RICS South East Awards 2011: Conservation Award: Shortlisted
Chicheley Hall Hotel and Conference Centre is housed in one of the country’s finest early Georgian country house estates, completed in 1719 for Sir John Chester by master-builder Francis Smith of Warwick. It is an outstanding example of early domestic Georgian architecture, showing Palladian influence in the site planning and Baroque influence in the details. The buildings sit in landscaped gardens laid out in the early 18th century.
The restoration of the main house, listed Grade I, provides reception rooms and bedrooms with high quality en-suite bathrooms, detailed using traditional materials. A new catering kitchen has been installed in the basement, and a new lift provided. The North and South Wings, listed Grade II*, contain en-suite bedrooms detailed in more contemporary materials. The former Coach House was converted to two lecture theatres, with a new build glazed enclosure added to provide registration and break out space for conferences. The venue is run by De Vere Venues and is the home of the Kavli Royal Society International Centre.