Power List 2016: Unsung Heroes, sponsored by Miele – Andrew Thomason, Gravetye Manor

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Andrew started out in hospitality by running his own restaurants in Surrey, before entering the hotel business. He then spent four years at Le Manoir aux Quat’saisons under Raymond Blanc as resident manager, which instilled in him a passion for luxury hotels and great hospitality. He went on to manage Lower Slaughter Manor and oversaw the opening of The Forbury in Reading and Hotel Verta in London. His heart however remained firmly in country house hotels and the position at Gravetye Manor definitely ticked that box.

He was appointed as managing director in April 2012 and his role was pivotal to enabling Gravetye to develop and implement its future plans.  Following the hotel’s multi-million pound refurbishment programme, Andrew’s depth of experience in the five-star country house sector was of great importance in returning the property to one of the best country house hotels in the country.

Throughout his time at the hotel, Andrew has overseen outstanding improvements in both service levels and business success. He has also been instrumental in the hotel winning a whole host of awards including: AA Hotel of the Year 2013-2014, Food and Travel Magazine Best Rural Hotel 2014, Conde nast Johansens Best Countryside Hotel 2014 and The Catey for Best Independent Hotel 2015.

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“I am immensely proud to be managing Gravetye Manor. I got engaged at Gravetye in 1984, so the hotel has always had a special place in my heart. Apart from the stunning grounds my favourite experience of Gravetye is entering into the front hall and seeing the beautiful fire place with a fire crackling in the grate. The smell of wood smoke mingled with the rich aroma the wood panelling gives off, sends you back in time!”

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