Explore the Story behind Historic and Luxurious Places to Stay in Britain
Dec 06, 2013
British History Breaks is the first blog to profile the historic and authentic stories behind luxury historic accommodation in Great Britain.
Over 30 million tourists visit our shores every year but less than 50% step outside of London. Shelley Doyle, founder of British History Breaks has ambitious plans to inspire these tourists to branch outside of London to explore the vast history and incredible scenery that our country has to offer.
Every property she features on the site has been visited to ensure it meets a strict criteria. Only 4* and 5* properties which have been carefully restored, sympathetic to their original style, with authentic and interesting histories have been accepted.
Shelley wants to encourage international tourists and British tourists with an interest in history to use www.BritishHistoryBreaks.com to explore the true stories behind each property plus the connected events and characters that made Britain what it is today. If you like what you see, just book directly with the hotels for the best rates. Some have offered exclusive incentives if you mention British History Breaks e.g. handmade chocolates or a hamper on arrival.
The acquisition of estates during the 1940’s, meant many properties that feature on BHB were used as hospitals, infirmaries or nunneries during WWII, then subsequently left derelict with their owners unable to cover maintenance costs. The property boom of the late 90’s gave owners and investors the confidence to bring hundreds of estates and castles back to their former grandeur, with hotel and exclusive hire business models projecting a healthy return on investment.
Some properties such as Peckforton Castle in Cheshire are family owned and run, while others have welcomed international investment to refurbish the properties to their original grandeur.
All hotels featured on the site are catered, with breakfast available at a minimum. So visitors can arrive, relax and immerse themselves in their luxurious history break.
Three types of properties feature on the site:
1) Exclusive Hire with Breakfast, which includes Aikwood Tower (sleeps 10, from £750 per weekday night with breakfast, minimum 2 nights). A four story 16th Century Tower in Selkirk (Scottish borders), which was once home to William Scott and ‘Muckle-mouth’ Meg, Grandparents of Sir Walter Scott.
2) Fully Catered Hotel, which includes Langley Castle (25 rooms, from £200 per room per night). This 14th Century Castle is one of only four fortified castles remaining in England, which was sensitively restored in the late 1800’s as a lifetime project of Cadwallader Bates and his wife Josephine. Its current owners have made Langley Castle into one of the finest hotels in Great Britain, with stylish and modern amenities in keeping with the stunning style of the castle.
3) Country House with Breakfast, which includes Plas Dinas (9 rooms, from £129 per room per night). A grade II listed 17th Century Country House with original family memorabilia and period furniture throughout. The homely touches are not just for show; HRH Prince William recently followed the family tradition by dining as a guest at Plas Dinas.
Having visited dozens of countries around the world, I have a deep insight into what people want when they come to Great Britain and it certainly isn’t the weather. London is a fantastic city, one of the worlds’ finest, but our strong regional accents indicate the diversity of our small windswept island. Each area has a unique personality, born in the foundations of its history. If tourists want to experience the real Great Britain, they will need to branch outside of London to find it. British History Breaks aims to help tourists do that in style.
Heritage tourism is booming, worth 26 billion pounds last year according to the Heritage Lottery Fund, but there are pockets of incredibly historic areas that are almost never visited. Why follow the crowd to London when you can experience your own authentic British History Break?
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