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ITCM slept here

ITCM slept here logoA series of personal reports on selected hotels by ITCM staff

A London hotel with everything – and more

Hotel Novotel London West exterior

Sydney Paulden visits London’s complete venue, Hotel Novotel London West

A group of event organisers think they are dreaming. They have a wide variety of events to arrange and they are in a venue that appears to have solutions to all their problems. It is alongside Hammersmith tube station with lines that link directly with Heathrow Airport, the city centre and theatreland. It has 630 guestrooms. Up to 3,000 delegates can be accommodated in the self-contained Conference Centre that boasts 32 separate meeting rooms all linked by wide corridors and escalators that can move either up or down to meet the peak demands.

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Tewkesbury Park makes a grand entrance on the MICE scene

Tewkesbury Park meeting room

Roger St Pierre sees a great Cotswold country house hotel take shape

It’s not the money you spend that counts, it’s how you spend the money – a lesson that the local McIntosh family kept uppermost in mind when they decided to invest a hard earned £4m into the first two stages of an ambitious upgrade of their historic Tewkesbury Park country house property. Good taste and almost obsessive attention to detail have been key to the venture, transforming what had historically been something of a white elephant into a stand-out in an ever more competitive out of town luxury hotel market.

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Rudding Park and the best of Harrogate

Rudding Park guestroom

Roger St Pierre enjoys a luxurious stay in Yorkshire

Stately Rudding Park is favoured by the rich and famous and offers a friendly, yet exquisitely luxurious, home-from-home ambience to every guest. It was built in 1805 but today provides every modern 5-star amenity, backed by a one-to-one staff/guest ratio and unwavering attention to detail. It undoubtedly the accolade ‘Best UK Hotel Outside London’ awarded by Trip Advisor followers.

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Stapleford Park is a one-of-a-kind venue in Leicestershire

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Roger St Pierre gives a flavour of its many attractions

Stapleford Park is a Grade I listed gem of a country house hotel. Located in Stapleford near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, it has an interesting and unusual history. Bob Payton, an American who tragically died in a car accident in 1994, was an entrepreneur who launched the Chicago Pizza Factory and Rib Shack eateries in London.
He was a confirmed Anglophile with pretensions of living the life of a country squire. So, in 1988 he and his wife Wendy acquired Stapleford Park and set about restoring a neglected historic property into one of the most prestigious country house hotels in England.


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The Mill, Sudbury, Suffolk

The Mill, Sudbury, Suffolk exterior

Roger St. Pierre ventures into Gainsborough country

Wooden floors, massive beams, traditional white-painted clapboard facings and a functioning watermill still turning a huge ancient grinding stone – these all combine to create an unrivalled atmospheric venue for corporate meetings at The Mill in Sudbury, Suffolk. It stands on the banks of the picture-postcard River Stour, where that languid waterway winds past the charming market town.

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