New Oddfellows releases first look at quirky interiors


Oddfellows on the Park is expected to make its mark on the sector when it opens in summer 2016, and now anticipation builds further as details of the interior design are released.

The new boutique hotel, which will join Oddfellows Chester in the portfolio when it launches next year, takes it home inside the Victorian mansion set within Bruntwood Park in Cheadle.

It will house 22 bedrooms, including 6 suites and one stand-out ‘bridal’ suite. It will also be home to a destination restaurant with double aspect feature windows overlooking the parkland, plus a bar and event space.

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Set to the side of the hotel in a separate building will be beauty salon, The Pigsty.

Jonathan Slater who heads up the boutique hotel group said: “We’ve always stuck to the idea of a restoration, rather than a conversion of this building. We fell in love with the original features and the fantastic room dimensions and we don’t want to change what is already, in our eyes, close to perfection.”

Oddfellows has appointed Manchester-based SpaceInvader to design the interiors for the project.

Designer Katie Crossley said: “Bruntwood Hall isn’t listed, but it is a heritage building and quite rightly so. Our approach was to respect its character and beautiful features – to be inspired by them, enhance them and design a romantic scheme that celebrates the history of the building and its unique position. It is a fantastic example of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture and our treatment of the internal areas has undoubtedly been inspired by this – the colour palette which provides a commonality throughout the hotel includes dark greens and blacks which are lifted by luxurious gold and neutral tones.”

The playful new scheme will include interesting and modern taxidermy and a chandelier will hang from the ceiling, but its working parts will be more BMX than glass.

Katie Crossley said: “While many features in the hotel may seem odd at first glance, everything is odd for a reason and has a story behind it that relates back to the building, its varied occupants or uses over the years. We took the opportunity to include a beautiful gothic style chandelier for the reception space made out of bike chains, an idea that links back to the surrounding park and a BMX track that has recently opened. Guests at Oddfellows on the Park will find unexpected talking pieces at every turn and will hopefully enjoy the playful aspects of the scheme”

The hotel’s cocktail bar is filled with comfortable masculine furniture and uses tweeds and tartans all around, complete with its original rich wood panelling and flooring.

The restaurant is set in the ballroom, complete with an original sprung floor, which is said to have been one of the first in the UK.

Flying wire mesh geese will fly across the original decorative ceiling coving, whilst gun lamps preside on the round tables. The restaurant will also be home to an open kitchen and floor-to-ceiling wine chillers.

Hotel bedrooms will consist of four room categories, Park Rooms, Club Rooms, five Playground Suites and one Bridal Suite.