Situated close to Alnwick within the verdant Northumberland countryside, Charlton Corridor was as soon as an 18th-century stately house to a few of England’s notable gentry. Immediately, it’s a moderately magical UK retreat. My new husband and I (nope, nonetheless not uninterested in saying that) have been invited to spend the evening there lately, and I couldn’t wait to share my evaluate of Charlton Corridor with you!
Now a luxurious marriage ceremony and occasions venue which sleeps 54 folks throughout the Principal Home and cottages, Pole Barn, Farmhouse and Lookout with extra lodging on the way in which, the grand outdated home has been renovated with its previous in thoughts.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 choose 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 hold the property’s previous alive.
Setting the tone to your keep, friends are welcomed to the primary home by George the giraffe, who seems to be over a pink-carpeted grand staircase.
Going through George, you’ll discover a portrait of a girl in interval costume necking a glass of wine. She’s a severe vibe and I really feel like all the only ladies attending weddings at Charlton Corridor can establish along 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 chic French mattress sits beneath 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 lavatory, 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 positively not ‘themed’. Everyone knows how cheesy themed inns will be!
At Charlton Corridor, friends 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 implausible evening’s sleep within the suite and an much more pleasing 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. It’s also possible to order from a small menu of bar snacks. We had a scrumptious cheese and charcuterie board.
There are some lovely reception rooms you can also 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 nowadays it’s decked out in glittering lights and floral partitions.
How glamorous is it?! Having simply paid for marriage ceremony flowers ourselves, we each commented on how superb it might be to only rock up and have the place already wedding-ready.
The occasions room the place marriage ceremony events eat dinner is simply as spectacular. The ground to ceiling home windows imply you actually get to take advantage of the beautiful setting.
After darkish, you may sneak down into The Vault, a cellar bar with a speakeasy really feel. It jogs my memory a whole lot of the underground bars in Edinburgh I’d drink in as a pupil. Solely, just a little extra subtle!
Am I actually going to dedicate a bit of my Charlton Corridor lodge evaluate to the loos? Sure, sure I’m.
The creativity was actually allowed to run wild within the lavs. Assume clashing colors, psychedelic prints and neon lights, however it works!
I can’t resolve whether or not the award for whackiest designs goes to the gents or the women. What do you assume?
Breakfast at Charlton Corridor
We woke to the blissful sound of birdsong and I threw again the curtains to absorb the view. For so far as the attention can see, there may be 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 through the week, which happy me to no finish.
The menu affords the standard 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: recent fruit, yogurts, cereals and toast.
General, we completely loved a blissful keep at Charlton Corridor and the one dangerous bit was having to depart. The workers are welcoming, the décor is actually one thing to put in writing house about and the agricultural setting makes this lodge a memorable countryside retreat.
Now, is it too early to resume our marriage ceremony vows? As a result of I occur to know the proper venue…
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