Northumberland wedding venue in running for national award

Newton Hall
Newton Hall

A Northumberland wedding venue has been shortlisted for a national style award.

The Hilden Style Awards, an online competition dedicated to finding the hidden gems in independent hospitality, healthcare and restaurant design, has chosen Newton Hall, at Newton-by-the-Sea, as a finalist in the hotel and B&B category.

One of the rooms at Newton Hall.

One of the rooms at Newton Hall.

Judges described the venue as 'a romantic country house' where 'luxurious textures combined with the clever use of theming brought an extra dimension'.

Newton Hall is up against The 25, a B&B located in the seaside resort of Torquay and Hotel Gotham, a themed hotel in the heart of Manchester city centre. The winners are due to be chosen tomorrow (October 24).

The awards (, powered by Vision Support Services, are now in their fourth year and are designed to find the most stylish interiors of independent venues along the length and breadth of the country. With a focus on celebrating unique style and impressive design, the awards are open to small to medium venues with ten establishments or less.

The judges have had a tough job of whittling down the entrants to just three finalists in each category: Most Stylish Independent Hotel or B&B, Most Stylish Care Home and Most Stylish Restaurant.

Victoria Hargreaves, Style Awards judge and independent hospitality sales manager at Vision, said: “We’re overwhelmed with the response that the Hilden Style Awards have received this year, making it our most successful year to date. With increased competition in the market, we’ve seen hospitality, and even healthcare, venues really ramp up their styling this year to ensure they provide that wow-factor for their guests or residents.

"What’s more important though, is that we reward the hard work and effort of the smaller establishments that, perhaps, in a market saturated with chains and groups, may otherwise have gone unnoticed. That’s at the heart of what the Style Awards sets out to achieve.”

A first for the Style Awards, entries opened to care homes and featured Heather Grange care home in the old mill town of Burnley; Southlands, set in a Victorian house in the leafy suburbs of Leeds; and Bentley House, in Hertford.

The final three in the restaurant category are sketch, located in Mayfair, London; Boyds Grill & Wine Bar, a stone’s throw away from Trafalgar Square; and Scene Indian Street Kitchen, in Manchester’s premier food and drink district, Spinningfields.

This year's judges are Ellie Tennant, freelance interior design journalist; Victoria Hargreaves, of Vision; Lee Birchall, architect and interior designer for bar/restaurants; Jeremy Tring, editor of Eat.Drink.Sleep magazine; Lucy Forsyth, Vision’s healthcare interior design specialist; and Gemma Ralph, deputy editor of Hospitality Interiors magazine.