With the smoking ban only a few days away, five Hotel du Vin properties will offer shelter for smokers put out in the cold.
From July 1, the Winchester, Tunbridge Wells, Cheltenham, Henley on Thames and Glasgow hotels will offer "Cigar Shacks" in their gardens.
The shacks have been designed by The Bothy Lodge Company, which provides luxury wooden retreats to hoteliers. The Cigar Shacks are heated and have under floor heating too. The shacks also have wireless internet access and are decked out with comfortable seating and tables.
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The Hotel Du Vin Glasgow, which opened in September last year has been re-fitted with a further 14 new rooms. The 49-room hotel is in the West End of the city and has a bistro bar, and whiskey room as well as the "Cigar Shack" as mentioned above.
At the other end of the UK, Hotel du Vin has just bought the Mansion House Hotel in Poole, Dorset. The hotel will be refurbished over the next few months and will re-launch as Hotel du Vin Poole in April next year.
Report by Felicity Cousins