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
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
• 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
• 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.
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