Donnington Valley Hotel unveils new multi-million pound events space


The Post, a new weddings and events venue, is to open on site at Donnington Valley Hotel after a multi-million pound development.

Set to open on July 29, the new space will cater for up to 150 guests and be situated within the hotel’s 120 acres.

Donnington Valley Hotel, owned and operated by The Vineyard Group, said ‘months of planning’ had gone into the space’s ‘finishing touches’, which boasts underfloor heating, limestone flagged flooring and a fully glazed gable end called The Arch.

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Managing director Andrew McKenzie said “We are delighted that after a few false starts we will at last be able to welcome eager couples who have been desperate to celebrate their big day. It’s been a long journey from breaking ground nearly three years ago, but trust me, it’s certainly been worth the wait. We have ended up with a stunning space in a fantastic setting that sets a new standard in the south of England.”

The Post is nestled within manicured gardens and outside zones, including the Pavilion, the Rose Walk and the Terrace.

“At the beginning of the build a conscious decision was made to engage and work with local people from planning to completion,” adds McKenzie, “with the result being that the vast majority of consultants and tradesmen involved come from a 15-mile radius, including Newbury-based companies; Hartwood created the oak frame, Ark were the architects and Archibald Shaw the structural engineers.”

The main contractor was Reading-based Morris and Blunt.

Donnington Valley Hotel is home to 111 bedrooms, a spa and 2 AA Rosette restaurant.

The five-star The Vineyard in Newbury is also part of the group.

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