Stanneylands Hotel – Breathtaking transformation set for overnight success
Breathtakingly transformed following an extensive refurbishment throughout, creating a luxurious and stylish venue with a ‘best of British’ timeless theme, is the The Stanneylands Hotel in Wilmslow.
The project involved the redevelopment and renovation of a large section of the hotel. The creative overhaul includes the restaurant and bar area, conservatory, reception area, 52 bedrooms (including three bridal suites and six boutique rooms, as well as standard rooms), a function room, meeting room and external grounds.
Main contractors for the project were Wedgewood Construction, with DV8 Design as designers. Mechanical and electrical contractors were Barlow’s Electrical; structural consultants were FG Markland and landscape architects were Barnes Walker.
The three storey hotel includes public areas on the ground floor, together with some bedrooms, with a function room and the remaining bedrooms on the two floors above.
The hotel was closed for the duration of the project and re-opened in April 2017.
Lee Birchall of DV8 Design said: “The aim of the design was to bring out the ‘best of British’ by restoring the property to its former glory, as well as adding a subtle touch of contemporary country charm and enhancing its timeless elegance.
“In order for the design to ‘flow’ throughout the venue and complement its original historic charm, we opted for an ‘earthy’ colour scheme with splashes of mauve, purple and green hues.
“To accentuate the ratio between antique and modern-day décor, design features include vintage bric-a-brac, exposed brick walls, timber flooring and feature tiles, together with a series of chequered, floral and multi-textured soft furnishings.
“The external works were very extensive; we completed a full refresh of the front and side facing elevations of the building. This included the introduction of a new brushed stainless steel and glazed panel balcony and front face rendering, which was painted.
“The external works included the creation of new split level patios with a new pathway leading between, as well as a complete overhaul of the landscape.”
The new owners of The Stanneylands, Mark Boler and Gary Corbett, who purchased the hotel after the previous owners went into administration, had been searching for a second site to grow the operation of their The Mere brand for the last 12 months. Their aim was to re-position the property as a boutique country house hotel.
Gary Corbett said: “The strategic acquisition of The Stanneylands allowed us to transfer the operational and customer experience that we are renowned for delivering at The Mere to The Stanneylands. Coupled with our plans to improve the product and services on offer, we are confident that this will delight existing guests as well as attract new customers.
“The Stanneylands product and reputation is a perfect fit to spearhead our ambition to grow the operation of The Mere brand.”
Mark Boler said: “We’re delighted to be the new owners of The Stanneylands – a hotel that has an amazing history and reputation in the local market. We are really excited about restoring this hotel to its former glory with a little twist of ‘Mere’ magic.”
James Burgess, director, Structured Finance for Commercial and Private Banking at Royal Bank of Scotland, said: “The Royal Bank of Scotland is delighted to have supported Mere Group through the multi-million pound acquisition of the Stanneylands Hotel.
“The hotel has a loyal clientele and strong standing within the local area. As a leisure development, and to an organisation with the experience and expertise of The Mere Group, the investment offers strong long-term opportunities and will further enhance the group’s portfolio.”
Formed in 1980, Wedge-wood Construction has worked extensively on projects across the length and breadth of the UK. The company provide services predominantly to the hospitality and leisure industry, including international projects in the early days.
Wedge-wood Construction have their own workshops with a highly skilled workforce providing specialist joinery for their own projects, alongside bespoke joinery for other contractors using varied softwood and hardwood species along with metals, granite, marble and glass. Wedge-wood Construction takes on the role of main contractors taking control and co-ordination of a project from conception to completion.
Wedge-wood Construction has enjoyed working with many of the main breweries and hoteliers over the 37 years of trading and, in addition, many independent operators and most recently, the Stanneylands Hotel in Wilmslow.
Stanneylands has utilised all of Wedge-wood Construction’s skills to produce a first class project; structural works have opened up the hotel circulation areas and a new main entrance canopy has provided a balcony for the State room. The project also included extensive external patio and landscaping enhancements, new bars, feature joinery ,feature floors and overall refurbishment of hotel public areas rooms and corridors all of which contribute to a fantastic venue designed within the vision of DV8.
“A big thank you to all of our subcontractors, we wish all at Stanneylands every success they deserve.”