The Belfry, West Midlands

C&IT's Venue of the Week is iconic golf venue The Belfry in West Midlands, which completes a major refurbishment next month.

The Belfry Hotel & Resort, Staffordshire
The Belfry Hotel & Resort, Staffordshire
A much-needed refurbishment that began in April 2013 will be complete when The Belfry resort's new spa opens next month (June).

The sprawling, 500-acre West Midlands venue - home to more Ryder Cups than any other - has long been a draw for golf and business groups, but had traded off its history for too long, growing tired since it last hosted the tournament in 2002.

However, to compete with the likes of fellow Ryder Cup venues Celtic Manor and, to a lesser extent, Gleneagles, some £26m has been spent on improvements across the resort, including: all 319 bedrooms; Sam's Bar; the Brabazon Bar and arrival area; Bel Air nightclub; and the golf shop. New additions include the signature Ryder Grill restaurant; leisure club and Simply THE Spa; and 'Market Place' coffee shop.

The Belfry's 20 event spaces completed their facelift in January 2014, and range from six boardrooms seating 12 to the Woodland suite, which can host 400 theatre-style. Each can be fully A/V equipped.

The main attraction remains its three 18-hole golf courses - in particular the iconic Brabazon - but The Belfry's new 'modern classic' look, combined with its central location just 20 minutes from Birmingham city centre and airport, will cement its place as a significant player in UK meetings and events. RM

C&I Traveller stayed at The Belfry on 30 March 2014

FAST FACTS
Bedrooms: 319
Largest meeting room capacity: 400
Day delegate rates: Available on request
Email: sales@thebelfry.com
Telephone: 0844 234 7794
Web: www.thebelfry.co.uk

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