A multi million pound investment project has been announced by leading Suffolk Hotel, Seckford Hall Hotel. The refurbishment will transform the popular country house hotel into a new era of luxury. The four-star hotel, has been open for over sixty years was sold to a new private owner last year. Work will begin this week with completion of phase one due in the first week of September.
This renovation symbolises another milestone for the luxury hotel following on from its’ 4 star status achieved two years ago.
Since the hotels sale just over 8 months ago, Mark Suddes, Operations Director, who is in charge of the management and day to day running of the hotel, has been busy working on new plans for the hotel. His aim, to reposition the hotel as the leading 4 star hotel in the county.
“We are delighted to announce these major refurbishment plans and very excited about welcoming guests to experience the new look Seckford Hall.” Said Mark. “We pride ourselves as being one of Suffolk’s leading hotels and feel this significant investment will also be good for the county of Suffolk. We are pleased to be working using local companies for our works such as Carters of Ipswich who are main contractors with all flooring supplied by Barretts of Woodbridge as we want as many local companies to benefit from this investment.
The East Wing, once a private residence is being transformed into a new extension of the hotel. A new event space accommodating up to 40 guests and an executive boardroom, with dedicated break out area and new lounge area overlooking the once private walled gardens will be completed by the end of the summer. Public spaces will be refurbished on the ground floor to boost customer comfort. The restaurant will be refurbished at the end of July and the reception area will be moved into a new open plan check in and lounge area. The existing bar area will become an intimate snug bar. The Great Hall, whilst retaining its beautiful linen fold panels will become home to a superb destination champagne and cocktail bar. An extensive bedroom and bathroom refurbishment will also take place over the coming year which commences at the same time.
Further investment will continue over the next 18 months, which will see the leisure facilities being upgraded, with additional treatment rooms, a new steam room, sauna and spa area and a new restaurant concept in the leisure area. Plans for additional bedrooms in the grounds of the hotel are also planned.
“As you can imagine being a listed building we are facing some challenges!” commented Mark. “We have been working extremely hard with our local architect, English Heritage and interior designer, to bring the hotel bang up to date but to still remain its’ charm and presence. It has taken time to piece together but will certainly be worth the wait, the hotel is certainly going to be one of the finest hotels to visit in Suffolk. Not only will we have the facilities to be proud of but we also have an excellent team who are committed to providing the highest possible service”.
“As well as repositioning the hotel in the Suffolk marketplace, my vision is to continue its family ethos and build on its already impressive reputation. We want to encourage everyone, whether it is as a couple, with friends or with family to come to the hotel and use our facilities. I am extremely excited by the hotels expansion plans and know that they will impress, our plans are now in the hotel for anyone to come and see. It’s very much business as usual over the forthcoming months; we have planned the work to have minimal impact on our guests throughout the summer!”