Five year remodelling plan at Darlington hotel on track as phase one is unveiled


A hotel in Darlington has unveiled the first phase of its multi-million pound renovation programme, as the property’s five-year remodelling project gets underway.

Blackwell Grange Hotel was acquired in 2017 by Irish-based investor Bruhenny Investments, who took over the Grade-II listed property from St James’ Hotels group off a guide price of £3.2m.

Now the first milestone of a multi-million pound investment has been revealed, with the opening of the new £500k Bruhenny Suite.

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The new function space, with updated interiors designed by Simon Bartlett Interiors, will be targeted towards the weddings and events markets.

Dawn Raine, general manager at Blackwell since 2005, said: “We couldn’t be happier with how the work has gone on the Bruhenny Suite – the final look has exceeded all of our expectations.

“The feature fireplace is beautiful, and with six new roof lights the space is now bathed in natural light which makes it feel so bright and airy. I’m sure we’re going to have a lot of happy guests attending weddings, events and meetings.”

The complete refurbishment of the feature Blackwell Lounge and main reception has also been completed, with the focus of this initial phase of refurbishment being the hotel’s public areas, including the main reception and lounge, three function suites and four bars.

The main hotel bar is now undergoing a refurbishment and is set to reopen on March 23, while three bars, the Elk Room, Miss Allan Bar and the Havelock Bar will open later in the year in April.

Blackwell Grange Hotel comprises 108 bedrooms, 11 function suites, three bars, a restaurant and leisure facilities.

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