Steeped in over 300 years of heritage, Grantley Hall was originally constructed in the 17th century. Located at the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, the historic Grade II* listed Grantley Hall is currently undergoing an extensive restoration and will open as a remarkable luxury hotel in spring 2019.
When the work is complete, Grantley Hall will offer the ultimate luxury country escape. Future guests can look forward to 47 exquisite rooms and suites; seven diverse drinking and dining venues including a fine-dining restaurant, Pan-Asian experience and glamorous late night Champagne and cocktail bar; a state-of-the-art wedding and banqueting suite as well as a number of incredible private events spaces; a tranquil spa and pioneering ELITE performance centre. Grantley Hall will also have the ‘Grantley Academy’, an on-site learning and development programme, and crew village for their own team, providing outstanding training and staff facilities.
The multimillion pound restoration project, overseen by owners the Yorkshire-based Sykes family, will see Grantley Hall return to its former glory, capturing its elegant grandeur and opulence, along with the addition of several new buildings.
Andrew McPherson, General Manager commented:
“We believe Grantley Hall will be one of the UK’s most exceptional five star luxury properties, combining rich heritage and 17th century splendour with beautiful contemporary design and state-of-the-art facilities, all set in the tranquil surroundings of the Yorkshire countryside.
“We can’t wait to welcome our first guests next spring to mark the beginning of this new and exciting chapter for Grantley Hall.”
Award-winning practice Bowman Riley is lead architect for the project.
Grantley Hall is also home to a stunning Japanese Garden, which in 2017 was added to Historic England’s National Heritage List. The Japanese Garden was the first of its kind ever planted in England when it was first installed at the beginning of the 20th century – around 1910. The garden features two ponds linked by a stream with large, irregular stepping stones as well as a diverse variety of trees, mosses, ferns and bamboo. The listed status granted by English Heritage, who paid particular tribute to the garden’s Japanese design principles, is a major achievement for Grantley Hall and will form a significant portion of the venue’s offering when it opens next year.
The Hall itself enjoys a similarly rich history. It was built by Thomas Norton and his son Fletcher Norton, first Baron Grantley, in the 17th century, based on a Palladian design by English architect Isaac Ware. Grantley Hall remained part of the Norton family estate for over 200 years before it was purchased entrepreneur Sir Christopher Furness in 1900. His wife, Lady Jane Furness was the brains behind commissioning the Japanese Garden.
In 1925, Grantley Hall was sold to William Aykroyd. During the Second World War, Grantley was used as a convalescent home. More recently, the property had predominantly been left vacant before its acquisition by the Sykes family.
The heritage of Grantley Hall means it already has a strong reputation as a standout British country retreat. From royalty to politicians, the venue has welcomed some high profile guests. The dramatic transformations and restoration currently taking place will only enhance this reputation, with Grantley Hall already set to be one of 2019s biggest UK luxury hospitality openings. To find out more, please visit www.grantleyhall.co.uk.