the be all, and end all Hot hotels. Beautiful bedrooms. Perfect places. There are many things that make a great hotel, but they’re nothing without our magnificent managers. We asked them to sum up what makes their hotel bespoke. KEVIN STAINES, NEWTON HOTEL Kevin reckons it’s the hotel’s two ‘heilan coos’ (that’s Highland cows to you and me) and the fact that Charlie Chaplin used to take over the second floor of the Newton Hotel every summer with his family.
RICHARD HARTLEY, THE LUGGER
‘You can’t get fish much fresher than this’, says Richard Hartley of The Lugger in Cornwall. ‘This boat is right outside our kitchen door!’
JEFF WARD, HOTEL GOTHAM
Hotel Gotham is in the old bank building at 100 King Street, Manchester. ‘Payment in gold bullion always acceptable,’ says general manager Jeff Ward, pictured right proving the point.
RICHARD GROVE, CHESTER GROSVENOR
‘The Chester Grosvenor is all about champagne and shopping in style!’ says the Hotel’s general manager Richard Grove.
GORDON MACKINTOSH, CARNOUSTIE
Timing is everything at the Carnoustie Golf Hotel and 34
Spa which features the world’s biggest Rolex clock.
ANNE MACDONALD, STONEFIELD ‘You don’t have to be a king to enjoy our castle,’ says Anne MacDonald, of Bespoke’s Stonefield Castle in Western Scotland.
CHRIS GEAR, NOEL ARMS
Richard Hartley of The Lugger
Chris Gear, manager of the Noel Arms, helped raise £480 for local charities during the Rugby World Cup – typical of this cozy coaching inn which is very much part of the Cotswolds community.
JEFF HODGSON, THE GEORGE
The famous grandfather clock that sits in the bar, says Jeff Hodgson. Henry Clay Work wrote a famous poem about it in 1876 (which you can read on the Bespoke website). The clock in the poem rang eerie alarm to let the family know that their grandfather – who diligently wound it each week – was close to death. When grandfather died, the clock stopped too. ‘It’s a lovely poem and beautiful piece of furniture,’ says Jeff, ‘but no longer much good for telling the time!’
Jeff Ward of Hotel Gotham
Richard Grove of the Chester Grosvenor
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