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Billesley Manor Hotel & Spa, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK reopens following an extensive £5.6 million refurbishment

A rich history and elegant new design at this Magnificent Elizabethan Manor House Hotel

Billesley Manor Hotel & Spa, Stratford-upon-Avonm - library with 'floating' books
Billesley Manor Hotel & Spa, Stratford-upon-Avonm - library with 'floating' books

As UK summer staycations continue to soar, luxurious hotel Billesley Manor Hotel & Spa is delighted to open its doors and welcome guests to the heart of rural Warwickshire, following an extensive £5.6 million refurbishment. Guests can expect newly refurbished bedrooms complete with rich, warm designs, upgraded guest spaces with a contemporary twist, a stunning restaurant and bar featuring original 16th century oak panelling, and a newly renovated spa and wedding venue.

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This unique 125-year-old property boasts charming grounds, complete with an 11th century church and a listed, ornate topiary garden, steeped in history. A variety of conference spaces have also been refreshed, and an ambient library adorned with a ceiling of floating books provides a light filled area for relaxation or inspiration, said to be where William Shakespeare wrote his famous comedy ‘As You Like It’.

Rooms & Design
Many of the bedrooms have been expertly upgraded with sumptuous new furnishings. Four poster beds, period fireplaces and contemporary fabrics ensure a charming blend of traditional and modern, with elegant and refined design. 

Communal spaces have also been enhanced with a new look, still in keeping with the former 16th century Elizabethan home’s historic charm. The incredible transformation includes the grand welcoming reception area, Great Hall, bar, lounge and gallery, and the Stuart Restaurant for guests to indulge in everything from themed afternoon teas to exclusive gastronomic delights with locally sourced produce. Drawing inspiration from the romantic English landscape, historic origins and the notable voices past and present that have retreated to Billesley, the hotel is the perfect sanctuary for guests looking to feel re-energised and inspired. 

The hotel’s new makeover has kept its glorious floor-to-ceiling oak wood panelling complemented and elevated with a new rich colour palette of blues and golds. Plush, velvet furniture has been added throughout the property, whilst artwork by Pratiksha Tayal brings a contemporary twist to the traditional paintings that previously adorned the walls, creating a timeless luxury haven for all guests to enjoy.

Woven through History
Listed in the 1086 Domesday book commissioned by William the Conqueror, the Billesley Estate has an expansive history dating back to 705 AD. One of its most famous visitors includes none other than William Shakespeare himself, who allegedly married Anne Hathaway in the All Saints church next to the hotel, and who’s granddaughter followed suit by getting wed in the very same church. William Shakespeare famously wrote lines from his play ‘As you Like It’ from the library and as such many nods to Shakespeare can be found around the hotel from hand crafted feather pieces to more traditional artwork, allowing guests to become immersed in the rich tapestry of Billesley’s history.

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Lobby Spa
Lobby Spa

Wellness Retreat
Those looking to wind down can experience a number of indulgent beauty therapies within the newly refurbished Decleor spa. Guests can take a dip in the pool followed by a steam and a sauna, or make use of the secluded yoga hut and fantastic gym facilities. The romantic and historic topiary garden offers an idea backdrop for sunrise yoga and meditation which guests can enjoy on their own accord after picking up a yoga mat from reception.

Bucolic Surroundings
Located in 11 acres of beautiful countryside just outside the medieval town of Stratford-Upon-Avon and close to many engaging locations, this 16th Century country hotel provides a sanctuary from which to feel relaxed and inspired. Enveloped in rolling countryside, Billesley Manor Hotel & Spa draws inspirations from nature, creating spaces to reconnect. The exquisite, listed topiary garden planted over 125 years ago, has been curated and shaped to form giant chess pieces, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. The exquisite setting provides another unique opportunity for guests to spend time unearthing the true spirit of Billesley Manor Hotel & Spa.

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Billesley Manor Hotel & Spa
Billesley Manor Hotel & Spa is a luxury manor house in the heart of Shakespearean England. Located just three miles from Stratford-upon-Avon, the 16th century country hotel is nestled in 11 acres of rural countryside and features an ornate Victorian-era topiary garden and idyllic wedding and events space. The restored historic house has 71 bedrooms, a stunning restaurant and bar featuring original 16th century oak panelling and an extensive health club and spa offering indulgent beauty therapy within world-class facilities. Its library is said to be where William Shakespeare wrote his famous comedy ‘As You Like It’.

Bespoke Hotels
Formed in 2000, Bespoke Hotels has grown to represent over 120 properties worldwide, and now stands as the UK’s Largest Independent Hotel Group. Ranging from specialist golfing hotels, to award-winning spa resorts and chic city centre properties, the group prides itself on a diverse roster and a unique, individualised management style.

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