With a rich history that can be traced back to 900AD, Hothorpe Hall is a stunning wedding venue on the border of rural Northamptonshire and Leicestershire that is also an ideal location for meetings, group breaks, church retreats and functions. Since 1984, its current owners have overseen an ongoing programme of renovation and improvement on the hall and surrounding areas to increase the number of guests it can accomodate. It commissioned Blue Forest, an award-winning luxury tree house and sustainable eco-lodge specialist, to design and construct a new woodland lodge destination within the grounds of the estate.
The project to create six sustainable and low-energy eco lodges with 23 new bedrooms in total was more than two years in the planning. The Woodlands complex was opened in May 2015 and proved to be an instant hit in attracting more bookings for weddings and luxury breaks. The quality of the construction is breath-taking and all done to the highest standards, including the use of JB CitiDeck®. More than 3,500 metres of 34mm x 145mm C16 JB CitiDeck® anti-slip decking was installed to ensure that all the external walkways around The Woodlands would allow guests to walk safely around the venue all year round.
JB CitiDeck® was chosen for two very simple reasons. The first is that the safety of guests using an outdoor woodlands lodge all year round was imperative, so the design had to incorporate decking to support this. And, given that The Woodlands is proving to be a very popular venue for wedding parties, there is extra responsibility to make sure that every wedding goes without a hitch. The second is that The Woodlands has a stunning architectural design, so the weather resistance of JB CitiDeck® will play a critical role in ensuring this remains the case for many years to come.
Hothorpe Hall’s Marketing Manager Sian Kalidoski said that The Woodlands, particularly its stunning new tree house, is the icing on the cake of the new development. “The decking not only sits perfectly with the tree house construction but we are also delighted that it has anti-slip properties to ensure the safety of our guests all year round, as the oversized balcony is popular for stargazing and drinks al fresco!”