To still be on the very best of terms with a designer after building and renovating a five star country resort, an 18th Century mansion and hotel on London’s Piccadilly, says as much about Martin’s perseverance and personality as it does about the quality of his work. 10 years ago at The Grove, Martin invented the terms ‘Groovy Grand’ and ‘Tradition with a modern twist’ and so for the first time created a hotel that combines the best of the country with London’s style and panache – an approach much mimicked ever since. Daniel Levy

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