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Country House Hotel: UK Heritage

Rich Historic Cities: Bandung vs Birmingham

Leisure activities has been around for almost a year by now. It has been mainly catering on family time holiday in a great historic value of Bandung regency. Unique regency which was undergone redesigned town planning back in 1920s due to the then booming agriculture sector and was supposedly planned for future to be capital city. The booming was as such that an oldest Hydropower Plant in the area was already built a decade earlier by tea plantation tycoon; Bosscha.

          Today we still could see the harmonious balanced of                  oldies heritage with modern tourist attractions.

Though no doubt this early 20th century booming was due to the Industrial Revolution through the invention of Steam engine, which in turn was made possible by improvement to the separate condenser invention. It was the duo of James Watt and Matthew Boulton who shaped much of the successful implementation for Steam engine production out of their workshop at Soho Foundry near Birmingham.

Birmingham today is much like the very existence of Bandung, certainly in much bigger scale at Northern part of hemisphere. It was the center of the Industrial Revolution yet has a mixed attraction of British medieval heritage with modern tourist amenities. Beautiful canal transportation system built in early 1800s (Grand Union Canal and Birmingham Canal Navigations Main Line), St Mary's Guildhall (with the famous folklore of Lady Godiva located at Coventry, 30 km east of Birmingham), Warwick Castle and those charming country houses. Where as its modern facilities include amongst other; Cadbury World (Chocolate factory tour), Broomeycroft farm, Sealife Centre, the Big Wheel and Touchwood shopping centre. Furthermore in 2004 the city was ranked as the third best place to shop in the United Kingdom, being described as a "world-class shopping centre".

The St. Johns Country House Hotel

But more importantly for tourist accommodation purposes there are great number of country house hotels being refurbished recently; resembling Bandung’s attraction with Dutch Indies buildings being preserved and converted into such unique, charming and attractive Hotels. The St. Johns Hotel (formerly known as the Renaissance Solihull Hotel) is one of such rare charming heritage occupying an equally attractive historic county house estate. Its mid section consists of a traditional red brick house to which modern blocks have been extended on either side. This iconic city centre hotel is set in the leafy suburbs of Solihull just a short walk from the Birmingham town centre.

The luxury 4 star country house hotel offers a stylish and contemporary setting with extensive car parking whereby the guests could make use of the modern leisure club with indoor swimming pool. Interestingly enough it is within short distance to the Sea Life Centre, the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and also Cadbury World. It is four miles from the national exhibition centre (NEC) and international airport as well as within 5 minutes walk from train station. It is also an excellent base from which to visit many of England's best loved tourist attractions, including Warwick Castle, Coventry Cathedral, the Cotswolds and Stratford Upon Avon.

The St. Johns country house Hotel is also very handy for shops; being nearby to the local shopping precincts with lots of choice including large John Lewis, M&S as well as eating places and trendy bars. Highly trained professional staffs are indeed complementary to the great facilities of The St. Johns Hotel which preserves the virtues of dedicated conference, training and quality family time venues. This is consistent with 7 very simple values introduced by its owner Principal Hayley rigorously applying to its other 21 country house Hotels across the UK.

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