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Old 03-22-2006, 08:33 AM   #1
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Luxurious Country Hotels

I am currently in the process of setting up my very own luxurious country style hotel within the western area of Wales, UK.
If possible, could some of the online travel community give me some ideas to the areas below?
Any suggestions and recommendations will be treated in complete confidence and strict confidentiality.
The topic areas are:
  • How much to charge for a 4 star luxurious suite, complete with en-suite shower and WC facilities?
  • What type of activities, if any would you like to participate in if you were to stay at the hotel? some possible ideas are clay pigeon shooting, fishing, flaconry and walking.
  • What type of gourmet food and beverages would you recommend at the hotel?
I stress again that all answers will be treated seriously and with the strictest confidence. This forum is included as part of some primary research for the hotel. thank you
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Old 03-22-2006, 10:10 AM   #2
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Re: Luxurious Country Hotels

* how much u would charge would depend on the day of the week, time of the year and how many people were in that particular group but really you arent looking at charging anything below £100 per person per night including breakfast, providing all activities and meals are catered for you are looking at doubling that figure.
* Cant say I'd participate in most of the activities mentioned however if there was fishing available id asume thered be a lake so maybe you could offer boat trips or rowing around the lake, all depends what market of people your aiming at. Indoor activities would be popular with older people such as drawing/painting etc. would there be a spa there?
*The food u would expect to find in a 4* hotel would be high quality with some traditional dishes and some exotic. the quality would be down to the chef u chose to work there n his style would be seen throughout. A vast wine list would be available for people to see and an extensive list of champagnes would be to hand, u could even have wine tasting as part of your activities.
Think i gone on enough now.. x
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Old 03-23-2006, 06:53 AM   #3
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Re: Luxurious Country Hotels

cheers kirsty....as a hospitality student yourself, that advice is brilliant
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Old 03-23-2006, 09:01 AM   #4
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- I don't know what the standard price in the area is for four-star hotels but would search travel websites e.g. lastminute to get a general idea. Also would consider half/full board especially if the hotel had a number of sports which you had to also pay for
- are you having a swimming pool in the hotel? that would definetly attract me to it. out of the activities suggested I think I would only do walking, the others seem a bit more specialist. The spa suggested sounds brilliant though.
- Food wise, local and fresh food is always a bonus. You'd have to consider if you were going to have a buffet type restaurant or al'a carte (or even both). Also you need to be able to cater for speciality diets, e.g. dairy free/gluten free/ vegetarians - they often get forgotten but the word spreads if they are well catered for. Of course, you should also have a good wine list, and maybe a cocktail bar!
Hope thats enough from me x
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Old 03-23-2006, 09:56 AM   #5
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thanks em! typical you talking about a wine bar! XthanksX
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Old 03-24-2006, 08:42 AM   #6
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Re: Luxurious Country Hotels

I wouldnt know how much to charge because my knowledge in this area is very vasgue. But I believe that £150 would be adequate

I would like to participate in hilwalking, canoeing, bike riding, fishing, archery and other outdoor pursuits.

I would recomend traditional dishes such as fish and chips, sunday dinner specials with lanm, sauge pie/cottage pie with a vast amount of wine and soft drinks such as mountain water. Always with the emphasis on a traditional warm feeling and service throughout.

As you know I know sod all about travel and beverages and all that Gareth, but I did my best and I hope it helps you boss - Mike Searle.
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Old 03-24-2006, 09:40 AM   #7
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thanks for that mike mate...good advice with the dishes and activities!
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Old 03-29-2006, 05:30 AM   #8
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Re: Luxurious Country Hotels

A hotel such as what you are intending to set up in Carmarthenshire will be a major asset in bringing more tourists to the area.
in terms of dishes, i would suggest that you go with what other people have stated and go with the local dishes.
in terms of room prices, i would suggest inbetween the £140-£160 mark would seem reasonable enough.
and finally in terms of activities, i would suggest that having activities at the hotel, not initially but in the course of time would give choices to the guests as to what to do during their stay at the hotel. hope this is a small help to you
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