Exterior Architecture have been involved in the extension of the DoubleTree by Hilton at Hoole Hall in Chester, restoring a traditional walled garden and rejuvenating the main hotel entrance within the first two phases. The walled garden opened late last year whilst the entrance has recently been completed.
The walled garden is used as external restaurant space and for hosting functions as well as being a peaceful garden for guests to relax in. As such, the design includes dining terraces and extensive lawns as well as a fragrant parterre garden and a traditional perimeter flowering border. It was imperative that the design respected the setting of the Grade II listed Hoole Hall, originally a country house dating from the 18th Century. Historic records showed that the garden was formally used as a kitchen garden and for cutting flower cultivation but had become tired and neglected. Guests can now enjoy breakfast amongst flowering trees and wander through formal beds of lavender in the spirit of the original residents of the Hall.
The new entrance to the hotel and terrace in front of the Orangery (also Grade II listed) has been designed as a formal walk to the redesigned reception. Sandstone paving was selected to match the interior tiles and the weeping forms of the Laburnum x watereri 'Vossii' will form an arched colonnade leading visitors through the space. Beds of Nandina domestica (Heavenly bamboo) line the approach and with their supposed power to dispel bad dreams are the perfect fit for the hotel entrance. Throughout the scheme, the design intent has always been to preserve and enhance the existing historic architecture and setting and to implement multi-functional spaces that respond to the varied needs of the guests and users of the hotel.
The subsequent phases will see the restoration of a ha-ha wall and formal terraces as well as a large parkland and tree lined avenue so watch this space!