This stunning Grade II listed town house hotel is the ideal setting for your special day. With character, style and warmth from the moment you step through the front door, and a service tailored to your very specification will assure you of perfection from start to finish. Our ultimate desire is for you to enjoy your special day so we have created the perfect setting, with superb cuisine and impeccable service, allowing our devoted staff to provide everything that you need to make your wedding, truly wonderful and unforgettable.
Seeing is believing so we would love to invite you to join us for a showaround, allowing you to experience the hotel for yourself. This will also allow you meet with one of our Wedding Coordinators, who will happily discuss your requirements further so please, contact us at any time on firstname.lastname@example.org or call to 01325 365858 organise a time to suit you.
Contemporary in style and design, Maxine's Restaurant with its marble fire surrounds and large windows with views of the garden is a beautiful space for smaller, more intimate weddings. The bright and spacious Wilbur Suite is the perfect backdrop for larger celebrations, with Georgian style windows and doors opening onto our stunning garden.
A professional, attentive and friendly service will be paramount from your initial enquiry, with guidance every step of the way from a team dedicated to making your wedding day truly unique. So relax, and let Bannatyne Hotel Darlington make your wedding one to remember.
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Ceremony - up to 80 guests | Wedding Breakfast - up to 55 guests
For a wedding ceremony of up to 80 guests, we offer the classic Maxine’s Restaurant which is charming yet dramatic. It is where the traditional meets contemporary, with original marble fireplaces and original Georgian windows.
Ceremony - up to 120 guests | Wedding Breakfast - up to 120 guests | Evening Reception - up to 150 guests
For the modern day couple, the elegant and spacious Wilbur Suite offers a light, airy and spacious setting for up to 120 ceremony guests which can house every element of your wedding day.
Overlooking the garden, offering space for up to 20 guests, The Study is enhanced by impressive original features and elegant decor.
A unique backdrop to an outdoor ceremony, located in our beautiful gardens.
Here at Bannatyne Hotel Darlington, we are a licensed for Civil Wedding Ceremonies and can accommodate all your needs to provide you with the perfect day.
Those choosing to celebrate every aspect of their day with Bannatyne Hotel Darlington (including ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception) can enjoy a range of complimentary added extras including: an overnight stay in The Bridal Suite for the wedding night; floral centrepieces for the top table and guest tables; complimentary room hire for both the wedding breakfast and evening reception; and menu tasting in Maxine’s Restaurant in the run-up to the day itself.
Each wedding is designed to suit your exact requirements, ensuring that all packages are bespoke and tailored to the most intricate degree.
With menus designed to your exact specification, and fine wines sourced from around the world, you can be sure that your personal tastes are reflected throughout every aspect of the day. A dedicated Toastmaster will be on hand to ensure the day runs smoothly and effortlessly for all attending; overseeing everything from the preparation of the function suites (finished with your own personal touches and adornments) followed by greeting the wedding couple and guests prior to the ceremony; coordinating food and drinks service throughout the wedding breakfast and making sure the party atmosphere is planned to perfection for your evening festivities.
Guests can make the hotel their home for the day or full weekend, while you can relax safe in the knowledge that yours is the only wedding taking place that day, making you and your guests the hotel’s absolute priority.
Are you looking to get in shape for your wedding? The Bannatyne Health Club Darlington offers premium health club facilities to help you in your fitness journey. Whether you want to take part in an Aqua class, pump some iron or focus on your fitness with a functional class, we have something to suit you.Our dedicated fitness team can help you every step of the way to ensure you reach your important wedding fitness goals.
Wedding planning can be stressful, so don’t forget to take time to look after yourself! If its relaxation you need leading up to your big wedding day, the Bannatyne Spa is the perfect location. At the Bannatyne Spa Darlington in partnership with Elemis, we offer the very best in Elemis treatments, Bare Minerals Makeup, as well as luxurious massage treatments.
To find out more or for information regarding wedding enquiries, please contact our Wedding Coordinator using the details below:
Phone: 01325 365858
Lucy Readshaw - General Manager
Following 12 successful years within the banking industry and 5 years as Manager of our Darlington Health Club, Lucy was elated at the opportunity to become General Manager our Darlington Hotel commencing October 2012. The change of environment suited Lucy well, as she brought a new energy and endless enthusiasm to the role.
Lucy oversees the running of the entire hotel, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for residents, diners and function guests. Her passion for positive customer experiences means that improvements have been made in all areas, including the installation of a garden pavilion, allowing outdoor weddings to take place in the Hotel’s grounds.
Being an excellent support to her large team within the hotel, means that all staff members, from Reception to Maxine’s Restaurant, are inspired by Lucy’s positivity and commitment to ensuring that your wedding will be simply perfect.
Jade MacGillivray - Wedding Coordinator
Jade joined the team in 2002 as a waitress, progressing to Wedding Coordinator in 2007 following the completion of her studies. During her years serving functions and hotel residents, she gained invaluable knowledge to advise future couples on how their wedding will run from start to finish, with an in-depth insight into all possibilities and practicalities involved.
Jade is the main contact for every wedding and will be with you throughout the planning process. Her bright and friendly personality, along with a diligent attitude towards the finer details of every event, immediately puts customers at ease and helps them enjoy every aspect of organising their special day.
Her strong belief that every query, no matter how small, should be answered swiftly and thoroughly and communicated to all relevant departments within the hotel has ensured that the hotel has gained a fantastic reputation for successful, bespoke weddings.
Andrea Wake – Breakfast Manager
With over 25 years in the hospitality industry, Andrea has a wealth of experience gained from Management and Toastmaster roles in many North East hotels. She joined the Bannatyne Hotel team in 2008 as Breakfast Manager and Toastmaster, where she leads an efficient and dynamic team who always follow her example of striving to deliver the most professional and friendly customer service possible.
Andrea is a true perfectionist, and her fastidious attention to detail mean that restaurant and function service is always run with precision and care, while her thoughtful nature means that every guest she encounters is made to feel cared for and completely at ease throughout their stay.
Alex Farnish - Restaurant Manager
Alex began her hospitality career in 2002, working in both an operational and co-ordinating role for Food & Beverage and Conference & Banqueting. She then spent 4 years living and teaching in South Korea, providing a fantastic opportunity to gain knowledge of other cultures.
Alex returned to Darlington in 2011 and enjoyed a welcome return to hospitality, and joined Bannatyne Hotel, Darlington as Restaurant Supervisor in 2014. Since then, she has progressed to Restaurant Manager & Toastmaster and has achieved great success in impressing guests and colleagues alike. Alex adopts a "can do" attitude and works tirelessly to ensure each visitor to the Hotel is attended to with care, making her a wonderful role model for the rest of the team.
Lorraine Ditchburn - Head Housekeeper
A long history of over 10 years with Bannatyne Hotel Darlington has given Lorraine an eye for detail that is almost impossible to come by nowadays. Lorraine takes huge pride in the cleanliness and presentation of the Hotel’s 60 bedrooms and public areas, and her longstanding team share her belief that no corners must ever be cut.
Lorraine particularly enjoys welcoming wedding parties and family groups to the rooms, and guests thoroughly enjoy her hospitality throughout their stay. Remembering special added touches such as extra bedding or ensuring a garden view for regulars who have previously made comments or requests, have ensured that many guests look forward to returning to the Hotel on a frequent basis.
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