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Heckfield Place Can't Catch a Break, Won't Open Before 2016

July 28, 2015 at 8:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

Alright then, you've heard the news but don't be too sad. We're still publishing until Friday.

If you’re familiar with the story of Heckfield Place, you know it’s been a long one: announced in 2011 for an April 2012 opening, the Grade-II listed country house 40 minutes outside of London was meant to outclass and out-luxe competition like Dorchester Collection’s Coworth Park and the Four Seasons Hampshire.

Years of construction delays resulted in the GM (from the May Fair) and chef (from Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park) leaving before the hotel ever had a guest come through its doors. Towards the end of last year, opening was going to “definitely” be spring 2015, which the single-page placeholder website proudly listed. We noticed a few months ago that the “spring” had been removed for a more vague “2015”, but even that was not to be: we just saw that opening has been pushed back to 2016.

That’s getting very near to four years behind plan, which we cannot imagine to be anything but rather painful for everyone involved. When the hotel does open, it should have 46 bedrooms and suites, along with three restaurants, a cinema, spa and fitness complex in a refurbished gardener’s cottage including pool and indoor and outdoor Jacuzzi.

[Photo via Google]

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The Headboards Match the Drapes Match the Wallpaper at this Posh French Hotel

June 24, 2015 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (4)

The Luberon is a part of France that we haven’t heard much about since Peter Mayle’s book A Year in Provence captured the hearts of a traditionally French-hating nation and got the whole of the UK holidaying in the area. 26 – yes, 26! – years later, the Luberon’s on our minds again with the reopening of Bastide de Gordes, taking place July 1 June 24.

This is your fairytale European hotel: an old castle perched on a cliff edge in a historical village overlooking a famous landscape. All that was lacking before was modern luxury – but after a year-long, €30m renovation, that shouldn’t ben an issue anymore.

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At Least This Hotel Seems to Have Forgiven Tiger Woods

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  Site Where: Chandlers Cross Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, WD3 4TG
July 13, 2011 at 4:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Tiger Woods may have lost a few sponsorships and fans after his whole cheating scandal (not to mention a wife!) but he's still got a few people in his corner, including a hotel.

At the five-star Grove resort in Hertfordshire (sister hotel to London's Athenaeum), golf fanatics can visit the site of Tiger Woods' 2006 World Golf Championship victory. And they can even attempt to re-create the exact same shot that scored Tiger his winning "eagle."

The hotel, which maintains a championship-quality course, has installed three plaques in the lawn near to what is now the ninth hole of the course (when Tiger played in 2006, it was the final eighteenth hole). Simply locate the plaques, and try to pull off the same trick that Tiger managed not once, not twice—but three days in a row. The pressure is on!

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Bueno! The Waldorf Astoria Sevilla to Open This Summer

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  Site Where: Sevilla, Spain
April 14, 2011 at 11:16 AM | by | Comments (0)

Not content with one luxe country retreat in London (Syon Park), Waldorf Astoria Hotels has announced another one in Sevilla, Spain, their first ever hotel in the country.

The brand is converting the Hacienda La Boticaria into Waldorf Astoria Sevilla and what's more it will open this Summer. Talk about quick work!

The original building opened in 2004 and has a massive 40 acres of private grounds for guests to go wild in. According to the release "The property will be a warm and inviting hideaway, where guests will discover the delights of the Andalusian lifestyle while enjoying exceptional facilities." So no student rampages here then.

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Treat Yourself To A Piggy At Syon Park

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  Site Where: Syon Park, London, United Kingdom, TW8 8JF
April 1, 2011 at 12:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

Fancy buying yourself a Micro pig? Then head to London Syon Park where they are selling them in the tropical zoo for the bargain price of £600. That’s right not only does the hotel have a butterfly world, it's also housed next door to a tropical zoo.

The zoo houses animals which have been rescued either by customs, from other zoos or private collectors. Jo Fernandez from The Evening Standard reviewed the hotel and even got to hold a baby crocodile while she was there.

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Hats Off to Milliner Stephen Jones for His Pop-Up Salon at Coworth Park

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  Site Where: Blacknest Road, Ascot, Berkshire, United Kingdom, SL5 7SE
March 24, 2011 at 3:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hat designer to the celebs and fashion ambassador for Coworth Park, Stephen Jones is holding a pop-up hat salon at the country hotel on Friday April 15th. The salon marks the 300th anniversary of nearby Ascot, but it’s also just in time for the Royal Wedding and we’re thinking this union jack option above would be an ideal choice.

The salon is only open for one day (so plan ahead now) and if you do want to visit it’ll cost you £50 each or £90 for two. For your money you get afternoon tea, a one-on-one appointment with Stephen, and a goodie bag. Plus you’ll leave with knowledge of all of the latest hat trends, and with wedding season coming up that info could come in handy; it maybe the difference between you looking like Carrie Bradshaw or Lady Gaga.

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Another London Biggie Opens, and This Time It's The Waldorf=Astoria's Syon Park

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  Site Where: Syon Park, London, United Kingdom, TW8 8JF
March 16, 2011 at 3:07 PM | by | Comment (1)

With the amount of London hotel debut announced last year it's no surprise that 2011 is the year of openings. This time it's the turn of Waldorf=Astoria's London Syon Park, which opened its doors on Tuesday March 8th.

The hotel was slightly delayed but we'll let them off mainly because Miss Moss was there and they have a butterfly world, ice cream sundae bar and on site plastic surgeon. The hotel also features a fruit orchard of apples, pears and berries, all of which will be used in its four restaurants.

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Here Comes Another Country Retreat For Londoners, And This One's For Musicians

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  Site Where: Heckfield, Hampshire , United Kingdom, RG27 OLD
February 28, 2011 at 11:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

First there was Coworth Park, then came Waldorf Astoria's Syon Park Hotel and now there's another country retreat in the works: Heckfield Place, a luxury retreat opening in Hampshire. The new retreat will be a “world-beating” 5 star country hotel (that's some fighting talk) following a multi-million pound facelift.

Heckfield Place which is due to open in April 2012 will have 70 rooms, a sports centre, recording studio, cookery school, wine academy, dance studio and swimming pool and spa. It sounds a bit like a boarding school for adults to us and with all of these features it will no doubt be filled with boarding school types. The idea, apparently, is that musicians will come here to record an album so if you fancy yourself as a groupie you know where to stay.

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Waldorf Astoria's Syon Park Delays Its Opening (Though Kate Moss Has Popped By Already)

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  Site Where: Syon Park, London, United Kingdom, TW8 8JF
February 24, 2011 at 1:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

Another day, another hotel delay. This time it's the turn of the Waldorf Astoria's London Syon Park Hotel. It should have opened on Tuesday, but, surprise surprise, hotel will now open on March 8th or so it says on the hotel's website.

There is no reason given for the delay but it looks like they've already had their first visitor - a certain Miss Moss stopped by with Mario Testino to shoot the campaign for the Vogue Eyewear Spring/Summer collection. Which makes us want to visit even more! If it's good enough for Mossy, it's good enough for us.

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Racy But Traditional: A New Cotswolds Hotel For Rahs and WAGs

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  Site Where: Southam Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
February 15, 2011 at 1:53 PM | by | Comment (1)

It’s been a little while since we had a nice country house hotel opening, so we’re excited to hear from a tipster about the Ellenborough Park, in the Cotswolds, just outside Cheltenham, that’s opening (or rather, reopening, refurbished and under new management) on Friday.

According to the website, the hotel will offer 62 bedrooms designed by Nina Campbell in a “traditional yet sophisticated English country house style”. From the photos, they look frilly, but not offensively so – not exactly our normal style, but something we could branch out of our comfort zone for. The bathrooms, however, look a little more modern – and all rooms have Hypnos beds, laptop-sized safes, iPod docking stations and – important for a chilly country manor – underfloor heating in the bathrooms. Although – gasp! Is that a country house-style peekaboo bathroom we see? Surely not.

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Waldorf Astoria's Syon Park is Now Taking Rezzies For February 22nd

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  Site Where: Syon Park, London, United Kingdom, TW8 8JF
January 24, 2011 at 8:56 AM | by | Comment (1)

The last time we checked on Waldorf Astoria's London Syon Park hotel, we learned that a Roman settlement had been unearthed on the site during construction a few years back. Despite that, the hotel promised an early 2011 opening and we remained skeptical. But guess what? The country retreat is now taking bookings for February 22nd.

Syon Park calls itself a “new English Playground” and by the sound of its amenities it looks like it’s going to be pretty spesh. As well as a butterfly house in the lobby, an ice cream sundae bar named Brownie, a private club and a martini bar, there will be a restaurant featuring “Landscape Cooking” which showcases local ingredients and herbs grown in the grounds -- all presented with a touch of theatre (whatever that means?).

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A Cheap Weekend Break from London: The Georgian House Hotel

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  Site Where: 37-41 High Street, Haslemere, United Kingdom, GU27 2JY
January 14, 2011 at 2:01 PM | by | Comments (2)

With so much happening on the London hotel scene we rarely want to leave but occasionally we see a hotel or deal we can’t resist. This time it was more the deal than the hotel, when we spotted this on Wahanda: £99 Spa Break for two at the Georgian House Hotel including a treatment and breakfast.

So off we went to the country village of Haslemere in Surrey just a 45 minute train journey from London. The Georgian House Hotel is located slap, bang in the middle of the High Street. It’s a big old hotel and inside is very dated, more like your grandma’s house or an old people’s home with floral bed throws, matching curtains and big old woolly blankets.

We were in the deluxe twin room which had two double beds, an ensuite bathroom, TV, tea and coffee-making facilities, an iron, three small toiletry products and telephone. The rooms were basic and clean, but since the hotel is rated a three-star, we weren’t expecting much more.

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