Matfen Hall Hotel, Northumberland

Client Focus - Matfen Hall Hotel, Northumberland

Nestled deep in the beautiful Northumberland countryside lies Matfen Hall, a sumptuous luxury hotel with its own golf course and spa. Its rooms provide a haven for relaxation. Opulence and elegance are words that roll off the tongue at this former stately home. Chefs create fine dining for every occasion while its stunning 27-hole golf course is a favourite for the region’s golfers.

Sitting on the terrace of this historic hall with a gin and tonic, ice glinting in the late afternoon sun, surrounded by layers upon layers of rolling hills and rich honeyed meadows. You get the picture. This is bucolic charm at its very best. There is little wonder why couples choose this pastoral setting for their wedding day; nothing but the best for the bride and groom as they embark on the journey of married life. Whether you’re in the market for a banquet or a bacon sandwich; a lavish wedding or a relaxing spa day; an exquisite round of golf or a perfect afternoon tea – Matfen Hall is the destination to choose. No one knows the charms of Matfen Hall more than its Managing Director Bernard Bloodworth who boasts a long and distinguished career in the hospitality industry.

Bernard has spent eight years at the helm of Matfen Hall, which first opened as a hotel in 1999 with 31 bedrooms. In 2004, a major expansion programme saw a further 22 bedrooms being added as well as the luxury Aqua Vitae spa. The ancestral home of Sir Hugh and Lady Blackett, the Hall, which was completely rebuilt in 1832, spent 30 years under the stewardship of charity, Cheshire Homes, until the midnineties when the decision was taken to lovingly transform the stately home into a luxury hotel.

Despite its grand beauty and sprawling grounds, Matfen Hall retains a family feel, and staff pride themselves on attention to detail – offering a real taste of Northumberland and celebrating its rich history while providing a stunning country house retreat fit for the 21st century.

In an age where the hotel industry is dominated by corporate brands, Matfen Hall has developed a renowned reputation for being one of the best independent hotels in the region. Sir Hugh and Lady Blackett continue to be deeply involved in the development of the hotel and its facilities to ensure that it continues to be at the forefront of the hotel industry. Matfen was named Large Hotel of the Year in the 2015 North East Tourism Awards, supported by Visit England, and boasts a double AA Rosette rating for its Library Restaurant. Bernard says, “I’m incredibly proud of what has been achieved at Matfen Hall, and we’re always looking for new ways to offer the absolute best service to our guests and members.

“We welcome more than 50,000 guests every year at the hotel – the vast majority of whom are on leisure breaks in the region, making a significant contribution to the regional economy.”

The hotel also supports and engages with the local community through a variety of activities, including supporting the village fete and the cricket team and working with local schools.

Staff also choose a local charity that the hotel supports. In the past three years, more than £45,000 has been raised for Tynedale Hospice at Home and Carers Northumberland. “Many of our staff have been here for a very long time, and that’s a great source of pride too,” adds Bernard, who is chair of the North East Hotel Association.

“People are happy to work here, and that feeling passes over to the customer.

“It is a wonderful location. I certainly can’t think of a better place to live and work.”

Hospitality Sector Specialists

We’re honoured to work with such a prestigious business as Matfen Hall and pride ourselves on the support we are able to provide to the large remit of clients we have within the Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism sector.

Services we have provided to Matfen include:

  • Preparation of annual financial accounts
  • Statutory audit of financial statements
  • Tax compliance services
  • Tax  planning services for the company and shareholders Strategic Business advice to the directors

To learn more about how our specialist hospitality team could help support your business, please visit call Richard Andrew, Head of Hospitality on 01539 942030 or email richard.andrew@armstrongwatson.co.uk.

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