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Site visit: spring 2018

As spring makes its rather chilly entrance, Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre is looking forward to the first of many new beginnings this year.

Garth House has been a feature of the University of Birmingham’s conference and meeting portfolio for many years. This historic house was built in 1904, designed by renowned Arts and Crafts architect William Bidlake. It’s now been fully restored in sympathetic style, to honour and reflect the traditional style of this impactful early twentieth-century movement.

Reopening early this summer as a luxury hotel, alongside Hornton Grange, these behind-the-scenes views from a few weeks ago give you an insight into what’s in store.

Garth House door

Beautiful stained glass welcomes you inside.

Garth House lighting

Period style lends character to this meeting space.

A pair of these striking lights adorn the attractively curved ceiling in the hall.

The individually-designed bedrooms are enhanced by stylish bathrooms.

Meanwhile, the house awaits a new coat of paint to complete the picture.

With green shoots aplenty dotted around the site, we’re waiting for daffodils and then bluebells to burst into life around the gardens.

The arrival of Storm Emma, however, brought a surprise coat of snow to Edgbaston. As works continue to complete the new-build part of the hotel, the weather lent the whole site a touch of magic. Unseasonal, perhaps, but strikingly beautiful.

Garth House, surrounded by mature hedges and trees.

Hornton Grange is opening early this summer too. Come back soon to see more from behind the scenes.

Despite the snow’s best efforts, spring is certainly doing its best.

Visit again soon to see more developments from the site, and for more news on our opening plans.

2 comments on “Site visit: spring 2018

  1. Judy Dyke on

    As an alumna now working in Birmingham I have been proud to remain engaged with our flourishing University. I have hosted many events at Hornton Grange which offered excellent facilities for dinners, celebrations and with its location near Lodge Hill especially wakes where guests benefit from the special garden. I look forward to seeing its renaissance and the fabulous hotel. Judy

  2. Susanna Day on

    Thank you for the lovely comment, Judy. It’s great to hear from someone who knows the site so well. Do keep checking back for updates – we should have more photos coming soon!


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