Hurley House Hotel
Hurley House Hotel, completely refurbished by Spratley Studios and completed in 2016, is one of only three hotels shortlisted in the UK and Ireland in the ‘Best Small & Exclusive’ category of the Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence 2018. Created to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across their recommended properties, the world-renowned Awards for Excellence are a trusted mark of quality recognised by consumers and travel professionals alike.
The judges said:
“Traditional English country pub on the outside and ultra-chic 10-room retreat inside, Hurley House Hotel is an unexpected surprise in the Berkshire riverside village of Hurley…this stylish bolthole wouldn’t be out of place in the heart of London’s Mayfair. The tastefully decorated rooms are awash with high-end furnishings set to a backdrop of elegant Farrow & Ball shades and state-of-the-art touches such as high-speed fibre optic broadband, underfloor heating and powerful rain showers. Use of leather, granite, limestone and oak adds a timeless finish to the suave scene.”
Condé Nast Johansens are a travel media company and publishers of VOGUE, GQ, Traveller, TATLER, House and Garden, and BRIDES.
The Bottle and Glass Inn
Another recently completed project, The Bottle and Glass Inn in Binfield Heath, has been listed in the Michelin Guide 2018 and has also been awarded L’Assiette Michelin (the Michelin Plate).
L’Assiette Michelin, was introduced last year for establishments which have almost reached the standards required for a Michelin star. This is quite an accomplishment for the team in such a short period of time.
The Brakespear Brewery owned The Bottle and Glass for a number of years but struggled to keep the pub open due to an above average turnover of licensees. In 2014, Binfield Heath Parish Council registered the pub as an asset of the community and it was bought by the Phillimore Estate.
Spratley Studios redeveloped and refurbished the inn which opened its doors in April 2017 and is now run by David Holliday and Alex Sergeant. The development of the site was part of a clear strategy to reinvest in a community asset and the design has delivered an inn that celebrates the building’s Grade II listed character and simultaneously has delivered future commercial viability.