SUDIPTA DEV – Mumbai
An English Collection comprises a select ‘must see’ places to visit and stay in England that offer the quintessential English experience – from the world of Beatrix Potter to William Wordsworth’s Lake Districts to the fascinating Alnwick Castle that was the location for Hogwarts in two Harry Potter films. Included in this bouquet of experiences are two properties – the five-star Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa in York and the four-star Lindeth House Country House Hotel located near Lake Windermere. “Indian visitors do stay at both hotels. These properties are being promoted internationally, including India – particularly with the travel trade and VisitBritain,” said Sue Lovel of An English Collection.
The décor at the Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa reflects English opulence. The hotel is famous for it’s variety of English luxury afternoon teas, for instance the Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea Party. The property also has a number of English seasonal experiences including a Race Day Brunch to enjoy prior to attending York Races (horse racing), which is very popular and held from May to October. According to Lovel, besides the luxurious accommodation what would interest the Indian traveller at Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa is the 2 Rosette awarded restaurant, The Grill Room, and the spa (winner of a World Luxury Spa Award). The hotel is located just a short walk to all the tourist attractions, tea rooms, quaint and designer shops, railway station, etc. There are over 30 attractions in the city of York to be explored including the world famous cathedral – York Minster, York’s Chocolate Story, Jorvik Viking Centre, famous tearooms and evening ghost walks.
Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel is close to Lake Windermere at Bowness-on-Windermere in the Lake District National Park. This property was once owned by the famous children’s author and illustrator, Beatrix Potter. “In fact she illustrated two of her books at the property – Timmy Tiptoes and Pigling Bland. Many of the bedrooms have spectacular views of either, Lake Windermere (England’s longest lake), the hotel’s beautiful gardens or woodland,” said Lovel. The décor is typically English with cosy lounges with log fires in the colder months. The hotel offers visitors a tranquil place to be based during sightseeing tour of the Lake District. Guests can explore the 16 beautiful lakes and stunning mountains, little villages, quaint shops, galleries and many attractions including Rydal Mount once the home of William Wordsworth.
“Both hotels offer perfect bases for leisure and incentive travellers and both are easily reached via Manchester Airport (less than two hours to each location),” added Lovel.