A £4m investment at a wine estate in Dorking Surrey will see the creation of what is said will be the UK’s first vineyard hotel in the UK.
The development at Denbie’s wine estate, England’s largest single estate vineyard, will see the transformation of its Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast into the new hotel due to open in spring 2019.
HSBC UK has provided a funding package totalling £1.m, which includes finance for the build of the 17-bedroom hotel, which will be located in the middle of the Denbies’ vineyard and also offer a new bar and Orangery Restaurant.
The Vineyard Hotel will have subtle references to its location in the heart of the Surrey Hills wine country.
Guests will be able to taste the complete range of Denbies wines from the Enomatic wine dispensing machine, linked to the room key cards.
Natural bark walls will line the reception entrance, opening into the wrought iron vine gates leading through into the Orangery with views over the vineyard.
Bespoke barrel crafted furniture will contribute to the origins of the working winery.
Denbies COO Jeannette Simpson commented: “We have a wonderful site here at Denbies which attracts around 350,000 visitors each year. We have been at the forefront of wine tourism in England since the estate opened and our new hotel, due to open in spring 2019, will be a great addition to our existing hospitality offering.”
Nick Hicks, area director for HSBC UK in Sussex and Surrey, said: “With an ever-growing demand for quality English wines, this major investment couldn’t be more timely and will underpin the company’s ambitious growth plans over the coming years.”