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Introducing Bespoke India Hotels

India has always had a sense of mystique and wonder about it – a place born to tell legendary tales and imbued with spice and rich colours.  In ever way India is the sort of place that stories are written about and adventures are made from.

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Over the past 20 years however, India seems to have garnered a reputation for being the holiday destination of backpackers at one end of the spectrum, and highly priced once-in-a-lifetime adventures at the other end.  So what about those of us in between, who want to have a beautiful vacation in a magic destination with exceptional service, but without having to re-mortgage the house to do it?  Those of us who simply want to go on holiday somewhere special?

This year the new international business arm of Bespoke Hotels, Bespoke International, launched with its inaugural partnership alongside India’s Peppermint Hotels and the “Play Stay Love”.  The Bespoke India Hotels collection is designed to fulfill a growth in interest from international markets looking for a high quality and competent British operator, and the Bespoke India branch incorporates more than 50 venues across the country including Northern India, Western India and Southern India.

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Northern India starts with Jaipur, the Pink City, known for its mysterious Palace of the Winds, before heading to the majestic Taj Mahal and all offset by the breathtaking Himalayas. Western India boasts some of the region’s most spectacular wildlife and is home to the otherworldly Jaipur, otherwise known as Blue City for its vivid blue painted houses.  Southern India on the other hand epitomizes tranquility and relaxation with its river cruises, spices and coffee plantations.

The Bespoke India Hotels Collection infuses the travel experience with its characteristic sense of British charm and the high standards you would expect from a Bespoke hotel, while still getting to the heart and character of the destination you’re visiting.  Swap grubby London transport for temples, sandy beaches and a feast of fresh prawns in Kerala, or explore the spectacular wildlife and rich environments of Northern Rajastan.

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In Asia you will find some of the most awe-inspiring mountains with the Aamod Nainital magnificently located in the Himalayan hills.   The area is also blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches you can find, and one cannot express highly enough the wonders of visiting Kanan Beach Resort between Bekal and Nileshwar beaches.  Situated on the Arabian coast the trekking and natural features are awe-inspiring while the local festivals are a joy to behold.

What Bespoke India Hotels brings that other collections can’t is that assurance of high standards without diluting the cultural experience that a holiday like this is all about.  In short, it is everything Bespoke stands for.

Half Term UK Breaks – Family Packages

Half term is easy to overlook, compared to the major school holidays, but there’s still plenty of time to enjoy a short break at a family-friendly hotel. Here are just a couple of ideas for half term UK breaks that all the family to enjoy.

Bespoke Hotels Marwell
Marwell Hotel

Zoofari at Marwell Hotel, near Winchester

What child doesn’t love the zoo? Nearby Marwell Zoo is one of the best in the country and features hundreds of animals, including giraffes, penguins, chipmunks and tigers, as well as the opportunity to learn about how to save endangered animals — and, if there’s time for a break from all that, three adventure playgrounds. Zoofari includes a one-night stay for two adults and two children in one of Marwell’s family rooms.

If you prefer to arrange your own programme for your half term UK breaks, Marwell also offers the Family Fun package. The children can enjoy a wide selection of indoor and outdoor activities and a range of local attractions. Besides the zoo, there’s Peppa Pig World, Intech Science Centre and Planetarium, as well as the beautiful New Forest to explore.

Bespoke Hotels Noel Arms
Noel Arms

Cotswold Wildlife Break at Noel Arms Hotel, Chipping Campden

From a picturesque base in the heart of the stunning Cotswolds, this one-night break includes a day at the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens in Burford, where you’ll see animals ranging from lions to gibbons, crocodiles and meerkats.

You can watch some animals being fed and get close to many others in the children’s farmyard. The zoo also has a narrow-gauge railway and an adventure playground, so there’s loads to do while you’re out, and all the facilities of the Noel Arms to return to in the evening.

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Activities at the Lambert Arms, Watlington

Situated at the edge of the Chiltern Hills, near Oxford, the Lambert Arms is surrounded by attractions for the family perfect for half term UK breaks. You can enjoy a trip by steam train on the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway, walk along the Ridgeway and keep an eye open for a rare red kite, or learn more about one of the best-loved children’s authors at the Roald Dahl Museum.

On the other hand, you may have to negotiate with the kids as to whether you visit the famous Bicester Village shopping outlet or have fun swinging around at Go Ape! The Lambert Arms has several family rooms and welcomes pets with responsible owners.

These are just a few of the half term packages available across the UK, so instead of sitting at home why not have a great time as a family and book your half term UK break now?

Five Bespoke hotels to visit this Easter for five different experiences

Easter is a lovely time of the year to get away to one of the UK Bespoke hotels. It’s the first holiday when it really starts to feel like spring, and with any luck the sun will come out, the daffodils will be in full bloom, the days begin to get significantly longer, and the clocks will be changing.

All in all, there’s a positive feeling in the air and long, lazy summer evenings to look forward to. Just because we’re enjoying the same time of year however, it doesn’t necessarily follow that we’re all looking for the same things in our Easter break. So here are five hotels to visit for very different experiences over the bank holiday weekend.

Bespoke Hotels Cotswold House Hotel
Cotswold House Hotel

Spring gardens: hopefully the Easter weekend will bring blue skies and warmer weather, and if you’re anything like us then one of the great joys of this time of the year is getting out into the fresh air. After all those winter months of cuddling by log fires (because of course that’s what we spend all our time doing from November to March), now is the time for walking in the garden, smiling at the daffodils, and watching the blossom as it scatters from the trees.

With that in mind, Cotswold House Hotel and Spa in Gloucestershire, with its tranquil gardens that lead to the spa at the end of a cobbled path, is an idyllic place to spend the weekend. It probably goes without saying given that the Cotswolds as a rule are chocolate box perfect, but peace, quiet, tranquility, and exceptional food coupled with gardens that are just manicured enough without being pretentious makes for an escape that encapsulates the best of British.

Bespoke hotels  - The Grosvenor Arms Shaftesbury
Bespoke – The Grosvenor Arms Shaftesbury

Sunday roast: food is one of the great priorities at Easter, and whatever you find yourself doing on the Saturday, there can surely be no debate that Sunday is about the perfect roast lunch before tucking into that chocolate egg… With a spectacular view of both Lake Ullswater and the Helvellyn mountain range, the aptly titled Inn on the Lake in Cumbria from Bespoke Hotels has won Cumbria Tourism Awards for Large Hotel of the Year as well as Outstanding Customer Service. It has 15 acres of grounds sweeping to the shores, and five star standards in addition to the awe-inspiring location.

Food is every inch as important as all the other details at this hotel, and as such the Lake View Restaurant has two AA Rosettes and emphasises local produce. Of particular note on this occasion, you guessed it, is their Sunday lunch, which features a traditional roast with a luxurious touch complete with all the expected trimmings for a perfect Easter weekend.

Bespoke Hotels Tulloch Castle
Tulloch Castle

Romantic mini-break: as it is a school holiday it’s always a little bit of a juggling act between finding hotels that are suitable for families and those who want to get away for a long romantic weekend together, but few things spell romance quite like a castle befitting a role in the best loved fairytales. Tulloch Castle in Scotland fits just that bill. Dating back to the 12th century it has a lively history of changing fortunes and scandalous intrigue.

These days it’s all a little calmer without the Chief of the Clan ruling the roost, but with painstakingly restored original features, a 250-year old paneled great hall and 20 well-appointed bedrooms filled with character and charm, not to mention fantastic food, it’s an escape to the country that’s ideal for couples who want some peace and quiet over the weekend.

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Spa break: despite the abundance of chocolate eggs at this time of year, spring is a brilliant time to clear away any remaining cobwebs from the winter months and make yourself feel fresh as a daisy for all those summer holidays that you’re doubtless looking forward to. For that reason, a spa break over the Easter weekend can prove the perfect way to simply start feeling better, especially with a few more days to play with than your average weekend allows.

The Lifehouse Spa and Hotel in Essex is surrounded by 12 acres of English Heritage gardens, and combines a historic background (including visits from the likes of JM Barrie and Winston Churchill), with a contemporary glass building. It’s light, airy and the spa itself is overseen by naturopath Sue Davis who curates spa breaks with her expert eye to make sure you achieve what you want to, whether that’s simple time out and feel good factor, a full-on detox, or tackling a particular health concern. The knowledge on hand is extensive without being domineering, making it ideal for everyone from seasoned spa goers to those who are quite literally dipping their toe in the water.

Family friendly: of course, nothing beats happy smiling faces on Easter morning, and with school holidays in full swing it’s about quality time for families where everyone can relax and unwind – not always an easy thing to achieve, but let’s give it a go. Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire combines a fantastic location on the edge of Sherwood Forest with contemporary design and a welcoming atmosphere, family friendly restaurant, and their New Leaf Spa as well.

Crucially there are plenty of activities available on site for guests of all ages, as well as others nearby such as pony trekking, cycling, walking, and the Clumber Jungle, which offers everything from archery to laser tag and Segway trails. Suffice to say, there really is something to make sure everyone has a happy Easter!

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Discover Ripley and a famous Coaching Inn in Surrey

The beautiful village of Ripley has a storied history extending over several centuries, from its mediaeval priory and coaching inn, to a crucial role played in the growth of cricket, as well as being Eric Clapton’s birthplace. Set in the lovely Surrey countryside, it’s surrounded by sites well worth a visit and just a short drive from Guildford and Woking.

Coaching Inn bedroom Talbot Ripley
The Talbot – bedroom

It is also the home of The Talbot , which has more than played its part in history. It is even said to have provided the stage for Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton’s love affair to blossom in 1798, and remains one of England’s finest coaching inns.

The Village

The 2007 winner of the Calor Surrey Village of the Year, Ripley reflects its long history. Full of picturesque historical buildings and a large village green, Ripley hosts a monthly Farmer’s Market, a Christmas Fair and a spectacular bonfire and fireworks event that includes a procession, a funfair and live music.

Sport is well catered for. The area is rich in golf courses, the closest being The Wisley, a 27-hole course whose members include Colin Montgomerie, while the 250-year-old Ripley Cricket Club plays regularly on the Green.

Local Attractions

Historic Ripley Coaching Inn
Historic Ripley

The countryside around Ripley offers some beautiful walking routes, especially along the tow-path of the17th-century River Wey Navigation. This offers superb views of the ruined Newark Priory on an island in the river, and the historic Walsham Lock and Weir is near the village.

Just a few miles up the road, you can find the world-famous Royal Horticultural Society gardens at Wisley, 240 acres of the beautiful and the experimental, with the best garden bookshop in the country. If you need more, it’s only seven miles to the university city of Guildford, which offers museums, galleries and a truly elegant cathedral.

Shopping

Ripley has quaint, unusual shops to explore. Besides the expected antique outlets, such as Sweerts De Landas and J. Hartley Antiques, you can bring out your musical side at Ripley Guitars, or purchase glassware at Jo Downs Handmade Glass, as well as browsing A. Luff & Sons garden centre.

If you’re looking for a more cosmopolitan shopping experience, Guildford and Woking are each ten minutes’ drive away.

Eating Out

Ripley offers a wide choice of restaurants for its size, from the Michelin-starred Drake’s Restaurant to the fine cooking of the Talbot coaching inn, Anchor, Seven Stars and the Ripley Curry Garden. For afternoon tea and cakes, Pinnock’s Coffee House and the Nest Home & Café are both excellent.

Pubs and Night-life

Ripley is well supplied with pubs, many of which also offer food. A number of them go back to the age of the coaching inn, and pubs like the Anchor and the Jolly Sailor have a traditional feel matching the village.

In keeping with Ripley’s character, you won’t find lively nightspots here if you are staying overnight. If you’re looking for trendy bars and nightclubs, though, you’ll find a wide selection just seven miles up the road in Guildford.