Category Archives: Family Hotels

Tales From The Riverbank: Stories of Summer Picnics

Humble summer picnics are chief amongst the most classic of summer thrills, or not so humble as the case may be – I know some master picnickers who have extremely elaborate tastes, honed at the likes of Henley and Glyndebourne.

Nonetheless, from cheese and tomato sandwiches and a bag of crisps, to lashings of lemonade and countryside adventures reminiscent of The Famous Five, having summer picnics are joyous occasions evocative of childhood memories, classic literature and grass-stained shorts.

Cotswold Garden summer picnics
Cotswold Garden

I think everyone has his or her perfect childhood picnic memory (or at least I hope they do). For me it was always those on the beach, which invariably resulted in my egg mayonnaise having a sand accompaniment, and melting ice creams dribbling halfway down sticky fingers and chubby arms.

I also have a distinct memory of sharing half my lunch with a duck on one occasion, and in more recent years have thoroughly enjoyed overeating strawberries that have gone sugary in the heat, not to mention falling asleep with my book on my face.

Happily, alfresco dining is supported by health experts who make wonderful claims about the benefits of eating outside. Apparently it stimulates the appetite and helps your digestive system and metabolism to function more effectively. All of that’s good to know but let’s be honest, the real reason this quintessentially English pastime has remained so popular is because the British countryside (and city parks) are simply beautiful.

Summer picnics near Columba Inverness
Columba Inverness

From coast to country we are blessed with a rich abundance of verdant landscapes, so it would be churlish not to eat lunch on a rug on the floor, play the games we haven’t played since we were children, and wonder if we can find the very same rabbit hole through which Alice travelled to Wonderland or spot the cast from The Wind in the Willows pottering along between the reeds on grassy riverbanks like those at the Columba Hotel.

Incidentally, that particular bespoke secret was recently voted one of the UK’s top 10 riverside breaks, in the Daily Mail, and is perched on the banks of the River Ness. In short, it is the type of place that summer picnics were made for and it’s hard to imagine anything finer.

Ultimately, summer picnics are the stuff that really good memories (and stories) are made of. The question is; are you going to take Enid Blyton or Lewis Carroll with you?

How Bespoke Hotels Provide You with Personalised Service

Afternoon-Tea-in-Bermondsey-Square-HotelIf you’ve stayed overnight in one of those large and impersonal hotels where you struggle to locate truly individual service and quickly you become more of a number than a guest, it’s time to seek out one of the Bespoke Hotels across the UK (and the rest of the world!) to find a property that bases its whole existence on providing you with a better and more enjoyable stay.

Bermondsey Square Hotel
Bermondsey Square Hotel

All Bespoke Hotels are more than just a little different, which in turn makes them extremely special. Once you’ve experienced the elegance and comfort of any one of our Country, Family, Business, Luxury or Boutique hotels, you’ll always wish to seek one out as you travel.

Guaranteeing Luxury Facilities

Although the majority of Bespoke Hotels are much smaller than the monolithic, imposing brand names, you’ll know you’re going to receive a wonderful welcome, luxurious facilities and great personal service during your stay. All of Bespoke Hotels’ boutique properties are unique in this regard and will provide a stylish and intimate setting for you as well as a great restaurant for every meal of the day.

Why Bespoke Hotels are successful

Bespoke Hotels survive on their reputation which means they must provide excellent service so that their customers keep coming back. Customers only return because they are provided with a level of personal service that goes beyond the norm provided at bog standard hotels.

Because Bespoke Hotels are relatively small, it is easy for the employees and the customers to get to know each other and understand how everything clicks into place. Because customers of these hotels are bonding with employees, there’s a better morale amongst all concerned. A better morale always provides a higher level of personal service and a genuine interest in the customer’s stay at the hotel. In other word, you will feel the benefits!

 

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Bespoke Country House Hotels

Quiet or Busy?

Depending upon your requirements, Bespoke Hotels can vary from those fitted with the latest technology and gadgets to enable you to operate uninterrupted throughout your stay, to those of a quieter and more sedate disposition, that seek to provide a relaxing atmosphere and a stress-free stay because the employees are able to devote their time to the customer’s individual needs.

Many Bespoke Hotels create a niche which is valued by many travellers and this is what sets them apart from the competition. When a hotel knows and understands your particular quirks and requirements, then in turn makes sure they are attended to time after time, you’ll come away all the more satisfied.

A full range of facilities

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Bespoke Hotel Golf Breaks

Looking for a Spa, a great round of Golf, a visit to a cultural city, or a place for your next conference or even that special wedding venue?  Well Bespoke Hotels can offer them all. Not all our hotels provide all these facilities but Bespoke Hotels has properties around the UK and the world that are renowned for the great facilities they offer.  Whether you want to play golf at Carnoustie, have a spa break in Cornwall or arrange a truly special wedding in the Cotswolds, Bespoke Hotels can offer you some great locations.  Just visit the Bespoke Hotels’ web site to choose your next visit by clicking here.

How to Find the Value for Money Bespoke Hotel Short Break

Skeabost-family-hotel-SkyeLooking for a budget-friendly short break option that represents the best value for money  Bespoke Hotels has to offer? Check out these quick tips for getting more from your money this spring, whether you’re on a romantic trip with your significant other, or wreaking havoc with the family.

Are you planning a short break this spring to an idyllic location such as the Cotswolds or the Scottish Highlands; a Country House hotel or a chic retreat? When looking for the best value for money options there’s no need to include just the lowest rated accommodations. There’s no reason you can’t enjoy a three-star hotel and still have your short break stay within whatever budget you set. With this in mind, we’ve put together a few quick tips for selecting a hotel in the right location for you.

Look for the Right Amenities

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A typical Bespoke Hotel bedroom

When doing your research on the best value for money short break, your accommodation should include certain amenities that enable you to keep your costs under control. For one thing, you may prefer a suite to a regular room, because that way you’ll have more space for all the family members to spread out.

These days it’s also important to look for complimentary wi-fi. Chances are your children (and maybe even your spouse!) will wish to stay connected to the internet to play games, watch movies or listen to music. Finding free internet access is important for getting the most value for your money during a holiday stay. After all, roaming costs can spiral quickly!

Finding a short break hotel with Freeview TV is also a great way to add more value for money. If you plan to be travelling with kids, as much as we can be loathe to admit it, TV is an important consideration.

Look for Special Short Break Package Deals

Quite honestly, nearly every family wishes to travel during the school holidays. When it comes to booking a short break while the kids are out of the classroom this is always a factor. Who doesn’t want to enjoy several days or more of relaxing in the beautiful Cotswold countryside, in the Scottish Highlands, or even at the seaside? So finding the best short break deal may take a bit of research, but it certainly isn’t impossible if you’re after a discounted rate for the family.

Bermondsey-Square-HotelBespoke Hotels spring short break packages represent amazing best value for money as they include 2 nights’ accommodation, breakfast on both mornings, dinner on one night, a cream tea along with a glass of fizz or wine on arrival, and are all available until 30th April 2014 from as little as £99 per person per night.

When it comes to researching the perfect short break this spring, you can bank on finding the best value for money break at a Bespoke Hotel by using these tips as your guide. Then all that’s left to do is book using the code on the website available here.

4 Top Tips for Mothering Sunday from Bespoke Hotels

Mothering-Sunday-at-Bespoke-HotelsMothering Sunday, the Christian holiday is celebrated throughout Europe on the 4th Sunday in Lent. In recent times, it has become a significant occasion for honouring the mothers of children and giving them presents. Here at Bespoke Hotels we have a range of great ideas to mark the date, which this year falls on 30th March. Everything from special lunches, to that great British institution – Afternoon Tea. Or for those who truly wish to pamper their mum we can offer Spa packages and gift vouchers.

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Frederik’s Pool

Mothering Sunday is increasingly being called Mother’s Day, although that holiday has other origins, and is celebrated in the same way as Mother’s Day is celebrated elsewhere.

The revival in the UK must be attributed to Constance Smith, a High Anglican who believed that “a day in praise of mothers” was fully expressed in the liturgy of the Church of England for the fourth Sunday of Lent. This is not entirely the case, but Smith, who never became a mother, reconnected simnel cakes, which may not be on every Bespoke Hotels Afternoon Tea menu, and other customs of the day that survived with the honouring of mothers. Under a pen name she published a booklet The Revival of Mothering Sunday in 1920. Things quickly snowballed, encouraged by feelings felt by many mothers of lost their sons in the First World War.

But what shall we give our mum?

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Afternoon Tea

Now we can not only send traditional paper cards, but ecards to our mothers as well as a wide range of gifts bought online or in the high street. Yet despite this diversification, traditions still linger and taking your mother out for lunch at a Bespoke Hotel is one that steadfastly remains. However, Mothering Sunday is approaching fast and Bespoke Hotels strongly recommend that you book to ensure your table for lunch.

Showing your mum how much she means to you by treating her to a wonderful, happy day is priceless. But there is pressure to meet expectations! to help inspire you, here are 4 tips direct from Bespoke Hotels:-

1.    Breakfast in bed

Surprise your Mum with breakfast in bed and some of Bespoke Hotels chefs’ healthy suggestions:
•    Breakfast smoothie
•    Scrambled eggs with asparagus
•    Cinnamon fruit toast
•    A cheeky glass of Champagne

2.    A gift from the heart

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Betoken

Chocolates are high in fat and calorie laden, so consider an alternative gift for your mum, such as the following:-
•    Gift Baskets
•    Jewellery
•    Perfume
•    Spa Tokens
•    Days Out
•    Magazine Subscriptions
•    Flowers

3.    Have fun together

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Bespoke Country House Hotels

Plan a fun activity together that you know your mum will enjoy, such as a gentle walk in the country to enjoy the spring blooms if you’re having lunch at one of Bespoke Hotels Country Hotels. Not only will you have fun together but you’ll be keeping fit and burning off your indulgent lunch, too!

4.    A Spring Break

A slap up meal out can be a lovely way of saying thank you mum.  However, there are other ways that Bespoke Hotels can help:-
•     Spa Breaks
•     London Shopping Breaks
•     Short Seasonal Breaks
•     Gift Vouchers

Whatever you’re thinking of doing for your mum this Mothering Sunday, Bespoke Hotels have some great ideas and offers for you.  Just have a browse around our website from the link here and you’ll be sure to find some inspiration.