SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT: Outdoor furniture to beat the elements

Ovation – Dart Marina Hotel (1)

Strong winds and salty air were just two of the challenges set for Ovation Outdoor Furniture by the team at the Dart Marina who recently revamped their Waterside Terrace and needed outdoor furniture that would be up to the task.

Set on the beautiful River Dart, the Dart Marina Hotel and Spa, complete with restaurant, self-catering apartments and spa, offers guests a luxury experience in a peaceful setting away from the crowds.

One of the highlights of the marina is the waterfront terrace where guests can enjoy a leisurely lunch or afternoon tea, a coffee or a sundowner, taking in the natural beauty of the surroundings.

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“The Dart Marina experience is epitomised by the waterfront terrace and the area is one of the marina’s key focal points,” explains group managing director Paul Downing. “It is where guests come to meet with family and friends, to enjoy a quiet drink or a cosy meal.

“Recently we decided to refit and update the terrace and worked with well-known interior designer Cindy Leveson to create a clean, contemporary feel to the area. We wanted the terrace to be stylish but also comfortable and relaxing, and being an outside area it presented us with a few practical problems.

“We had some existing vintage metal and marble tables and chairs which the designer wanted to include to create an eclectic look, but we needed to find some comfortable high stools for the water facing bar. We were looking for stylish furniture that could stay outside year in, year out. It needed to be heavy enough to withstand the 70mph gales that sweep up the river in the winter storms and long lasting with minimal maintenance as the coastal weather can degrade furniture quickly.”

Paul was introduced to Ovation Outdoor Furniture by a fellow hotelier and was attracted by the zero maintenance and durability of the good looking furniture.

Ovation is the sole distributor of the Seaside Casual ranges of outdoor furniture. This special, innovative furniture is made from milk cartons and ice cream containers diverted from landfill sites.  The recycled plastic is melted, treated and coloured so that the colour extends right through the product, and then it is extruded slowly and painstakingly into extremely high grade Envirowood®, an all-weather marine grade HDPE Polymer that’s 99% UV stable.

This meticulous process ensures that the product is really exceptionally strong without the bubbles or imperfections that can prove to be weak spots in some recycled plastics. The frames are non-porous and resistant to moisture, fading, insects, splinting and warping and come with a fantastic 20 year warranty.

Paul and Cindy decided that the best range to suit the marina’s needs would be the Bar Side Chairs from the MAD Collection which come in a number of colours and styles. They placed a bespoke order requesting a white frame and blue and white slats for the seats and back. This nautical look ties in beautifully with the overall blue and white scheme for the terrace as a whole.

“We are thrilled with the set of Bar Side Chairs which make a real statement on the terrace in their smart stripe,” says Paul. “The quality of these chairs is excellent and after nine months outside they look like new, with no chips or splits. They are very comfortable to sit on too. The green credentials of this range is a huge added bonus and it is very good to know that it is made from plastics that would otherwise be in landfill.”

For more information on the Seaside Casual range or for any of the other products in the Ovation Outdoor Furniture portfolio, visit or call 0330 113 0983.

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