The George Hotel

Piercebridge, Darlington

If you are looking for traditional Georgian style then look no further than The George Hotel in Piercebridge. Spread over a Grade II listed Coaching Inn on the banks of the River Tees, the hotel is perfect for corporate travellers, family visitors and wedding parties.   The George completed an extensive refurbishment programme, resulting in a luxurious place to stay that combines true Georgian heritage with modern day indulgences.

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Shepard Cox Group
Piercebridge, Darlington
Hotel Restaurant and Bars Garden
Design, Build & Furnishing
April 2019

Significant investment was made into the repair of the hotel's exterior. Concorde BGW repaired and updated the terrace to the front of the hotel. New timber planters were built and positioned to sperate the area from the road in front. To complete the terrace existing benches were re-painted in Farrow & Ball paint and the cobbled floor was repointed and cleaned up. External decorations include newly designed signage and a refresh of the buildings paint work.  To the rear of the building the terrace which overlooks the river has been rejuvenated with a simple deep clean and new loose furniture.

Inside the building, the elegant and refined interior design is reminiscent of a by-gone era which has been combined with the careful introduction of new and repurposed furniture, feature pendant hanging lights, artwork and bric-a-brac.

The majority of the refurbishment focused on the whole of the ground floor, which is comprised of a reception, lounge, bar, farmhouse restaurant, ballroom, snug, meeting room, function suite and pavilion ceremony room. 

Both the restaurant and snug epitomize the elegant style of a period building with high ceilings, open fires and wonderful views overlooking either the river tees or one of the gardens.

Of the 36 bedrooms in the hotel, work was only carried out to the bridal suite, possibly the room which requires the most attention due to its special usage. The room has been reordered allowing it to continue to provide luxury accommodation.

As the hotel has numerous areas to cover there wasn’t one particular theme, however it was traditionally styled throughout with a twist to update the site through some brighter upholsteries. 

Using several wallpaper designs, each room was given its own identity. In particular there is a large are in the Ballroom where Tektura fabric backed vinyl wall covering was used for improved durability in a busy space. Other new finishes included carpets to much to the ground floor rooms and entrance areas. For more durability a new distressed, timber effect floor was laid in the main bar and reception area.

Overall a warm, comfortable and homely look has been created whilst being sympathetic to the original character and heritage of the charming Coaching Inn.

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exterior at the The George Piercebridge
exterior at The George Piercebridge
seating or restaurant area at The George Piercebridge
decor at The George Piercebridge