The first hotel in Plymouth to be awarded five-stars is hoping to replicate this year its award winning year in 2016, and the signs are already looking good.
Located on the edge of Dartmoor, Boringdon Hall was acquired by The Nettleton Hotel Group some five years ago and in the time since it has developed into one of the premier luxury destinations in the South West. Boasting a variety of stunningly decorated rooms, award winning dining, stylish events spaces and a brand new spa, the hotel is ideal for a relaxing break.
Boringdon Hall was awarded its five-star status by the AA in November 2016, a significant return on the work that has been undertaken at the hotel in recent times. The latest development saw the addition of a Spa to the hotel. Gayle Nettleton, Director at The Nettleton Hotel Group, spoke to Premier Hospitality about the spa and the overall success of Boringdon:
“We have owned the hotel for five years and in that time we have refurbished all the bedrooms, replaced all the bathrooms, revamped the public spaces and added a large spa which was completed last August.
“Boringdon Hall is a beautiful building and we’re really lucky to own it. We could see the potential the building had straightaway but it did require plenty of work to get it to where it is now. One of the straplines for the hotel is ‘the enchanted place on the hill’ and it really is the case.
“We have previous experience with spas through some other hotels in our collection. We have Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa that’s been open over ten years now, and when we saw Boringdon we knew the addition of a spa could only enhance the property.”
“The spa has 12 treatment rooms and a 14 metre swimming pool. On the top floor we have the Spatisserie with beautiful views of Dartmoor. We have also created our own brand of products which we use for our treatments.”
The indoor pool is heated to an optimum relaxation temperature for a calm swimming experience while an outdoor swim through offers stunning countryside views. Other facilities available to spa users include experience showers, a deep relaxation room, gym, steam rooms, saunas and a laconium. Gaia Spa developments was created to deliver an industry leading brand of spa at Boringdon and plans to expand in other properties going forward.
Boringdon Hall is a Grade I listed 16th century country manor and rooms have been designed to reflect the building’s historic past. Four Poster Rooms, for example, reflect the older part of the hotel in which they sit. They have mullion windows, large wooden carved four poster beds and fireplaces. The space and luxury of these rooms make them perfect for longer stays at Boringdon.
In contrast to this, Courtyard and Stable Rooms are more contemporary in design with all the mod cons travellers have come to expect.
Like the facilities and level of service at Boringdon, the food on offer has also won plaudits from diners and critics alike. At the beginning of this year, the hotel’s Gallery restaurant was awarded three AA Rosettes for its food.
Overlooking the Great Hall, food at the Gallery is served under the watchful eye of head chef Scott Paton. The carefully curated menu changes with the seasons to make sure the best locally sourced ingredients are showcased at their best.
Given the Grade I listing of Boringdon Hall, any work has to be carefully planned and carried out sympathetically. Similarly, rather than close the hotel, any work being carried out is done with minimum disruption to guests. This was taken to a somewhat extreme level when a renovation on the Great Hall was carried out over the course of one night.
Reflecting on the success of Boringdon Hall, Gayle commented:
“I am honoured to be part of Boringdon. It has a different feel to the other hotels we operate and provides different challenges as a Grade I listed building. We try to balance the grandeur of the hotel with making it feel inviting and warm.”
Four Counties Interiors
Four Counties Interiors is a well-established procurement specialist, working on varied projects within the hotel and leisure industries.
The company has been operating for seven years and during this time has been involved with a wide range of schemes. As well as hotels, Four Counties Interiors’ work has included Country Club and Heritage project fit outs amongst many more.
Past projects have included: The China Fleet Golf and Country Club; The Osborne Hotel, Woodbury Golf and Country Club; Fifteen; Hartnoll Hotel; Regents Hotels; Totnes Language School; Cofton Country Holidays; work for Daish’s Holidays and various schemes for English Heritage projects. Most recently, Four Counties Interiors has been involved with Boringdon Hall and Spa.
Karen Sheflin, principal of Four Counties Interiors, said:
“I worked very closely with Gayle Nettleton on the project at Boringdon Hall. Gayle is extremely creative, having a great eye for interiors. It was an absolute pleasure to work with her selecting the styles and fabrics for the furniture and lighting. It has been such a fabulous project and the end result is outstanding. This is a job that I am very proud to have been involved with.”
“At Four Counties Interiors we pride ourselves on our ability to maintain long term relationships with a hands-on personal service, providing quality products at affordable prices.”