Hampshire hotel signs off on £3.95m facelift as wedding bookings double

Balmer Lawn- Hotel Front

Balmer Lawn Hotel, a country house hotel in the New Forest, has completed a £3.95m facelift to revitalise the property as wedding bookings continue to boom this year.

The hotel, which is owned by Alison and Chris Wilson, has seen ten of its 54 bedrooms upgraded, as well as public areas given a revamp and function facilities used for weddings and parties renovated with new furniture and additional space.

Wedding bookings have already doubled at the hotel this year, which is also home to a spa and restaurant, as the venue has grown to accommodate more guests.

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To meet customer demand, the owners have increased the hotel workforce by 30%, bringing to 65 the number of staff employed.

Alison and Chris have owned the hotel for 20 years, and in 2007 oversaw its improvement from three-star to four-star official rating.

Alison Wilson said: “Chris and I have successfully run two hotels over the past 25 years. We have learnt that is essential to continue investment and development to grow the business.

“Developing a hotel to meet guest expectation can be very complex and after meeting with David Humphreys and the NatWest team we were extremely impressed with their local knowledge and understanding of the industry.”

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