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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.

Bespoke Hotels solution if the bad weather is getting you down

Bespoke-hotels-solution-to-bad-weatherSo you’ve just splashed our way through the wettest December and January for many years… What effect is this miserable weather having on our general health and wellbeing? And how exactly does one to stay upbeat in a downpour? Some Bespoke Hotels’ expert advice could be just the ticket.

If your umbrella has turned inside out at the very moment a packed bus drove through the puddle to your side, or if you think you’re coming down with a cold, you’re not alone. In fact, I think it’s safe to say we’ve all been there over the past few weeks.

All the same, it’s time to face facts. This is the UK. The weather is frequently rubbish and nothing if not unpredictable. We just have to learn to live with it – and be prepared to make the most of every day, come rain or shine.
There’s no escaping the fact that dull, wet weather can make you feel miserable. But only if you let it. The solution? Enjoy that great British institution – Afternoon Tea at a Bespoke Hotels near you.

Bespoke-Hotels-Winter-Getaway-OfferThere are now 80 Bespoke Hotels in the UK .  Many offer a great Afternoon Tea and all serve up a fantastic morning coffee.  Whether in the centre of towns, alone in the countryside, from the Highlands of Scotland to the land’s end in Cornwall, from glitzy London to the tranquil Cotswolds.  All are there to cheer you up, no time more so than on these relentlessly grey days

In the meantime, without further ado, allow us to present to you some Bespoke solutions to the misery!

Stand up!

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Bespoke Spa Hotels

Changing your posture and body language can help you laugh off the rain, too. Don’t slump over and crush what little spirit is left. Recline, stretch out, and feel your body revitalise, especially in the tranquil surroundings of a Bespoke spa hotel.

Wake up!

Convinced the weather’s making you feel tired and lethargic? On the contrary, it’s what’s happening indoors that’s really causing your energy to falter. The trick is to fight that urge, get up and get moving as soon as possible.

Instead of staying cooped up indoors, motivate yourself to go outside and ‘embrace‘ the rain. Going for a walk or a ride during a downpour can be exhilarating and release more endorphins to your brain. The result? You feel better and brighter.

Wrap up!

There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. Ensure you’re prepared for a downpour with a waterproof jacket and extra layers to hand just in case – and never leave home without an umbrella because, sartorial considerations aside, it’s important to stay as dry and comfortable as possible to fight off coughs and colds.

Back up!

As anyone who’s lived in the UK for more than five minutes already knows, it pays to have a back-up plan where the weather’s concerned. Why not consider a couple of days off and enjoy Bespoke Hotels’ Winter Getaway Breaks from just £25 per person per night.

Wise up!

Lastly, don’t always be tempted to blame the weather if you’re feeling low. If you’ve been worried by a other major aspect of your life, those concerns aren’t going to be any more or less real just because it’s raining.

But a bit of TLC never does any harm. So whether it’s a couple of days or just afternoon tea, a visit to Bespoke Hotels in this miserable weather will be sure to provide a cup of cheer!

family-friendly-hotelOh and if you decide to get away during next week’s half term, check out our great range of family hotels here.

Bespoke Hotels version of the Valentine’s Day History

Bespoke-Hotels-Valentine's-Day-OffersPeople often ask about the history of Valentine’s day – that time of year when people open their hearts and spoil the special person in their lives.  Well here at Bespoke Hotels we’ve researched the matter extensively. And that’s just as well, seeing as all our properties are very much involved in this wonderful occasion.

Roman Roots

We’ve learned that the history of Valentine’s Day is obscure and rather clouded by various whimsical legends. The holiday’s roots are in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, a fertility celebration commemorated annually on February 15. This was subsequently recast by Pope Gelasius I around 496 as a Christian feast day, declaring February 14 to be St. Valentine’s Day.

Which St: Valentine, Bespoke Hotels would like to know?

Which St. Valentine this early pope intended to honour remains a mystery: according to the Catholic Encyclopedia, there were at least three early Christian saints by that name. One was a priest in Rome, another a bishop in Terni, and of the third almost nothing is known except that he met his end somewhere in Africa! Rather astonishingly, all three Valentines were said to have been martyred on Feb. 14.

Most scholars believe that the St. Valentine we celebrate was a priest who attracted the disapproval of Roman emperor Claudius II. However, after this initial point of agreement, the factual ends and myths have a tendency to intertwine. According to one legend, Claudius II had prohibited marriage for young men, claiming that bachelors made better soldiers. Valentine continued to secretly perform marriage ceremonies and was eventually apprehended and put to death. Bespoke Hotels has discovered another legend that Valentine, imprisoned by Claudius, fell in love with the daughter of his jailer. Before he was executed, he allegedly sent her a letter signed “from your Valentine.” However, the most plausible story surrounding St. Valentine is one centred on religious love, rather than passion, in which the unlucky Val was martyred for refusing to renounce his beliefs.

In 1969, the Catholic Church revised its liturgical calendar, removing the feast days of saints whose historical origins were questionable. St. Valentine was one of the casualties.

Chaucer’s Love Birds

Valentine's-day-offersBespoke Hotels’ investigations now move to the 14th century when this Christian feast day became definitively associated with love. According to the scholars, it was Chaucer who first linked St. Valentine’s Day with romance.

In 1381, Chaucer composed a poem in honour of the engagement between England’s Richard II and Anne of Bohemia. As was the poetic tradition, Chaucer associated the occasion with a feast day. In “The Parliament of Fowls,” the royal engagement, the mating season of birds, and St. Valentine’s Day are linked:

“For this was on St. Valentine’s Day,  When every fowl cometh there to choose his mate.”

Hardly the most romantic of images!

Tradition of Valentine’s Cards

Over the centuries, the holiday has evolved, and by the 18th century, gift-giving and exchanging hand-made cards on Valentine’s Day had become common in England. Hand-made valentine cards of lace and ribbons, featuring cupids and hearts eventually spread to the American colonies. The tradition of Valentine’s cards did not become widespread until the 1850s, when Esther A. Howland, an American national, began mass-producing them. Today, of course, the day has become a booming commercial success with around 25% of all cards sent each year being associated with Valentine’s Day.

Bespoke Hotels‘ Dinner and Overnight Stay Offers

Now this is a more modern tradition that has its roots in the 20th century. Restaurants and hotels use the evening and night to encourage love! Bespoke Hotels is no different, and all our hotels offer special Valentine’s menus and special room rates that have added features like Champagne, roses and chocolates for that special someone.  Check out your local hotel here to book dinner, or here for a great break.  But hurry it’s barely a week away!

Making the Most of Your Health at Bespoke Spa Hotels

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Bespoke Spa Hotels

Life can be extremely busy and stressful, especially at this time of year. Everyone appears to be expected to get more done, and these increased responsibilities can have a detrimental effect on people’s health and relationships. As a means of bringing back balance to your health and life, it doesn’t get much better than time spent at Bespoke spa hotels.

 Bespoke Spa Hotels Are Not Only About Relaxation

When stress and troubles seem overwhelming, why not head towards one of the Bespoke spa hotels and make use of the facilities to help you chill out and relax, whether it be for a day, a weekend, or even a full blown holiday.

The 15 Bespoke spa hotels across the UK offer so much more than relaxation, although having the opportunity to slow down your active life and bring your mind, body and spirit back into balance will undoubtedly give you a much needed boost. At this particular part of the year, with its biting winds and never-ending grey veil, look out for some special offers at the Bespoke Spa hotel of your choice.

The Health Advantages

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Spa breaks at luxury hotels

The facilities at the Bespoke spa hotels can bring a wide range of healthy rewards to your body and mind. Many people suffer from muscular aches and pains which often means that they experience discomfort whilst at work and at home. A longer term visit to your Bespoke spa hotel can help you relax and repair sore muscles and other injuries, improving your circulation and soothing the problematic areas.

Bespoke spa hotels are also a great place for you to reset your heart rate and lower your blood pressure at a price that you can afford. By taking regular time to indulge in a range of the available activities at a Bespoke spa hotel, you may even find that you kiss goodbye to an extra few pounds!

Enhancing Sleep

Bespoke Hotels which have attached activities in the form of a spa centre understand the many small and inconvenient illnesses that can weigh on so many. People often sleep quite poorly when in such a state, which in turn can cause individuals to be depressed and irritable. The specialist Bespoke spa hotels can provide a great deal of relaxation, preparing your body for a better night’s sleep and offering recommendations on a variety of therapies tailored to your particular requirements by the expertly trained staff.

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Frederik’s Pool

Whether you have a desire to be pampered, a need to reduce stress, the means to control diabetes, or the wish to eliminate pains in your bones and body, Bespoke spa hotels will introduce you to a variety of opportunities that will amaze you in terms of their benefits.

Choose your Bespoke spa hotel here then have a look at the current range of special offers here before going here and booking your spa break.