Blanch House Boutique Hotel

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Jeremy Ornellas, Blanch House
Telephone: 01273 603504
Melina Collie, Marketing & PR Manager, Blanch House
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Trivago Awards 2017: Best 3 Star Hotel in the South East Goes To Blanch House


Hotel search website have released the results of their annual trivago Awards, using over 175 million aggregated hotel reviews and semantic analysis to determine the best-rated hotels in regions across the UK. This year the best hotels have been awarded across eight different categories: 3-star, 4-star, 5-star, B&Bs, Value for Money, Breakfast, Guest Service and Guest Rooms.

By analysing reviews aggregated from different sources across the web, trivago aims to award hotels on a basis which is accurate, comprehensive and impartial.

Johannes Thomas, Managing Director at trivago, comments “We aggregate and analyse more than 175 million hotel reviews from websites all over the world. This gives us strong insights into what hotels are particularly good at. Our trivago awards recognise those hoteliers who deliver an exceptional experience to their guests, and we are proud and delighted to award those achievements.”

Blanch House boutique hotel in Brighton is the best 3-star hotel in the South East this year, with a rating of 91.88.

Co-owner Jeremy Ornellas commented, “We are always really pleased to gain recognition from independent parties. The trivago judging is a very comprehensive process with the customer as its heart, so the award means a lot to Blanch House. We have a great and really empowered team at Blanch House. We aim to provide a little bit of luxury in which to relax and unwind or explore the delights of Brighton, where nothing is too much trouble for our guests.”

The data for the B&B, 3-star, 4-star and 5-star categories is taken from the trivago Rating Index (tRI), which aggregates over 175 million hotel reviews globally. An algorithm is used to produce a 100-point index score, which is updated daily to produce clear, transparent and unbiased results. For the trivago Awards, hotels with sufficient availability and at least 20 reviews were considered.

Double win for Blanch House Hotel at the Brighton & Hove Hospitality Awards 2016


15 November saw the The Grand Hotel in Brighton packed out with 400 guests for the annual Brighton & Hove Hospitality Awards (BHHA), which was launched in 2014.

The awards celebrate the very best in local hospitality from customer service, food and beverage offering, to commitment to charity work and unsung heroes of the industry.

The team at Blanch House won two first prizes on the night, for the Warmest Welcome in the Independent Hotels sector and also Independent Property of the Year.

Blanch House also won the accolade of Best Customer Service at the recent Brighton and Hove Business Awards.

Co-owner Kerry Turner said: “Our team is motivated and passionate about the hotel. I’m delighted for them. They really deserve to win this award as recognition of their continued hard work, dedication and support in making Blanch House the welcoming, friendly and high standard of hotel that it is. Their commitment to providing outstanding customer service is unfailing and so many times guests feedback on what makes Blanch House truly outstanding is not only the surroundings, but the team which provides such a special experience for guests.”

Photo taken by Simon Callaghan


The Award for Best Breakfast

Winner: Jurys Inn Station Hotel

Finalists: Blanch House, Drakes Hotel and Restaurant

The Award for Cleanliness

Winner: Strawberry Fields

Finalists: The Cavalaire Hotel, Nineteen

The Award for Warmest Welcome (Branded)

Winner: Hilton Brighton Metropole

Finalists: The Grand Brighton, Jurys Inn Station Brighton

The Award for Warmest Welcome (Independent)

Winner: Blanch House

Finalists: The Cavalaire Hotel, The Charm Brighton Boutique Hotel

The Award for Unsung Hero / Heroine

Winner: Hilton Brighton Metropole – Nicky Menzies

Finalists: The Kings Hotel – John Neil; Brighton Harbour Hotel and Spa – Steph Miller

Ambassador for Best Customer Service Experience

Winner: Drakes Hotel and Restaurant

Finalists: Blanch House, Artist Residence Brighton

The Award for Charity and Community

Winner: Hilton Brighton Metropole

Finalists: My Brighton, Limehouse

Outstanding Manager of the Year

Winner: Hilton Brighton Metropole – Richard Hopton

Finalists: The Grand Brighton – Sandra Flanagan; Jurys Inn Waterfront Brighton – Catherine Holmes

The Award for Property of the Year (Branded)

Winner: Jurys Inn Station Brighton

Finalists: The Grand Brighton, My Brighton

The Award for Property of the Year (Independent)

Winner: Blanch House

Finalists: The Claremont, Artist Residence Brighton

Sponsors – Christie & Co, HIT Training, British Airways i360,, RBS, Brighton Visitor, City Cabs, The Argus,, Handelsbanken, Visit Brighton



Blanch House finalist at the Beautiful South Awards 2016



Blanch House has been listed as one of the Beautiful South Awards 2016 finalists. The news means that the team will be awarded either a Gold, Silver or Bronze award at the Tourism Awards ceremony set to be held at the Hilton, Ageas Bowl near Southampton on the 24th November.

Blanch House Hotel is competing in the Boutique Accommodation of the Year category, which seeks to identify smaller properties which are unique, stylish and boutique such as Bed & Breakfasts and Guest Houses which offer an ‘outstanding, memorable stay and personalised service’.

The Beautiful South Awards, sponsored by Shepherd Neame, attracted a record 179 entries this year. The judging took account of entry submissions, along with a combination of information and supporting data relating to web searches, review sites, emails, telephone calls and/or visits, value for money, plus all available additional evidence.  For the finalists, the panel was looking for all elements of the Blanch House business to be ‘excellent, with some of them outstanding’.

Over the last 5 years Blanch House has gone from strength to strength, including maintaining a number 1 position on TripAdvisor for ‘Brighton & East Sussex Hotels’ since September 2014. Their growing accolade of industry and business awards include a Traveller’s Choice Award for Hotels for Romance, awarded to only 1% of hotels in the world and most recently Blanch House won the 2016 BAHBA Award for Best Customer Service.



Blanch House win at the 2016 Brighton & Hove Business Awards

Kerry & Jeremy

Blanch House has won the accolade of Best Customer Service at the Brighton & Hove Business Awards (BAHBAs) presented at a ceremony at All Saints Church, Hove on Thursday 15 September. Runners up in the category included Flowers Unlimited and The Grand Hotel.

The sell-out event was attended by over 300 guests from around 100 different Brighton businesses and included MPs from Hove, Caroline Lucas from Brighton Pavilion, as well as the Deputy Mayor and the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Peter Field.

Co-owner Kerry Turner commented, “We couldn’t be more delighted. Our team is motivated and empowered – proud and passionate about the hotel. Everyone works well together from house-keeping, to the customer-facing management team. Everyone is involved and has input. The team at Blanch House really enjoys their work, which creates a harmonious ambience, frequently commented on by our guests.”

Fellow co-owner Jeremy Ornellas added “We are constantly looking at ways of enhancing our guest experience through improvements and developments and are very much focussed on the results of customer feedback. Often it’s the small details which can make all the difference. The team is proud to be extremely proactive in maintaining high standards and driving the evolution of Blanch House.”

Over the last 5 years Blanch House has gone from strength to strength, including maintaining a number 1 position on TripAdvisor for ‘Brighton & East Sussex Hotels’ since September 2014. Their growing accolade of industry and business awards include a Traveller’s Choice Award for Hotels for Romance, awarded to only 1% of hotels in the world.

2016 BAHBA Award for Best Customer Service:

Winner: Blanch House

Highly Commended: Flowers Unlimited

Finalist: The Grand Brighton

Fashion Cities Africa at Brighton Museum Open until 8 January 2017


Fashion Cities AfricaBrighton museum is currently host to the first large scale British exhibition dedicated to contemporary African fashion, exploring trends from the catwalk to street wear. Designers, stylists, photographers and bloggers from Casablanca in Morocco, Lagos in Nigeria, Nairobi in Kenya and Johannesburg in South Africa, take you on a journey in their own words, pictures and fabrics. The show includes an exciting range of apparel, illustrated with film and sound where visitors can immerse themselves in the best of African design.



Ren Harvieu & Romeo (Magic Numbers) at the Komedia Mon 26 September


ren-harvieu-romeoFor those with a taste for the more contemporary, Romeo Stodart of London’s indie band The Magic Numbers, will be teaming up with singer Ren Harvieu for a night which will showcase their respective back catalogues. The duo will also be playing live some of their recent tracks written in partnership. Their unique stripped-back soulful sound is simply captivating. The Komedia is 14-minute walk from Blanch House. Why not join us for an early evening signature cocktail before you head out for the night?

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Brighton Dome & Strings Attached Monday 20th Sept


Brighton plays host to a vast array of musical genres every year with much of the talent home grown. In an evening concert marking the start of their 2016/17 chamber music season with Strings Attached, the Doric String Quartet unites the sounds of Bartók’s Fourth String Quartet with Debussy’s early G minor Quartet, described as ‘a work that threw out the rulebook in search of expressive freedom’. Now established as Britain’s leading string quartet of a generation, it continues to receive worldwide acclaim and is not be missed. The Brighton Dome is only a 12-minute walk from Blanch House.

Free tickets for 8 – 25 year-olds

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Vintage Brighton at the Corn Exchange Sun 18 Sep – Sun 13 Nov 2016

vintage-brighton-2Brighton & Hove are awash with quirky retro shops, selling everything from feather boas to crockery with many right on Blanch House’s doorstep. From 18th September to 13th November this autumn, the Vintage Fair at Brighton’s Corn Exchange will be showcasing small items of furniture, homewares, collectables and accessories. Only a 12-minute walk from Blanch House it’s only £2 entry and under 12s go free. Why not complete the perfect morning following your delicious home-cooked breakfast at Blanch House with a delve into vintage Brighton and live music from the Time Travellers?

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Cocktail of the month: Berry Mojitos


Cocktail of the monthIt seems like the summer sun is not quite ready to check out in Brighton and we couldn’t be more delighted, as it gives the Blanch House team the ideal excuse for dreaming up beautifully refreshing new cocktails.

Why not wind down after your day by the sea with one of our Blueberry or Raspberry Mojitos? Each glass is blended to perfection with white rum, fresh mint and lime, homemade blueberry or raspberry sugar syrup and served over ice.

British Airways i360


Walk On Air in the Brand New i360

The much anticipated, newest addition to Brighton’s sea front, the British Airways i360 opened its doors this August. As the world’s tallest moving observation tower it’s expected to attract people from far and wide. As you ascend the 450ft tower you are treated to incredible views of Brighton, the South Downs and the Sussex coastline.


Why not join us at Blanch House for afternoon tea then stroll along the promenade to experience Brighton’s famous sunset for yourself from the i360 pod?

Brighton Festival & The Brighton Fringe 2016

Brighton Fringe Festival and the Brighton Festival return to our vibrant city on 6th and 7th May respectively.

Brighton Fringe 2016 is the largest  arts festival in England with open access to every imaginable art-form. What makes it extra special is the city itself.  Brighton and Hove’s unique blend of heritage, diversity, creativity and innovative thinking inspires and influences people far beyond its sunny, South Coast location. The Brighton Fringe runs from 6th May to 5th June 2016.

Fringe activities started way back in 1967 at the time of the first main festival.  Since then it has grown exponentially and remains completely “open-access” meaning any performer of any art-form can register to appear for a small fee meaning visitors have to expect the unexpected. A wonderful part of the Fringe Festival is the Artists’ Open Houses programme in which artists invite the public into their homes, studios and gardens to display, discuss and sell their work. This will be running from 30th April to 30th May.

Brighton Festival’s guest director to celebrate its 50th year, is Laurie Anderson, an experimental artist and musician and hailed as ‘one of America’s most daring and creative pioneers’. The Brighton Festival runs from 7th May to 29th May.

We can’t wait for the fun to begin and we like to think that our boutique hotel captures the spirit of festival season.  We can even offer you one of our famous breakfasts before you pop off to one of the festival’s innovative morning after sessions or a delicious afternoon tea in between one of the afternoon perfomances.

If you’d like to come and stay call us on 01273 603504, fill out our contact form or send an email to

Blanch House Named Winner in 2016 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for Hotels for Romance

BRIGHTON, EAST SUSSEX – 11th, February, 2016 Blanch House ( today announced it has been recognised as a winner in the Hotels for Romance category of the 2016 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice™ awards for Hotels, ranking 14th out of the top 25 in the UK and, the only hotel in Brighton to receive this award. For the 14th year, TripAdvisor has highlighted the world’s top properties based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from travellers around the globe. Winners were identified in the categories of Top Hotels, Bargain, B&Bs and Inns, Luxury, Service and Small Hotels. The hallmarks of Travellers’ Choice winners are remarkable service, quality and value.

 “We’re absolutely thrilled to have won this award,” said Kerry Turner, Proprietor of Blanch House.  “Central to everything we do is to delight our guests by providing them with a unique environment where nothing is too much trouble.  To be recognized in the top hotels for romance, highlights the growing popularity we have seen of our Romantic Package, the number of guests who have proposed at our venue and, also those who choose Blanch House as their wedding venue, hiring the whole hotel on an Exclusive Use basis, for a very special and memorable occasion.”

 To see TripAdvisor traveller reviews and opinions of Blanch House go to:


 Blanch House Romantic Packages available from £149 per room


Blanch House Wedding Packages available from £85 per person

Exclusive Use of Blanch House available from £2,495


About Blanch House – Brighton’s original boutique hotel, Blanch House is situated in a discreet side street in the vibrant Kemp Town area of Brighton and is a mere pebble’s throw from the city’s stunning Regency seafront. Each of the hotel’s 12 guest bedrooms have a unique design to provide elegant and comfortable accommodation to suit different tastes. Conferences, Weddings, Private Dining and Functions as well as exclusive use of the hotel are also available.

For more information visit or call 01273 603504


Media Contact

Natasha Haim
Telephone: 01273 603504

Steven Edwards brings ‘Taste of Autumn’ Menu to pop up evening at Blanch House

Steven Edwards

Winner of MasterChef the Professionals and formerly of South Lodge Hotel, Steven Edwards and his business partner Josh Stanzl are set to bring an evening of fine dining using local ingredients served in the boutique surroundings of Blanch House in Kemptown, on the evening of Wednesday 25th November.

Their 6-course ‘Taste of Autumn’ menu will be served to delight dinner guests on the evening.  Take a peek at the Menu below:

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Brighton Fringe Festival Top Picks by Blanch House

So, this coming Friday 1st May 2015, marks the start of England’s largest arts festival, the Brighton Fringe Festival in our very own home town. With over 750 shows over the month of the Fringe, across a multitude of genres, we have for you our insider Top Picks of must-see shows at the Brighton Fringe:

The Bookish Supper Society: Fringe Edition at La Cave à Fromage, Western Road
In a Fringe edition of The Bookish Supper Society, Myriad authors Emily Bullock and Jonathan Kemp will be in conversation with Laura Lockington discussing their new novels. The Longest Fight by Emily Bullock is a beautiful and brutal debut set in 1950s London amidst the gritty world of boxing. Ghosting, by award-winning novelist Jonathan Kemp, delivers the triumphant coming of age of a woman in her sixties who thinks she has seen the ghost of her first husband. Price includes cheese & charcuterie.
20 May 7:00 PM from £24.06 – £27.50

Camille O’Sullivan at Brighton Spiegeltent, Old Steine Pleasure Gardens
Born in London of a French mother and Irish father, Camille has stunned audiences worldwide with 5-star dramatic interpretations of Nick Cave, Jacques Brel, Tom Waits, Radiohead. Fierce, amusing and mesmerizing, the original star of La Clique transforms each song she performs into a grippingly theatrical experience, inextricably drawing her audience into a world inhabited by the bizarre and wonderful.
“A major star” Scotsman ★★★★★ “Exceptional voice” – TimeOut ★★★★★
2-3 May 20:00 4, 6-10, 12-13 May 21:00 £20 (£18)

The Wedding Reception at Sussex County Cricket Club
From the producers of the Faulty Towers the Dining Experience comes a wedding reception with a difference. You were not invited to the wedding because Kate and Will eloped to avoid massive family arguments. But now they’re back to face the music and they want to celebrate with everyone, including you. A new immersive comedy, with meal included. 1-2, 8-9 May 19:00 £39

Black is the Color of My Voice at The Old Market, Upper Market Street
Inspired by the life of Nina Simone, Apphia Campbell’s hit one-woman show follows jazz musician and civil rights activist Mena Bordeaux as she undergoes a three day period of spiritual cleansing following the untimely death of her father. Hitting Brighton after multiple sold out performances in Shanghai and NYC. “Campbell transfixed, she charmed, she entertained and ultimately moved a packed theatre with her touching portrayal” (, ***** (Scotsgay), **** (The Times).
27-28 May 20:00 £12 (£10)

Regency Delights at Angel House, Brunswick Terrace
May 1831: the new owner of 1 Brunswick Terrace, Mr Thomas Carter, is out to impress Brighton society with his infamous Regency dance soirées. Twice nightly instruction with MC Henry Adams and a range of genteel libations of which to partake at the Regency Salon Bar. ‘Mr Darcy’ cocktail and 45 min class included.
6, 9, 13, 20 May 18:30, 20:00 £10

Tina C: Herstory at Brighton Spiegeltent
A special night to celebrate the second volume of her autobiography. HerStory is a personal unique female history of the highs, lows and even greater highs of one of country music’s more enduring celebrities. Tina C!
27-29 May 19:15 £12 (£10)

Edana Minghella Sings Billie Holiday at The Brunswick
Much-loved Brighton-based vocalist Edana Minghella presents two nights of her stunning sell-out tribute to Billie Holiday. A moving, highly personal performance of song and story which those who love the power of the voice and the magic of jazz won’t want to miss. Expect emotional ballads and down and dirty blues from Lady Day’s vast repertoire, including a heartbreaking ‘Don’t Explain’ and signature ‘Lover Man’. Edana’s quartet includes acclaimed saxophonist Lee Goodall (ex-Van Morrison).
17 May 20:30 £10 (£8) 23 May 20:00 £12 (£10)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream at St Ann’s Well Gardens – The Scented Garden
A festival favourite founded by its current producer in 1989 in Queens Park. It reformed, relocating to St Anne’s Well Park, 6 years ago with Nicholas Quirke directing its acclaimed shows. Following a gap last year it’s back! Showcasing a talented, new cast and director, Shakespeare actress, Rebecca Lowndon. Experience everyone’s favourite comedy performed in the most magical of settings. 15% box office takings donated to Rocking Horse Appeal.
15, 17, 29, 31 May 18:45 £12 (£10) (£14 on the door) (£5 Under 16s) (Under 5s free) 16, 30 May 18:45 £13 (£11) (£15 on the door) (£5 Under 16s) (Under 5s free)

Classical Spectacular at St Bartholomew’s Church
Sublime classics by some of the world’s most celebrated composers performed with professional soloists and orchestra within the wonderful setting of St Bartholomew’s Church. Haydn’s magnificent battle inspired Nelson Mass features alongside Vivaldi’s electrifying Double Trumpet Concerto. Mozart’s exquisite Laudate Dominum and powerful Symphony No.29 complete this explosive programme, which opens with Handel’s jubilant Zadok the Priest.
9 May 19:30 £15 (£12)

Herbie’s Jazz Breakfast at Brighton Spiegeltent
Start every Brighton Fringe Sunday in the company of a living legend, bassist Herbie Flowers and his incredible bands. Enjoy the extraordinary talents of the UKs finest jazz musicians up close and personal – and a bit of a chat.
3, 10, 17, 24, 31 May 11:00 £12 (£10)

An Evening With… The Rat Pack of Opera at Brighton Spiegeltent
An entertaining and uplifting hour of stunning vocals, luscious harmonies and witty banter from the UK’s premier classical-crossover vocal trio. A wonderful evening out… you’ll be glad you came
10 May 19:15 £12 (£10)

The Treason Show: Election Special! at The Rialto Theatre
The Treason Show, Brighton’s cult, long standing satirical comedy sketch show, will perform the day before, the day of, and the two days after the election. On election night itself, their show will be followed by an election after-party including live election coverage as it unfolds.
6 May 20:30 £9 (£7), 7 May 22:00 £15, 8 – 9 May 20:30 £10 (£12.50 on the door)

Bach Cello Suites & Beethoven Cello Sonatas Complete at St Michael & All Angels Church
Beautiful cellist Pavlos returns on the 9th/10th to feed our ears with sublime cello suites performed over two evenings. Pavlos then returns again on the 30th/31st with rising star pianist Louisa Lam in Beethoven’s cello sonatas, which are full of human emotion and absolutely not to be missed.
9-10, 30-31 May 19:30 £10 (£8 Over 60s) (£5 all other concessions)

The Brighton Fringe Festival is from 1st – 31st May 2015.  Book your tickets at the Fringe Festival website here.

For any accommodation requirements during the Brighton Fringe Festival, please contact us on 01273 603504 or at and we’ll be delighted to assist you.

Blanch House Wins Ambassador for Customer Service Award 2014

To mark it’s 4th year since re-opening its doors, Blanch House was delighted to win the Ambassador for Customer Service 2014 at the inaugural Brighton and Hove Hoteliers Awards in November.

Kerry Turner Co-Owner of Blanch House said,

“Our aim is to provide our guests with a unique experience with Blanch House as a home from home where they can enjoy that little bit of luxury with the ethos that nothing is too much trouble. We were absolutely thrilled to win this award of recognition for our fantastic team and that our guests are at the heart of everything we do.”

Blanch House changed its status from B&B to Townhouse Hotel earlier this year as it has continued to grow its offering from providing not only boutique accommodation but also playing host to Private Dining, Wedding Ceremonies and Receptions, Business Conferences and Meetings as well as other various events.  Exclusive Use of Blanch House is also popular for both leisure and business.

Read the article on the Awards Evening as featured in the Argus here:

Blanch House in the News

Enjoy the Magic of a South Coast Gem

Perrier Jouet Suite, Blanch House

Our signature Perrier Jouet Suite is quoted as being “…the hotel room you have waited for all of your life…”
Read more as to why, here.


Art at Blanch House

Art at Blanch House

What makes a boutique hotel are a combination of unique features which creates an individual place unlike anywhere else.

If you’ve ever been to Blanch House you may have noticed the collection of wonderful paintings on display, one of the elements which makes Blanch House unique.

These works are by local Brighton artist, Lyn Rohde.  Lyn has exhibited widely in solo exhibitions as well as with other artists at the Royal Academy of Arts, London and elsewhere and that we are delighted to also feature at Blanch House.

Through the artist’s eye, we view the world from a totally different, thought-provoking perspective.  Lyn finds inspiration in her immediate environment as well as the places she visits in England and abroad.  With vibrant colour and strong rhythm of line, Lyn’s art brings a unique warmth, intensity and wit to places and objects we all know.

You can see more of Lyn’s work on her website which features her entire collection as well as the opportunity to order originals, prints or contact Lyn for private commissions.

Blanch House Business Club Launch Event

Blanch House launched its exciting  new Business Club on the evening of 26th September 2013 at Blanch House for a group of specially selected members of the Brighton Business Community as its founder members.

The launch event was attended by innovative business leaders and entrepreneurs across a broad range of different industries in Brighton.

A leader in innovation, Guest Speaker Mike Herd, Executive Director of The Brighton Innovation Centre, awarded the Queen’s Award this year, officially launched the Business Club.

The Blanch House Business Club has been created to bring together innovative leaders in the Brighton Business Community across a wide range of different industries.  Membership is complimentary and by invitation or referral.  For more information on the Business Club please click here.

Perrier Jouet champagne flowed and a tasting of Tall Horse wines was enjoyed by all, kindly provided by event sponsors Pernod Ricard and HT White accompanied by Blanch House’s delightful canapés and sweets.

Here are some shots of the evening. To view the full gallery, just click on the individual images.

Blanch House is looking forward to welcoming members to the next event.

 Membership Information

Business Club Membership is free of charge and by invitation from Blanch House or referral from a current member.  To ensure that we meet all of our members personalised business needs, membership numbers are limited.

For any inquiries with regards to the Blanch House Business Club please email us at or call 01273 603504

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