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Bespoke Hotels Appointed to Manage Manchester’s Townhouse Hotel

We are delighted to announce that we have been appointed to oversee management of Manchester’s Townhouse Hotel. Set beside the city’s renowned Portland Street, the 85-bedroom property, itself a former cotton warehouse with a history dating back to the Industrial Revolution, has been acquired this month by Fragrance Group Ltd.

Set to feature within our portfolio alongside the award-winning Hotel Gotham, itself just a stone’s throw away in Central Manchester, The Townhouse Hotel forms part of a significantly expansion into the UK market by the Singaporean Fragrance Group. Purchased alongside a number of properties across the country, including The Palace Hotel in Torquay and Blackpool’s Imperial Hotel, the Townhouse is seen as a central pillar of their strategy, particularly given Manchester’s robust trading performance in recent years.

“We are extremely pleased to have reached an agreement to take The Townhouse under our wing”, commented Haydn Fentum, CEO of Bespoke Hotels. “Following on the heels of Hotel Gotham’s notable success, we have long been investigating means to further our commitment to Manchester and increase our presence within the city, with a historic property such as this providing the ideal vehicle through which to do so.”

Historic Investment for Dorking’s White Horse

Bespoke Hotels is pleased to announce it has committed to a substantial refurbishment and expansion program of Dorking’s historic White Horse Hotel, due to take place between July and November, 2017.

Totalling over £3,000,000, works will encompass the property’s accommodation, including a comprehensive remodelling and the addition of 16 new bedrooms. In addition to this, there will be a total re-design of the ground floor restaurant, bar, events and public spaces at the property, with the aim of introducing a stylish and affordable destination hotel, café and restaurant offering to Dorking for the first time.

Following the property’s closure on July 17th, the dining and events spaces are set to be entirely re-designed, with the current total of guest-rooms expanded from 41 to 57. Interior design will be overseen by Squid Inc, who recently worked alongside Bespoke on the opening of Manchester’s award-winning Hotel Gotham in 2015, with the aim of significantly transforming the culinary offering by expanding the property’s dining space and placing a renewed emphasis on local and freshly-prepared produce, available both to takeaway and dine-in.

“We are delighted to be able to commit so substantially to the reimagining of The White Horse”, commented Graham Marskell, Managing Director – Operations of Bespoke Hotels. “Bespoke Hotels and our creative partners will be overseeing a complete overhaul of both the accommodation and culinary sides of the business, with a view to re-establishing it as one of the region’s foremost foodie destinations.”

Bespoke Hotels Appointed to Manage Historic Billesley Manor

Bespoke Hotels has been appointed to manage Warwickshire’s Billesley Manor Hotel, completing a unique milestone for the group, which first took ownership of the historic 16th century estate in 1999 before its sale in 2005 following a period of outstanding performance.

Set amidst 11 acres of grounds, just a short drive from the world-famous site of Stratford-Upon-Avon, in the heart of Shakespearean England, Billesley Manor is a stunning 16th century manor house boasting 72 bedrooms, an AA-Rosette awarded restaurant, as well as a health club, swimming pool, tennis courts and wedding facilities.

A Grade II listed building steeped in history, the property is referenced in the Domesday  Book and features an 11th century church within it grounds, as well as a Topiary Garden and a library said to have been frequented by William Shakespeare himself.

“We are delighted to be returning to Warwickshire and resuming our relationship with Billesley Manor”, stated Haydn Fentum, CEO of Bespoke Hotels. “Having overseen our initial purchase of the property some two decades ago, it is a great source of pride to have been invited back to the helm and we are looking forward to working alongside the new owners.”

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Bespoke Hotels has launched a new award to champion more stylish guestroom design for disabled travellers. The UK-based group, which operates properties such as Hotel Gotham in Manchester and My Hotels in Bloomsbury, Chelsea and Brighton, has teamed up with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for the inaugural Bespoke Access Awards.

Comprising three strands – architecture, product design and service design – there is a total prize fund of £30,000, with judges including Paralympian Tanni Grey-Thompson and architect Sir Alan Stanton.

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Robin Sheppard, chairman of Bespoke Hotels, and Paul Vaughan, Bespoke Access Awards project director, explained to Business Traveller why hoteliers needed to provide a more inclusive experience for disabled guests, who were all too often subjected to “joyless”, hospital-like rooms.

“A disabled room shouldn’t feel like a downgrade – they should be something to be enjoyed,” Vaughan said. “If we can make a 1 per cent difference, that will be a significant achievement in getting people to feel differently.”

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It’s something that Sheppard has personal experience of, having previously suffered from the debilitating Guillain-Barré syndrome. “Ideally these should be the ‘champagne supernova’ rooms that give even more delight – that feel like an upgrade,” he said.

He added that he hoped the initiative would help the issue to gather momentum in the wider industry.

Entries were received from around the world, including as far afield as Hong Kong, Russia, and the USA. Winners to be announced on December 1.

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