A hidden gem of a hotel in the heart of Bruntwood Park!
I came across Oddfellows in the Park whilst visiting a client in Cheadle. My curiosity was peaked, when I discovered that Bruntwood Hall had been converted into a hotel. The lovely old hall which had seen better days had a makeover and I was dying to see it.
Memories of being chased by the park keeper, playing pitch and put and later taking the children to the park to feed the ducks came to mind! I needed to know had they stripped away the original features of the old building or sympathetically restored it to its former Gothic glory.
An opportunity arose to combine business and pleasure, when I needed a location for a photo shoot. My very talented friend and photographer Ian Southerin from Location Photography offered his services and I knew I wanted to use Oddfellows.
I wasn’t disappointed, Oddfellows is a stylish hotel, comfortable and quirky, with a smattering of rooms which keeps it personal and intimate! The moment you enter Bruntwood Park, you leave the world behind, it’s the perfect escape. Oddfellows takes you further away from reality, with beautiful surrounding and lovely staff. So, whether it is a weekend escape from the kids or just afternoon tea, you can just switch off and relax. There is something quite charming about a hotel in the centre of a 100-acre park.
If you don’t already know, Bruntwood Hall was a Victorian Gothic mansion, which was recently used as offices and then became derelict. Although in a poor state of repair, there were still many original features. I am delighted to say following a multi-million-pound refurbishment by Tim Groom architects, they have successfully employed a ‘minimum intervention’ approach and the Gothic Revival architecture is beautifully restored.
As an Interior Designer, I love having an anchor to develop a scheme, so I was keen to see if the historic tapestry had been used as a footprint for the project. The premier resident was John Douglas and the designers have cleverly used the Douglas tartan in the development. The Stud Room Bar and Galloping Major restaurant refer to the past life as Northern England’s most successful stud farm, along with the oversized horse lamp on the landing! If you venture outside, the small spa, has a Rhassoul (mud) Room, which fits nicely with the fact that it was originally a Pig Sty, very much emphasising the fun side of the hotel.
Im not personally overly impressed with the handle bar antlers, referencing the BMX park! Clever but, actually stand out like a sore thumb, in my view!
Original floors and staircase in reception have been sympathetically restored and I just loved the array of quirky pictures of animal gentry up the stairs! The function room is perfect for intimate gatherings, with on trend colour schemes in charcoal and dark blues with a hint of copper for good measure.
If you are passing, why no pop in for lunch or afternoon tea, give yourself a treat.