Back in 2017, Hill Cross Furniture started discussions about a secret Luxury project that was starting to take place in Ripon, North Yorkshire. The brief was for luxury, and the sky was the limit. After many discussions, and as the design brief unfolded, the Grantley Hall project started to take shape as a stunningly beautiful country retreat and spa for the elite, based in the heart of ‘God’s own County’ – Yorkshire.
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The original Hall was built by Thomas Norton towards the end of the 17th century, and it has served as the home for many notable figures. During the war, it was used as a convalescent home for oversea troops and has even been a school providing adult education. In 2015 it was bought by Valeria Sykes and underwent extensive repairs and refurbishment at the cost of millions before opening to the public in the second half of 2019.
Hill Cross were approached for their bespoke capabilities and were asked to work on many areas of the venue to ensure that the client’s high-end specification was met.
For Bar & Restaurant Eighty-Eight, one of the halls exclusive dining spaces, serving a unique fusion of Yorkshire produce and Asian flavours, split over to floors. Hill Cross created bespoke bar stools and matching bespoke chairs, with bold brass frames and sumptuous velvet upholstery. Complementing this is the fixed seating that dominates the central space on the lower floor with it curved, split-level back detail and the private booth style seating located around the parameter of the room, finished in the same teal upholstery and with brass detailing. Tabletops were also produced to match the timber used on the fixed seating with detailed brass inlays to tie the whole design scheme together.
Valeria’s is the venues signature late-night champagne and cocktail bar, providing an exclusive space for the hotel’s guests to unwind with a drink until the early morning. Designed to be reminiscent of The Great Gatsby, the furniture had to match this. Hill Cross produced the luxury bar stools, cocktail chairs and bespoke fixed seating in an opulent white and gold colour pallet and bespoke tables were produced using ‘Cosmic Black’ marble and brass bottomed table bases. The curved fixed seating is used to create various smaller spaces within the venue and is finished with brass kick plates that match with the rest of the furniture.
The Three Graces Spa Lounge offers a relaxing retreat to hotel guests and is part of the vast spa complex. Using tranquil colours and the inclusion of a real tree within the space, Hill Cross’ job was to produce the banquette seating that wrapped around the tree (and column in the spa’s corridor) and along the various walls of the lounge. Hill Cross was also asked to produce a number of bolster cushions matching the chairs also used in the space.
Located in the new Fountain Wing of the hotel, the Presidential Suite is the jewel in the crown of bedrooms, complete with a baby grand piano. Hill Cross was asked to produce 4 bespoke counter stools and 8 bespoke dining chairs to complement the design of the room.
Both were manufactured with the brass framework and a sumptuous dark green velvet was chosen for the upholstery, complementing the room perfectly, a truly luxurious space.
In addition to this, Hill Cross were also requested to produce a number of bespoke headboards for the rooms located within the Fountain Wing, these were created to match each rooms style and the below images depict one of the headboards installed within one of the superior suites.
Hill Cross are immensely proud of the work and products that they produced for this venue and showcase’s Hill Cross teams’ ability to produce high-specification for the luxury market.
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