When the Duke of Kent is officially opening a hotel, it’s important that the grounds surrounding it are fit for guests and Royalty alike. This is exactly why Maldon-based landscaping firm, Rural Landscapes and Construction, chose to install 2,000sqm of Paynes Turf’s Premium Grade Turf in the gardens of Wivenhoe House Hotel, a restored 18th Century Grade II listed country house hotel recently reopened by Prince Edward.
As suggested by the hotel’s unusually prestigious launch, Wivenhoe House Hotel is no ordinary resort. Aside from being set in a stunning landscape of parkland, woods and lakes – once the subject of famous artist Constable – the 4 Star AA rated hotel is located on the Colchester campus of Essex University and is the UK’s first ‘hotel school’. This innovative scheme provides degree-level management and culinary students with the opportunity to work alongside experienced staff in the hotel and its 2 rosette ‘Signatures’ restaurant.
The task of landscaping the hotel’s lawns and grounds in preparation for the launch was given Rural Landscapes and Construction, a company which has been contracted by Essex University several times before. “We’ve become a trusted supplier to the University, so it was essential that we were able to secure only the best landscaping materials at reasonable prices. Paynes Turf fit the bill in both ways,” explained George Cook, Managing Director of Rural Landscapes. “We’ve specified Paynes’ Premium Grade turf on many occasions and it’s always exceptional quality. It has a wonderful thick green texture, is hard wearing and very easy to maintain,” he continued.
But it’s not all about turf quality – according to George, a turf supplier that provides a flexible, reliable and efficient service is just as important: “Paynes Turf go the extra mile to be helpful. For example, I don’t have to worry about under-ordering turf rolls, because if I’m short they will get a delivery out to me at lightening speed even for just a few rolls. Other turf suppliers just don’t offer this level of service, and in the past when I’ve used other brands I’ve had to over-order turf quantities just to make sure I’ll have enough. This is wasteful and expensive – not good if you’re a small business owner. Plus the quality and prices just can’t beat what Paynes Turf offer” he said.
“Another great thing about Paynes Turf is that the forklift on their larger delivery trucks can place the turf pallets exactly where we need it. Again, none of the other turf suppliers do it – instead they’ll drop off the turf as far as their lorry can get, and sometimes this can be really far away. Paynes’ forklift, on the other hand, can access almost anywhere. It saves a lot of time, energy and money and is a really efficient service,” he concluded.
For more information on Paynes Turf’s comprehensive product range, please visit www.paynesturf.co.uk or call 01255 830325. To get in touch with Rural Landscapes, please call George Cook on 07974 094022