Three UK hotels gain AA honour

Three further hotels, from Hand Picked Hotels? luxury collection of country house hotels, have been awarded four Red Star status - the AA?s Inspectors? supreme accolade for the best performing hotels in Britain and Ireland. At a special awards lunch, which honoured the very best in British hospitality, Ettington Park Hotel near Stratford Upon Avon; Wood Hall Hotel & Spa in Wetherby, West Yorkshire and Rhinefield House Hotel in the New Forest has received four Red Star status in recognition of superior quality of accommodation and customer service.

Two other Hand Picked Red Star Hotels have also been re-awarded this status: Chilston Park in Lenham, Kent and Crathorne Hall in Yarm, North Yorkshire. Seiont Manor in Snowdonia holds three Red Stars.

The awards are the latest in a long line of accolades for Julia Hands? unique collection of country house hotels:

- Hampshire Life?s Restaurant of the Year 2006 - Rhinefield House Hotel?s Armada restaurant

- AA Hotel Group of the Year 2004 2005


- One of the top 50 companies to watch in 2005 by Real Business magazine

- Chief Executive, Julia Hands is a finalist for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the National Business Awards 2006 in addition to:

- The top award in the Tourism and Leisure business sector for the First Women Awards 2005, organised by the CBI in conjunction with Real Business magazine

- The Business Excellence Award presented by the Tourism Minister

Julia Hands, Chairman and Chief Executive, comments on the awards: OThe AA Red Star awards are further recognition of the investment both financially and personally that the Hand Picked Hotels? team have put into creating the very best country house hotel experience for our guests grounded in the highest standards of quality, service and cuisine and combined with stunning, historical settings.

The six Red Star Hotels are all part of Hand Picked Hotels? unique collection of 14 luxury country house hotels across the UK and Jersey, all of which combine stunning locations and impressive history with fine wine and dining, stylish interiors and the latest modern amenities.