The award-winning Northumberland Hotel, Matfen Hall hotel, golf and spa, has announced a £250,000 refurbishment of its wedding spaces as part of the next chapter in its history.
The significant investment will transform the rooms in the East Wing including the Great Hall, Terrace Room and Sir Edward’s Bar, to create luxurious surroundings highlighting the original features of this historic venue.
Maften Hall have employed North East interior designers and architects, Space ID, to manage the project due to their shared aesthetic vision and proven track record with other leading UK hotels.
The new designs couple the impressive, historic features of the hotel with luxurious, modern features to create a romantic and sumptuous atmosphere.
Bernard Bloodworth, managing director of Matfen Hall, said: “We are very excited to announce the upcoming refurbishment of our East Wing.
“We pride ourselves in being at the forefront of the hotel industry and recognised that some of our public areas needed updating to make the most of the wonderful original features of the hotel.
“We have decided to make a huge investment to modernise these spaces while retaining the historic features of the hotel, to appeal to more couples and create the unique and impressive feel that you would expect on your special day.”
The renovations include emphasising the theatrical space in the Great Hall, by creating a virtual firework display of contemporary lighting on the spectacular original, oak ceiling. The sweeping oak staircase will be carpeted in opulent teal, to complement the antique mirror arches and rose window.
Moving into the Sir Edward’s Bar, guests will be greeted with textured wall finishes in rich blues and greens, accented with artisan brass metalwork and Italian marble to provide a relaxing and intimate space for socialising.
Finally, the muted colours of the decorative plasterwork on the high ceilings of the Terrace Suite match the panelled walls, inset with crystal cut antiqued mirror panels. Bespoke gold ring seats and traditional Versailles timber flooring panels complete the look while the original Jacobean windows frame the spectacular backdrop of Matfen Hall gardens and golf course.
Marc Hardy, project manager at Space ID, said: “This is a truly sensational opportunity. It’s very rare, with all the years of working on various listed buildings and interiors, that an interior designer can walk into a space and their jaw drops. This happens every time I enter the Great Hall. The space is magical already and is quite a task to make it any better!
We have worked closely with both the amazing team at Matfen and Sir Hugh and Lady Blackett, to create not just a ‘pretty’ interior, but an experience. From the arrival through the arched garden entrance lobby, with cascading globes of light intertwined with trailing vines and wisteria to the tweaked and modernized space that is the Great Hall, a unique space that is original and steeped in history, not a pastiche design set.
The design team and I at Space ID have continued to the surprises and jaw dropping moments with a touch of the modern. A slick contemporary cocktail lounge leads from the Great Hall to the truly magnificent terrace room with the backdrop of the Matfen grounds through the windows. A subtle mix of luxury with crystal cut mirror flanked with neutral pastel shades.”
For prospective brides and grooms and their families who want to see the East Wing for themselves, Matfen Hall are holding a Wedding Open Day on Sunday 15th October from 12-3pm and a wedding Open Evening on Wednesday 25 October from 3pm-8pm.
For more information please visit https://www.matfenhall.com/ or call 01661 886500.