Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Durham's Fallen Angel Hotel

Durham's Fallen Angel Hotel photographs by North East artist Ingrid Sylvestre Fine Art Paintings Murals Illustration Live Event Entertainer including North East Entertainment Caricatures and Silhouettes cutting at Weddings Parties Proms Corporate Events Entertainment Business Launches Awards Ceremonies Conferences County Durham Newcastle upon Tyne Sunderland Tyne & Wear Middlesbrough Teesside Darlington Nothumberland Yorkshire UK Just a few yards up from the little bench/Dun Cow is Durham's recently opened Fallen Angel Hotel. Created and owned by entrepreneur John Marshall, who founded the Durham Pine furniture chain, the Fallen Angel is an imaginative and unusual place.

Durham's Fallen Angel Hotel photographs by North East artist Ingrid Sylvestre Fine Art Paintings Murals Illustration Live Event Entertainer including North East Entertainment Caricatures and Silhouettes cutting at Weddings Parties Proms Corporate Events Entertainment Business Launches Awards Ceremonies Conferences County Durham Newcastle upon Tyne Sunderland Tyne & Wear Middlesbrough Teesside Darlington Nothumberland Yorkshire UKJohn Marshall calls it a Restaurant with Rooms, and says in the brochure that it is really a reflection of his life.
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I recently visited and had a wonderful evening of exquisite food and a tour of the amazing rooms.
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John writes, 'The rooms are a journey of fantasy and adventure and reflect my feeling that people should give themselves permission to live their dreams, to think big and to be outrageous.'
Durham's Fallen Angel Hotel photographs by North East artist Ingrid Sylvestre Fine Art Paintings Murals Illustration Live Event Entertainer including North East Entertainment Caricatures and Silhouettes cutting at Weddings Parties Proms Corporate Events Entertainment Business Launches Awards Ceremonies Conferences County Durham Newcastle upon Tyne Sunderland Tyne & Wear Middlesbrough Teesside Darlington Nothumberland Yorkshire UK I have posted photos of some of my favourite rooms. Above and below is the luxurious Edwardian Express room. The ingenious ensuite bathroom is in a constructed railway carriage!

Durham's Fallen Angel Hotel photographs by North East artist Ingrid Sylvestre Fine Art Paintings Murals Illustration Live Event Entertainer including North East Entertainment Caricatures and Silhouettes cutting at Weddings Parties Proms Corporate Events Entertainment Business Launches Awards Ceremonies Conferences County Durham Newcastle upon Tyne Sunderland Tyne & Wear Middlesbrough Teesside Darlington Nothumberland Yorkshire UK



Durham's Fallen Angel Hotel photographs by North East artist Ingrid Sylvestre Fine Art Paintings Murals Illustration Live Event Entertainer including North East Entertainment Caricatures and Silhouettes cutting at Weddings Parties Proms Corporate Events Entertainment Business Launches Awards Ceremonies Conferences County Durham Newcastle upon Tyne Sunderland Tyne & Wear Middlesbrough Teesside Darlington Nothumberland Yorkshire UK Another sumptious room is the Cruella. Lavishly decorated with black velvet and diamante is has quite a Gothic feel.
Durham's Fallen Angel Hotel photographs by North East artist Ingrid Sylvestre Fine Art Paintings Murals Illustration Live Event Entertainer including North East Entertainment Caricatures and Silhouettes cutting at Weddings Parties Proms Corporate Events Entertainment Business Launches Awards Ceremonies Conferences County Durham Newcastle upon Tyne Sunderland Tyne & Wear Middlesbrough Teesside Darlington Nothumberland Yorkshire UK
For a complete contrast, the Russian Bride suite is light and airy, in tranquil whites and creams.
Durham's Fallen Angel Hotel photographs by North East artist Ingrid Sylvestre Fine Art Paintings Murals Illustration Live Event Entertainer including North East Entertainment Caricatures and Silhouettes cutting at Weddings Parties Proms Corporate Events Entertainment Business Launches Awards Ceremonies Conferences County Durham Newcastle upon Tyne Sunderland Tyne & Wear Middlesbrough Teesside Darlington Nothumberland Yorkshire UK
Taking up the entire top floor, it has a hand carved bed, and a beautiful sitting room area.
Durham's Fallen Angel Hotel photographs by North East artist Ingrid Sylvestre Fine Art Paintings Murals Illustration Live Event Entertainer including North East Entertainment Caricatures and Silhouettes cutting at Weddings Parties Proms Corporate Events Entertainment Business Launches Awards Ceremonies Conferences County Durham Newcastle upon Tyne Sunderland Tyne & Wear Middlesbrough Teesside Darlington Nothumberland Yorkshire UK
I like the serene views from the windows.

Durham's Fallen Angel Hotel photographs by North East artist Ingrid Sylvestre Fine Art Paintings Murals Illustration Live Event Entertainer including North East Entertainment Caricatures and Silhouettes cutting at Weddings Parties Proms Corporate Events Entertainment Business Launches Awards Ceremonies Conferences County Durham Newcastle upon Tyne Sunderland Tyne & Wear Middlesbrough Teesside Darlington Nothumberland Yorkshire UK

The next room I visited was a real surprise ...


Durham's Fallen Angel Hotel photographs by North East artist Ingrid Sylvestre Fine Art Paintings Murals Illustration Live Event Entertainer including North East Entertainment Caricatures and Silhouettes cutting at Weddings Parties Proms Corporate Events Entertainment Business Launches Awards Ceremonies Conferences County Durham Newcastle upon Tyne Sunderland Tyne & Wear Middlesbrough Teesside Darlington Nothumberland Yorkshire UK
The Sci Fi room - complete with Dalek!


Durham's Fallen Angel Hotel photographs by North East artist Ingrid Sylvestre Fine Art Paintings Murals Illustration Live Event Entertainer including North East Entertainment Caricatures and Silhouettes cutting at Weddings Parties Proms Corporate Events Entertainment Business Launches Awards Ceremonies Conferences County Durham Newcastle upon Tyne Sunderland Tyne & Wear Middlesbrough Teesside Darlington Nothumberland Yorkshire UK
Visit the ensuite, and you might open the door and find yourself in another world!
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Durham's Fallen Angel Hotel photographs by North East artist Ingrid Sylvestre Fine Art Paintings Murals Illustration Live Event Entertainer including North East Entertainment Caricatures and Silhouettes cutting at Weddings Parties Proms Corporate Events Entertainment Business Launches Awards Ceremonies Conferences County Durham Newcastle upon Tyne Sunderland Tyne & Wear Middlesbrough Teesside Darlington Nothumberland Yorkshire UK
I love the imaginative quality of this hotel, and admire John Marshall for creating it. I'm inspired by the statement he has written in his brochure, 'Be bold, be brave and give yourself permission to break free from convention.'
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You can see more of the hotel at http://www.fallenangelhotel.com/
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Other great places to visit in Durham: the beautiful gardens of Crook Hall, and for delicious food prepared on the premises, click here for favourite Italian restaurant Ristorante San Marco.

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To see more of North East Artist & Entertainer Ingrid Sylvestre's work please visit Ingrid Sylvestre Art, where you will find her paintings, illustrations, live event caricatures and silhouettes cutting including wedding entertainment ideas, party entertainment and corporate events entertainment throughout the North East UK.

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Ingrid Sylvestre - Durham Artist Ingrid Sylvestre Durham artist, artist in Durham.
 Durham's Fallen Angel Hotel photographs by North East artist Ingrid Sylvestre Fine Art Paintings Murals Illustration Live Event Entertainer including North East Entertainment Caricatures and Silhouettes cutting at Weddings Parties Proms Corporate Events Entertainment Business Launches Awards Ceremonies Conferences County Durham Newcastle upon Tyne Sunderland Tyne & Wear Middlesbrough Teesside Darlington Nothumberland Yorkshire UK
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32 comments:

Diane C. said...

It is amazing how different those rooms are! It would be fun to try all of them. Cruella and Sci Fi look interesting and I love the white rose rug in the Russian Bride sitting room.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

That is one cool hotel! Beautiful on the outside, and you'd never guess how neat it is inside. Thanks for sharing!

Phoenix C. said...

I think a lot of people do gradually try all the different rooms, Diane - and there are quite a few more rooms also!

I love that white rose rug too.

Phoenix C. said...

It is amazing that all those unusual rooms are in there, Catherine - as you say, you'd never guess from the outside!

Amelia said...

I love the old architecture of the buildings. And I like the white room...but hey! I will def take the Dr. Who room!! :D

Phoenix C. said...

The Dr Who room is amazing isn't it, Amelia!

The Galloping Gardener said...

Oh wow - can think of a couple of people I'm going to pass this onto!! Thanks for sharing.

RuneE said...

Thank you for the tour - it must rank as one of the most amazing hotel around. I'll make a note of it in case I visit that area again, but I doubt If can afford it :-(

Rob (ourfrenchgarden) said...

An eclectic mix of rooms indeed.

Beautiful facades to the buildings by the way.

Aiyana said...

Very interesting and unusual. Thanks for the tour!
Aiyana

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Ooh, fancy! I love the Doctor Who room... very creative! I was in love with Tom Baker as an adolescent...

Phoenix C. said...

I'm sure your friends will enjoy their stay if they visit the Fallen Angel, Galloping Gardener!

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

An amazing hotel, more people should feel free to create something different. Beautiful.

Jen

Phoenix C. said...

I'm sure it would be worth every penny, RuneE! The rates are actually very reasonable.

Phoenix C. said...

There is certainly a lot of amazing variety, Rob! In the rooms and all the different styles of architecture of the nearby buildings.

Phoenix C. said...

Glad you enjoyed the tour, Aiyana!

Phoenix C. said...

I'm still a Doctor Who fan, Monica! I like to watch the documentaries about the history of the programme too.

Phoenix C. said...

I totally agree, Jen! The place is a motivating inspiration as well as a wonderful hotel!

Prospero said...

What a most interesting find. Each room is delectably unique. I think I'd stay in the Gothic room.

Dirt Princess said...

WOW!!! I love it!!! I love each and every room! I would love to stay there...in every room!

Phoenix C. said...

That is indeed a wonderful room, Prospero, and the ensuite is sumptious also.

Phoenix C. said...

Hope you get the opportunity to stay there, and in all of the rooms, Dirt Princess!

Barbara Martin said...

A hotel with a room for every person who has an adventurous side to them. Wonderful idea, and certain to have many return visitors.

Phoenix C. said...

It does, Barbara - I remember it was said on my tour that lots of people like to try different rooms each time they stay.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful shots!! Hotel is so fantastic!! Thanks for sharing..Unseen Rajasthan

Phoenix C. said...

Thank you Unseen Rajasthan, glad you like the hotel!

Pondside said...

What a lot of imaginative work went into those quirky rooms. I don't know that I'd sleep at all in any of them - too much to see!
I love your July 5th bench of the week - truly elegant.

Phoenix C. said...

They are wonderful rooms, aren't they, Pondside! I'd want to savour every moment of staying there too!

R.Ramakrishnan said...

Hi
All the rooms are distinct, unique, exquisitely furnished. Thanks for taking us through a virtual tour of the hotel. Hope to visit someday. Any idea why its named Fallen Angel ? Should rather be an Rising Angel !

Phoenix C. said...

Hi R. Ramakrishnan,

Hope you get the opportunity to visit - it is indeed an exquisite place!

I'm not sure about the name - maybe there is something on their website about it.

keewee said...

How interesting. I would love to visit such a place.

Phoenix C. said...

I hope you get the opportunity to visit, Keewee!