£2m transformation primes Hallgarth Manor to take a slice of lucrative wedding market

A historic boutique hotel near Durham has completed a bumper renovation project designed to strengthen its wedding services.

16th Century Hallgarth Manor Hotel’s year-long £2m refurbishment has seen the creation of a new Bridal suite from a former meeting room, the new Mirror Ball function room and a stylish new Orangery.

The work followed the purchase of the hotel by Shepherd Cox, who have a small number of high quality hotels across the North of England.

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Providing a highly contemporary, luxury getaway and the ultimate “personal experience” for brides, grooms and their families, the hotel now fills a gap in the market in the North East.

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.”

The hotel provides 24 modern bedrooms, four acres of private grounds and luxury surroundings attracting guests from the Durham, Sunderland, Darlington and Teeside areas.

“Unlike some wedding venues which go full throttle trying to process half a dozen weddings each and every day, Hallgarth Manor is aimed at those who want a more personal experience, allowing each couple to enjoy the whole of their special day,” added Livingstone-Evans.

The hotel will also be catering for other events, including functions, business meetings and school Proms.

Shepherd Cox company director, Nick Carlile, added: “The hotel has been lovingly and subtly refurbished to combine the best from its 500 year history with contemporary touches and interiors to provide the ultimate and highly personal country house hotel experience.

“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.”

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