Couples will have seen Charlton Hall among the pretty pages of our brand new issue, and we’re thrilled to share with you even more details about this fantastic new wedding venue, which is set to open its doors in spring 2018. Based just off the A1 at Chathill, Charlton Hall is located north of Alnwick and is set within it’s own private 150-acre estate, with uninterrupted views heading out towards Beadnell Bay.
Charlton Hall is approached directly from the A1 along its own private driveway where traditional English shrubbery, trees and cottages line the winding entrance as you enter the estate, which is set within acres of rolling green countryside with only the sound of nature within earshot.
SO… WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT CHARLTON HALL?
Charlton Hall is a Grade II listed Georgian hall by William Newton and was formerly a private family home, prior to the owner of Doxford Barns acquiring it in May 2017. Charlton Hall was built for entertaining and it’s exciting to see how their incredible renovation plans are going to bring this hall back to life. As you read on, you’ll see their incredible plans include using historical pieces of furniture that were included within the sale, so expect to see an eclectic mix of antique furniture, with modern fabrics, tapestries and state of the art accessories.
WHAT ARE THE PLANS FOR CHARLTON HALL?
The vision for Charlton Hall is to give couples marrying here the best experience possible in terms of service, ambience, choice and luxury that truly makes their wedding day a day they won’t forget. In bringing Charlton Hall back to life as the naughty older sister to their first venue (Doxford Barns) Charlton Hall is a wonderland of glamour adorned with hand painted interiors, antiques and modern decor, for what we believe will become the most eccentric and luxurious venue in the North.
Preserving as many of the original features as possible, the renovation plans for Charlton Hall are unbelievable! What we know so far is the interior design will be mind-blowing as designers including Mulberry, Manuel Canovas, Pierre Frey, House of Hackney, Emma Shipley and Matthew Williamson feature prominently. Jo Aynsley, their lead designer, is planning to balance its traditional Georgian architecture with a modern twist by creating an eccentric vibe that will blow you away.
TAKE ME ON A TOUR OF CHARLTON HALL
Charlton Hall is sparing no expense on their interior design. Its premium decor will position Charlton Hall at the luxurious end of the market with soft furnishings, fabrics and accessories by the top names in interior design (Tom Dixon, Andrew Martin, Matthew Williamson, House of Hackney and Emma Shipley). Be prepared for an adventure as its daring colour scheme, striking features, flamboyant patterns and luxurious fabrics show off Charlton Hall’s tongue-in-cheek personality and where vibrant wallpaper, antique pieces and an incredible mix of art deco lighting will create a vibe reminiscent of a five star hotel from London.
As you enter the hall, you’ll be greeted by mouth-opening light installations that include Tom Dixon Pendants, neon signs and flying cherubs levitating down the grand staircase to the hallway and where wallpaper by Pierre Frey and Harlequin feature prominently.
The Breakfast Room has been inspired by the renowned photographer Tim Walker and here the team bring Harlequin Sumi wallpaper to life as it cascades from the ceiling down to the base of the original hand-painted floorboards. Andrew Martin’s sheers drape the windows in the room and drench the room with sunlight to reflect the opposing wall of mirrors.
There is nothing ’standard’ about Charlton Hall and this is ever more so in the Library where its sheer level of opulence is accentuated by large scale chandeliers and a bold colour scheme. Charlton Hall’s passion for House of Hackney starts in the study and climbs the staircase through fabrics and wallpapers.. Having followed the inspirational artist Emma J Shipley for a number of years, their lead designer Jo Aynsley will include many of her exquisite cushion designs throughout.
Running upstairs along the centre of the grand staircase you will find a handmade and specially hand-dyed runner to accentuate the decadence of oversized mirrors that reflect shimmering chandeliers. Once you reach the top, take a break and relax on their leather conversation sofas, nestled away in a little hideaway, offset by House of Hackney’s naughty monkey wallpaper.
The biggest surprise of all are the underground vaults. As you delve down here, you will find Charlton Hall’s after-hours playground. Here the in-house speakeasy plays host to its whisky and card room set amongst rich decor with silks, velvets, leather, mirrored-tiles and laced with a decadent choice of beverages.
At some point throughout your tour of the hall, you will need to make a visit to the loos – our bet is that this will be the most instagrammed room of all! Lip urinals set against designer graffiti walls by Lynsday Jean Henderson, juxtapose with a Pink Powder room for Foxy Ladies.
WHAT ARE THE CEREMONY AND RECEPTION OPTIONS?
Outside and across the floral courtyard you will find the magical ceremony hall nestled within a renovated old cart shed. Here the design team are busy renovating the ceremony hall to retain its rustic charm, where the hall will be illuminated by an array of romantic lighting and breathtaking floral displays. Here the ceiling will be dressed in flora and fauna that glitters from the chandeliers and where the sky of flowers lends itself to welcoming any colour scheme to suit the wedding theme. The ceremony hall will accommodate up to 120 guests.
CUISINE AT CHARLTON HALL
A chef with a big name (details will be revealed later) has been lined up to the lead the culinary experience at Charlton Hall, with a menu that will set itself apart from traditional wedding breakfast fare. Wedding parties can expect traditional dishes served with a contemporary twist using the finest, freshest ingredients sourced locally from Northumberland – right from their doorstep. As with Charlton Hall’s sister venue – Doxford Barns – we’re expecting award-winning cuisine to be served here, with a strong pedigree that will give Charlton Hall a culinary reputation in its own right.
WHO ARE THE TEAM BEHIND CHARLTON HALL?
In-keeping with the award-winning team from Doxford Barns, Charlton Hall will offer a service level that will include wedding planning, support and supplier recommendations to help couples achieve their vision for their day. Whether this is in creating bespoke menus in partnership with the chef, to sourcing entertainment and accessories to complement colour schemes, the team here will be on hand to support from start to finish.
GUEST ACCOMMODATION AT CHARLTON HALL
Charlton Hall itself has six large bedrooms, as well as period country cottages set within the grounds to accommodate 16 guests, along with plans for further bedrooms to be added at a later date! The bedroom suites are named after the nearest and dearest of those behind Charlton Hall (new generation stars) and each suite is designed with its own cheeky character…
For example meet Alfie… Alfie brings the masculine vibe to the upstairs. Delving into a deep blue of bold, rich tones of navy and contrasting orange to liven up this room,. The bathroom is polished up with bright Mulberry fabric to draw the colours together throughout.
And on to the honeymoon suite – meet Charlotte. This suite is tucked away in the quiet part of the hall to give the couple some quiet hideaway moments during their busy day. Enjoying the largest en-suite, Charlotte offers the perfect morning room for brides to prepare for their big day. Dressed in neon with ‘kiss me’ signs, tantalising tassel wall lights and perfect peacock side tables to mirror the most beautiful existing dresser. Adorning the room with blush pink chairs and a scroll coffee table, Charlotte provides an idyllic corner for mothers and maids to sit and enjoy champagne whilst brides are being pampered with their finishing touches. Dressed with Emma J Shipley cushions in exciting hues of hot pink and orange, the Charlotte suite is filled with angelic blush tones of Pierre Frey and Matthew Williamson wallpaper. Here it becomes clear that nothing at Charlton Hall is done by halves, as you will find the en-suite has the most elegant freestanding bath, up-lit with its own cluster of mini chandeliers, House of Hackney Monkey wallpaper, slate tiles and hints of copper – being richly decadent, this en-suite perfectly balances our naughty and nice side!
Charlton Hall Private Viewing
Charlton Hall will be open for weddings from April 2018 and they are inviting couples for private viewings now. For more information about the venue visit www.charltonhall.co.uk To arrange a private viewing, contact the wedding coordinators on: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 01665 579173 and make sure you like its Facebook Page to keep up to date with the latest news on the venue.