Rockliffe Hall gives its 19th century Old Hall a makeover with artistic twist


Rockliffe Hall, the five-star resort in County Durham, has given its 19th century Old Hall wing a makeover.

The luxury hotel has teamed up with two up and coming artists, one from the North East, to create specially designed artwork for the walls of the Orangery restaurant.

As well as the artwork, the space now boasts newly-painted walls, rejuvenated wooden floors and new furniture.

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 Rachel Armstrong, from Consett, was asked to create four paintings, while Jo Downs, from Cornwall, has created a special piece of glass artwork on display at the far end of the Orangery above the entrance to the Campernella private dining room.

The restaurant and Old Hall, which incorporates the Old Hall Arches, Drawing Room, Morning Room and Cocktail Bar, were closed for a week in January while the renovations and decorations took place. Redcar-based Beautiful The Blind Company also designed and fitted bespoke wooden venetian blinds to cover all the windows in The Orangery.

Eamonn Elliott, chief executive at Rockliffe Hall, said: “As a five-star resort, it’s important to keep Rockliffe looking its absolute best. We have a full time decorator based here to ensure every corner of the hotel, spa and golf club looks fresh all the time. The Old Hall is one of the most beautiful parts of Rockliffe, and the oldest, and we’re delighted with its new look. We are also thrilled to have Rachel and Jo’s beautiful, specially commissioned artwork adorning our freshly painted walls.”


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