Major year-long overhaul at village hotel completed

Lee Pattison at the Coquetvale Hotel in Rothbury
Lee Pattison at the Coquetvale Hotel in Rothbury

A major £80,000 transformation at a village hotel has been completed, giving the venue a more ‘classic and elegant feel’.

The Coquetvale Hotel, in Rothbury, has been the subject of a year-long refurbishment project.

It follows Lee Pattison taking over at the Station Road venue in February 2014.

The dramatic makeover has been far-reaching, with the bedrooms, reception, restaurant, bar, public areas, terrace, gardens and toilets all receiving attention.

Mr Pattison said: “The hotel was in a bad state of disrepair when we took over so we have carried out the work and it is now at a good standard.

“The transformation has cost us somewhere in the region of between £70,000 and £80,000 and we have given it a classic, elegant feel. Everybody is delighted with it and we have had some great feedback. Returning guests can’t believe that it is the same hotel.

“Some of the things we have done, for example, is to move the bar, to make the area more comfortable, and completely redecorate the bedrooms, including new curtains and carpets and replacing the beds.”

One of The Coquetvale’s offerings is exclusive wedding packages through the winter, whereby people can book out the whole venue for their big occasion. Nine bookings have currently been taken for this year.

Locally-sourced, quality food is another important part of The Coquetvale’s mantra and it is set to launch its new menu comprising a British-Italian fusion. Its drinks offering is also due for an overhaul.

The new menu will be unveiled at an event on Thursday, March 5, from 6.30pm, and Mr Pattison is extending the invitation to anyone who is interested in coming along.

“The bedrooms will also be open during the launch event, so people can see what we have done there,” Mr Pattison added.

The C card, which will give holders free and discounted offers at The Coquetvale via online social media will also be launched at the March event.

Mr Pattison is also keen to point out that the hotel, which has 15 members of staff, holds other activities, such as murder-mystery nights.

He added: “We are trying to make the hotel’s offering as good as possible for the village and to try to bring more people into Rothbury and Northumberland as a whole.”

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