The Vineyard Hotel and Spa in Stockcross, Berkshire, and Yorebridge House in Bainbridge, North Yorkshire, have joined Pride of Britain Hotels luxury collection of independently-owned UK hotels.
Located in the village of Stockcross, a 10-minute drive from Newbury train station, The Vineyard Hotel and Spa is a five-star hotel that is renowned for its impeccable service, 3 AA Rosette restaurant and award-winning 30,000 bottle wine cellar. The hotel’s 49 luxurious bedrooms and suites are named after iconic wines, the spa offers grape-themed treatments and guests can indulge in wine tastings and tours of the cellar.
The Vineyard’s restaurant, led by Executive Chef Robby Jenks, delivers dishes inspired by the freshest seasonal and local ingredients. As well as the impressive wine cellar, over 100 wines are available to taste and enjoy by the glass. Wine waiters are deeply knowledgeable, and Head Sommelier Romain Bourger and his team host a regular programme of events, including monthly wine masterclasses and wine dinners.
The hotel’s Judgement of Paris tasting menu is renowned. Each of the seven courses is paired with two wines (one French, one Californian) and, for a hint of blind-tasting drama, two wines are served in black glasses.
The Vineyard spa, complete with hot tub, heated pool, steam room, sauna and garden, has a fantastic 5 Bubble rating (Good Spa Guide) and offers spa days, evening sessions and longer breaks. Signature treatments include those that harness the anti-oxidant properties of red grapes (Red Grape Pampering Body Wrap and Red Grape Blissful Back Treatment) as well as those championing Champagne, pearl, caviar and gold extracts (for example a Shimmering Gold Deluxe Facial).
Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2018, The Vineyard Hotel and Spa has been privately owned by the Michael family since 1996 – the family also owns the highly-regarded Peter Michael Winery in California.
Andrew McKenzie, Managing Director of The Vineyard Group, said: “We are delighted and very proud to have been chosen to become part of Pride of Britain Hotels. We are joining a family of like-minded individuals, many of whom I have known for years, who all share a common aim; to ensure our guests enjoy the best hospitality that Britain has to offer.”
An overnight stay at The Vineyard Hotel and Spa costs from £236* per room (two sharing), including full English breakfast and use of the spa. To book, call Pride of Britain Hotels on 0800 089 3929 www.prideofbritainhotels.com.
Based in the heart of Wensleydale, in the beautiful North Yorkshire Dales, Yorebridge House is a five-star luxury boutique hotel and restaurant in the unspoilt village of Bainbridge. The Victorian Grade-II listed property, once a Headmaster’s house and grammar school, have been immaculately renovated by Charlotte and David Reilly and sit in six acres of grounds, flanked by The River Ure and The River Bain.
The hotel’s interiors are stylish and under-stated and an oasis of calm for guests. There are 12 individually-designed bedrooms including five House Rooms, one Loft Suite and five Hot Tub Rooms with their own private outdoor hot tubs, based at the hotel itself. Five minutes’ walk away in the centre of Bainbridge Village is the The Barn Room – a stunning two storey Barn Conversion with private terrace and outdoor hot tub. Rooms have been designed with flair, using relaxing palettes combined with characterful oak beams, bay windows, vintage furniture, roll top baths and sumptuous bedding.
The award-winning restaurant holds 3 AA Rosettes. Menus are designed by Head Chef Dan Shotton and his team who are known for their inventive menus. Much of the produce is locally sourced and dishes may include Black fig, Yellison’s goats cheese and hazelnuts or Halibut with butternut squash and smoked eel. The hotel’s evening menu contains many additional touches such as delicious canapés, amuse bouche, pre-desserts and more. The hotel has also been awarded the AA’s Notable Wine List for its bespoke collection of individual wines which have been carefully selected from around the world.
Guests can relax in the contemporary lounge and bar areas with open fires, oak flooring, elegant chandeliers and stylish furnishings, or stroll to the picturesque villages of Askrigg and Bainbridge with their wonderful walking routes and famous local landmarks such as Aysgarth Falls, Bolton Castle and Semerwater Nature Reserve.
Yorebridge House is an ideal venue for exclusive-use weddings and events with space to accommodate both intimate celebrations and larger-scale gatherings of up to 120 guests. The fabulous Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle tasting room, situated in the original cellar room, is a new addition to Yorebridge House for 2018. This stunning champagne and wine cellar houses a bespoke granite tasting table for exclusive events for up to 12 guests.
David Reilly, Proprietor, Yorebridge House, said: “We are proud and excited to have become a member of Pride of Britain Hotels and we are very much looking forward to being part of the POB family. It will be wonderful to not only enjoy the company of Pride of Britain guests, but also to meet and share experiences with other members from all the wonderful and inspiring establishments from across the country.”
An overnight stay at Yorebridge House costs from £220* per room (two sharing) including full English breakfast. To book, call Pride of Britain Hotels on 0800 089 3929 www.prideofbritainhotels.com.
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