The recent re-opening of luxury hotel and country estate, Matfen Hall, follows an extensive multi-million pound refurbishment, after its takeover by Walwick Estate Group.
Matfen has had a stunning refresh, creating an easier to navigate experience across its sizable footprint with quality oozing from every part of the rural Grade II-listed building.
The works, which have seen the stately home’s historic Great Hall tastefully restored, were geared towards ‘improving the guest’s journey’. A stunning new airy bar with mezzanine has been created as part of the extensive refurbishment, as well as a The Cloisters Restaurant and Bar and state-of-the-art kitchen.
Matfen Hall’s head of commercial development, James O’Donnell, said the significant refurbishment was about maximising what space already existed and adding and replicating the historic beauty to previously unused areas.
Walwick Estate Group – which also owns Walwick Hall near Hexham, as well as the Chesters Stables luxury suites – bought the property from the Blackett family several years ago and focused on a significant investment programme to ensure it provided the very best quality of experience for visitors. The group has made tasteful changes across the hotel, leisure and golf facilities (which boasts a 27-hole Championship course), to create an exemplary experience for guests who travel from within the region, but also from the wider UK and overseas.
James O’Donnell added: “It’s been no small undertaking. We are delighted to get back to looking after people, giving them a taste of real luxury.”
Of all the stately home’s spaces that exude “real luxury”, the suites and bedrooms particularly stand out. Their tasteful restoration, refurbishment and attention to detail create the most exquisite and opulent surroundings, providing a sense of graceful, timeless elegance.
Beautiful features accentuate the impressively high ceilings, while the original ornate cornicing in the room’s exudes true quality. The views are also impressive, looking out onto the 300-acre parkland and the manicured lawns of Le Jardin Hollandaise, providing a breathtaking vista and a wonderful setting for relaxing walks in the grounds.
The highest level of comfort has been crucial to the upgrade with the Hypnos Lansdowne Cashmere emperor beds boasting 300 thread count Egyptian Cotton Sateen, offering the most comfortable rest. Roll-top bath, walk-in showers and underfloor heating complement the experience – all accessorised with Carrara marble. An added layer of luxury is offered by the relaxing seating areas, with furnishings provided by local craftsmen.
Extensive work has also led to additional refinements to the spa and wellness area.
Recently Matfen Hall was named in the top 10 UK wellness retreats. Key features of this place of serenity and wellbeing include Germaine de Capuccini and Natura Bissé rituals, in addition to five treatment rooms, an eight-bed relaxation room, an aromatherapy suite, sauna and an impressive 15-metre pavilion pool.
Furthermore, the hotel earlier this year acquired new experienced leadership, appointing Nathan White as general manager. Nathan said: “I am thrilled to have joined Matfen Hall at such an exciting time in its history. Following this considerable financial investment in the property we are excited to be giving the North East a luxury resort that will also gain national attention.”
Matfen Hall reopened on Good Friday this year after what had been ongoing refurbishment, with work taking place across several lockdown periods. The building that houses Matfen Hall was previously owned by the Blackett family since the 1830s, and former owner Sir Hugh, the great-great-great grandson of the man who built the Hall, inherited the property and estate in 1968. In 1999, he spearheaded a project to open a 31-bedroom hotel.
The first-class facilities extend to the impressive dining options including the Emerald Restaurant, while the wine cellar located below the Great Hall offers a memorable experience that the Head Sommelier can tailor to any specific taste.
With major transport links and just a short drive from Newcastle upon Tyne, Matfen Hall is ideally positioned to explore a hidden Northumberland – one of the most beautiful counties in England, boasting stunning coast and countryside. It’s within easy reach of Newcastle (12 miles away) for central rail and air links and offers chauffeur transfers directly to the hotel.
Perfectly and proudly placed amongst historical landmarks and idyllic landscapes, guests of its unequalled environment can discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Hadrian’s Wall, just a 30-minute drive (with executive chauffeur vehicle transportation an option). The International Dark Sky Park lies within Northumberland National Park and provides a memorable stargazing experience, while other natural wonders include Hareshaw Linn Waterfall and the iconic Sycamore Gap.