Down Hall Country House Hotel – Gallery Lounge & Rooms

Working with the team at Down Hall, Rachel McLane Ltd were commissioned to effect a major refurbishment of the Gallery Rooms and Lounge.

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Situated in the historical part of the building, these luxury rooms facing around a central gallery, have large windows, intricate cornices, exceptional ceilings, panelling and other wonderful architectural features from bygone days.

Our brief was to create a design that retained the grandeur associated with the hotel, but one of understated luxury using subtle palettes.

The original rooms featured a mix of traditional and old fashioned brocades, damasks, swags and drapes that both obscured the light and made the rooms feel suffocating.

We reconfigured the rooms spatially for a more convivial guest experience. They were opened up with simple, elegant window treatments in keeping with the new theme. To showcase the outstanding views from floor to ceiling windows, we used fabrics and wall-coverings to work with the abundance of natural light.

Four Posters bed are a pre-requisite for rooms of this nature. The original beds were of dark timber with heavy drapes that dominated the space and blocked the views. Replacing them with timber “Pencil” beds effectively retaining the four poster elements – but in a more modern, simple and elegant way. The Bridal Suite has an ornate bespoke gilt four poster with classic drapes complementing the light filled room.

New carpeting was laid throughout the rooms and the gallery using a bespoke design of fresh colour tufts, giving a classic, fresh look.

The chandeliers are a major feature of the Gallery area and are effective in their simplicity, yet not overly ornate. This classic, simple lighting theme is carried through into bedrooms with a mix of floor, wall and desk lamps.

All bathrooms were reconfigured to provide guests with the best possible showering experience amongst elements of classic marble, glass, brass-ware, feature tiles and stylish vanity units. Walls were repositioned or removed to make the most of the bathroom space. Generous luxury walk in showers replaced mean-sized baths in smaller rooms. In larger rooms, space permitting, a separate bath and shower was provided, whilst the bridal rooms have feature copper bath-tubs.

This project reached the finals of Northern Design Awards 2016 in the Hotel Interiors Category.

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Client Testimonial

"Down Hall Country House Hotel hosts circa 160 weddings per annum and out gallery is the focal area for the brides to be on the eve of their nuptials. With 12 bedrooms surrounding the gallery, it is vitally important that the actual gallery area itself was befitting of both the hotel and an area to be used before the biggest day of a person’s life.

Rachel McLane Ltd. have been working with the hotel for a complete refurbishment programme incorporating the bedrooms, corridors and for next year our meeting rooms and reception area. The idea was that the hotel wanted to give the entire hotel a thorough revamp and bring the bedrooms and associated areas into line with a traditional yet contemporary country house feel. Rachel McLane Ltd. produced numerous concepts along these lines which were subsequently discussed with the hotel owners, the hotel manager and the building contractors who would be doing the work.

Rachel McLane Ltd. then took the results of these discussions away and produced in a timely, efficient and professional manner the outstanding final concept which we see today. This completely revamped area has had an immediate impact on our business. It has helped directly to secure bookings because the immediate ‘wow’ factor that the gallery now gives has helped not only with weddings but also with other elements of the business.

Certainly, we have been extremely happy with services of Rachel McLane Ltd. and that is why we are continuing to use their services to continue our refurbishment project of Down Hall Country House Hotel."

Andrew J M Oxley FIH MI - General Manager, Down Hall Country House Hotel