A first peek inside the soon-to-open Oddfellows On The Park
The owners of Oddfellows On The Park have released computer images of how some of the spaces will look inside the design-led boutique hotel being created within a Victorian mansion at Bruntwood Park in Cheadle, Cheshire.
Set to open next summer, the brand new property from the Oddfellows group, which already operates a successful hotel in Chester, will house 22 bedrooms and six stunning suites.
It will also host a destination restaurant with stunning double-aspect feature windows overlooking the acres of parkland. There will be a bar and a flexible event space able to cater for events up to 120 people standing and up to 80 seated.
Set to the side of the hotel a separate building will house the statement ‘salon de beaute’, The Pigsty.
The original building’s integrity is key to the feel and flow of the new hotel. Visitors enter through a grand hall and, as in the times when the building used to operate as a private home, and will be able to access all the hotel’s reception rooms or climb the grand staircase to a bedroom.
Jonathan Slater (pictured), who heads the group, says: ”We’ve always stuck to the idea of a restoration, rather than a conversion of this building. We fell in love with the original features and the fantastic room dimensions and we don’t want to change what is already, in our eyes, close to perfection.
“From the galleried staircase to the stained glass roof light high above reception to the original flooring in the bar and the amazing Jacobean-style ceilings throughout – we’ll restore and repair but we won’t replace or rip out.”
Oddfellows has appointed SpaceInvader to design the interiors for the project. “Bruntwood Hall isn’t listed, but it is a heritage building and quite rightly so,” says Associate Designer Katie Crossley.
“Our approach was to respect its character and beautiful features – to be inspired by them, enhance them and design a romantic scheme that celebrates the history of the building and its unique position.
“It is a fantastic example of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture and our treatment of the internal areas has undoubtedly been inspired by this – the colour palette which provides a commonality throughout the hotel includes dark greens and blacks which are lifted by luxurious gold and neutral tones.
“Oddfellows On The Park is set to be a destination location so it was important for us to create an environment that allows guests to lose themselves in the stunning 19th Century hall and feel that it is theirs for the weekend.”
True to the Oddfellows sense of fun, this will be no pastiche of a Victorian Hall, but instead an interpretation with a sense of playfulness. Instead of stags heads, taxidermy will be interesting and modern, light-hearted and fun. As in the 19th Century, a chandelier will hang from the ceiling, but its working parts are more BMX than glass.
“While many features in the hotel may seem odd at first glance, everything is odd for a reason and has a story behind it that relates back to the building, its varied occupants or uses over the years,” adds Katie Crossley.
“We took the opportunity to include a beautiful gothic style chandelier for the reception space made out of bike chains, an idea that links back to the surrounding park and a BMX track that has recently opened. Guests will find unexpected talking pieces at every turn and will hopefully enjoy the playful aspects of the scheme.”
The cocktail bar is an interpretation on the sort of room the original owner of the house, a stuff merchant whose wife came from Scotland, might have liked.
Comfortable feminine furniture and uses of tweeds and tartans all adorn this handsome room, complete with its original rich wood panelling and flooring. A reclaimed will act as a statement table and will also keep the premium liquors safe.
The restaurant (pictured top) is set in what is perhaps the most beautiful reception room of the Hall, the ballroom, complete with an original sprung floor, which is said to have been one of the first in the UK.
Wire mesh geese will fly across the original decorative ceiling coving, whilst gun lamps preside on the spacious round tables. An open kitchen and floor to ceiling wine chillers will set the stage for a restaurant where the ingredient will be king.
Hotel bedrooms will consist of four categories – Park Rooms, Club Rooms, five Playground Suites (pictured below) and one Bridle Suite. Beds are all at least 5ft king-size and bathrooms are luxurious and modern, derived from a soft grey palate using a mixture of materials.
In true Oddfellows fashion, there will be delights, antiquities, objets d’art and curios in every bedroom.
The Playground Suites inhabit the rooms which would have been the master bedrooms in the house and stay true to the building’s dimensions. They offer a luxurious amount of space, with modern four posters, a sitting and dining area and a Victorian style roll-top bath.
The Bridle Suite enjoys a nod towards the Hall’s once use as a stud farm and has a design nod to the equestrian. It sits within the Hall’s romantic tower and will offer separate sitting room, bedroom, dressing room and bathroom on three levels.