The owners of Gisborough Hall have unveiled their recent renovation project which offers a new experience for wine and whisky lovers.
“The Safe” was originally home to the Gisborough family’s private documents and deeds to the hall and their estates and dates back to the 1850s.
Until recently it had remained disused within the inner hall area, next to Chaloner’s restaurant.
However, as part of a rolling programme of re-investment at Gisborough Hall The Safe has been fully renovated, in-keeping with its traditional features, and is now home to unique wines and whiskies.
The interior has been fully handmade using reclaimed oak and featuring a glass shelf modelled on an aircraft wing.
The Safe is now being used for tasting events and by diners pre or post dinner. Some of the more unusual offerings include ‘Vin Santo’, a Tuscan speciality served with biscotti, and more unusual whiskies from Japan and India.
At the start of the year, Gisborough Hall was named as one of the best hotels in the North East and North Yorkshire by guests. The four star hotel, on the outskirts of Guisborough, clinched ‘Top Rated Hotel’ status by Laterooms.com’s Simply the Guest Awards 2016.
Gisborough Hall, which last year unveiled its new rooms and suites following a £400,000 investment, dates back to the 19th century hotel is home to two AA Rosette restaurant ‘Chaloner’s’, a Revival Zone spa, 71 bedrooms and ‘G’ Bar and Bistro, as well as a ballroom, conservatory and events’ spaces and its traditional drawing room and inner hall.
Kim Yardley, general manager, said: “In recent months Gisborough Hall has undergone some interesting changes with the refurbishment of rooms, our bar and parts of the hall. We’re exceptionally proud of our history and the links with the Gisborough family, who still live on site, and we really wanted to make something of The Safe as it is very beautiful.
“We’ve brought it back to life and guests are really intrigued- it’s become quite a talking point. But it’s also proving popular with whisky and wine lovers who appreciate the wide variety we now have on offer.”
Gisborough Hall dates back to 1857 and the grade II-listed country house was fully restored in 2002 following an investment of over £10 million by the Gisborough family, who privately own the hotel itself. The hotel is a Macdonald Associate hotel.
The country hall now employs a team of 105 local people across the hotel, a number which has steadily increased in the last year thanks to the refurbishment as afternoon teas, corporate events and dinners and international tourism all continue to thrive.