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Transforming Crabwall Manor

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Crabwall Manor, Chester

The renovation of Crabwall Manor, a 48 bed luxury hotel situated in Chester, has recently been completed and seen the property restored to its former glory.

The property’s bedrooms, functions suites, restaurant and bar and cocktail bar have been transformed into a modern, elegant haven for guests to unwind and enjoy their stay within.

Premier Hospitality caught up with Emma Barnes, the owner of Magna Designs, who was the lead designer on the project. She undertook the design specification, bedrooms, communal areas, bar, restaurant and function rooms and decided which design schemes would be implemented in which space.

Dukeminster, property investment company which owns Crabwall Manor, gave Emma a design brief for the refurbishment project which involved a full makeover of the whole venue as it had not been improved or upgraded for a number of years. There were no major construction works undertaken during the project, apart from within the spa reception area, and so the project simply involved the redecorating and refurnishing of most of the rooms within the building.

Crabwell Manor, Chester

The 48 bedrooms were all renovated; the team began by redressing two sample rooms which were completed by the end of 2012. Work began on the remainder of the bedrooms in March 2013 and was completed as part of a rolling project by December 2013, before works moved onto the renovation of the communal rooms in January 2014.

Supplying the beds for all 48 bedrooms for Crabwall Manor, Mattison Contract Beds is a firm which provides all types of Contract beds for independent and group hotels. Mattison delivered and installed a variety of beds to the hotel, including King size beds, and “Zip & Link” beds that give the Hotel the option to turn a bedroom into a twin room or a double room. All the beds were supplied with a base fabric to match the headboard as chosen and supplied by Emma barns.

Area Sales Manager of the company, Nigel Smith said:

“It is very important to us to be a part of this project because this is our core business, delivering high quality hotel beds is primarily the focus of what we do.”

The first communal space to be focused on was the spa reception which is part of Crabwall’s health club. The current facilities were run down and needed attention and so the onsite team began works in November 2013 to refit and structurally repair the space. This four week project involved the demolition of a few of the receptions walls, works were carried out to the ceiling and a new design scheme was implemented to give the reception a new lease of life.

Crabwell Manor, Chester

In January 2014 works began on the renovation of Crabwell’s function areas; this was a particularly convenient time to carry out the works because it was low season for the hotel. Works began in the main function room, entitled The Conservatory, before moving onto the adjoining Jacob Room and Lyle Suite. The programme then shifted into the cocktail bar and drawing rooms, before completing in the restaurant and fireplace reception at the end of April.

Emma said:

“The main function suites; which includes The Conservatory, The Gallery, The Jacob and The Lyle, needed to be neutral as possible as they host an array of events including conferences, weddings and wakes and so need a setting which anyone can match their colour scheme to. The Conservatory, the Gallery and The Jacob and The Lyle Suites therefore comprise a soft neutral scheme of taupe’s, oyster and soft beiges with a slightly more dramatic window treatment used in the adjoining Jacob and Lyle Suites.”

The cocktail bar and The Drawing Room, located at the front of the hotel, have been decorated very traditionally and have a cosy, intimate feel. The bar has a large elegant sofa and tub chairs which allow guests to sip their drinks in comfort; the room also boasts impressive, bespoke artwork which links to Chester Races.

Crabwell Manor, Chester

The bar space also contains an impressive large walnut and granite bar which in makes the area more dressy. The Drawing Room is much lighter than the bar and contains lovely pencil sketches of the city and contains a boldly patterned carpet adorned with burgundy, blues and golds which run through into the other communal rooms. The rest of the furniture and artwork in The Drawing Room are quite muted in order not to clash with the eye-catching carpet.

Interfit Interiors were the main contractors on the project and undertook the majority of the works on the en suites in all of the hotels bedrooms. Regarding working with Interfit Emma said:

“They have been fantastic to work with; the project as a whole has been super. Dukeminster are great clients and Crabwall’s general manager and staff have been superb throughout the upheaval. It has been an absolute pleasure and I’ve loved it.”

Mattison Contract Beds

Supplying the beds for all 48 bedrooms for Crabwall Manor, Mattison Contract Beds is a firm which provides all types of Contract beds for independent and group hotels. Mattison delivered and installed a variety of beds to the hotel, including King size beds, and “Zip & Link” beds that give the Hotel the option to turn a bedroom into a twin room or a double room. All the beds were supplied with a base fabric to match the headboard as chosen and supplied by Emma barns.

Crabwell Manor, Chester

Area Sales Manager of the company, Nigel Smith said:

“It is very important to us to be a part of this project because this is our core business, delivering high quality hotel beds is primarily the focus of what we do.”

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