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Finely crafted

The new school term has begun which means one thing: the Autumn getaway is officially underway.   The autumn getaway crowd is easily distinguishable from the summer holidaymaker set. Other than the fact that the autumn getaway crowd may or may not have school aged children, guests looking for an autumn in the Uk especially will have different needs and tastes than their summer counterparts. Without the promise of alluring summertime weather, quite often these guests will be in search of something different from their hotel experience as a whole.   These guests, along with many other types of hotel guest, are the reason why boutique hotels have so rapidly increased in popularity. Boutique hotels celebrate quirkiness and finely crafted authenticity and, generally speaking, they...

Style & character

Packed with style and character, Lime Wood in Hampshire has once again topped the list of the country's best country house hotels.   In a recent list by The Telegraph of ‘The best country house hotels in Britain’ by Fiona Duncan (Hotel Expert for The Telegraph), Duncan pinpoints what lies at the heart of Lime Wood’s appeal: ‘It’s the attention to detail throughout Lime Wood that makes it special and why it will stand the test of time.’   Read the list in full along with Duncan’s expert evaluations at The Telegraph here:   http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/united-kingdom/england/articles/the-best-country-house-hotels-in-britain/   Here at Millbrook Contract Beds, we're pleased to have been charged with some of the detailing for which Lime Wood has become so well renowned.   Based in the...

Heritage

This month, Raffles announced they will be opening a hotel in London’s Old War Office.   Formerly the office of Winston Churchill during the second world war, this famous landmark is set to become the latest unique hotel offering from luxury brand Raffles Hotels & Resorts. The building, which was also home to the British Secret Service, will be transformed into what Raffles are describing as ‘London’s most significant luxury hotel and residence’ offering 125 rooms, 88 private residences as well as restaurants and amenities.   Read more about Raffles’ exciting development here http://www.raffles.com/press-room/news/raffles-london/   Few hotels could better the experience of heritage and authenticity that will be on offer at the Old War Office. Landmark hotels are just that, landmarks; they are, by their...

Sleeping soundly in a contract bed, lavender at the ready… 

For many years, people have claimed that lavender has some properties in it that can help you relax and sleep well.  While some short-term studies have indeed shown that lavender has shown signs of reducing stress levels in people who are about to sleep, it has not been totally conclusive. However, as human studies have given some acknowledgement that lavender can facilitate better sleep it’s worth taking a closer look.  Lavender in case you don’t know is a flowering plant in the mint family and the aroma has been known to reduce blood pressure and heart rate, putting you in a more relaxed state and ready for sleep. As an additional service to guests, hoteliers may perhaps consider things like bath salts, room diffusers and...

Breakfast in bed

Few things can be better in life than someone thoughtful making you breakfast in bed... And while the recipient of the breakfast tends to appreciate the gesture above the standard of the food, putting in a little effort into the breakfast you prepare can make breakfast in bed something of an event in its own right. Here at Millbrook Beds, we're sharing some of our favourite online recipes to prepare this weekend. Simple? Yes. Inexpensive? Yes. Blow-your-bedsocks-off impressive? You betcha. Beginning with the whimsically named... Poor Knights of Windsor with Blackberry Compote From BBC Good Food Something of a posh brunch-like toastie, this creamy, indulgent French toast sandwich with compote is a super posh way to start the weekend. Find the recipe in full at...