Crathorne Hall Hotel unveils £4m refurb 1 year on from fire


Crathorne Hall Hotel in Yorkshire, part of Hand Picked Hotels has revealed its grand £4m restoration, one year on from the fire that badly damaged the east wing of the establishment.

After 12 months of extensive rebuilding and refurbishment, Julia Hands, chairman and chief executive of Hand Picked Hotels, owners of Crathorne Hall Hotel, and Lord Crathorne, whose family owned the Edwardian country house for more than 70 years, joined together with the team to celebrate the new look.

The hotel is part of the Hand Picked Hotels collection, which consists of 21 hotels across the UK and Channel Islands.

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Julia Hands said: “The restoration of Crathorne Hall is magnificent and is the result of an excellent team effort by everyone involved at the hotel. We remain indebted to the fire services for saving an important part of the history and landscape of this part of North Yorkshire and are very proud that the hotel takes its place once more as a wonderful place to meet and to stay.”

In consultation with English Heritage and Hambleton District Council’s planning and conservation officer, a team of craftsmen worked on refurbishing some of the building’s architectural features. They uncovered an archway in the county suite corridor, which has now been restored.

In the former nursery, an old stove was discovered which nannies would have used to heat the iron for pressing clothes. This has also been preserved and incorporated as a feature.

The York and Ormesby bedroom wings have been rebuilt, using traditional lath and plaster to restore the ceilings. Fireplaces were uncovered and restored within some of the bedrooms.

IT connectivity has also been improved as part of the refurbishment work.

The hotel, set in 15 acres, is home to 37 bedrooms, which are now all available to book once again. The Leven restaurant serves lunch and dinner, while the Nancy Tennant bar hosts afternoon teas and drinks.

Function rooms include the newly refurbished County Suite, with room for 60 people, the Drawing Room, the Edwardian Room and the Presidents’ Lounge.

Peter Llewellyn, general manager, Crathorne Hall Hotel, said: “Crathorne Hall has a special place in the hearts of people in the local area and they have been tremendously supportive over the past year. We look forward to welcoming them all to the hotel once more.”