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We stand out, but why?

Graham Hadaway - Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The majority of the time, when you make a hotel booking, you’re booking a room, a place to rest your head in between seeing the sites of a new location. However, at the Cranleigh Church Suites, you’re booking an experience.

 

Despite our great location and plentiful amenities, when you book a stay at our Church Suites you’re unlikely to see or do much of them. Why? Because you’ll be taken aback by your own little haven that you have no reason to leave if you don’t want to.

 

Each of our suites has been individually designed, decorated and accessorised by interior designer Jo Cross. However, unlike a lot of luxury accommodation, we haven’t only focussed on the bedroom – although, don’t worry it’ll be the softest, most lavish boudoir you’ve ever seen – the rest of the suite has been just as important to us.

 


 

One area of any hotel room that doesn’t really get too much focus is the bathroom. Usually, you’ll find yourself faced with a clean, white bathroom suite but nothing out of the ordinary. Well, not at the Church Suites, we teamed up with Aqua Jade Bathrooms to produce something spectacular. Our aim here was to create a space that’s fun and can be enjoyed but is still as practical and relaxing as originally intended.

 

There’s nothing standard about any of our bathrooms; each one has a supersize bath with underwater tranquillity lighting, underfloor heating, a 40” TV hidden behind a wall of mirrors, intelligent mood lighting, surround sound with music on demand and a selection of 5 star bathing accessories, including soft, fluffy towels and robes.

 

Why not come and experience our next generation bathrooms and extravagant suites for yourself? Book with us today

Thank you to Hotel Designs..

Graham Hadaway - Tuesday, February 24, 2015

 

Its a fantastic surprise to be recognised by 'Hotel Designs' as offering the “Next Generation Boutique Accommodation” with our new 

Church Suites. Whilst we would like to take all the credit, it is not all down to us. We would like to thank all our suppliers, trades and supporters 

for allowing us to bring such an exciting product to market.


You can read the full article here at Hotel Designs Industry News.

Valentine’s at the Church Suites

Graham Hadaway - Friday, February 06, 2015

 Valentine’s Day is the time of year our Church Suites were made for. Further advancing on the success of our Boutique Hotel and Hideout House Boutique, the Church Suites are even more spectacular.

 

With a little help from us and our four brand new suites, you really could make this Valentine’s weekend one that you’ll never forget…

Although very individual, there are certain things that each of our suites have in common. You’re guaranteed a level of luxury that you won’t find anywhere else in the Lakes – anywhere north of Birmingham, in fact. Each of our rooms have been designed by our in-house interior designer Jo Cross. She’s carefully chosen thick fabrics, plush cushions and soft furnishings to create a lavish atmosphere that is only successful because the Church Suites really are the whole package – modern, romantic rooms, an amazing atmosphere and a beautiful location.

 

The Church Suites, Indulgence, Opulence, Fantasy and Utopia

 

Here at the Church Suites we really do have everything covered. We know you guys and gals can have very different ideas when it comes to the perfect Valentine’s getaway, so we’ve tried to cover everything because we want all of our guests to have a great time.

 

For the old romantics out there, all of our suites are perfect for a relaxing Valentine’s getaway. Snuggle up to your loved one in our king-size beds, that have been dressed with the most luxurious sheets and plumpest cushions, and choose your favourite flick from our database of over 400 movies. Then maybe take a long candle-lit soak in the super-size air spa bath that can be found in every suite.

 

For those gents – or indeed ladies – that’re too cool for the romance, that doesn’t mean that Church Suites aren’t for you. In fact, they’ll be just as much up your street. A huge comfortable bed, the biggest bath you’ve ever seen, a database of more than 400 films and, to top it all off, your own iPad control panel which allows you to create an atmosphere perfect to your mood. From the iPad you can control the lighting – there’s even underwater lighting in each of the baths – and the music that’s flowing around the room. So, escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life and relax in a way you’ve never relaxed before.

Why not make your stay even more special with one of the extra treats we have on offer? We have everything covered, and can fill your room with everything from champagne and teddy bears to handmade chocolates to bathroom petals.

 

If you’re yet to make Valentine’s Day plans, you can be sure of a wonderful experience here at the Church Suites so give us a call to secure a weekend you’ll never forget. 

Take me to Church Suites

Graham Hadaway - Sunday, February 01, 2015

If you’re a fan of The Cranleigh then you’ll know that we’ve been working really hard over the last few months to perfect our new venture, The Church Suites.

 

Well, after seven long months and a lot of blood, sweat and tears, we’re pleased to reveal that January saw the end of our project and the introduction of four brand new, beautiful suites for you to feast your eyes upon.

 


 

Having been described as ‘a bit of the city in the Lakes’, by visitors, you can be sure of an unforgettable stay here at The Church Suites. Our new suites are completely separated from other parts of our hotel; located on Church Street, each individual suite is a private kingdom in its own right.

 

With state of the art technology and distinctive designs you’ll find yourself encased in an area of thick, luxurious fabrics, stimulating lighting and the latest technology – including iPad controlled mood lighting and a music library to suit all tastes (try out the pre-set romantic setting, you won’t be disappointed).

An Exciting New Development by The Cranleigh Boutique!

Adam Thorp - Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Church Suites under construction

 

It's all hands to the pump at the very popular boutique hotel Bowness property The Cranleigh Boutique. We have just secured our new and very exciting development that was known as Rose Cottage. 

 

It's one of the oldest properties in Bowness at 350 years and is in a fantastic location, right in the centre of Bowness overlooking the church.

 

It will be developed by the owner of The Cranleigh into four 5 star luxury suites.  Stephen says that he wants to create the ultimate in accommodation, beyond anything that has been done before using the latest in technology and design.

 

The aim is to create a massive WOW when you see the suites and bathrooms.

As luxury Lake District hotels go in the Lake District these new suites will be on another level says Stephen the owner. He is clearly very passionate about what he does and seems to know exactly what his customers want. Emma Johnson, the Manager of The Cranleigh Boutique is also super excited about their new venture and cannot wait until its completion, which by the way should be mid December this year.
The list of technology and the design ideas are quite something.

  • Cinema projector screens
  • Huge air spa baths for 2 people and large showers all with intelligent lighting
  • Intelligent lighting control throughout the suites
  • Intelligent music control
  • Integrated technology and features that wow you
  • Award winning interior design
  • Large sumptuous beds, bedding, towels, robes and accessories
  • Hugh bathroom televisions for the ultimate in indulgence
  • Green heating and hot water for our environment
  • Bespoke designer furniture, fittings, fabrics and wallpapers
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Stop Press, we've got off to a flying start!

Adam Thorp - Thursday, March 06, 2014

TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Winner 2014 The Cranleigh Boutique

 

An update on our 5 star hotel in the Lake District (2014 to date).

 

So we found out in January that we are shortlisted to receive an award at the Travel Marketing Awards for the Best Use Of Social Media category, this event is to be held later in March down in London at the lovely Grosvenor House and we are certainly very excited to attend. This is a real achievement for us, the event is organised by the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s Travel Industry Group (CIMTIG) so it would be an unbelievable recognition for our marketing efforts. We're getting the glad rags on, talking about it in the office and traveling down for a night of hoping and fingers crossed celebrations too, we'll update you through our Social Media as soon as possible.

 

February was a brilliant month seeing the Cranleigh Boutique debut on ITV's 'This Morning' programme. We were displayed within the Valentines warm up on the 12th of the month. Our Windermere Boutique hotel was featured as one of the best hotels within the country specifically aimed at celebrating the annual romantic celebration. We've uploaded the video to our Vimeo channel for you to take a look at: http://vimeo.com/88166137 - definitely worth a watch and a proud moment for us!


TripAdvisor also revealed that we are still number one within the most romantic hotels in the Lake District category, actually within the North of England so we are beyond pleased to receive this accolade two years running. Click here to see our reviews: the Cranleigh Boutique TripAdvisor- thanks to all of our customers who have left reviews on the hotel, we're nearly at 1,000 reviews, which is incredible.

 

So we end with our fingers and toes crossed for the 20th March when we will be down in London.

 

Wish us luck!

 

Oh let's not forget actually we have had some unbelievable offers on lately for you too, make the most of these whilst they're on, seasonal treats!



A little time to 'Reflect and Thank You'

Graham Hadaway - Monday, December 16, 2013

As we reflect on the past year, we wanted to say a little thank you. It really has been an incredible past twelve months, seeing fantastic success being gained from the £15,000 Facebook Competition (Launched Nov 2012) through to the Launch of The Ultimate Prize Competition in June. With over 70 winners staying at the hotel over the last twelve months all experiencing the offerings of the rooms and suites (complete luxury), a three-course meal a combined prize, accompanied with a package of romantic goodies to boot, it certainly has been a busy time making many people happy and making lots of memories.


We have hit targets in-house and exceeded customers expectations through the receipt of regular 'Excellent' reviews, it is always so nice to hear from guests following their stay. Take a peek here: http://bit.ly/1gcgQ8G

 

It has been great to have been an instigator within the industry in terms of our Social Media and the hard work of our staff, all of whom have been phenomenal with various awards achieved as a result of a collective of strategy, management and dedication. All of which has seen other businesses in the industry seeking advice from us too! As we write this we currently have nearly 80,736 Facebook Followers and 2600 Twitter Followers.

 

So as we mention the awards, we would like to round them up together... (well if we can't boast on our own site, when can we?) 

1. The Number 1 Hotel for Romance within the UK & 3rd in the World as voted for by TripAdvisor users.

2. Highly Commended for Hotel of the Year at the Westmorland Gazette Business Awards
3. The Best use of New Media Award at the National Entrepreneur Awards with Nigel Botterill.
4. The Tourism and Hospitality Award at the CN Group Business Awards.

Its been an AMAZING year!

 

Awarded The Best use of New at the National Entrepreneur Awards with Nigel Botterill

 

It hasn't gone unnoticed by us however that we have not updated this section of our website for some time and for that we offer you an apology. It has been such a whirlwind 6 months since our last news section that we simply have been focusing on other areas of the hotel ensuring we maintain the standard we have reached and trying to stay a step ahead of the game. Rest assured though it is a goal as we go into 2014 to come back with more News for you on a regular basis.

 

So to round things up, thank you for your continued support whether you are a customer, a colleague, a member of the press or a competition seeker you have all done your bit to make 2013 simply one of the best!

 

Have a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year.

The 'Ultimate Prize'

Graham Hadaway - Tuesday, June 25, 2013

We have launched the ‘Ultimate Prize’ competition for followers on our Facebook page.


We want to increase our Facebook following to 100,000 'likes'. When we get there one lucky winner will receive the ‘Ultimate Prize’ – the opportunity for FREE use of the Cranleigh Boutique in its entirety, for the duration of a weekend and worth an estimated £8,000. With eighteen rooms available, the winner will receive the full use of the five star facilities to invite whomever they wish, with a champagne reception for all, on arrival.

Enter the competition on our Facebook page, by explaining in just 20 words, why you should win the ‘Ultimate Prize’. Upon reaching the target number of 100,000 ‘likes’, the 10 responses deemed the best by us will be published on Facebook, with the ultimate winner chosen by the followers themselves.

“We are thrilled to be able to launch the ‘Ultimate Prize’ competition, the sheer magnitude of which is very unusual.” said owner of the Cranleigh Boutique, Stephen Hargreaves. “It’s our way of saying ‘thank-you’ to everybody for their support on Facebook. Enabling one winner to experience a luxurious stay in the beautiful Lake District, with family and friends, is really special. We are experts at the Cranleigh in offering the very best service combined with exceptional facilities and are delighted to be able to share that with one lucky person.”

Ultimate Prize Facebook like button

Experiencing Lakeland

Graham Hadaway - Wednesday, June 12, 2013

We say it time and time again, but we really do sit in the most beautiful corner of England. When you come and visit us we want you to experience what the area has to its fullest, and driving isn't always the best option.

 

When you're stuck behind the wheel of a car you don't get to see everything around you. When you are trying to navigate around an unfamiliar area it can be quite stressful. So take our advice, put the map down, lock the sat nav away and experience the Lakes stress free....

Here are our top 3 ways to see The Lake District
Windermere Lake Cruise boat on Lake Windermere

Windermere Lake Cruises
When you come to the Lakes, its simply a must to go on the Lake. Windermere Lake Cruises offer this and so much more with cruises that last from 45 mins to 3 hrs. If you purchase a freedom ticket you can hop on and off as you please wandering round the stops at Lakeside, Ambleside and Bowness.

Open Top Bus
You can go on a tourist style open top bus ride in pretty much any city, but in the Lakes you take in breathtaking views and scenery. 'The Lakeland Experience' travels between Bowness-on-Windermere and Grasmere calling in at Ambleside. The bus stops at various attractions along the way such as, Brockhole, The Lake District National Park Visitor Centre, Rydal Mount and Dove Cottage. The bus also calls at Windermere railway station, so connections from trains are possible.

Mountain Goat
This private company offer a variety of guided sight seeing tours, or you can book a private tailor made tour. Imagine taking your someone special on a private chauffeur driven tour of the Lakes. Very romantic!

Many of our guests actually want to come and do nothing. Just have a weekend of sheer luxury and relaxation. Don't worry, we more than encourage that. Because of our great location by taking just 2 minute walk you can be at the shores of Lake Windermere then be sipping champagne in the comfort of your room moments later. However you choose to spend your break with us at The Cranleigh, if there is anything we can do to enhance your stay please let us know.

We hope to see you soon x

We give more FREE stays than any other hotel in the UK

Graham Hadaway - Friday, May 24, 2013

We've given FORTY FREE STAYS away so far this year and plan to double that by the end of the year.


Have you 'liked' us on Facebook yet? If you haven't it's worth doing so as we have given more prizes of complimentary overnight stays to our Facebook followers than any other hotel in the UK. We find Facebook is the best way of keeping you informed of what we have going on, special offers, competitions and information about the Lakes.

 

In two years we have built almost 66,000 'likes' on our Facebook page and are always keen to grow our social media presence further. We've really pushed our Facebook campaign in the last eight months which has resulted in such a strong following, so thank you, as we can't do this without your help. Now, as an incentive and a further thank you, we'll continue to run competitions for you to win a stay with us.

Have you had the pleasure of staying with us at The Cranleigh yet? Our award winning, 5 star AA Gold Guest House is located a stones throw from the shores of Windermere and right in the centre of the gorgeous Lakeland village of Bowness? We have 18 individually designed bedrooms and bathrooms to choose from. In addition just weeks ago we launched The Hideout Boutique House, a rental property like no other with a cinema room, jacuzzi bath, cocktail bar, mood lighting and ipad controls. It's out of this world!

Our aim is to provide you with, style, pleasure, romance, couple time, luxury, passion.... A sumptuous haven of style and comfort, a world away from the traditional image of luxury hotels.

So, what are you waiting for? Come and like us on facebook and be one of the lucky FORTY winners who will win a free stay with us by the end of the year. click our Facebook like us button for chance to become a winner

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