A £2m refurbishment programme to transform 16th Century Hallgarth Manor Hotel near Durham into the ‘ultimate wedding venue’ has been completed.
The year-long refurbishment created a new bridal suite from a former meeting room;a new function room and a new orangery. The hotel provides 24-modern bedrooms, four acres of private grounds and luxury surroundings attracting guests from Durham, Sunderland, Darlington and Teeside areas.
The work followed the purchase of the hotel by Shepherd Cox, who own a number of hotels across the North of England.
Group manager for weddings and events, Margaret Livingstone-Evans, said: “The old hotel had a good reputation and definite country house vibe, but needed some work to bring it up to the standards demanded for modern weddings.
“We felt we had the right ingredients in terms of location, history and character but needed to ensure the facilities ticked every Bride’s wish list from ballroom to bedroom.”
Shepherd Cox company director, Nick Carlile, added: “We are excited to have added Hallgarth Manor to our expanding hotel portfolio and have extensive plans for the hotel to become the premier wedding venue in the region.
“We aimed high as we were determined to get the offering just right for our brides and grooms – a one-stop venue encompassing church wedding, luxury hotel and a range of entertainment and menus in one easy to get to destination.Judging by reactions so far, we think we have got it spot on.”