The first phase of a multi-million pound renovation project due to take place over five years has begun at a hotel in Country Durham.
The Grade-II listed Blackwell Grange Hotel is to undergo an extensive remodelling programme next year, which will see the interiors, public areas and function suites given a complete makeover.
The venue comprises 108 bedrooms, 11 function suites, three bars, a restaurant and leisure facilities.
Phase one will begin in Q1 2018 and will focus on the public areas, including the main reception and lounge, three function suites and three bars.
Dawn Raine, who has been general manager at the Durham property since 2005, said: “The investment will greatly enhance the grade II-listed building for the long term.
“At Blackwell Grange we believe that the hospitality business is first and foremost about people; that each stay should be treated as a unique experience for the guests. We can’t wait to give our beautiful hotel the restoration it deserves, and give Darlington a building of which it can be proud.”