Grantley Hall near Ripon in North Yorkshire is currently undergoing a multi-million-pound restoration project. Grantley Hall is a historic Grade II-listed property set on its own private island, complete with a lake and a Japanese garden.

Grantley Hall will open as a luxury hotel in spring/summer 2019.

When the restoration is completed Grantley Hall will have 47 bedrooms, a range of restaurants and bars including a fine-dining restaurant and a pan-Asian restaurant. There will also be a banqueting suite, private events spaces, a spa and a performance centre.

The Grantley Suite will be the principal conference and events room accommodating up to 180 delegates theatre style. With natural daylight, built in audio-visual equipment including four screens and an LCD projector the Grantley Suite is fully air conditioned and has its own private bar and outdoor terrace. Smaller events and breakout space can be housed in a variety of rooms in the main Hall.

Grantley Hall is situated near Grantley, around five miles west of Ripon, on the banks of the River Skell. It is easily accessible from Harrogate, Leeds and York and is 20 miles from Leeds Bradford Airport.

Grantley Hall hotel has joined luxury sales and marketing consortium Relais & Châteaux.

Expansion plans have been outlined by THE PIG Hotels group.

The group will be opening THE PIG at Bridge Place in May 2019 with 28 bedrooms. Formerly the Bridge Place Country Club, THE PIG at Bridge Place is a 17th Century manor house just outside the village of Bridge, three miles south of Canterbury in Kent.

This PIG will be followed by two further PIG openings. The first will be THE PIG at Harlyn Bay in Cornwall scheduled to open autumn/winter 2019 and the South Downs PIG opening in the Grade II-listed Madehurst Lodge near Arundel in West Sussex. This is expected to open in 2020.

The new PIG Hotels will have all the features of the five existing PIG hotels including their own kitchen gardens to supply the hotels with the freshest of ingredients.

The three new PIGs will join THE PIG in Brockenhurst in the New Forest, the original PIG Hotel plus THE PIG in the wall in Southampton; THE PIG near Bath in Somerset; THE PIG on the beach at Studland, Dorset and THE PIG at Combe in Devon.

Plans are in hand to create a new 180-bedroom hotel on the site of a former Premier Inn in the centre of Newcastle-on-Tyne.

Rooms at the former hotel will be made significantly larger. In addition, there are plans to demolish an old office block and a pub alongside allowing the construction of a new six-storey extension which will include a rooftop terrace and a sky bar plus a luxury spa and gym.

The developers, Gainford Group, have ‘pledged to turn the former Premier Inn in New Bridge Street into the most luxurious hotel in Newcastle in a move which will also create a new gateway into the city’.

Newcastle City Council will make their decision on the plans in the New Year.

The Fife Arms hotel has just reopened in the village of Braemar in the Cairngorms National Park following a major refurbishment project.

The Fife Arms, a former coaching inn, is now owned by two professional art dealers who have masterminded the refurbishment. The Fife Arms has 46 new decorated bedrooms. These reflect the tastes of the owners featuring a range of artworks and artefacts representing the local area and the Scottish experience.

Six bedrooms are dedicated to local places and people. Hence the Robert Louis Stevenson room, for example. He stayed at the hotel whilst writing one of his novels.

The Fife Arms includes the Clunie Dining room, taking its name from the River Clunie, which runs past the hotel. The Fife Arms also includes the ‘Flying Stag’ bar and a cocktail lounge.

The Fife Arms is located in the centre of Braemar, around 60 miles west of Aberdeen.

Curio Collection by Hilton has just launched its latest venue, Lincoln Plaza London, in the city’s Canary Wharf district.

Lincoln Plaza London, Curio Collection by Hilton, to give the hotel its full name, has 129 bedrooms plus two restaurants and bars. The main restaurant is the Pan-Indian, Mr. Todiwala’s Kitchen.

Leisure facilities currently include a fitness centre. A sauna, steam room and a 12-metre pool will follow at the end of March.

Lincoln Plaza London has over 465 sq-mt of events space across seven meeting rooms, with Clipper, the largest meeting space seating 150 delegates theatre style.

Lincoln Plaza London, Curio Collection by Hilton is the second Curio Collection property to open in London following The Trafalgar St. James. The hotel is just a short walk from the heart of Canary Wharf and a ten-minute journey by the DLR into central London.

The New Year will see etc.venues launch their largest conference and exhibition space in London  – etc.venues 133 Houndsditch.

etc.venues 133 Houndsditch will feature the Enterprise Suite, with natural daylight and the latest in built-in audio visual technology. It will accommodate up to 700 delegates theatre style or 500 cabaret style.

An additional seven breakout rooms accommodating from 50-200 delegates will all be situated on one floor, along with multiple media walls.

etc.venues 133 Houndsditch will be  located minutes away from Liverpool St and Bank stations.

etc.venues 133 Houndsditch will be the 16th etc.venue in the UK. It will open in Spring 2019.

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