Based near Dorking, Denbies began construction work in September and expects to open a 17-bedroom hotel with a bar and restaurant in spring 2019.
The Orangery Restaurant will champion locally sourced produce as part of Denbies' wider commitment to the environment, including striving for carbon neutral status and blending the new buildings into the natural surroundings of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the North Downs.
In the hotel, guests will be able to taste the complete range of Denbies wines from the Enomatic wine dispensing machine, linked to the room key cards.
Warm natural bark walls will line the reception entrance, opening into the wrought iron vine gates leading through into the Orangery restaurant with far reaching views over the vineyard. Bespoke barrel crafted furniture will reference the winery.
The open landscape garden will feature two cabana-style seating areas where guests will be served local cheeses and charcuterie accompanied by the wine made and produced on the estate.
A major part of Denbies’ investment will go into a complete modernisation and expansion of the winery which is expected to quadruple its capacity by the end of next year.
“Our sustained programme of new plantings, as well as planned winery investments, will enable us to expand while continuing to drive the quality of our sparkling wines. We will also make sure that we support growing demand for our full range of still wines, from entry level up to the premium ranges,” says Denbies CEO Christopher White.
HSBC UK has provided a funding package totalling £1.7 million.