Yarrow Hotel – Raising the standards of hospitality
Situated just a few minutes’ walk from Broadstairs beaches in Kent, the Yarrow Hotel is a stunning 28-room four star boutique hotel, offering guests a luxurious stay in beautiful surroundings. The hotel boasts a range of rooms, to suit every occasion, as well as a 64-cover restaurant which serves up an array of sumptuous food and drink.
As well as accommodation and dining, The Yarrow Hotel includes a salon, providing guests with a full range of services, ranging from a standard cut, all the way through to perms and a full cut and finish. The emphasis at the hotel is on ensuring guest comfort is at the forefront of each stay and that is evident in everything that is on offer.
The hotel sits on what was a disused area of the East Kent College Estate. Prior to operating as a hotel, the Grade II listed building had fallen into a state of disrepair, having first started life as a children’s convalescent home.
Keen to return this area of estate to its former glory, East Kent College initiated a plan to renovate the building. The plan would see the building updated and upgraded, to create a hotel – but a hotel with a difference.
In a unique twist, the hotel is staffed by students from the college’s hospitality, catering and beauty courses. The students are ably assisted by a collection of industry leaders, as well as hotel chef Ben Williams, and this provides them with the opportunity to gain valuable skills whilst working within a commercial environment.
Prior to any work starting on the project, East Kent College held a public open evening, so that members of the local community could see what the project would entail. The open evening was very positive and the local community remained supportive of the project throughout.
East Kent College chose local consultants and contractors to work on The Yarrow Hotel, to ensure the work would have a beneficial impact on the local economy. As such the regeneration was sensitively delivered by WW Martin Ltd, a Ramsgate-based construction contractor with an excellent reputation for delivering strong projects.
During the course of the project, the building’s layout was altered to accommodate new facilities however all work was conducted sympathetically, in order to respect the unique heritage of the listed building. Works included a complete internal reworking, to ensure the hotel could meet the modern requirements of guests, while externally the façade was given a makeover, to reflect the warm welcoming collection of facilities that wait inside.
As part of the project, bedrooms and suites were updated, new fixtures and fittings were incorporated, including the installation of cutting edge kitchen equipment, and new lighting was installed. Hallways also benefited from an upgrade, as did balustrades and stairways.
To complete the project, a new brick paved forecourt was added, along with associated planting.
The Yarrow Hotel opened its doors to guests in July 2016 – a week after being the subject of the multi-million pound renovation. Since opening, the hotel has received positive feedback from guests, receiving a score of 4.5 (out of 5) on TripAdvisor.
For more information about the Yarrow Hotel, or to make a booking, please visit: www.yarrowhotel.co.uk.
Established in 1877, WW Martin will be celebrating 140 years in business in 2017. The Kent-based construction company has extensive expertise in new build construction and refurbishment. The firm is privately owned and had turnover of £35 million in 2015/16 thanks to a diverse portfolio of projects and work in all construction sectors including education, residential, commercial, leisure, retail, heritage and health.
WW Martin has an in-house joinery workshop and a major and special projects team who undertake a variety of work. In addition to working on The Yarrow hotel, WW Martin has worked with a vast array of companies such as Thanet Council, the University of Kent, Harriss Property, Canterbury College, The Royal British Legion and The National Trust.
Recently completed projects include a new state-of-the-art bus depot for Stagecoach and a 30 bed care home for the Royal British Legion. The company is currently in Ebbsfleet constructing a new two form entry primary school, community centre and sports facilities scheduled to be completed in September 2017.
Director, Ian Posnett, commented:
“As a project local to our offices in Ramsgate this scheme was ideally suited to our business. The nature of the work was also ideally suited based on our significant experience in successfully undertaking refurbishment projects. We recognised it was a prominent local building that could be transformed to provide excellent new facilities.
“We have also worked with East Kent College in the past on other smaller projects alongside the delivery of our training and apprenticeship opportunities. This project provided and opportunity for us to build on this relationship.
“The opportunity to help transform a previously underutilised site into a modern new training facility and hotel was very appealing. We hope that the successful completion of this scheme will help act as a driver for further local investment and opportunities for local businesses like ourselves.”
WW Martin has already booked The Yarrow hotel for its Christmas party.
“As a company we take pride in the fact we are the main employer in East Kent and create opportunities for people to enter the industry which is key. We have taken on a number of new apprentices this September including two carpenters, a painter and decorator, a quantity surveyor and a site manager.
“We also take pride in our high levels of repeat work, excellent staff retention and excellent health and safety standards.”