Hotels' plan showcases north of England

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NEW YORK -- Three top-rated hotels in the north of England teamed to create the City, Lakes and Dales program, which is priced in U.S. dollars and aimed at clients staying at least two nights in at least two of the participating properties.

The commissionable $495-per-night package rate includes overnight accommodations, one gourmet dinner and an English breakfast for two people, based on double occupancy.

The properties -- the Chester Grosvenor in Chester, Devonshire Arms in Skipton and Holbeck Ghyll in Windermere -- are members of both the Pride of Britain and the Small Luxury Hotels of the World hotel consortia.

Each has a Michelin-starred restaurant as well as an on-site health spa, and all are within a two-hour drive of each other.

The hotel trio -- which pays their own individual commission rates on each portion of the combined stay -- exemplify three differing types of English properties and destinations, hence the package name.

• The Chester Grosvenor and Grosvenor Spa, located inside the Roman walls of the historical city of Chester, was built in 1865 and is owned by the Duke of Westminster. The half-timbered building has 80 air-conditioned suites and bedrooms, all nonsmoking, and its Arkle restaurant holds one Michelin star. For more information, go to www.chestergrosvenor.co.uk.

• The Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel places its guests in the heart of England's Lake District, home turf of William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. Constructed in the early 19th century, it is typical of a traditional English country hunting-lodge hotel and is surrounded by woodland and open fields. Its oak-paneled main restaurant, which overlooks Lake Windermere, holds a Michelin star. A second on-site eatery, the Terrace, offers similar views. For more, visit www.holbeckghyll.com online.

• The Devonshire Arms Country House Hotel, in the Yorkshire Dales, is typical of a country estate hotel, standing in a parkland setting near the ruins of a 12th century priory. The 41-room property -- held by the family of the Duke of Devonshire since 1753 -- is furnished with paintings and antiques from Chatsworth, the duke's home. Its Burlington eatery holds a Michelin star. For more on the property, visit www.thedevonshirearms.co.uk online.

Travel agents can book City, Lakes and Dales stays through the VIP desk of Small Luxury Hotels of the World in New York, at (212) 953-2064. For additional information, visit www.prideofbritainhotels.com or www.slh.com.

You can reach the journalist who wrote this article at [email protected].

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