Powell Williams' ÃÂ£1.5m historic hotel update
programme for Grade II-listed gem
We have completed the final phase
of a ÃÂ£1.5 million refurbishment of the Crabwall Manor Hotel in
Mollington, Chester. The interior of the hotel has been
upgraded throughout, creating a luxurious, boutique
feel of the highest standard, appropriate for this
stunning Grade II-listed building.
The 48 en-suite bedrooms have been transformed with a
stylish colour pallet, sumptuous furnishings
and accessories, and sleek, contemporary bathrooms. The
muted hues and contemporary styling continues through the
public areas and into the spa complex, which has seen its
corridors and reception similarly updated, bringing the decor
of the original and extended parts of the
The final phase of work saw the hotel's four wedding and
conference suites upgraded to the same standard. A
reorientation of the flow of visitors around the internal
space is also planned, making the most of the beautiful main
entrance for guests and wedding parties. This
is supported by a careful repair and maintenance
programme for the exterior.
Appointed as project manager in October 2012 by the building's
owner Dukeminster, due to the team's expertise as historic
building consultants, Powell Williams coordinated the
interior designer Magna Designs and building contractor
Interfit Interiors. The team has worked closely with the
hotel's management to minimise disruption to guests and ensure
the business remains open during the works.
Andy Williams, our Chester-based partner, lead the
project. He said: "The refurbishment of this beautiful
hotel was done with the upmost sensitivity to the
historic building, and the comfort and enjoyment of the
hotel's customers and staff. Having the
building occupied during the work created challenges but
we worked closely with the management to minimise the
impact on the day-to-day operation of the business and
deliver the programme on schedule.
"The boutique hotel market has raised the bar in recent
years and older properties are having to respond.
The oldest part of Crabwall Manor is simply stunning and
later extensions have created additional space.
This programme aims to unify the interior and create
that luxury feel which is expected of a high-end country
hotel and wedding venue. The redesign has been done to
the highest standards, revitalising the personality of the
building and creating a contemporary feel within a rich
Andy added: "There are many historic buildings which would
benefit from a similar enhancement programme. Whether
being used commercially as a hotel or heritage venue, or
private house, we have the experience, expertise and contacts
to sympathetically bring these buildings up-to-date in a
thoughtful and sensitive manner."
Louis Mourao, hotel manager said: "The refurbishment of the
hotel is proving extremely popular with our customers,
many of whom are regular visitors to the Manor. There has
been excellent feedback on the bedrooms, which
are beautifully designed and elegantly finished, and
we're looking forward to the completion of the
function suites next month when we will be
welcoming prospective brides and grooms and events
managers to come and have a look around.
"We are pleased that Powell Williams and the design and
construction team have been so careful to minimise the
disruption to the hotel during the refurbishment. Between them
they have created a beautiful scheme which
will be enjoyed by Crabwall Manor customers for many
years to come."