and iconic locations with luxury, glorious views and delicious dining in the splendour of its incredible period properties. 

There is something for every palette and pleasure at each of the stunning country house retreats situated across the UK, from picturesque picnics and trips to Roman baths, to gourmet three-course dinners with stunning views. Escape to one of these idyllic spots for a little summer staycation splendour or a special occasion.

Explore the Malvern Hills with Stanbrook Abbey Hotel

Set in 26 acres of extensive gardens, Stanbrook Abbey Hotel is renowned as one of Worcestershire’s best-kept secrets. This luxury hotel, dating back to the early 16th century, is a former Grade II listed monastery with beautifully preserved heritage through its original architecture. From its dramatic stone cloisters to gothic stained-glass windows, guests are treated to a unique and authentic taste of what life in an abbey was once like.

Escape to the country and make the most of the surrounding countryside by exploring the breathtaking Malvern Hills. Discover this area of outstanding natural beauty with a personalised walking map, tailored to your specific preferences. After your outdoor adventure, indulge in an idyllic picnic and enjoy a seasonal boxed lunch, but be sure to save room for a delectable three-course dinner in Stanbrook Abbey's new brasserie-style restaurant, The Refectory.

When the day comes to a close, retreat to one of Stanbrook's beautiful rooms for a peaceful night's sleep. Wake up refreshed and ready for the day ahead, as a complimentary breakfast awaits you. And the best part? You don't have to leave your canine companion behind as they are welcome to join you at this dog-friendly hotel. 
Explore the Malvern Hills at Stanbrook Abbey Hotel from £287 per room per night

The Manor House at Stanbrook Abbey Hotel

Discover the Manor House, a unique self-contained five bedroom hideaway bursting with period features, and nestled within Stanbrook Abbey’s peaceful grounds. Experience the Champagne lifestyle, celebrate in style, or simply escape for a one-of-a-kind self-catering break in the Worcestershire countryside. 

Privacy and luxury go hand in hand here - ideal for extended families and groups of friends of up to 10 people looking for a short break in the UK. With two, five or seven night breaks, you can become lord or lady of the manor for as long as you desire. 

There will be a whole host of goodies and surprises to welcome you, such as two bottles of chilled Champagne on arrival, a welcome hamper full of homely favourites, handmade chocolates, and much more. Plus, there are a range of experiences available to make your stay entirely bespoke, from cocktail making in the wine cellars, to themed sleepovers and tipis for the children.
Stays in The Manor House are from £5,000 total for two nights (based on 5 double bedrooms)

Mansion House Experience at Bailbrook House Hotel

Step into the captivating world of the popular Netflix series and the much-anticipated Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, as you discover the prestigious luxury of Bailbrook House Hotel—a Grade II listed country house hotel nestled in the beautiful city of Bath This two-night break offers the perfect opportunity to explore the breathtaking beauty of Bath. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and unwind amidst 20 acres of expansive grounds. Just a short drive from Bath's city centre, Bailbrook House Hotel provides an idyllic retreat for romantic getaways and blissful moments.

While in Bath, be sure to immerse yourself in the experience of visiting the Roman Baths—an enchanting journey that will transport you back in time. Alongside your exploration, savour a delightful three-course seasonal dinner at Cloisters restaurant on your first evening, and find a chilled bottle of Bruno Paillard Champagne awaiting you in your room, adding a touch of luxury to your stay. 

Start your mornings with a wholesome breakfast, fuelling you for another day of adventures in this enchanting city. With included tickets to the historic Roman Baths, your stay at Bailbrook House Hotel promises an unforgettable journey through time, echoing the charm and allure of the beloved Netflix series, and leaving you with cherished memories to treasure.
Mansion House Experience from £432 per room per night 

Nutfield to Gatwick Getaway

Those who are heading overseas can experience a luxurious pre-getaway at Nutfield Priory Hotel & Spa, near Gatwick Airport in serene Surrey. Leave parking and transportation worries behind and let the hotel handle all the logistics. In your elegant bedroom, enjoy premium cocktails with an ice bucket and shaker, to be made and enjoyed at your leisure. Take advantage of state-of-the-art health club facilities for ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation ahead of your travels.

As evening descends, immerse yourself in the enchantment of the magnificent Cloisters Restaurant, where you can indulge in a delectable three-course seasonal dinner. If weather permits, venture out to the terrace, where you can revel in the breathtaking views and witness the sun gracefully setting over the picturesque Surrey Hills. Take this opportunity to savour after-dinner drinks while basking in the tranquillity of the surroundings.

You can look forward to waking up to a sumptuous breakfast, providing you with the perfect start to the day. Your vehicle will remain secure in the hotel’s private car park (included in the package), and for added convenience, the hotel provides an optional car wash service. To complete your seamless travel experience, executive transfers will be at your service, offering a meet and greet at both ends of your journey for a smooth transition to and from the airport – the perfect way to start your holiday!
Nutfield to Gatwick Getaway from £562 per room per night