Hotel completes major refurb

A NORTHUMBERLAND hotel is not allowing the UK’s economic uncertainty to get in the way of its plans as a major refurbishment has been completed.

Matfen Hall has spent £130,000 on updating the historic East Wing, which contains 16 of the 53 bedrooms and several public rooms.

Privately owned by Sir Hugh and Lady Blackett and operated by the Prima Hotel Group, the venue has improved its country house comfort combined with 21st century facilities.

General Manager Rhys McKinnell said: “At Matfen, we strongly believe that the key to a successful business is to invest even when the economic outlook is uncertain.

“Today’s guests, conference delegates and event organisers are increasingly discerning so it is important to be ahead of and stand out from the competition.

“We believe that this constant improvement is key in ensuring that we maintain our position as one of the leading hotels in the region.”

Sir Hugh continues to have a strong interest in the property and Lady Blackett was instrumental in the refurbishment of the 16 bedrooms in the original house.

The other public areas of the hotel to have benefited include the lobby and car park of the Great Hall, which is used for all major banqueting functions and weddings, the Summer Room, Terrace Room and Conservatory.

The next phase of rooms to be upgraded will be the main Reception, Drawing Room and Library.