The English summer social season is in full swing and the Eden Hotel Collection, a privately-owned portfolio of nine beautiful properties in the UK, has a host of events to be enjoyed while the sun shines…
Glorious Summer Garden Party in Somerset
From its elevated and rural position, The Mount Somerset Hotel & Spa has wonderful views over Taunton Vale. The hotel’s Summer Garden Party (29 May) in the picturesque grounds includes stalls, a BBQ, live music, cream teas and Pimm’s. Free entry; BBQ from £5.50 pp. Stay overnight from £125 per room (two sharing), including full English breakfast and access to the Elan Spa. Call The Mount Somerset Hotel & Spa on 01823 442 500 (www.themountsomersethotelandspa.com).
Gin flight to celebrate World Gin Day in the Cotswolds
World Gin Day falls on 10 June this year. Celebrate with a gin flight (three different varieties) and canapés at The Kings Hotel, a Cotswold-stone townhouse in the picturesque market town of Chipping Campden (£15.50 pp). Stay overnight from £90 per room (two sharing), including full English breakfast. Call The Kings Hotel on 01386 840 256 (www.kingscampden.co.uk).
Outdoor cinema in Dartmoor National Park
Situated in the spectacular Dartmoor National Park, Bovey Castle spans 275 glorious acres with expansive gardens and lakes. This summer, the grass tennis court will be turned into an outdoor cinema for sunset film screenings (14 June – Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty; 15 June – Their Finest and 16 June – Dirty Dancing). Luxury picnics and a BBQ will be available to purchase and will accompany each film, along with a pop up bar serving a selection of soft and alcoholic drinks. Guests are welcome to bring their own blankets and seating for comfort. Tickets £10 pp. Stay overnight from £179 per room (two sharing; room only), including access to the Elan spa. Call Bovey Castle on 01647 445 007 (www.boveycastle.com).
Champagne Spa Days and Hawk Walks in Cheltenham
The Greenway Hotel & Spa, an ivy-clad Elizabethan manor set in eight acres on the outskirts of Cheltenham, has lots going on this summer. Champagne Spa Days & Picnics (throughout June) include full use of the spa facilities, a 55-minute ESPA treatment, half a bottle of champagne and a picnic basket and blanket (£130 pp). For something a little different, the hotel’s Hawk Walk (30 July) gives guests the chance to explore the beautiful grounds whilst marvelling at the flying skills of the majestic Harris Hawk. There is also an opportunity to try your hand at falconry; refreshments included (£45 pp). Stay overnight from £139 per room (two sharing), including full English breakfast and access to the Elan Spa. Call The Greenway Hotel & Spa on 01242 862 352 (www.thegreenwayhotelandspa.com).
River Festival in Stratford-upon-Avon
A fun-filled (and free) two-day celebration in the pretty riverside town of Stratford-upon-Avon, River Festival (1&2 July) promises live music, an artisan craft market, food stalls and local ales, Pimm’s and Prosecco, plus a firework display. Stay overlooking the River Avon at The Arden Hotel or its new sister property Arden House, which has just been awarded five stars by the AA for its exceptional standard of accommodation, dedicated team of house hosts and welcoming ‘extras’ such as gin o’clock, complimentary nightcap and pantry snacks. Stay overnight at The Arden from £119 per room (two sharing) or at Arden House from £199 per room; both rates include full English breakfast. Call The Arden Hotel and Arden House on 01789 298 682 (www.theardenhotelstratford.com or www.ardenhousestratford.com).
Grow Your Own Gourmet Evening in Worcestershire
Brockencote Hall Hotel sits in a lovely lakeside setting and is surrounded by 70 acres of glorious parkland. This summer (20 July), the striking Victorian manor house is hosting a ‘Grow Your Own Gourmet Evening’ which includes a cocktail on arrival, canapés and a seven-course tasting menu utilising fresh produce from the hotel’s very own kitchen garden and extensive grounds, served with accompanying wines (£85 pp). Stay overnight from an additional £115 per room (two sharing), including full English breakfast. Call Brockencote Hall Hotel on 01562 777 876 (www.brockencotehall.com).
New spa: mindfulness trails and outdoor yoga at Mallory Court
The new Elan Spa (opened 14 April) at Mallory Court Country House Hotel and Spa combines countryside chic, glamour and decadence. Facilities include an outdoor vitality pool, glazed outdoor sauna, Rhassoul mud room, seven treatment rooms, 10m indoor Hydro pool, sauna, steam room and gym. Soon to come are garden trails, wellbeing/mindfulness retreats and walks (August) plus open-air yoga. There are 12 luxurious new spa bedrooms to complement the existing 31 bedrooms in the main hotel. A one-night ESPA Spa Break at Mallory Court costs from £181.50 pp (two sharing a standard room) including a 55-minute ESPA treatment per person, three-course dinner, bottle of champagne, breakfast and full use of the spa. Call Mallory Court on 01926 330214 (www.mallory.co.uk).
His & Hers Afternoon Tea in the Devonshire countryside
Throughout August, Buckland Tout-Saints Hotel, a beautiful 17th century manor house situated in the exclusive South Hams, is offering a twist on traditional afternoon tea. His & Hers Afternoon Tea includes local real ale, a glass of bubbly and a delicious selection of sandwiches, cakes and scones (£32.95 pp). Stay overnight from an additional £79 per room (two sharing), including full English breakfast. Call Buckland Tout-Saints on 01548 853 055 (www.tout-saints.co.uk).
Notes to Editors
AA ‘SMALL HOTEL GROUP OF THE YEAR’ 2015: The Eden Hotel Collection won the ‘Small Hotel Group of the Year’ category at the AA Hospitality Awards.
• The Eden Hotel Collection is part of The Rigby Group Plc, one of the UK’s largest and most successful family-owned businesses. Founded by IT entrepreneur Sir Peter Rigby, the Group’s portfolio spans hotels, aviation, technology, property and investments.
• The Eden Hotel Collection has evolved over the last 16 years through the acquisition and restoration by The Rigby Group of carefully-chosen hotels, each with unique attributes but all offering the same impeccable standards of service, quality and attention to detail.
• The Eden Hotel Collection comprises nine luxury hotels, restaurants and spas. They are Mallory Court, Leamington Spa; Buckland Tout-Saints Hotel and Bovey Castle in Devon; The Kings Hotel, Cotswolds; The Arden Hotel and Arden House in Stratford-upon-Avon; Brockencote Hall Hotel, Worcestershire; The Greenway Hotel & Spa, Cheltenham; The Mount Somerset Hotel & Spa, Somerset.