Admiralty Arch to become a hotel, London
The iconic Admiralty Arch is being transformed into a luxury hotel, private members’ club and serviced residences. The Edwardian building marks the boundary between Trafalgar Square and The Mall – two of the capital’s most-loved landmarks – and the views from the 100 rooms and suites are guaranteed to be some of the city’s best. There will also be a state-of-the-art spa and several bars, while a restaurant spanning the first bridging floor will open the building to the public for the first time. A stay here promises to be both a five-star-plus experience and a brush with some fascinating political and royal heritage: Winston Churchill was based here as First Lord of the Admiralty; World War I code-breaking operations were run from here; Ian Fleming worked here during World War II; and some royal processions still pass under the main arch, as they have done for over a century. Restoration and building works are underway, and the operator for the hotel is expected to be chosen in 2017.
Kettner’s to be transformed into a hotel, London
Kettner’s will become part of Kettner’s Townhouse, a 28-bedroom hotel from the Soho House Group. The iconic restaurant, opened in 1867 by Auguste Kettner, chef to Napoleon III, is part of a restoration project involving 15 former townhouses, which also include Soho House Greek Street, Cafe Boheme and SKB. Kettner’s champagne bar will be restored, and a new pavilion will be added to the internal yard. Work is taking place throughout 2017, with the new Kettner’s Townhouse opening in January 2018.
‘The Art of the Stay’ at The Langham, London
A series of new developments at iconic London hotel The Langham will define 2017 as the year of ‘The Art of the Stay’. Following the addition of new guestrooms and suites in 2016, The Langham is forging ahead with a further improved room product, a carefully crafted cocktail menu, a new luxury pub and a spa. New suites will offer imposing views of Regent Street; the award-winning Artesian bar has launched ‘Perception’, an innovative sensory cocktail menu; a post-modern interpretation of the traditional English pub will launch in summer, along with Chuan Body + Soul spa.
Romantic new suite at Lime Wood, New Forest
Luxury hotel Lime Wood will open the new Lake House suite in the early part of 2017. It promises to be their most romantic offering to date, situated in a super-private spot next to the small lake close to the hotel. There will be an en-suite bedroom, living area and small kitchen but it’s the jetty on to the lake and outdoor hot tub with stunning views into the New Forest that will really set it apart.
Nobu Hotel Shoreditch, London
Master sushi chef, Nobu Matsuhisa, is planning his first European hotel, the Willow Street Hotel in London's Shoreditch. The new hotel has been designed by Ron Arad Associates and will house 150 bedrooms and a statement restaurant with food and drink menus designed by Nobu specifically for the hotel. The five-storey hotel will also have its own landscaped garden, state-of-the-art fitness centre, and promises superior service and décor inspired by the organisation’s signature east-meets-west philosophy.
New restaurant and bedrooms at The Grand Hotel and Spa, York
The Grand, one of York’s top five-star hotels, will double its guestroom offering and add a new 140-seat restaurant by the end of 2017. The £15 million development project will see the Grade II-listed building connected to the adjacent Roman House, creating more than 100 additional bedrooms along with new spaces for meetings and corporate hospitality. The first phase of the development will be the opening of the new restaurant by early 2017, with the bedrooms being completed shortly after. The current 107 guestrooms will also be remodelled.
Sir Peter Blake artwork to cover renovation of Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London
17 January – June
The multi-million-pound renovation of the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park hotel will be screened by a temporary façade by Sir Peter Blake. The ‘Godfather of British Pop Art’ has been commissioned to create a collage in the spirit of Blake’s cover for The Beatles’ 1967 Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. The piece, Our Fans, will feature 100 prominent regular guests at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park as well as fans of the group’s hotels around the world, including Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Joanna Lumley and – in the 50th anniversary year of the Sergeant Pepper’s album – Ringo Starr and Sir Paul McCartney. At the size of 38 double-decker buses, the artwork is the largest Blake has ever created. The hotel remains open throughout the 18-month renovation, which will complete in spring 2018.
Ten Trinity Square opens, London
Built a century ago next to the Tower of London (a UNESCO World Heritage site), the Grade II-listed Ten Trinity Square boasts a tower and a grand Portland Stone rotunda. The opulence of the outside is matched by the meticulously restored and upgraded spaces inside, with the Residences (41 spacious and elegant apartments); the Club (meeting spaces crafted from the original sumptuous boardrooms and executive offices); and the Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, with bars, a spa, 100 bedrooms and two destination restaurants – including La Dame de Pic, the first restaurant in London from Anne-Sophie Pic, the only female French chef with three Michelin stars. The hotel opened 26 January.
Manhattan Loft Gardens Design Hotel, Stratford, London
The 150-room hotel will occupy the seven lower levels of the 42-storey Manhattan Loft Gardens, a mixed used development with three 'sky gardens' ensuring that residents are never more than 9 stories from an outdoor space. Above the hotel is a 34-storey residential tower where guests and residents share the use of communal spaces including the lobby, leisure facilities, swimming pool, spa facilities, as well as an external roof garden that overlooks the Olympic Park. The site sits to the immediate north of Stratford International rail station and the Docklands Light Railway giving excellent transport links.
New boutique hotel, Sussex
A new boutique hotel is set to open in Bexhill. The Driftwood will have six bedrooms and a 28-seat restaurant headed up by Austrian chef Micheal Roessi – hailed as “the next Jamie Oliver”. The hotel is backed by Seng Loy, who runs the five-star Hastings House in St Leonards and the Bexhill Beach Residence B&B, and two other local residents, and is in a fantastic location for the beach and the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill’s pioneering arts and culture centre.
The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa to receive makeover
From the start of February 2017, guests to the Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, Bolton Abbey, will be able to enjoy enhanced spa facilities, with new treatments, facilities and design.
New luxury beachside holiday homes for groups, Cornwall
Late February and April
The couple behind Tregulland, one of the UK’s top large house rentals, are launching two more beachside holiday homes on Cornwall’s north coast. Opened in late February, Pentire is the ultimate surfers’ pad. Overlooking Fistral Beach, the elegant, four-bedroom penthouse has an eight-person hot tub on its huge terrace and floor-to-ceiling windows. The mid-century décor has serious wow factor too. Barford, a new larch-clad house with picture windows and sea views, will open in April. Sleeping up to 16 people, it will have some awesome touches, including a secret underground games room for grown-ups, a cocktail bar in the master suite, access to a secluded beach, and Narnia wardrobes.
New easyHotel, Birmingham
A new £4.5 million easyHotel with 84 bedrooms for super-budget travellers will open above a restaurant on John Bright Street in the heart of the city centre. The convenient location is just a stone’s throw from the entrance to Birmingham New Street Station and 500 metres from the Bullring shopping centre.
Landal GreenParks launches in the UK
Landal Green Parks has launched in the UK with two sites: Kielder in Northumberland and Darwin Forest in Peak District. Facilities include an array of outdoor activities, restaurants, shops, spa treatments, gym and cabin accommodation with hot tubs in a close-to-nature setting. The family holiday specialist, which has a strong sustainability policy, is already well established in Holland, Germany and Belgium.
Bold new look for Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel
The Grade II-listed Grand Hotel in Bristol’s Old City has had a top-to-toe redesign – described as ‘historic relaxed meets rebellious urban Bristol’. It’s a complete departure from the hotel’s former traditional feel, combining the building’s ornate Victorian architecture with striking furniture, dramatic statements and street-art influences. Bristol gallery and street-art festival Upfest was invited to curate a collection of over 500 pieces by local artists. The hotel’s restaurant and bar will be a Keepers, a concept developed in-house by Accor, with a vintage-salvage look inspired by Bristol’s famous St Nicholas Market.
New Modulogs at Tom’s Eco Lodge, Isle of Wight
Modulogs, a new style of ultra-swish glamping pod, now provide year-round accommodation for up to six people per pod at the award-winning Tom’s Eco Lodge. The striking, fully insulated and heated pods are clad in logs and have comfy sofas, log burners, two bedrooms, separate shower room and toilet, wifi and electricity. The private decking areas with BBQs and log-burning hot tubs offer some of the best views at the Lodge.
The Queens Head, Troutbeck, Cumbria
Robinsons Brewery is reopening the iconic Lakeland pub - The Queens Head at Troutbeck - in April 2017 following a £2million investment. Perfectly placed on the side of the Lakeland fells, The Queens Head overlooks the Troutbeck Valley, just four miles from Ambleside and three miles from Windermere. The former 17th-century coaching inn boasts an eclectic mix of ancient Cumbrian and contemporary decor alongside its iconic four poster bar.
Low Wood Bay, Cumbria
Low Wood Bay in Cumbria will be closing during spring 2017 for a refurbishment - it will redevelop its existing rooms and add luxury rooms and suites. When it reopens in April, guests will be able to enjoy upgraded indoor and outdoor leisure facilities, a brand new luxury spa overlooking Lake Windermere and a choice of restaurants, which will include a new grill concept. Work will then continue building an additional 18 lake view rooms and suites, a brand new grill restaurant, a luxury spa, a new atrium, and a new block of 29 bedrooms and suites.
New boutique hotel, North Norfolk
The development of the former site of Langham Glass will bring a luxurious boutique hotel to North Norfolk. The hotel, which promises to be an “Unashamed Up-Market Boutique Hotel”, will combine historic Norfolk brick-and-stone buildings with high tech-rooms, and include a bistro and luxury spa with a 12-metre-long swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and relaxation room.
Overnight beach lodges, Bournemouth
The first overnight beach huts on Bournemouth beach will be more like mini houses than traditional beach huts. Currently being built by skilled woodcraftsmen in the New Forest, the huts will sleep up to four adults and two children, and have a spacious living area, fully equipped kitchen and bathroom, WiFi, TV and heating are innovative, space efficient, timber-framed and constructed with the utmost respect to the environment. Available 365 days a year, the lodges will have sea views and their own decking area and be located just a few steps from the promenade. Prices start from £450 for a midweek spring break.
YHA and British Triathlon partnership
YHA (England and Wales) and British Triathlon have joined forces to bring triathlon to beginners. YHA is now the nominated accommodation partner for British Triathlon and the YHA's 160-strong network of properties will host British Triathlon's GO TRI events throughout England and Wales, bringing the sport to some of the county's most beautiful settings. British Triathlon's GO TRI programme is designed as a low-cost, enjoyable way for young people and their families to access triathlon and multisport for the first time. Both GO TRI training and events are available locally and are tailored towards complete novices, with low-cost entry and manageable distances. Several GO TRI events have already been held at YHA sites in the Lake District and Liverpool City Centre, with a further 20 events planned at YHAs throughout 2017, including in London Lee Valley, National Forest, Hathersage, York and Keswick. British Triathlon and its affiliated clubs will benefit from subsidised use of meeting rooms in Youth Hostels, along with heavily discounted YHA membership.
The Lake District’s first resort opens, Cumbria
Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa will be the first resort in the Lake District when it re-opens following the completion of the first of four refurbishment phases. Phase 1 is the complete refurbishment of all bedrooms, the Windermere restaurant, Langdale Lounge, road entrance and Health Club. Phase 2, which is the new Blue Smoke on the Bay restaurant with a South American wood-fired grill and the new Atrium lounge, completes in July. Phase 3, The Spa at Low Wood Bay, opens in September, and the final phase sees a new block of Club House rooms and suites in November.
THE PIG-at Combe launches Curlditch Cottages, Devon
THE PIG-at Combe is refurbishing Curlditch Cottages, a classic thatched Devon longhouse tucked down a private track off THE PIG’s main drive. The three adjoined cottages are just a 10-minute walk from the main hotel and ideal for families or groups of friends. Each cottage has its own entrance leading to a comfortable, cosy and stylish sitting room with wood burner. The master bedrooms are furnished with four-poster beds and roll-top baths while the second bedroom is an optional twin or double room with a large monsoon shower. Stream Cottage and Chicken Run Cottage have kitchenettes, while Old Thatch Cottage has an AGA.
Holmes Mill Hotel, Clitheroe, Lancashire
Holmes Mill is soon to open a boutique 30 bedroom hotel, the latest phase of the £10million redevelopment of the former textile mill in the heart of the Ribble Valley, Lancashire. The former textile mill is already home to Bowland Brewery, a Beer Hall, function room, café, shop and gelateria, with the new hotel expected to open at the end of May.
Kilfinane Court, Isle of Wight
Kilfinane Court, a block of five newly developed spacious self-catering holiday flats, created from a refurbished Victorian hotel, is set to open on a quiet road in the coastal town of Shanklin. It will consist of two one-bed and three two-bed flats, perfect for couples and small families alike. They will be south facing, convenient for the beach and fully wheelchair accessible, with outside space for alfresco dining (one flat will have a large roof terrace), allocated parking and communal gardens. All the bedrooms will have TVs too.
The Ned, City of London
The former Midland Bank headquarters is being turned into a new five-star hotel, The Ned. Redesigned with the glamour of a 1930s transatlantic ocean liner as inspiration, the hotel will have 252 suites, a rooftop bar with landscaped terraces, a health spa, and a range of restaurants and cafes, including a New-York-style deli.
Top chef Michael Caines to open hotel, Devon
There are plenty of reasons to get excited about Lympstone Manor, a contemporary country house hotel opening in early spring. Firstly, it’s a Grade II-listed Georgian manor house with 28 acres of gardens, grounds and parkland overlooking the Exe Estuary on east Devon’s World Heritage Jurassic Coast. There’s a world-class wine cellar and plans for a vineyard. And the décor of the 21 bedrooms and suites is inspired by the birds of the Exe estuary. But most exciting of all will be the food; Lympstone is the vision of Michael Caines MBE, holder of two Michelin stars for 18 years and chef-patron of the hotel – and Caines has his eye on that elusive third star…
Luxury spa improved at Rudding Park Hotel, Spa and Golf, Harrogate
Rudding Park will recapture Harrogate’s spa heritage with a luxury extension to the existing spa facility. A multi-level extension to the Grade I-listed historic Rudding Park Hotel will allow the addition of a 17-metre indoor swimming pool, hydrotherapy infinity pool, thermal treatment rooms and an additional restaurant and shop. The pool area will feature a glass wall so guests can take in the parkland views. A feature roof garden will form an integral part of the landscape scheme preserving the integrity of the historic landscape.
Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa
The former Headquarters of Lloyds Bank and Midland Bank on Corn Street in central Bristol reopened as the newly renovated Harbour Hotel in October 2016 and will add a further 22 rooms in Spring 2017 along with an indulgent spa set in the former bank vaults in spring 2017 . The hotel will blend the original, characterful architecture of the Old City with city views, roll-top baths. It also houses another award-winning Harbour Hotel Jetty restaurant, all on the doorstep of Bristol’s bustling Cabot Circus and stunning Clifton villages. Rooms start at £145 B&B.
New luxury glamping site, Shrewsbury
Love2Stay is a new £3.5 million luxury Caravan Club-affiliated touring caravan site and glamping resort. The 22-acre site will feature a natural swimming pond, superfast wifi, wooden adventure play area, boot camp, outdoor yoga/pilates studio, wellness centre, barefoot trails and a log-fired pizza oven. Guests will be able to stay in one of the luxury heated glamping tents with double beds and private bathrooms, or at one of the 122 existing plots for caravans, which are being retained as the plot is developed.
Atlantic House, Cornwall
Nestled in the iconic surfing village of Polzeath, the Atlantic House hotel boasts elevated views of the coast, cliffs and beyond. The 15-bedroom coastal retreat will also have an elegant Italian-style restaurant serving locally sourced food. Individual apartments come complete with a full concierge service, even stocking your fridge ahead of your arrival. Because of its location, guests can enjoy surfing, rock pooling, golf, water sports, fishing and shooting, as well as other outdoor activities.
New ultra-contemporary holiday homes, Devon
South Devon-based holiday lettings agency Coast & Country Cottages has announced two new ultra-contemporary holiday homes in Salcombe. The VisitEngland Five Star Gold award-winning Bridleway House sleeps up to 10 people over three floors. Made of stone, wood and glass, there’s a roof terrace, three balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows, huge sliding doors and sea views through the surrounding trees – the property is just a 10-minute walk from two sandy beaches. The Coach House at Moulthaven is done up to a similar spec, but with the bonus of a hot tub, uninterrupted sea views, a purpose-built media room and an indoor sauna. Sleeping up to eight people, this architect-designed wonder is filled with an eclectic mix of contemporary and antique furniture.
New luxury glamping sites across southern England
Classic Glamping (part of Classic Cottages) is launching five brand new glamping sites across Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and the Isle of Wight. There’s a wagon with views across Dartmoor National Park, a chalet by the sea in Lyme Regis, a super-sized shepherd’s hut with green credentials to match in rural Devon and another with sea views in Seaton (all open now), and three safari tents named after pigs on a farm near Shaftesbury (two open now, one opening early July).
New YHA hostel and refurbishments, nationwide
Spring and summer
The YHA is investing millions in building projects, demonstrating its continued commitment to developing and improving its network of hostels. YHA Bath is undergoing a major refurbishment project with a spend of £1.8 million and will re-open 6 April 2017. Meanwhile, YHA The Sill at Hadrian’s Wall will be a brand new 86-bedroom youth hostel, with the Sill Landscape Discovery Centre in partnership with Northumberland National Park. This is alongside a series of other refurbishment projects taking place across the YHA network, including YHA Swanage in Dorset, YHA St Davids on the Pembrokeshire Coast and YHA Tanners Hatch in the Surrey Hills. Looking ahead to 2019, the YHA has submitted a planning application for a flagship 850-room super hostel at London Stratford.
www.yha.org.uk ; www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk/sill
Apex city of Bath Hotel, Bath
Apex will feature 177 contemporary bedrooms and will become the city's largest purpose-built conference facility. The largest conference room will hold up to 420 delegates for large events and is suitable for up to 600 for exhibitions.
Dorsett City, Aldgate
Set within a 13-storey building, formerly called The Matrix, this new hotel next to Aldgate tube station will have two restaurants, a bar and 1,600 square feet of meeting space. The hotel will feature 267 guestrooms and suites, a rooftop bar, and a fitness centre. The hotel will bring two popular restaurant concepts from west to east London for the first time, with the opening on Shikumen and VQ (Vingt-Quatre).
Multi-million pound refurbishment of Dukes London, London
Dukes London, located in the heart of Mayfair, is currently undergoing a multi-million pound refurbishment. The London property will see a major upgrade to its public areas and bedrooms, which includes a partnership with Liberty London. The addition of a new food and beverage outlet will deliver an all-day casual dining concept. As part of this new concept, the restaurant is to be renamed GBR (Great British Restaurant).
Henrietta Hotel and Restaurant, Covent Garden, London
Brought to you by the Experimental Group and designed by Dorothée Meilichzon, the Henriette Hotel will house 18 rooms and will feature an 80-seat restaurant by British chef Ollie Dabbous. The restaurant will be a modem British bistro and bar and will spread across both the ground and first floor.
New luxury lodges with stargazing pods at Kielder Waterside Park, Northumberland
Kielder Water & Forest Park, which has ambitions to become one of Britain’s leading attractions, has unveiled plans for new five-star lodges on the banks of Kielder Water, bringing the number of lodges at Northumbrian Water's Kielder Waterside Park to 50. The lodges will have a swim spa, stargazing pods, BBQ huts, hot tubs, games consoles, Bluetooth speakers, underfloor heating and a deck/patio area. Sleeping up to six guests, the lodges also benefit from options such as early check-in and late checkout and luxury toiletries.
New huge exclusive-use properties, Lake District
Eat Sleep Work has launched two enormous properties, each sleeping up to 46 guests. Each one comes with a personal chef and access to a range of activities, from private lake cruises to yoga and meditation, making them perfect for sophisticated house parties, family get-togethers, friends’ reunions and outdoor activity weekends. Crosthwaite Mill in the Lythe Valley is a preserved 18th-century corn mill with a huge waterwheel and grindstones, while elegant Fallbarrow Hall boasts spectacular views of Windermere from its enviable spot by the water’s edge.
The Bower House restaurant to open rooms, Warwickshire
The Bower House, headed up by chef Darren Brown formerly of The Lucky Onion and West Stoke House, launched in April in a refurbished Georgian townhouse in the heart of Shipston-on-Stour. This thriving market town’s coolest new establishment will soon open five arty en-suite bedrooms and a family suite on the first and second floors above the 75-cover restaurant. Bookings are already being taken.
The Oaksmere reopens, Norfolk
The Oaksmere Hotel, in Diss on the Norfolk-Suffolk border, will soon fully reopen with a brand new restaurant, kitchen and lounge areas. The restaurant has a contemporary feel, with brick, brushed steel, copper and pearl oak flooring, modern drop-down lighting. There’s an open kitchen where diners can see locally sourced, seasonal dishes being created, and The Oaksmere has its own onsite butchery and kitchen garden. Bespoke events and private parties will also be catered for in the restaurant and the new marquee. The hotel reopened its bedrooms in in March.
The Curtain Hotel and Private Members' Club, Shoreditch, London
Due to open in Shoreditch in June, The Curtain Hotel and Members' Club is launching as the London home for creative entrepreneurs. Centred on 120 guestrooms, including six suites, there is a rooftop pool and lounge, 24-hour fitness centre, treatment rooms, co-working space and 6,000 square feet of event space, including a ballroom and a screening room. The hotel will feature top New York city chef Marcus Samuelsson's Red Rooster restaurant. Marcus will also open an all-day taqueria and bar on the ground floor of the hotel. www.thecurtain.com
Almost Wild Campsite to open in the Lee Valley
The Almost Wild Campsite will open at Broxbourne in the Lee Valley, on the Essex-Hertfordshire border. It’s wild camping for those who can’t quite say goodbye to the basics; a cold water tap and composting toilets will be the only facilities for those who set up camp in the riverside and mature woodland pitches. To reduce light pollution, the only light will come from solar-powered motion sensor lights around the loos. Campfires are allowed, and bushcraft courses are available, as well as access to all the other activities in the Lee Valley, such as canoeing and bike hire.
Southampton Harbour Hotel & Spa
Southampton’s first luxury five-star hotel, the 85-room Southampton Harbour Hotel & Spa opens at the Ocean Village marina development in June. The yacht-inspired Southampton Harbour Hotel & Spa will be the first five-star standard hotel in Southampton, marking a major milestone for the city. It will have 85 bedrooms, a rooftop Champagne Bar and a spa with swimming pool, sauna, steam room and treatment rooms. There will be private moorings for guests who arrive by sea.
Hotel du Vin, Stratford-upon-Avon
Hotel du Vin will open a new hotel in a Grade II-listed building on Rother Street in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon – the second for the chain in the Midlands. The luxury hotel will have 48 bedrooms, one of the brand’s renowned bistro du vins, meeting and private dining rooms and a separate banqueting room.
Another Place, The Lake, Cumbria
Another Place, The Lake is a new venture from the team behind Cornwall’s acclaimed Watergate Bay Hotel. The first hotel to join the new Another Place collection, is set on the shores of Ullswater in the Lake District. An investment of £3.5 million from Actev is transforming this 18th century building from a 19-bedroom to a 40-bedroom hotel, and will offer a number of family suites and dog-friendly rooms, a 20 metre indoor pool, treatment rooms, library and restaurant, as well as fresh, contemporary spaces with views over Ullswater and the fells beyond. Set in 18 acres of secluded, unspoilt parkland, the vision is to connect guests with the great outdoors with activities ranging from open-water swimming, sailing, stand-up paddle boarding, cycling, walking and even skiing on offer. Good food that makes the most of Cumbria’s produce will be at the heart of the experience - whether it’s around a table, fire pit or picnic. Taking bookings from August 2017. www.another.place/
New Castle Hotel, LEGOLAND Windsor Resort
Jousting knights and wizards on broomsticks are gathering for the upcoming launch of LEGOLAND Windsor Resort’s new castle-themed hotel. It’s to be in a turreted castle with plenty of magical displays inside and out, from LEGO statues to jousting displays.
12 Arthur Road, Cliftonville, Kent
Back in the 1950s and 1960s, 12 Arthur Road was the Cecil Hotel. It fell into disuse in the 1980s but the new owners will bring this charming 1890s townhouse back into the hospitality world. It’s being fully redesigned for groups of up to 10 people, with a walled garden, five en-suite bedrooms and furnishings that meet the needs of today whilst staying true to the building’s Victorian roots and its 1950s/1960s glory days.
Tiny Homes, Isle of Wight
The latest venture from the team behind the groundbreaking Vintage Vacations (the UK’s original Airstream caravan holidays) is Tiny Homes, a new, ethical way to holiday. Tiny Homes is all about downsizing your space and upsizing your free time. When it opens, there will be three (eventually six) Tiny Homes set in a smallholding environment next to Parkhurst Forest. Each small but perfectly formed building will sleep up to four people, and come complete with kitchen, composting loo, shower, outside deck with BBQ, and a woodburning stove. Also on site will be The Studio, a multi-purpose hub with free wifi and a lively programme of talks, workshops, yoga.
CBeebies Land Hotel to open at Alton Towers, Staffordshire
Alton Towers will open a CBeebies-themed hotel to go with the CBeebies Land area of the theme park. The 76 colourful rooms will be themed on popular CBeebies programmes, such as Something Special and Swashbuckle, and will cater specifically for young families and pre-schoolers. A year-round entertainment programme will give young guests the chance to meet their favourite CBeebies characters, play CBeebies-themed games and watch live shows. As you’d hope, the rooms will be spectacularly kid-friendly, with steps to the bathroom sink, baby baths, cots and children’s toilet seats. On the less practical side, but infinitely more fun, will be drawing and playing tables.
The Lygon Arms gets a facelift, Cotswolds
The new owners of The Lygon Arms in the beautiful Cotswolds village of Broadway are returning it to its former magnificence as a luxury hotel. The 78-bedroom hotel, which holds four stars and two AA rosettes, dates from the 16th century remains open while the work is carried out in phases.
Roomzzz, Stratford, London
Aparthotel company Roomzzz is opening its first luxury London hotel, made up of 87 sumptuous apartments, including several studio and suite sizes – all designed in boutique hotel style. Westfield Shopping Centre, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Stratford tube station are all within walking distance. Roomzzz already has branches in Chester, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and Nottingham.
Roomzzz Aparthotel, Manchester
Roomzzz Aparthotel, part of the Parklane Group, will open its second Manchester site in the iconic Corn Exchange in the city centre. Grade II listed and in the hub of Manchester's shopping district, the Corn Exchange has been transformed into the city's premium shopping quarter. Roomzzz Manchester Corn Exchange will have period features and beautiful bare brick walls, merged with bold bespoke interior designs, and a total of 114 apartments.
New University Arms hotel, Cambridge
Cambridge’s most historic hotel will relaunch following a major refurbishment and design collaboration between architect John Simpson and interior designer Martin Brudnizki. The revamp will transform Cambridge’s landmark original hotel, which dates from 1834, into a world-class establishment. The 192-bedroom hotel will be quintessentially English in style, with the ambitious literary and academic spirit of Cambridge as one of its defining characteristics. The building’s 1960s and 1970s extensions will be replaced with a classically designed building, rooms and suites will be beautiful and ‘playfully’ designed, and there will be a destination restaurant and bar, library, underground valet car parking and fitness facilities.
New activities and self-catering accommodation at the Raithwaite Estate, North York Moors
There’s to be a major £30 million investment in self-catering accommodation on the Raithwaite Estate, plus a host of new activities to suit different interests. The new developments will be addition to the grand country estate’s existing range of accommodation, which includes Raithwaite Hall; The Keep, an exquisite 28-bedroom hotel; The Lake House, an ultra-exclusive and luxurious six-bedroom private house; and The Fold, a collection of seven carefully designed stone-built cottages. Raithwaite is located near Sandsend, by the coast and on the edge of the North York Moors, just a couple of miles from Whitby.
Indigo Hotel, Bath
The Intercontinental Group will open an Indigo Hotel, comprising of 117 bedrooms in 2017. The boutique hotel will be located in a Georgian terrace, close to Bath Spa train station. The hotel will be built on the site of the former Halcyon serviced apartments and Pratt's Hotel. www.hotelindigo.com
The Guildhall Hotel, Bristol
The Grade II-listed Guildhall and Assizes Courts in Bristol’s old city is set to become the city’s first five-star hotel, complete with 91 luxurious bedrooms, a spa and a rooftop swimming pool. With the removal of two storeys of flooring, the reception area will be restored to its original 1843 triple-height layout, and bedrooms will be adapted from towers and other existing architectural features such as stained glass windows, pitched roofs, dormer windows and the occasional statue of a famous judge. Even the historic prison cells in the hotel’s basement will be converted for use as changing rooms for the luxury spa and gym.
Ibis Styles Piccadilly Circus, London
The landmark Trocadero, a huge Edwardian Grade II listed building a stone's throw from Piccadilly Circus, is to become the West End's biggest budget hotel, turning the building into the 583-room three-star Ibis Styles Piccadilly Circus hotel, complete with on-site bar. The new design reflects the history of the area "with a hint of humour perfectly matching the electric eccentricity of the Trocadero". There will be a family suite that sleeps up to four people, complete with children's TV channels, as well as a kids' area in the lobby, plus cots, bottle warmers, and high chairs
Great Scotland Yard Hotel, Westminster, London
The original Scotland Yard police station, which was once at the centre of the Jack the Ripper investigation, is set to become a five-star luxury hotel, following a £50 million refurbishment to the historic building. There will be 235 luxury bedrooms, a VIP suite, two bars, a library and dining rooms. Rooms will cost up to £10,000 a night. The grand seven-storey building has also been used by other Government departments, most recently by the Ministry of Defence as a storage base, and has also featured in the 2007 film 'Atonement' starring Keira Knightley.
Z Hotel, Bath
Offering compact luxury rooms in city centre locations, Z Hotels will be opening its first property in the south-west of England next year after a £14 million development. Z Bath will offer 148 bedrooms and, following in the footsteps of all other Z Hotels, offer luxury bed linen on handcrafted beds, 40” LED TVs with Sky Sports and Movies at no extra cost, power showers and free high speed Wi-Fi throughout. There will also be complimentary cheese and wine each evening for guests.
Heckfield Place, Hampshire
A luxury Georgian Manor house hotel with links to celebrity chef Skye Gyngell is due to open in 2017. Situated in the heart of the north Hampshire countryside, it first became a home in 1785, and is currently being transformed into an idyllic country retreat with 45 individually designed rooms and suites and a spa.
40 new lodges and a new ride at Drayton Manor Park, Staffordshire
In addition to the recently opened Vertigo, a brand new high ropes course, Drayton Manor is planning to expand its accommodation for guests staying overnight at the theme park. Planning permission has been granted for 40 new lodges to be built to provide a wider range of choice of accommodation, and take pressure off the increasing popularity of the park’s onsite hotel. There are also rumours that Vertigo will be joined by another huge new ride in 2017 although confirmation of these developments will have to wait until much closer to the start of 2017 season.
New INNSIDE by Meliá Hotels, Birmingham
A new INNSIDE Birmingham will have 180 rooms spread across the first 25 floors of the new Regal Tower on Broad Street in Birmingham city centre. There will also be innovative meeting and event space, a restaurant and lobby bar.
The Woodland Spa, Burnley, Lancashire, north-west England
The Woodland Spa is set in 100 acres of pasture and woodland, with views of the dramatic Pendle Hill, and just two miles from Burnley town centre and the M65. Voted Best Spa in the North for three years running, it was also voted Global Spa of the year in 2015 and 2016. In January, six new bedrooms were added. Guests can expect the same standard of luxury found in their existing three luxury en suite bedrooms and one exclusive luxury Spa apartment, which is ideal for a group of friends enjoying a Spa break.
Moor Hall, Aughton, Lancashire, north-west England
Moor Hall opened in March in Aughton, West Lancashire across five acres of gardens with views to the south over a beautiful lake. A Grade II* listed gentry house of mid-sixteenth century origin, Moor Hall is an important listed building in the UK. In partnership with friends Andy and Tracey Bell, Lancashire-born Mark Birchall who was most recently the Executive Chef of two Michelin Star L'Enclume, will have a restaurant at Moor Hall with seven unique, luxury guest bedrooms. The converted barn will follow later as a contemporary casual dining experience.
Vintage horseboxes at Brooks Country House, Herefordshire
Three vintage 1968 Bedfords horseboxes are the latest additions to Brooks Country House's portfolio. All complete with en suite bathrooms featuring Hansgrohe power showers, the horseboxes offer all comforts including a comfy bed, flat-screen TVs, tea and coffee making facilities, and their own little terrace. Two of the horseboxes have bunks for children of up to 12 years. They have access to the hotel facilities which include a snooker room, swimming pool, restaurant ,bar, games room and lounge, and even life-size chess.
Courthouse Hotel, Cheshire
Flat Caps Hotels has received full planning approval for its second hotel, the 42-bedroom Courthouse Hotel in Knutsford, Cheshire. The former crown court is being converted to house a 150-cover restaurant and bar, and a 550-capacity function space. The two existing wings will be converted into 10 luxury bedrooms in 2017 with the development of a 32-bedroom extension at the rear of the site to open in 2018.