The award-winning Hand Picked Hotels, created by former City lawyer Julia Hands, are luxurious country house hotels renowned for good food, fine wines and excellent service in stylish, relaxing surroundings.
There are 17 hotels across the UK, with locations ranging from the New Forest and Jersey to Yorkshire and Edinburgh.
Hand Picked Hotels focuses on the quality of its service and cuisine. 15 hotels have achieved two AA rosette status and one hotel, Norton House Hotel & Spa in Edinburgh, has achieved three AA rosettes. In addition Norton House Hotel & Spa was awarded AA Hotel of the Year for Scotland 2008-2009. Eight hotels have achieved red star status and are among the AA’s Top 200 hotels in the UK & Ireland. In 2007, Julia Hands was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the hospitality industry.