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Luxury Family Hotels is delighted to announce that it is launching a collaboration with The Pop-Up Hotel company from 24 May.
Usually seen at the UK’s most iconic festivals such as Glastonbury, and at premier events in exceptional locations, The Pop-Up Hotel concept blends the romance and thrill of glamping with the luxury and service you would expect from a luxury boutique hotel.
Woolley Grange Hotel, located near the beautiful and historic town of Bradford on-Avon and the city of Bath, will be the first hotel in the Luxury Family Hotels collection to launch the collaboration, with a view to the experience popping up in different hotels in future years.
Nestled in the beautiful grounds of the hotel and located in the meadow directly parallel to the hotel, Luxury Family Hotels Pop-Up Hotel is a short walk away from Woolley Grange itself and its south facing outdoor swimming pool, indoor spa and pool and OFSTED registered Den.
At the heart of the stay is of course the accommodation and, for 2021, Luxury Family Hotels and The Pop-Up Hotel team have worked together to create a collection of bespoke glamping suites under canvas, tailored specifically for Luxury Family Hotels guests.
Simon Maguire, Managing Director, Luxury Family Hotels, explains: “We wanted to create a unique guest experience that gave new and returning guests an opportunity to immerse themselves in a stunning location without compromising on the quality of one of our hotel stays. We are delighted that The Pop-Up Hotel has brought our vision of the perfect family glamping experience to life and we can’t wait to welcome our first guests.”
Eight luxury glamping suites will be launched at Woolley Grange Hotel this season, with the first guests being able to book in from May 24. Each suite features one large master bedroom with a double bed dressed with crisp, cotton bed linen and bedside tables with atmospheric lamps.
A second bedroom features two single beds, bedside tables and a book shelf featuring a selection of classic children’s books.
Both bedrooms have direct access to a private bathroom with a flushing toilet, a contemporary standalone shower with hot and cold running water 24/7, and a separate wash basin. A selection of Bramley botanical toiletries and fresh, fluffy towels are provided to guests throughout their stay.
Wood effect flooring runs throughout with rugs for added comfort.
A spacious living area featuring a comfortable couch, coffee table and standard lamp to make it extra cosy, offers a great space to kick back and relax.
Each suite also has a lockable sliding door, a range of lighting and power points for charging smartphones and other electronic devices. During colder spells, electric heaters will be provided to warm the suites. The suites will include fresh flowers from the hotel’s gardens, a generous fruit bowl, picnic rugs, torches and a selection of lifestyle magazines to enjoy.
To fully immerse guests in the location, each suite also features an undercover private terrace with outdoor seating, perfect for reading a book, spotting local wildlife, enjoying a lazy sundowner, or for watching the children have the freedom to run around and play in safe and secure surroundings.
Breakfast delivered direct to your tent
Guests will be able to wake up each morning to a pre-ordered continental breakfast hamper – including homemade treats such as muffins, overnight oats, fruit and granola pots – delivered to their suite, along with freshly made flasks of tea and coffee. Alternatively, guests have the option of pre-booking and enjoying a full cooked breakfast in the hotel’s atmospheric restaurant.
The Hideout Café & Bar
A short stroll from each of the suites is The Hideout: a pop-up café and bar with relaxed style tables, enabling guests to enjoy dining under cover and al fresco on the terrace. Open to residents of both the hotel and the glamping suites, it will also feature a separate VIP area exclusively for glamping guests to relax in a snug area, as well as to enjoy food and drinks without the need for table reservations.
Menus have been designed by the hotel’s new Head Chef, Dean Westcar, who has joined Woolley Grange Hotel from Lucknam Park in Wiltshire where he was Head Chef at its Michelin-starred Restaurant Hywel Jones.
From 10am, teas, coffees, hot chocolate and smoothies will be available alongside an offering of cakes and flapjacks to be enjoyed before lunch and, from 11am, The Hideout bar will open, serving a mix of soft drinks (including homemade cordials) and hot drinks as well as locally inspired beer, cider, wines, Woolley homemade gin and alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails.
For lunch, The Hideout will offer a wide range of dishes with a strong focus on seasonality and locality, all created in the pop-up kitchen. These include freshly made pizzas using vegetables from Woolley Grange’s own walled garden and produce from local suppliers. Soup and a selection of homemade salads will also be on offer and change daily, all made with the hotel’s own vegetables. Straight out of the oven, daily tartlets, freshly cooked waffles, seasonal fruit choux buns, as well as local ice creams will also feature on the lunch menu to ensure all guests’ appetites – whatever their age – will be met.
Between 3pm and 5pm, the bar will remain open and guests can also enjoy a selection of homemade cakes and an indulgent cream tea with homemade scones and preserves.
After a quick freshen up, supper will be served from 5.30pm, with a different style of food being offered each night ranging from BBQ to paella and curries, followed by mouth-watering desserts made by the hotel’s chefs. As the night draws in, The Hideout comes alive as it is decked with festoon lighting and guests will have plenty of options where to sit and while away the evening, including the large outdoor firepit – perfect for toasting marshmallows!
The Hideout closes for dining at approximately 9pm each night with drink service continuing until late. Glamping guests also have the option to dine in the hotel restaurants.
All the fun of glamping while taking full advantage of the hotel A stay in one of the glamping suites also allows guests access to all hotel facilities, including 90 minutes of complimentary childcare each day and full access to the indoor and outdoor swimming pools, the spa and treatment rooms and hotel babysitting service (charged on an hourly basis).
They will also be able to take advantage of a series of engaging and fun family activities which will change daily. These range from family yoga, flower crown making, treasure hunts, soft archery and star gazing.
Availability and rates
Luxury Family Hotels collaboration with The Pop-Up Hotel will start from May 24 and run until the end of summer (currently planned until the end of September). Rates start from £375 for one night on a B&B basis (midweek, term time), rising to £575 per night on a B&B basis for peak summer dates.
Prices are based on four or five people sharing a suite, with a two-night minimum stay during peak periods.
Luxury Family Hotels’ Simon Maguire sums up: “After a year of not seeing family and friends, 2021 is going to be an important time for us to get together and enjoy a total change of scene and someone else to do the cooking! We’ve covered all the bases with this exciting new pop-up and have even added in a few planned surprises for our glamping guests to ensure we create a truly memorable experience for all the family. It’s going to be lots of fun!”
For bookings, please telephone 020 8076 5555 or visit luxuryfamilyhotels.co.uk
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