Aston Hall Hotel is an imposing Grade II* listed 18th century former Country House set in substantial landscaped grounds.
This magnificent large, three storey, former Country House built in ashlar limestone with a Westmoreland slate roof by John Carr originally for Lord Holderness, was converted into a hotel in 1984.
Taken on as architect to Aston Hall Hotel, we were appointed to deliver a number of projects. Having prepared a ‘Master Plan’ to consider all areas of potential development we have carried out a number of projects on a rolling programme over a number of years.
We were asked to design a modern, contemporary styled building to sit comfortably against the listed building. Wanting to be respectful of the heritage building and site, the exterior design compliments the historic style with a limited palette of colours and materials, whilst the interior provides a bright, spacious and very modern open plan function room with dance floor area and the bar area, with its clean lines and mood lighting, provides a light contemporary feel.
The new ‘Virage Suite’ sits within the slope, facing away from the side elevation of the hotel, looking out over the stunning views with large glass windows and stone piers, which follow the architectural language of the original building, frame the views. The ‘roof’ slowly falls away to become part of the garden, with a structured terrace in-between to link the two buildings. This quiet contemplative courtyard garden, open to the elements, provides a picturesque space for relaxation whilst creating a physical and visual separation between the historic hotel building and the new building.
From the main hotel views remain uninterrupted and the front of the new building provides views of the open countryside. The glass entrance to the new building, has been designed with small terraces either side to provide overflow spaces.
The fully serviced catering kitchen and toilet facilities enable this new addition to be suitable for a number of different uses ranging from weddings to corporate events.