For centuries, the giant redwood that stood in front of BEST WESTERN PLUS Blunsdon House Hotel near Swindon was the tallest tree for miles around. Then a lightning bolt struck in July 2007 and brought it crashing down. The Clifford’s commissioned a travelling artist to turn what remained of the redwood into a piece of art. The result, a carving of tawny owls, inspired the management to install nesting boxes and, to date; three broods of owlets have been successfully raised in the hotel grounds. The Blunsdon House owls can often be heard at night, and are also commemorated
in the name of the hotel restaurant, Tawny’s.
The BEST WESTERN Royal Hotel in St Heliers porter Michael Ferns is a talented artist. So talented, in fact, that he’s just had his first book published. His atmospheric pen and ink drawings feature in an illustrated book about the 1781 Battle of Jersey, which lasted a mere 15 minutes but defined the island’s character for centuries to come. The people at historic trust Jersey Heritage were so impressed with his style they’ve now asked him to work on a foldout book illustrating the island’s culture and heritage.
Hotel’s artistic endeavours
With Liverpool, Manchester and Chester all within easy driving distance, there’s plenty for the art lover in the area around BEST WESTERN Fir Grove Hotel and Restaurant, Warrington. Among the well-known attractions are The Lowry in Salford Quays, Warrington Museum and Art Gallery, Pyramid & Parr Hall, and Tatton Park, all with priceless collections. But actually, guests don’t need to leave the hotel to enjoy fine art. Fir Grove has a sculpture garden which includes some incredible pieces of work, as well as its own art gallery displaying works by local artists.