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IHG adds a Surrey countryside hotel to its voco brand

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This is an interesting one.

IHG is adding the Lythe Hill Hotel to its voco brand later in the Spring.

Lythe Hill is a historic country house hotel set in 22 acres of woodland on the Surrey / Sussex hills. It is a converted farm house and outbuildings on the outskirts of Haslemere, parts of which date back to the 15th century.

Don’t be fooled by this picture:

voco Lythe Hill Hotel

…. because it is actually quite a large complex. What is a little odd is that this is, looking at its website, a wedding venue with only a handful of rooms. This means that it will be heavily booked virtually every weekend already and potentially doesn’t need the additional ad-hoc guests that being part of IHG One Rewards will bring.

The rooms look a little dated but the spa looks decent and there is also a swimming pool:

voco Lythe Hill hotel pool

The hotel currently has 43 rooms but IHG is saying there will soon be 99, so clearly some construction is going on prior to it adopting the voco brand

Lythe Hill is already bookable on ihg.com as an unbranded hotel, with the switch to voco still to come.

It is decent value for redemptions. All dates are currently fixed at 30,000 IHG One Rewards points whilst cash rates in Summer reach £200 for entry level rooms.

You may prefer to pay cash regardless, however. Oddly, whilst the entry level rooms can reach £200, the top suites are only £240. I’d pay the extra £40 and enjoy massively more space.

The hotel is here on ihg.com.

PS. IHG has also added three new UK Holiday Inn hotels recently:


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Comments (17)

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  • Willmo says:

    I’m sure I’m missing something here, but I thought Aer Lingus wasn’t allowed to operate domestic U.K. flights. Doesn’t Belfast – Isle of Man fall into that category?

    • Rob says:

      Emerald Airlines UK Ltd seems to be the operator, presumably with its own CAA licence.

      • Stu N says:

        They have 5 aircraft based at Belfast City flying to Great Britain so must have a UK operator’s licence.

        The Cork-Bristol flight is a welcome return to Cork, I hope it’s a beachhead at ORK for them. Suspect it will be a W pattern from a Dublin based aircraft. Stobart who used to be the franchisee for Aer Lingus Regional had a base and 2 or 3 aircraft at Cork, there was clearly a market pre-covid, let’s hope Ryanair haven’t eaten their lunch in the meantime.

        Cork is well worth a visit, both the city and the surrounding countryside and it’s a great wee airport – like a micro T5.

        • Michael says:

          Emerald has a U.K. licence and an Irish licence. It needs the U.K. licence for BHD domestics though the DUB and ORK to GB routes could be operated under either licence.

          I flew with them from BHD a few times this week. On all the flights the crew made an announcement about the flight being operated by Emerald Airlines on behalf of Aer Lingus. That said, two of the four flights were on a G reg aircraft and the other two were on EI reg aircraft. I thought all the U.K. domestic routes had to be on G reg.

    • Nick says:

      IOM is significantly less domestic than the dozen or so other UK routes Emerald operates from Belfast!

      The key thing that Willmo is missing is that these aren’t operated by Aer Lingus but rather Emerald Airlines, which does have a UK AOC. If the ATR had been considered enough capacity they could have taken over the LHR route from EI, but it isn’t so they didn’t.

    • Mark says:

      The IOM isn’t actually part of the UK. It is a self-governing British Crown Dependency…

      • Willmo says:

        Haha, thanks for all the insightful responses and educating me.

  • Blair Waldorf Salad says:

    Emerald’s overheard compartments are tiddly so can be problematic if connecting on or off a long haul at DUB as EI mainline sized cabin bags must ve put in the hold.

    • Stu_N says:

      …which isn’t so bad going US – Dublin – UK as you can gate check it and drop it at the steps, less good going to the US.

      Common source of grief at Edinburgh particularly with US travellers; saw one argument resolved by the cabin crew allowing lady to take bag on the plane so she could see it doesn’t fit for herself….sheepishly returned to them to check it.

  • NorthernLass says:

    The “new” HI at MAN is usually over £150 pn (£170 flexible) for cash and isn’t offering reward nights at all atm. The HIE just off-site is a much more reasonable option if you’re driving, especially as of course breakfast is included, whereas it’s an extra £10 pp at the HI.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Unless you’re diamond 😉

      • NorthernLass says:

        Diamond is a bit like Schroedinger’s cat atm. I both am, and am not, in respect of future bookings!

        • Matarredonda says:

          In my case not atm but so long as I complete 8 paid bookings by end of March am back in!

  • Chrisdf says:

    OT, my Marriott status still shows as platinum. I gained it early 2020 and it’s been rolled forward as platinum to my understanding til end Feb 2023. Have I somehow got lucky or will it drop to gold in the coming days?

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