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Inside the Strictly hotel where the professionals stayed

While Strictly Come Dancing is always packed with glitz and glamour one of the most eye-catching parts of the launch show this weekend was a stunning 16th century Tudor hotel.

Fans of the show were given a glimpse of how the Strictly professional dancers lived when they were preparing for this year’s series.

Because of coronavirus restrictions, the professional dancers had to quit their own homes and move into a hotel together.

That allowed them to form a single household – meaning they could rehearse together and even perform the group dances together.

All the group dances have been pre-recorded – while the professionals were staying in the hotel – and will be shown throughout the series.

Now you can take a look inside the luxury hotel where the professionals stayed.



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The luxury Manor Hotel where the professional dancers rehearsed their group routines (Image: BBC)

The Manor Hotel, formerly called the Edgwarebury Hotel, sits on the site of a traditional Tudor house from 1540, reports The Mirror.

The official website states the hotel was founded on “rich heritage and traditional values of quality and originality”.

The hotel is the former house of Commander Sir Arthur Trevor Dawson and was previously transformed into a private country club in the 1930s, before becoming a hotel in the 1960s.

The standard double bedrooms are house in a more contemporary area of the hotel with a double bed, en suite bathroom, seating area, Wi-Fi, large television, and tea and coffee making facilities.

There are also larger ‘Superior’ doubles in the contemporary wing, but the ‘Deluxe doubles’ are housed in the main Tudor house itself and are much more spacious with larger beds and a look at the London skyline from the second floor.

The new episodes of Strictly will feature some elaborate and show-stopping group performances, which the gang crafted inside a large temporary structure erected on the lush and large grounds of the hotel.

Dancer Amy Dowden said: “We usually spend the whole month learning all the group numbers and perform them throughout the series.

“However, this year, we have pre-recorded all of the group numbers to make it safer for us all.”

Due to restrictions surrounding coronavirus, the new series will now run for only nine weeks and will not feature the traditional Halloween special nor the Blackpool week.

Blackpool has been placed into Tier Three restrictions.

Everyone on set for the new episodes will regularly undergo temperature checks, wear masks, and stay hygienic and sanistise.

The set in Elstree will also be regularly sanitised and receive substantial deep cleans to ensure the safety of the cast and crew.

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Inside Strictly pro dancers’ isolation hotel with huge dance tent as they form a bubble to stop spread of coronavirus

THE STRICTLY pro dancers showed off their isolation hotel with its huge dance tent as they formed a bubble to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Last night Strictly fans were given a glimpse of their accommodation ahead of the show, with dancer Neil Jones saying: “All the pros and some of the crew are moving into this amazing hotel.”

The Manor Hotel, near the Elstree Studios, became a home for the stars

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The Manor Hotel, near the Elstree Studios, became a home for the stars
The dancers were reunited at The Manor Hotel, near the Elstree Studios

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The dancers were reunited at The Manor Hotel, near the Elstree Studios

Janette Manrara then revealed they had to quarantine for 14 days and be tested twice for coronavirus before arriving at the hotel, where they filmed many of the group dances for the series.

Amy Dowden added: “Due to Covid-19 and the guidelines in place, we have had to create a bubble.”

The dancers reunited at the historic, The Manor Hotel, near the Elstree Studios in order to pre-record the spectacular routines.

She continued: “We usually spend the whole month learning all the group numbers and perform them throughout the series. However, this year, we have pre-recorded all of the group numbers to make it safer for us all.”

The Strictly pro dancers endured an intense stint in isolation where they practised the group numbers

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The Strictly pro dancers endured an intense stint in isolation where they practised the group numbers
The dancers were tested and quarantined for two weeks before heading into the hotel

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The dancers were tested and quarantined for two weeks before heading into the hotelCredit: BBC

Coronavirus measures also mean that while couples will be in close quarters with each other during rehearsals and performances, they will socially distance from other contestants.

Either the professional dancer or the celebrity will also be living on their own for the duration of the series as they form an exclusive support bubble.

This has meant Strictly’s Janette Manrara is living apart from husband Aljaz Skorjanec.

The stunning Tudor house

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The stunning Tudor house

Strictly will run for just nine weeks this year, with no Halloween special or Blackpool trip.

Everyone on set must wear a mask, take frequent temperature checks and sanitise.

There will be multiple deep cleans each day, and anyone on set must sign a form to state they have no Covid symptoms.

Amy Dowden revealed the dancers were asked to isolate

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Amy Dowden revealed the dancers were asked to isolate

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Strictly Come Dancing pros give a glimpse into their ‘hotel bubble’

The Strictly Come Dancing professionals gave fans a glimpse into their ‘hotel bubble’ on Saturday’s launch show.

The dancers were forced to self-isolate together for 14 days last month at the historic, The Manor Hotel, near the Elstree Studios in order to pre-record the group routines.

Listing the show’s strict regulations, the pros revealed they were placed in quarantine for 14 days and tested twice for coronavirus before moving in.

Bubble: The Strictly Come Dancing professionals gave fans a glimpse into their 'hotel bubble' on Saturday's launch show

Bubble: The Strictly Come Dancing professionals gave fans a glimpse into their ‘hotel bubble’ on Saturday’s launch show

Amy Dowden said: ‘Due to Covid-19 and the guidelines in place, we have had to create a bubble.’

To which Neil Jones added: ‘All the pros and some of the crew are moving into this amazing hotel.’

Amy continued: ‘We usually spend the whole month learning all the group numbers and perform them throughout the series. However, this year, we have pre-recorded all of the group numbers to make it safer for us all.’

Janette Manrara then revealed they had to quarantine for 14 days and be tested twice for coronavirus before arriving at the hotel 

Isolation: The dancers were forced to self-isolate together for 14 days last month at the historic, The Manor Hotel, near the Elstree Studios in order to pre-record the group routines

Isolation: The dancers were forced to self-isolate together for 14 days last month at the historic, The Manor Hotel, near the Elstree Studios in order to pre-record the group routines

Intense: Listing the show's strict regulations, the pros revealed they were placed in quarantine for 14 days and tested twice for coronavirus before moving in

Intense: Listing the show’s strict regulations, the pros revealed they were placed in quarantine for 14 days and tested twice for coronavirus before moving in

Karen Hauer admitted that it had been ‘really lonely’ isolating by themselves and was nice to be reunited together.

The pros joked that it was an intense experience as they had two weeks to learn all of the group numbers and it was just ‘dance, dance, dance’ with ‘no escaping’.

Strictly then shared a glimpse of the group routines being pre-recorded in the studios, revealing that all crew members had to wear masks with everyone on set sanitising their hands. 

With the crew working together around the clock, 300 costumes were made during the 25-day hotel bubble stay.

Amy Dowden said: 'Due to Covid-19 and the guidelines in place, we have had to create a bubble.'

Amy Dowden said: ‘Due to Covid-19 and the guidelines in place, we have had to create a bubble.’

Lovely: To which Neil Jones added: 'All the pros and some of the crew are moving into this amazing hotel.'

Lovely: To which Neil Jones added: ‘All the pros and some of the crew are moving into this amazing hotel.’

While the sets and routines will have exciting stunts including explosions, trains and bikes with the pros saying ‘it looks like a full on movie production’.

The dancers also had to pre-record the final group routine and even a festive Christmas performance. 

Elsewhere, also during the show, Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly outlined how the show had adapted to the current climate and introduced safety measures.

They told the audience: ‘Earlier in the year out dedicated professional dancers isolated at home before moving into a hotel together and becoming a household.

Strict: Janette Manrara then revealed they had to quarantine for 14 days and be tested twice for coronavirus before arriving at the hotel

Strict: Janette Manrara then revealed they had to quarantine for 14 days and be tested twice for coronavirus before arriving at the hotel 

'Lonely': Karen Hauer admitted that it had been 'really lonely' isolating by themselves and was nice to be reunited together

‘Lonely’: Karen Hauer admitted that it had been ‘really lonely’ isolating

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