Crathorne Hall bounces back following fire

In the wake of a fire which caused damage to some of the property in October, North Yorkshire's Crathorne Hall Hotel has undergone work and has just been re-opened.

It has still not been confirmed what caused the fire, which is thought to have originated in the venue's roof space.

When it began, every guest, all the people in hospitality jobs, and everyone else in the building were forced to evacuate.

Brave firefighters spent over eight hours getting control of the fire – with some 100 firefighting at the incident.

"Everyone at Crathorne Hall has worked so hard to get the hotel open again following the fire. We are immensely thankful to the fire services from North Yorkshire, Durham and Darlington and Cleveland for containing the fire to the East Wing and minimising the damage to Crathorne," said Julia Hands, the chief executive and chair of Crathorne Hall owners, Hand Picked Hotels.

She explained that work was ongoing in the East Wing itself, a wing "away from" the venue's main area. It is forecast that this will re-open in 2015.

Currently the main house is available, providing 20 guest rooms, as is the Leven restaurant, Drawing Room, Nancy Tennant bar and other attractions at the hotel.

The hotel is taking reservations for weddings, leisure stays, conferences and special occasions.

Its general manager, Peter Llewellyn, says that it has been well supported by people in the local area, with the team "very moved by the sympathy and warmth from the community".

In its time, Crathorne Hall has welcomed famous faced such as The Prince of Wales and The Queen Mother.