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Slaley Hall restore unique gardens

If golfers visiting the four-star Slaley Hall, in Northumberland, feel they’ve rediscovered their ‘Zen’ on the greens it may be down to the resort’s restoration of its Japanese garden, more than 100 years after it was first constructed.

The hotel, in Hexham, has invested a five-figure sum in a refurbishment which also sees improvements to some indoor areas.

The outdoor pagoda in the ornamental garden – arguably unique in a UK golf resort – has been restored and the gardens have been fully landscaped, featuring new flowering plants, ornamental grasses, shrubs and trees and lighting.

Formerly known as the Japanese Garden, the grounds are home to a now rare example of a rock garden which was originally designed and installed before World War I, by the then-renowned Backhouse Nurseries, of Acomb, near York. And a further £5,000 has uplifted the hotel’s Kielder Suite, which can host up to 150 guests, with new decor and furnishings.

Slaley Hall’s general manager, Andrew Fox, said: “The pagoda is a lovely backdrop for weddings but it’s also a talking point among visiting golfers who are unlikely to have seen anything like it at a golfing venue in this country. Our members are rightfully proud of the attractive nature of the gardens at Slaley Hall, which complement wonderfully the surrounding countryside.”

The multi-award-winning, four-star QHotels group offers championship-standard courses in unique resort locations including Belton Woods, Oulton Hall, Mottram Hall, and Forest Pines Hotel and Golf Resort.