South-East England – New and upcoming openings
Opened August 2017: Beaverbrook, Surrey
The former country home of press baron and politician Lord Beaverbrook has opened as the luxurious Beaverbrook hotel, following a multi-million pound transformation. Just 19 miles from London, the hotel is surrounded by 400 acres of privately owned countryside. Designed by Soho House interiors guru Susie Atkinson, the interiors exude classic opulence, featuring four-poster beds and rich fabrics. Each of the hotel’s 18 rooms and suites have been named after one of the estate’s famous former guests, which include Winston Churchill, James Bond author Ian Fleming, Elizabeth Taylor, and Charlie Chaplin. The hotel also has an Art Deco-style cinema, the glamorous Parrot Bar, a cookery school, and a Japanese restaurant, The Dining Room, headed up by top ex-Nobu chef Taiji Maruyama. By the end of the year the hotel will also have a spa with swimming pools, a hammam and a sauna.
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Opened August 2017: Hog Deer Creek, Kent
This summer, Kent safari park Port Lympne Reserve opened its latest accommodation, Hog Deer Creek. The five luxury shepherd huts are designed for couples or families, and located within the park’s Asian Experience, so guests’ neighbours will include roaming Asian animals such as Sambar deer.
Opened September 2017: Piggledy Tree House, South Downs National Park
This new four-bed treehouse looks like a forest dwelling straight from the pages of a fairy tale. Designed for adults and kids alike, The Piggledy Tree House is located in Blackberry Wood at the foot of the South Downs National Park near Brighton, and comes with a kitchen and a balcony. Owner Tim fulfilled a childhood dream by building the treehouse, which took three years to complete.
Opening March 2018: Room 2, Southampton
Room 2 has confirmed details of its second design-led aparthotel in Southampton, due to open next year. Its 71 studio rooms will feature nautical-inspired designs and come in three sizes: little, regular and large.
One Warwick Place, Kent
Composed of 39 rooms and suites and a range of entertainment spaces, new hotel One Warwick Park has opened in the historic spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells. From its origins as a brewery and school house, visionary architectural and interior designs have turned the building into a stunning luxury accommodation offer. Right next to the famous Pantiles area, and only a few minutes from Tunbridge Wells train station, the hotel is perfectly located for enjoying all the activities that this beautiful Kentish town has to offer.
Summer 2017: Southampton Harbour Hotel & Spa
Southampton’s first luxury five-star hotel at Ocean Village. Highlights will include 85 luxury bedrooms, a jetty restaurant featuring a rooftop champagne bar, and the decadent harbour Spa, with gym and swimming pool.
Summer 2017: New LEGOLAND Castle Hotel at LEGOLAND Windsor Resort, Berkshire
Situated on the edge of the popular theme park resort, the 61-room LEGOLAND Castle Hotel will bring to life an enchanted world of brave knights and princesses, wily wizards and jolly jesters. Families will be able to choose between two imaginatively themed room types – Knights and Wizards – each with separate sleeping areas for adults and children. Colourful LEGO touches and models will feature throughout – from the lobby’s giant LEGO Wizard to the a la carte Tournament Tavern Restaurant, indoor Jester’s Play area and outdoor playground. Special guest benefits will include early entry to the park, fast track access on selected rides and LEGO gifts and collectables. Booking is open now.
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Refurbs and expansions
April 2017: Modulogs arrive at Tom’s Eco Lodge, Isle of Wight
New for 2017, Modulogs will offer year-round accommodation for up to six people in a new style of glamping pod on the Isle of Wight. The cosy pods are fully insulated and kitted out with heaters, comfy sofas (which fold out into sofa beds), log burners, dining tables, compact kitchens with all the essentials, two bedrooms, and a separate shower room and toilet. Coming complete with WiFi and electricity for lighting and plug sockets the pods are equipped for modern-day living. In the warmer months, guests can enjoy their own private decking with seating and BBQ area and a log-burning hot tub.
April 2017: Bournemouth Beach Lodges, Bournemouth
Fifteen beautifully crafted contemporary lodges are soon to open in Bournemouth, between Boscombe and Southbourne. The lodges will be available 365 days a year, and boast a spacious living area, fully equipped kitchen and bathroom, WiFi, TV and heating. The timber-framed lodges have been designed with space efficiency in mind, and with utmost respect to the environment.
2021: New high-rise Hilton hotel to open in Woking, Surrey
Hilton is to open a new high-rise hotel in Woking as part of a £500m regeneration of the town. The 196-bedroom property will be located in the upcoming Victoria Square retail and residential development. The site will include a Sky Bar, all-day restaurant, on-site coffee shop and 700 square feet of meeting space, including a ballroom for up to 500 guests.