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Warm Winter Holidays at the Fireside with Bespoke Hotels

There’s nothing like cosy fires and warm hearths to keep you toasty during the cold months of the year. With the winter holidays coming up, it is time to plan for a getaway that will make you feel relaxed, rejuvenated and renewed. Stay at a hotel that features inviting fireplaces in lobbies or if you are lucky enough, your very own chimney corner in your room.

Fireplaces do not only provide warmth in an eco-sustainable way, they also evoke homely, intimate and romantic settings. Imagine a lodging that features something extra special – inviting and trendy lobbies, relaxed rooms with amazing fireplaces, sumptuous food and great service. These are the things that make you feel at home whilst on holiday in some of the best spots in the UK.    

Windermere

Boasting of the largest lake in England, Windermere is the place to go if you love natural parks, quiet surroundings and beautiful landscapes. Cumbria’s Lake District National Park in northwest England is where you will find amazing mountain peaks and charming villages. Walk, hike, follow trails or just absorb the beauty of the lake and its environment. After an invigorating day outdoors, head home to one of two Bespoke hotels in the area that offer comfortable facilities and simply curl up next to a fireplace. The Lake District features two outstanding accommodation for your pleasure: Storrs Hall and Ennerdale Country House Hotel. Both have fireplaces featured on their properties; needless to say, you’ll be spoiled and will probably consider installing one when you get back home!

Cotswolds

The Cotswolds region is renowned for its historic villages and towns. Declared an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Cotswolds is simply pretty with its rolling hills, beautiful vegetation and stately manor houses. There are many places to visit in Cotswolds such as The Chipping Campden, Broadway and Snowshill Manor. And if that’s not enough to entice you to visit the region, think of roaring fireplaces, fine food and fantastic service when you stay at Bespoke hotels in the region such as the award-winning Cotswold House Hotel & Spa and King’s Head Hotel Cirencester.]

Exmoor

Exmoor in southwest England is named after the River Exe. If you are looking for a romantic and relaxing place for winter, head to Exmoor. There are plenty of choices when it comes to historic sites, lovely gardens, pristine coastlines and charming countryside. It is great for both couples and families or groups of friends. Exmoor boasts of a national park, theatres and cinemas, dining places and crafts shopping so there is always something for everyone. And if you are hunting for a cosy place to stay, the Highbullen Hotel & Country Club is a great choice with its wide range of facilities. Enjoy this beautiful manor with its vaulted ceilings, antique furniture.

Whether you are looking for a quick getaway this winter or are seeking an extended stay during the holidays, there are several places in the UK worth visiting. If fireplaces are your thing, look no further for Bespoke Hotels has a good inventory of accommodation that will satisfy even the most discerning guest.

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.

www.access.bespokehotels.com

A City Break in Manchester

A city break in Manchester is well worth, given it is one the most vibrant and varied cities in the UK. Whether you want shopping, culture or sport, you’ll find plenty within close reach of most Manchester hotels.

Culture in a City Break in Manchester

The city’s splendid architecture ranges from the iconic Town Hall to the beautiful St Mary’s Catholic church, known to locals as a hidden gem. There’s a wide range of museums, too, from the Manchester Art Gallery to the Museum of Science & Industry.

Manchester has traditionally been second only to London for theatre, and your city break can take in a trip to the Royal Exchange, the Opera House and many more stages. You can also visit iconic sites connected with Manchester’s television industry, from Media City to a tour of Coronation Street and the Rovers Return itself

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Music and Nightlife in Manchester

While the heady days of “Madchester” are gone, the city still offers plenty of music venues, from the vast Manchester Arena to the legendary Roadhouse. Manchester’s rich nightlife ranges from the sophistication of the Cloud 23 bar to clubbing at Gorilla, or the vibrant, varied bars of the Northern Quarter. There’s excellent nightlife within easy reach of the Hotel Gotham for example as well as its own Club Brass where you’ll have membership for the duration of your stay.

Shopping in Manchester

Manchester has all the major shops you’d expect, but it’s also rich in specialist and boutique shops. The Arndale, the Trafford Centre and the Lowry Outlet Mall leave you spoilt for choice, while Afflecks offer quirky, independent fashion stores. The best area, though, for independent shops is the Northern Quarter, offering everything from crafts and design to classic vinyl records and world famous upmarket brands, such as Vivienne Westwood and Hermes.

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Sport in Manchester

Many visitors to Manchester undoubtedly come for a trip to either Old Trafford or the Etihad Stadium, depending on their preferences, but the football fan can also enjoy the National Football Museum. Old Trafford is also the home of Lancashire Cricket Club and has hosted memorable Test Matches, while the Manchester Velodrome is Britain’s earliest indoor Olympic cycling track.

Eating Out in Manchester

You can find whatever type of restaurant you’re looking for in a city break in Manchester, whether it’s The French by Simon Rogan, with two Michelin Stars, the 2 AA rosette Honey Restaurant at Hotel Gotham or the informality of Northern Soul Grilled Cheese. You can also find almost any ethnic food you might want, and Manchester’s Chinatown, reputedly the biggest in Europe, is well worth a visit.

If you want to stop off for lunch or afternoon tea, Manchester is well supplied with first-rate cafés — Moose Coffee and Home Sweet Home are both excellent choices.

City Break Manchester View

This has only scratched the surface — Manchester’s attraction for a city break range from parks to trips on the Manchester Ship Canal. And the city’s Metrolink tram system can take you anywhere and back to your Manchester hotels for just £5 a day.

So why not book your city break using the Hotel Gotham as your base by following this link to find out availability and some great rates!

Where to find the Best Riverside Hotels

There’s something about a short break at a riverside hotel nestling by the riverbank that really adds another dimension to a holiday.  Strolls by the water, picnics in the sun, and a leisurely pace of life all seem to go hand in hand with a waterside location. But which are the best riverside hotels to visit for such an experience?

Take for example The Arrochar Hotel in Scotland.  On the banks of Loch Long, the 19th century hotel is in an enviable location that combines the tranquil waters with the surrounding mountainous landscape in the kind of idyll that fairy tales are made of.

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Arrochar Hotel

However, for those after something a little closer to London, there’s also the aptly named Bridge Hotel in Chertsey.  Just 30 minutes from the buzz of the city, this riverside hotel sits quietly on the banks of the River Thames with spectacular views over the hotel’s own tributary, as well as the main river and the far reaching meads beyond the historic Chertsey Bridge.

Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” So the thinking goes in The Wind in The Willows, and so it is that where there’s a river, one hopes there is a boat to sail away in as well. Which is precisely the case at Stonehouse Court in the glorious Cotswolds.

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This 17th century manor house sits in six acres of stunning grounds overlooking the Stroud Water Canal and rolling hills of the Stroud Valley.  Surrounded by beautiful gardens, including a croquet lawn for a quintessentially British summertime experience, it’s also a wonderful spot for walking, picnicking, taking a boat trip, or hiring your own and pottering along the canal at a more leisurely pace.

The summer offers so many wonderful possibilities for whiling away the time in beautiful outdoor bliss, but whether it’s cities, countryside or somewhere near the coast, a little water goes a long, long way.

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