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Principal Hayley Group unveils first phase of £6million Wotton House renovation

The spectacular 17th century Wotton House in Surrey has revealed phase one of its £6million refurbishment. Nestled in 13 acres of stunning listed gardens in the Surrey countryside, the property has completed almost half of its bedroom renovations, as well as the first bedroom suite, the Jasmine Suite, located in the Mansion House.

The redesign is part of the group’s wider multi-million pound renovation project across its country estate hotels portfolio, placing the Mansion House building back at the very heart of its country property portfolio, to create country estate hotels where traditional values meet the latest luxuries.  Using the grounds to great effect, the investment includes the addition of outdoor dining and sculpture parks to a number of properties, making the great outdoors an extension of the hotel itself.

Future phases of the Wotton House refurbishment will see the addition of 16 new suites in the Mansion House area of the hotel, bringing the total number of rooms to 127, all of which will feature stylish en-suites and fantastic views of either the beautiful gardens or the dramatic manor house entrance.  

There will be a full overhaul of all public areas, bedrooms, the restaurant and bar, flexible meeting spaces, as well as the spectacular Old Library which is popular for both weddings and private dining.

The décor and theming of the refurbishment is classic heritage with modern comfort using stylish furnishings, sumptuous fabrics and traditional touches. The refurbished public areas will be decorated with vintage items such as globes, bound books and antique keys adding character and warmth to the hotel.

The hotel’s stunning Evelyn Suite, suitable for up to 180 delegates theatre-style or 120 for a banquet, has recently completed its refurbishment and boasts picturesque views of Wotton’s Grade II listed gardens. Its neutral décor provides a sophisticated look with detailing inspired by the building’s rich architecture. In addition to this, the hotel also features 20 flexible meeting and event spaces, all of which are flooded with natural light.

Surrey-based artist, Emma Stothard, has also been commissioned to create a number of new sculptures inspired by nature. Emma’s other work includes a willow sculpture for HRH the Prince of Wales set within the grounds of Highgrove. This is the first of a series of creative installations set to be launched across the refurbished Country House Hotel portfolio by teaming up with local artists.

Caroline Morrone, general manager at Wotton House, commented: “As a popular venue for the conference, business, leisure and wedding sectors, the project has been planned and designed to appeal to all our customers and provide an attractive, contemporary venue in stunning surroundings which pays homage to its history. We are delighted with the results so far and are already receiving fantastic feedback from our guests. We are confident that the new suites provide a luxurious accommodation offering to wedding parties and those looking for something a little more special.”   

Guests at Wotton House have access to the gym, indoor pool, sauna, steam room and tennis courts, as well as the immaculately kept gardens, which are a highlight of the hotel.  

For more information please contact Calders.

Tel : +44 (0) 844 375 3288

Enjoy 5% added value with your next conference

Book now for events taking place at one of the groups UK conference venues before 31st December 2016 and receive 5% added value back to spend at the event*. Why not treat your delegates to a Champagne reception or an upgraded lunch menu – the choice is yours?


Choose one of the groups leading conference venues at either PH Hotels, De Vere Venues or Four Pillars for your next event. From the charm of Horwood House, a country house hotel near to Milton Keynes to the majestic Beaumont Estate in Windsor to the rural retreat of De Vere Venues Wokefield Park in Reading, or the city centre of West One in London, all our conference and meeting venues are designed to ensure every event is a success.


Book today to take advantage of this offer call 0844 980 8054 quoting QTR15.


*5% added value is available on new event enquiries booked and contracted between 1st January and 31st December 2016. Subject to availability.

For more information please contact Calders.

Tel : +44 (0) 844 375 3288

The Palace Hotel Manchester looks to re-launch after £20m restoration

The historic Grade II listed Palace Hotel in Manchester’s city centre is gearing up for its highly anticipated re-launch later this summer. The four star, luxury hotel which is located opposite Manchester’s Oxford Road train station, will boast 271 fully refurbished bedrooms and suites, many of which are complete, perfect for both mid-week business and weekend leisure breaks.

Following its multi-million pound facelift, the brand new, loft-style bedrooms and suites at The Palace Hotel offer some of the most comfortable, distinctive and generously appointed hotel rooms in the city, with brand new beds and televisions, Neal’s Yard bathroom amenities and round-the-clock room service.                   

All public areas are also being fully upgraded, whilst a brand new restaurant, Volta at the Refuge, is due to open later this summer and will add a vibrant new destination restaurant to the Manchester city-centre dining scene to complete the hotel’s full-service luxury offering. The two men behind Volta at the Refuge are DJs turned restaurateurs, Luke Cowdrey and Justin Crawford who own award-winning neighbourhood restaurant Volta in Didsbury. Set inside The Palace Hotel, Volta at The Refuge is a staggering 10,000 sq ft space that has been cleverly carved up into atmospheric areas, including a 139-cover restaurant with open kitchen, cosy booths, and a private dining room. At the heart of the space is the winter garden, housed inside a glass atrium cascading with natural sunlight. In contrast to the relaxed restaurant, the airy space will retain a sense of elegance as it plays host to afternoon teas.

The hotel’s accessible location close to all major transport links, including Manchester Oxford Road and Piccadilly Train Stations, the M60, M62, M6 and Manchester Airport, as well as proximity to Manchester’s many shops and attractions, makes this the perfect place to down bags

For more information please contact Calders.

Tel : +44 (0) 844 375 3288

Oxford Thames Hotel opens 20 new bedrooms to meet demand for high quality accommodation in the area

The four star Oxford Thames Hotel, picturesquely set on the river, just three miles from the city centre and part of the Four Pillars brand, has just opened 20 new bedrooms following a £2.5 million investment. The development follows a demand for high quality accommodation in the Science Vale, Milton Park and Oxford market with particularly strong midweek and Saturday occupancy.

The 20 new superior bedrooms, named the Henley Rooms, have been built to suit the surroundings in natural Cotswold stone. Each room is 23 sq. metres with air conditioning, Villeroy & Boch bathroom fittings, contemporary furnishings, a 40” flat screen TV with Freeview, complimentary high speed WiFi. There are also two fully adapted “Wet Rooms”.

The new rooms are part of an ongoing expansion of the hotel with 22 contemporary styled, air-conditioned 'Garden Rooms' having opened in June 2013, with views over the beautiful grounds and water meadows.

The four-star Oxford Thames Hotel opened in 1997 and comprises a group of medieval buildings with sympathetically designed modern additions. Set on the River Thames, amidst 30 acres of picturesque private grounds, the hotel makes a spectacular wedding venue with incredible settings including a refurbished College Barge on the river, built in 1891, or a white gazebo beautifully set on the river. As well as its optimum setting the hotel also has an interesting history dating back to the 12th century when the site was a religious house for the Knights Templars.

The hotel is easily accessible from the M40 and conveniently located for Oxford city centre and its surrounding areas.  

For more information please contact Calders.

Tel : +44 (0) 844 375 3288

Multimillion pound investment for three key city properties in PH Hotels portfolio

The George Hotel, Edinburgh, the Royal York Hotel in York and The Palace Hotel, Manchester are benefitting from a multimillion pound investment programme that will see the complete refurbishment of all public areas, event space, their entire inventory of bedrooms and suites and the creation of new, destination restaurants and bars.

The historic 18th century George Hotel is centrally located on vibrant George Street and is easily accessible from Edinburgh International Airport, all major transport links and just minutes from Waverley Train Station. At The George, interior architects Goddard Littlefair have created a sense of restored grandeur by means of sympathetic restoration, simple detailing and the use of materials such as oak, brass, leather, velvet, glass and marble.

The same team has also restored The Royal York to splendour, creating a dramatic sense of arrival to guests at the hotel, and sweeping views through the ground-floor public space into the new Garden Room and beyond to York Minster in the background.  Located in the heart of the city, the hotel is located adjacent to York Train Station. Befitting the hotels’ heritage and featuring fine natural finishes and custom details, the elegant Royal York balances comfort and luxury with intuitive technology and modern design values; all surrounded by beautiful gardens and spectacular views.



Set in the heart of Manchester just a minute’s walk from Oxford Road Train Station and close to all major transport links, the development of the Palace Hotel brings a new sense style and modernity to this iconic landmark. It is this property that receives perhaps the most dramatic intervention, to designs by Michaelis Boyd, creating loft-style bedrooms that are bold and contemporary whilst breathing life into the listed interiors the famous Ballroom, which is the largest hotel event space in the North of England.  

A central concept uniting all three hotels is the creation of destination restaurants and bars.  The first of these — Printing Press Bar & Kitchen and a coffee shop called Burr & Co, both at The George in Edinburgh; and The Refectory Kitchen & Terrace and Chapter House bar, both at The Royal York – have been developed in partnership with restaurateur Des McDonald (Scott’s, Dean Street Townhouse, Holborn Dining Room and Vintage Salt).


For more information please contact Calders.

Tel : +44 (0) 844 375 3288

Meeting Your Needs

Whatever the capacity of your event, Beaumont has the perfect range of flexible spaces to meet your needs. Just 15 minutes from Heathrow and 45 minutes from central London Beaumont is the ideal go to venue for conferences, board meetings, training days, incentives, exhibitions and road shows. The vast grounds provide plenty of outdoor space for breakout sessions and blue sky thinking in warmer seasons. Overnight accommodation is available with over 400 stylish and modern bedrooms. Contact the team for more information on spaces available for your particular meeting needs.

Beaumont Estate has the space and technology to cater for large as well as intimate kick off events. In the last three years Beaumont has seen a rise in large scale bespoke events for commercial clients. Undertakings for kick off events have included extensive hire of the hotel, the addition of branding and themeing to create unique bespoke areas, the commission of adventurous experiences and staging outdoor festivals. Whatever you require to kick start your kick off meetings and events, the team can help to meet your brief. Get in touch now!

Combine your meeting objectives with some truly rewarding teambuilding at Beaumont Estate. Teambuilding ideas just got even more exciting with the new addition of the Bear Grylls Survival Academy experience. “It may hurt a little” is the motto and it may, but there’s no better sense of accomplishment. The park and woodland of Beaumont Estate creates the perfect isolated environment to hone your survival skills. One teambuilding adventure that won’t be forgotten, Bear Grylls Survival Academy is designed and delivered by Grylls’ team of experts and puts teamwork skills to the test in a fight for survival with activities including bush craft, wilderness food preparation and shelter building. Bespoke company values and objectives can be incorporated into the activity providing the ultimate corporate experience. Finish the night in luxury with a private dinner in the White House before tumbling into bed in one of our 10 Suites or Superior White House rooms.

Contact us know to see how you can combine this special activity with your event. Recommended for intimate numbers up to 30, priced on enquiry.

Day Delegate rates from £45 + vat
24hr rates from £145 + vat


For more information please contact Calders.

Tel : +44 (0) 844 375 3288

Meeting outside London just got easier

24hr delegate rates with First Class rail from £249 + VAT

Escape the hustle and bustle of London and get your team together at The St. David’s Hotel & Spa, overlooking the picturesque Cardiff Bay.

With great rail networks connecting London and Cardiff and our new conference package, getting the team together outside London is now easier than ever.

Book your next event on our First Class meeting package for £249 + VAT per delegate*, including a First Class rail fare with First Great Western from London (or any station en-route), meeting facilitates at the 5* hotel, bed and breakfast in a luxurious room and executive transfers between the train station and the hotel.


For more information please contact Calders.

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Farmers markets bring food fun to meetings and conferences

PH Hotels offer an innovative alternative to conference dining

Two PH Hotels are now offering an unusual food concept to meetings and event organisers which is designed to give conferences the ‘wow’ factor.

The North West Farmers Market concept is a fun alternative to traditional conference lunches as delegates can wander round food stalls and interact with market traders whilst learning about some of the popular dishes native to the surrounding area. Guests can meet staff characters such as the cockle and whelk picker complete with fishing galoshes and shrimp net or the friendly farmer with his flat cap and tweed jacket.

Initially launched at Cranage Hall in Cheshire in 2013, by the general manager Mr Richard Morrell and operations manager Matt Brierley, the concept was recently introduced at The Palace Hotel in Manchester due to excellent feedback from both organisers and delegates.

Organisers have a choice of stalls to choose from including Lancashire hotpot, Southport pancake house, fish and chip van – complete with traditional chippie owner to serve, ice cream parlour, fresh juice stalls, Cheshire gin fizzes, a beer festival and even a farmer who offers a traditional hog roast.  There are also local cuisine options such as traditional Cheshire stew with oatcakes which is offered at both hotels and special dessert option of Lancashire Eccles cakes at The Palace Hotel.

The pop-up food fiesta is hosted in a private area within each property and a dedicated adviser on the PH Hotels meetings and events team will be able to guide organisers through additional extras such as canapés like hearty pork pies or extravagant oysters – complete with their own Oyster Bar and shucking master.

The North West Farmers Market offers an informal dining experience for a minimum of 50 delegates and price start from just £39pp for all inclusive packages.

Cranage Hall in Cheshire has 151 bedrooms and 28 flexible meetings and conference rooms which can accommodate up to 600 delegates, as well as parking for up to 400 vehicles. Meanwhile, The Palace Hotel, conveniently located in Manchester city centre, has 275 bedrooms and 19 meeting and conference rooms and can accommodate over 2000 delegates.  Both properties offer complimentary WiFi and are located within easy reach of Manchester Airport.

For more information please contact Calders.

Tel : +44 (0) 844 375 3288

St David's Hotel & Spa 

Located in the heart of Cardiff, St David's Hotel & Spa hosted a number of international delegates for the NATO Summit 2014 in the Welsh capital on 4-5 September. To illustrate just what it takes to prepare and host guests attending a big event, the hotel has pulled together its initial figures which demonstrate their 'NATO by numbers' journey.

Part of the PH Hotels collection and the only five star hotel in Cardiff, all of its 142 bedrooms were fully booked for the duration of the event and reservations were taken some six months prior.

Here is an insight into the demands taken from St David's Hotel & Spa's NATO by numbers:

  • 5,000 cups of coffee were served with 1,000 of those served to security members alone
  • 2,500 additional newspapers were requested by delegates
  • 500 extra omelettes were prepared by kitchen staff
  • 480 minutes of additional breakfast time was allotted
  • 400 extra room service orders were placed
  • 100%: the percentage increase for the hotel's night team
  • 60 days: the hotel was fully booked sixty days ahead of the event
  • 50 plug adapters given out to delegates
  • 8 bedrooms were cleared of furniture and transformed into communication and security hubs • 2 extra satellite dishes were fitted onto the hotel roof to cope with security demand

Andreas Maszczyk, General Manager of St David's Hotel & Spa, said: “This is the first time NATO has been held in the UK in 24 years and we were delighted to be the venue of choice for many of the high profile delegates.

“The event has demonstrated that we can provide security and flexibility to ensure all service requirements are fulfilled for large events as well as individual guests.

“We expect NATO to increase the awareness of our property not only as a great meeting and events space, but also attract leisure and business guests who want to visit Wales and particularly us at St David's Hotel & Spa as we are the only five star hotel in the Welsh capital.” 

For more information please contact Calders.

Tel : +44 (0) 844 375 3288


For more information please contact Calders.

Tel : +44 (0) 844 375 3288