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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.

Bite 2014 the Cotswold Food Festival is supported by Bespoke Hotels

Bite-2014-sponsored-by-Bespoke-hotelsIt’s all in the name, really. Bite 2014, sponsored by Bespoke Hotels, has everything you could possibly want to get your teeth into. It’s all coming to the Cotswolds between 1st and 9th February 2014: breakfasts, brunches, lunches, teas & dinners, pop-up restaurants, cocktails and fine wines, masterclasses, talks and tastings, an Open Kitchen trail, meet the chef events and book signings, food fairs and farmers’ markets sponsored by Bespoke Hotels.
BITE 2014 is a can’t miss event for all food lovers. To register for their newsletter and for further booking details visit the Bespoke Hotels’ web site here.

For those who don’t know the Cotswolds, it’s one of England’s favourite destinations, famous for hundreds of honey-colour limestone villages surrounded by rolling hills and winding country lanes.

Bite 2014, sponsored by Bespoke Hotels, is just one the events taking place here amidst the fabulous Cotswolds hotels and beautiful scenery.  Lively cultural events, a year round season of sporting events and festivals – even the range of individual, quirky shops here – have all combined to ensure repeat visitors are in plentiful supply. For lovers of the quaint and rustic, the Cotswolds is a delight – full of experiences, inspiration and shops that you just can’t find anywhere else.

Winter in the Cotswolds

Winter in the Cotswolds offers long walks in the spectacular, unspoiled countryside, followed of course by cosy hotels, pubs and tea rooms dotted around the villages and towns. Perhaps visit the Capital of the Cotswolds, Cirencester, or maybe Stow on the Wold to admire the views from its hill top location. But that’s not to say the smaller towns and villages don’t have much to offer. The Slaughters, Broad Campden, Chalford, Bibury, Longborough and many, many more each have a unique character and we’d recommend spending a day or two exploring them at your leisure.

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Cotswold House Hotel

Take Chipping Campden, for example. Here Bespoke Hotels can offer you two choices – The Cotswold House Hotel and the Noel Arms – both primary venues for Bite 2014. The village will appeal to discerning travellers visiting the Cotswolds in search of tranquility, sublime comfort, exceptional food, and a stunning spa.  The contemporary style makes Bespoke Hotels’ Cotswold House and Spa one of the most admired boutique hotels in the region, as well as an award winning retreat for the therapeutically-minded.

Across the high street, The Noel Arms Hotel  is one of the oldest Cotswold inns. It’s a building steeped in history. They even say Charles II stayed here during the English Civil War! When staying at the Noel Arms, be sure not to miss trying one of chef Indunil’s famous curries – so good that he is the current holder of the Best Pub Curry Chef Award at the Great British Pub Food Awards! Additionally, as befits  Bespoke Hotels , both these properties give ample opportunity for you to put your feet up in front of the log fire, read the papers and treat yourself to a Bite 2014 Event.

BITE 2014 Pop-Up Masterclass Theatre

In partnership with Bower Willis Designs, Bespoke Hotels will transform the Dining Room at The Cotswold House Hotel into a BITE 2014 Pop Up Masterclass Theatre, showcasing a whole host of skills giving you the chance to learn at the hands of the experts.

No matter which Bite 2014 events attract you, a stay at one of Bespoke Hotels’ Cotswold hotels is be a must.  To book your accommodation, click here and for more information on Bite 2014, click here.

BITE 2014 MAILING LIST

Keep up to date with BITE 2014 news and exclusive content by clicking here and signing up for the official mailing list. Enter your details now to be entered into our competition for a chance to win an overnight stay and two tickets to the event of your choice during the main festival.

Bespoke Hotels are best with the Winter Getaway offer.

Bespoke-Hotels-Winter-Getaway-OfferWhilst it might be tempting to make like a bear and hibernate until winter’s end, we think a trip out of town might be just the thing to kickstart your year. Especially when you consider the offer of a room for only £25 per person from Bespoke Hotels .

Why not visit destinations that are actually improved by the chill? Locations with snow-covered paths, piping hot chocolate and wood-burning fireplaces are just the ticket for this time of year. And you can visit them all by booking the Bespoke Hotels Winter Getaway offer.

With this in mind, Bespoke Hotels are offering a surprising number of honest-to-goodness winter wonderlands from just £25 per person, per night.

From properties close to our big cities and their January sales, to magnificent castle hotels set in acres of picturesque countryside, a Bespoke Hotels Winter Getaway has something for everyone at an extremely affordable price.

Expect roaring fires, cosy armchairs, festive afternoon teas and especially crafted seasonal menus. From Cornwall to Scotland, Bespoke Hotels has the best of aristocratic Britain.

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Winter Getaway 2014

For example let’s look at the offering of the Ennerdale Country House Hotel in the Lake District. The Lakeland mountains are especially magnificent at this time of year, when a sense of calm descends and brings visitors closer to the surrounding wooded slopes.

The Bespoke Hotels Winter Getaway offer also extends to 13 hotels in Scotland.  From the camaraderie of the hotel bar and steamed restaurant windows, to the prospect of actual bonafide skiing, it’s a majestic place at this time of year. Castles abound both to stay in and visit, making this a truly spellbinding place to visit in the winter.

Come February the days lengthen, but the colder temperatures arrive. The place to head for then is the Cotswolds.  The “olde-world” charm of Bespoke Hotels 3 properties in the area and the wealth of history and peace enjoyed by the region make it a perfect place to visit for just £25 per person, per night. You’ll take home favourite memories of a Cotswold winter with the beautiful walks in the countryside before returning to a log fire and a great meal.

The Bespoke Hotels Winter Getaway offer lasts through March, so there’s plenty of time to choose one or more Bespoke Hotels with this great deal available. With 38 properties to choose from all over England, Wales and Scotland, there’s a wealth of affordable options out there. Just go here to choose your hotel, then here to book.  But don’t delay as rooms are limited and there’s sure to be a big demand!