The historic Mercure Box Hill Burford Bridge Hotel will re-open on Monday 1st September 2014 after an extensive nine-month restoration programme which extends from the entrance and public areas to the acclaimed restaurant and bar, 57 guest rooms and eight meeting rooms.
Local roots acknowledged – Noted design house Trevillion Interiors has focussed on the hotel’s unique location literally at the food of Box Hill, its verdant gardens and its rich historic heritage choosing fabrics and patterned wallpapers which illustrate flora and fauna, highlighted by light touches of locally inspired materials like flint and oak.
Seamless unseen technology – With the advent of wireless technology, the reception staff are freed from the confines of the conventional reception desk and will be using specially commissioned, bespoke oak tables to provide a warm welcome for guests. This is part of the new Mercure guest welcome experience which transforms the traditionally practical and impersonal reception area into a friendly, social space where guests are invited to sit with a hotel host to digitally check in and interact about the details of their stay. This will be the second Mercure property in the UK to embrace the new concept.
A neutral and soothing feel – The colour scheme palette is comprised of soft aquas, taupes and stone providing a crisp contemporary and uncluttered country-house ambiance although each area has a slightly different tone. The Emlyn Restaurant, for example, retains the base structure of taupe and stone but is enhanced by a dark grey and soft light sky blues.
A social hub – A real focus has been made with the design of the public areas to make the Mercure Box Hill Burford Bridge Hotel the place to meet and relax once again both for the local community and for visitors to the area. The site where the hotel is located has been a place of refuge and hospitality for weary travellers for over 760 years so the reception area and lounge has a “homely feel” with a feature fireplace whilst the bar design references a country house dresser with a polished granite bar top and timber edging detail.
Picture-style panelling with bookcases built in and painted the same colour of the walls give a nod to the property’s heritage as literary muse with John Keats, Robert Luis Stevenson, Jane Austen, amongst others, finding the hotel and surrounding area an inspiration when they stayed. Indeed two oversized wing chairs with a poetry-inspired print have been commissioned for the lobby, inspired by Keats’ poem Endymion written whilst in residence. Folding screens strategically placed near the entrance provide protection from the winter chill and are covered in a print illustrating the specific ordnance survey map co-ordinates of Box Hill.
A Retro Feel – The hotel’s secluded Lido with its outdoor heated swimming pool, hidden within its three acres of grounds, has a crisp new look with newly restored stall changing rooms in heritage colours to complement the hotel. The area surrounding the pool has been extended for guest use, furnished with rattan seating where food and drink will be served from the adjacent building which has returned to the hotel’s own operation.
History revived – The famous Tithe Barn with its stunning vaulted ceiling said to have been built from timbers taken from the defeated galleons of the Spanish Armada, has also received a light, sensitive makeover lending a fresher, more neutral feel whilst retaining its historic pedigree.
Locally sourced & inspired – Key antiques and decorative embellishments have been sourced from the local Surrey community whilst the guest rooms feature prominent artwork illustrating the stunning views seen around the hotel.
Trevillion Interiors has worked closely with the Mercure team on the design and has provided a skilfully sympathetic revival which pays homage to the historic heritage of the hotel whilst providing a welcome, modern bolthole for the local Box Hill community.
A Taste of Burford Bridge Opening Offer: To celebrate being at the heart of the Surrey Hills once more, the Mercure Box Hill Burford Bridge Hotel is offering an introductory overnight stay starting at £125.00 per room per night to include dinner* and full English breakfast daily. To book this package just call 01306 884561 and quote reference TASTE OF BURFORD BRIDGE.
The accommodation offer is valid from 1st September 2014 to 30th December 2014 inclusive and is subject to availability. It cannot be taken in conjunction with any other offer or packages and excludes Christmas & New Year residential packages. *Excludes drinks.
Notes for Editors – About the hotel: The Mercure Box Hill Burford Bridge Hotel is set within three acres of landscaped gardens at the foot of Box Hill within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With a history dating back some 760 years, the property has long been a haven for those inspired by nature with noted visitors including Admiral Lord Nelson and Emma Hamilton, John Keats and Jane Austen amongst others. With 57 guest rooms, a two AA Rosette restaurant The Emlyn, a bar, heated outside pool, and eight meetings & banqueting rooms, the property’s pièce de resistance is undoubtedly the seventeenth century, vaulted-ceiling Tithe Barn which is extremely popular for celebrations and weddings.
About Mercure: Mercure is the midscale non-standardized brand of Accor, the world’s leading hotel operator with over 3,600 hotels, 460,000 rooms and 170,000 employees in 92 countries. Mercure hotels share common quality standards and are driven by passionate hoteliers. Whether they are located in major city centres, by the seaside or in mountain resorts, each establishment offers an authentic experience for both business and leisure travellers. The Mercure network spans more than 700 hotels in 52 countries around the globe, represents a real alternative to standardized or independent hotels, and combines the power of an international network with professional and digital expertise. For more information, visithttp://www.mercure.com.
This release is posted at: Magellan PR A press kit is available on request. A full photo-shoot of the property will be released mid-September 2014.
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