Accommodation Update – January 2021
From luxurious townhouses to country retreats, Britain’s accommodation sector is preparing to welcome visitors back once they can travel again, with numerous openings scheduled for later in 2021.
Cameron House Hotel, Loch Lomond
Set to open: April 2021
The Cameron House Hotel is due to reopen in the spring, having been lovingly restored following a fire in 2017. Located on the picturesque shores of Loch Lomond in West Dunbartonshire, with spectacular views over the loch, the hotel offers guests access to a range of spa and wellness facilities, as well as several golf courses. Executive chef Zoltan Szabo has been brought in to oversee the resort’s existing bars and restaurants, while a vast multi-million-pound extension will see the creation of a 350-person capacity ballroom alongside 68 new bedrooms, many with loch-facing balconies. Its opening in spring will herald the completion of the first stage of renovations, with the resort boasting more than 200 rooms in total when it is completed in late 2021.
Red Carnation Hotels: 100 Princes Street, Edinburgh
Set to open: September 2021
Marking the Red Carnation Hotel Collection’s first foray into Scotland, autumn 2021 will see the doors open at a renovated 100 Princes Street in the capital. With 30 lavish bedrooms and an executive lounge providing striking views of Edinburgh Castle, guests can expect a boutique atmosphere similar to that found in its luxurious sister Hotel 41, located in the heart of Victoria, London. The listed building and former private members’ club on Edinburgh’s central street will be respectfully renovated, with support from local artisans and suppliers in the region.
Gleneagles Townhouse, Edinburgh
Set to open: Autumn 2021
Perthshire’s renowned Gleneagles estate, famed for its exceptional golf courses and luxury accommodation, is expanding its offering to include the Gleneagles Townhouse, a 33-bedroom hotel in the centre of Edinburgh’s New Town. Found at 37-39 St Andrew Square, formerly the home of the British Linen Company and the Bank of Scotland, each of the rooms is set to encompass elements from the building’s rich heritage. As well as an all-day restaurant serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the Townhouse will feature two bars including a rooftop terrace with sweeping views of the capital.
The South West
Thornbury Castle, Gloucestershire
Set to open: Spring 2021
Future visitors can wander in the footsteps of kings and queens in the heart of South Gloucestershire, when refurbishment works at the luxurious Thornbury Castle are completed. Once owned by King Henry VIII and Queen Mary I, both the south and north wings of the castle are being redeveloped to house a number of bedchambers, with tapestries, fabrics and period furniture taking guests on a journey back to Tudor Britain. The south wing features a lounge, library and restaurant, as well as eight bedchambers, with further rooms and the Tudor Hall found in the north wing. This includes the Henry VIII Suite, where the king himself stayed in 1535, and other rooms named after key historical Tudor figures, including the Catherine of Aragon Tower Suite, found at the top of the South Wing tower.
Three Mile Beach, Cornwall
Set to open: April 2021
Three Mile Beach will offer luxury beach hut style self-catering accommodation in the heart of Cornwall. Located in Gwithian, not far from the picturesque fishing town of St Ives, the 15 cosy two-to-four bed beach houses are a short distance from miles of golden sands and feature log burners, cedar hot tubs, barrel saunas and private decking areas – great for those looking to switch off and relax. In addition to open-plan kitchen facilities and a complimentary food hamper, a private chef service will be available to guests, while the site will also be visited by a street food van serving up an abundance of local flavours.
The Farmyard at The Newt in Somerset
Set to open: 2021, date TBC
The country estate of The Newt in Somerset is already home to the Georgian Hadspen House and an array of beautifully-kept gardens and orchards, but it will soon add The Farmyard to its accommodation offering. Set in several Grade II-listed buildings in a corner of the estate, including a former farmhouse, cider mills and cheese barns, 17 rooms will have a unique rustic aesthetic, featuring traditional flagstone flooring and wooden ceiling beams. Guests will be able to access exclusive swimming and dining facilities, while a farm-to-table menu will be packed with delights from across the estate.
Leonardo Hotel Bristol Glassfields, Bristol
Set to open: TBC
Situated a short distance from Bristol Temple Meads train station and with 197 stylish bedrooms, the environmentally-friendly Leonardo Hotel Bristol Glassfields will represent the brand’s 13th UK hotel when it opens in late March. With an emphasis on low energy and sustainability, each room is en suite, and features an exclusively designed mattress alongside Leonardo DREAM beds. An on-site bar and restaurant is available to keep guests refreshed before or after they explore Bristol, with the city centre within walking distance of the hotel.
Forest Holidays, Delamere Forest, Cheshire
Set to open: April 2021
Early April will welcome 67 new cabins to the vast woodlands of Delamere Forest in Cheshire, England’s largest wooded area. Operated by Forest Holidays, the mix of two and three-bed White Willow Premium cabins take inspiration from the natural world and feature floor-to-ceiling doors as well as ample decking, hot tubs and outdoor pizza ovens. Representing the first-ever accommodation in the forest, pet-friendly cabins are available, while the site also offers access to numerous adventure activities, hiking and cycling trails. The Forest Retreat will feature a shop, cafe and bar, and guests can even enjoy a range of pre-bookable extras, including in-cabin spa treatments and their own personal chef.
Sandburn Hall, Yorkshire
Set to open: May 2021
One of Yorkshire’s primary golf resorts, Sandburn Hall, will add a new 40-room hotel to its offering in May. Featuring two lavish suites and a mix of Signature Rooms, Lake Rooms and Premier/Courtyard Premier rooms created by award-winning interior designer Rachel McLane, the hotel has been styled with an emphasis on sustainability and its country surroundings in mind. Most rooms will provide striking views over the 1,000-acre estate on the outskirts of York, which already features a championship golf course, restaurant and Grand Function Hall. The accommodation is ideally situated for exploring Yorkshire’s gems, including both Castle Howard and the North York Moors, as well as the coastal delights of Scarborough and Whitby.
Visitors are encouraged to always check individual accommodation websites for the latest information, as details are subject to change.
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