Craig attends the 50 anniversary of Preferred Hotels at the stunning Sopwell House Hotel
Beautiful Sopwell House dating back to the 17th century
Situated just a short train ride out of London in St Albans, the stunning Sopwell House, once owned by Prince Philip’s Grandfather, played host to the Preferred Hotels and Resorts 50th anniversary. Starting life in the 17th century the house has since been extended and now boasts 128 rooms, 12 acres of land to explore and a luxurious spa. So, what better place to sip a glass of Prosecco and wish them a very happy birthday.
One of the stunning bedrooms at Sopwell House Hotel
The spa at Sopwell House which is currently being extended with some top secret new editions
With the sun high in the sky, it was the perfect afternoon for a traditional British garden party. With cocktails by The Ginistry, served in pineapples, a pineapple cake and pineapple decorations it was a very ‘pineapple’ afternoon! But once you learn that the pineapple is a symbol of hospitality and also features in the Preferred Hotels & Resorts logo, it’s obvious why it featured so heavily. Hospitality knew no bounds as plate after plate of incredible food was brought out to the garden for guests to enjoy. View Post
Craig shares his experience of his stay at the Mercure Grange Park Hotel in Hull in this Hotel review blog post
The beautiful Mercure Hull Grange Park Hotel
Okay, let’s get your first thought out of the way. Yes Hull! We all know it’s had some bad press in the past, but that’s just where it is; in the past. After being voted the city of culture in 2017 Hull has seen significant regeneration and is all the better for it. The city isn’t the only thing that had a huge amount of money spent on it as the Mercure Grange Park Hotel also had a pretty penny lavished on it, with some major refurbishment. That said, let me tell you about my experience.
The original manor that still forms part of the Hotel
The photograph above of the original 19th century manor house was taken in 1944 before the building was turned from a tired home in to a 100 room hotel with gym, pool, restaurant, bar and local spa on the doorstep. Skip forward a few years to March 2018, and the Hotel was the proud winner of a REYTA award in The Remarkable Business Tourism category. And thanks to a million pound plus refurbishment of the main event space and all 100 bedrooms, this Hotel now holds a four star rating.
The reception area of the Hotel
Craig takes a mini break in Devon at Glazebrook House, one of its most luxurious and quirky boutique Hotels.
Relaxing in bed at Glazebrook House Hotel
Sometimes things in life happen for a reason. Often those reasons are unknown to us, and the journey there is beyond our control. We call it fate.
Hearing the story of how Glazebrook House Hotel turned from a tired country hotel, on it’s knees, in need of love and a new spirit to elevate it to the stunning boutique Hotel it is today is truly magical.
“Do you believe in fate?” I asked owner Pieter Hamman. “Yes” he replied, without hesitation. And it’s clear after talking to him why. People may think that Pieter chose Glazebrook House. No. Glazebrook House chose Pieter. He had absolutely no say in the matter, and it was always meant to be.
The stunning Timothy Oulton interior in the Glazebrook reception area