Hotel collection, Hand Picked Hotels, is gearing up to launch the newest addition to its portfolio and will officially reopen Stanbrook Abbey Hotel this week.
The group, which is headed up by chief executive Julia Hands and her husband financier Guy, acquired the former Benedictine monastery in March this year and have spent the last three months transforming the property into a country house hotel.
The Grade-II building at the foot of the Malvern Hills will join the group of 20 hotels across the UK as part of the Hand Picked hotels portfolio.
On July 5, a celebratory reception will be held for the relaunch in the hotel’s Callow Great Hall.
Stanbrook Abbey Hotel, which also includes a church, cloisters and towers, is set on 26 acres of grounds and is home to 56 bedrooms and 17 meeting rooms. The business was taken over in March by Hand Picked Hotels from Clarenco, a hotel and venues group.
The move kickstarted Hand Picked’s expansion across the UK.
Hands, who formed Hand Picked Hotels in 2001, said: “Stanbrook Abbey Hotel has a wonderful setting and a fascinating history which perfectly complements our portfolio of architecturally stunning hotels in relaxed and stylish surroundings.
Over the last 16 years, the Hand Picked Hotels portfolio has grown to consist of grand listed properties, with the Hands investing millions in the collection, which includes Ettington Park Hotel, Stratford Upon Avon; Rhinefield House Hotel in the New Forest; Crathorne Hall Hotel on the edge of the North Yorkshire moors; Buxted Park Hotel; New Hall Hotel near Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham and Tudor gem Fawsley Hall Hotel in Northamptonshire.