Matfen Hall has won the Best Recently Renovated Hotel category in the 2024 Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence UK, Europe & The Mediterranean.

Matfen Hall, the luxury hotel and country house nestled in the heart of Northumberland, beat off impressive competition to come away with the top award, presented at a gala dinner on 6 November in London, attended by the who’s who of the hospitality industry.

Walwick Estate Group took over the ownership of Matfen Hall in 2020, acquiring the property from the Blackett family, focusing on a multi-million pound investment programme to ensure it provided the very best quality of experience for visitors.

The expansive Grade II-listed building has undergone an impressive, thoughtful and stylish transformation and makeover, resulting in an enchanting blend of history, luxury, and modernity. Every inch of this rural gem now exudes an air of sophistication and quality, promising guests an unforgettable experience.

The heart of Matfen Hall, the historic Great Hall, has been meticulously restored to its former glory, breathing new life into its storied walls. In addition, a stunning new airy bar with mezzanine has been created as part of the extensive refurbishment, as well as upgrades to 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.

James O’Donnell added: “I’m delighted for the team, colleagues and our owners who have invested so much energy into the reinvention of our wonderful historic hotel. This 2024 Condé Nast Johansens Awards is a major accolade and a great reflection of what has been achieved, and we thank everyone who voted for us.

“If you haven’t experienced our impressive renovation yet for yourself, then we look forward to welcoming you.”

The Condé Nast awards are to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across hotels, spas and venues and are a trusted mark of quality, recognised by luxury consumers and travel professionals alike.