Situated close to Alnwick within the verdant Northumberland countryside, Charlton Corridor was as soon as an 18th-century stately residence to a few of England’s notable gentry. As we speak, it’s a somewhat magical UK retreat. My new husband and I (nope, nonetheless not uninterested in saying that) have been invited to spend the evening there just lately, and I couldn’t wait to share my evaluate of Charlton Corridor with you!
Now a luxurious wedding ceremony and occasions venue which sleeps 54 individuals throughout the Essential Home and cottages, Pole Barn, Farmhouse and Lookout with extra lodging on the way in which, the grand previous home has been renovated with its previous in thoughts.
I’ve stayed in sufficient bland lodge rooms to final a lifetime, so I used to be intrigued to learn that Charlton Corridor’s décor was conjured up by Jo Aynsley of award-winning Jeffrey’s Interiors of Edinburgh.
Sharp eyes may decide up on bits and items from Mulberry, Pierre Frey, Home of Hackney, Manuel Canovas, Emma J Shipley and Diane von Furstenberg.
When you tear your eyes away from the assertion wallpaper and eclectic assortment of tongue-in-cheek artwork, you’ll discover restored antiques and authentic options that preserve the property’s previous alive.
Setting the tone on your keep, company are welcomed to the primary home by George the giraffe, who appears over a pink-carpeted grand staircase.
Dealing with George, you’ll discover a portrait of a girl in interval costume necking a glass of wine. She’s a critical vibe and I really feel like all the one ladies attending weddings at Charlton Corridor can establish together with her.
Every of the six rooms in the primary home is individually styled, so no two stays ever should be the identical. We opted to spend the evening in ‘Charlotte’, Charlton Corridor’s bridal suite.
The Charlotte suite
A sublime French mattress sits under a neon pink Kiss Me signal on Pierre Frey and Matthew Williamson wallpaper. The wardrobe is mirrored and ornate brass peacocks assist the bedside tabletops.
Within the en-suite toilet, a free-standing roll-top tub sits beneath a picture-book window that gives an idyllic view out onto the 150-acres of land surrounding the property.
The decor is Alice in Wonderland impressed, although undoubtedly not ‘themed’. Everyone knows how cheesy themed accommodations will be!
At Charlton Corridor, company really feel like they’ve fallen down the rabbit gap and right into a barely eccentric however pleasantly soothing world of luxurious and indulgence.
Our room had a espresso machine with cookies, a big fridge (my pet peeve is tiny lodge room fridges that don’t match my wine bottle) and luxurious toiletries.
Crucially, we had a incredible evening’s sleep within the suite and an much more pleasurable soak within the bathtub.
Charlton Corridor’s amenities
Charlton Corridor’s intimate onsite bar serves an array of tipples from native manufacturers like Alnwick Rum and Marlish mixers. You too can order from a small menu of bar snacks. We had a scrumptious cheese and charcuterie board.
There are some lovely reception rooms you may make full use of if the bar isn’t your scene. Recline on one of many sofas in the lounge and a fellow visitor may simply entertain you on the grand piano.
Within the library, you’ll discover board video games to maintain you entertained.
Weddings at Charlton Corridor
We couldn’t resist peeking into the marriage ceremony venue on the property. As soon as upon a time it was the stables, however today it’s decked out in glittering lights and floral partitions.
How glamorous is it?! Having simply paid for wedding ceremony flowers ourselves, we each commented on how superb it could be to only rock up and have the place already wedding-ready.
The occasions room the place wedding ceremony events eat dinner is simply as spectacular. The ground to ceiling home windows imply you actually get to benefit from the beautiful setting.
After darkish, you possibly can sneak down into The Vault, a cellar bar with a speakeasy really feel. It jogs my memory numerous the underground bars in Edinburgh I’d drink in as a scholar. Solely, somewhat extra subtle!
Am I actually going to dedicate a piece of my Charlton Corridor lodge evaluate to the loos? Sure, sure I’m.
The creativity was actually allowed to run wild within the lavs. Suppose clashing colors, psychedelic prints and neon lights, nevertheless it works!
I can’t determine whether or not the award for whackiest designs goes to the gents or the women. What do you suppose?
Breakfast at Charlton Corridor
We woke to the blissful sound of birdsong and I threw again the curtains to soak up the view. For so far as the attention can see, there’s nothing however rolling Northumberland hills and sheep.
Oh, and Farmer Tom in his tractor! Father Tom is Charlton Corridor proprietor Richard’s dad and it’s very a lot a household enterprise.
Breakfast is served in a sun-filled room with clear glass furnishings till 10am throughout the week, which happy me to no finish.
The menu gives the everyday full English breakfast with native produce, in addition to a vegan fry up, American pancakes, eggs any manner and French toast with pancetta and peaches.
There’s additionally a small continental choice: contemporary fruit, yogurts, cereals and toast.
Total, we completely loved a blissful keep at Charlton Corridor and the one unhealthy bit was having to go away. The workers are welcoming, the décor is actually one thing to write down residence about and the agricultural setting makes this lodge a memorable countryside retreat.
Now, is it too early to resume our wedding ceremony vows? As a result of I occur to know the right venue…
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