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To the manor born – luxury with a commercial twist


Situated in a small town in West Yorkshire, Rogerthorpe Manor was built over 400 years ago with links back to the English Civil War.  Today, it is a luxury retreat; an award-winning hotel, conference and wedding venue owned by Best Western that attracts guests from all over the world.

Over the years, this historic venue has undergone many transformations to turn it into the idyllic, opulent hotel it now operates as.  None, however, more significant than a recent decision to refurbish two of the Manors derelict barns into a new range of high-specification suites to suit even the most discerning of tastes.

Recognising the potential in the 400-year-old barns and understanding the need for a bespoke look and feel, Best Western took the decision to work with Sigma, a local, but world-renowned fit-out company, having worked with blue-chip clients such as Asda, Lidl & Sainsbury’s.

Over a 6-week timeframe, Sigma worked with the Rogerthorpe Manor team to deliver an end-to-end solution for the renovation.  Starting with gaining a full understanding of the aesthetics and ambiance that the Manor hoped to achieve, the Sigma design team took the brief and worked up a set of designs for five individually tailored suites that each offer the height of luxury.


Using its extensive knowledge of how to make the best use of available space from its retail sector experience, the Sigma team applied their understanding of how a guest would utilise each of the individual spaces to offer a set of designs that made the most of each room’s square footage.  This included bathrooms with built-in televisions, space for a king-size bed in every room and even a dance-floor in one of the suites!  The final designs went on to showcase a high level of specification and build quality with modern yet timeless furnishings, quality fittings and individual colour schemes to add to the personality of each suite.

At the same time, the Sigma team undertook a huge turn-key transformation project, the Construction and Mechanical & Electrical divisions worked collaboratively to both strip and fit-out the derelict barns ensuring the integrity and historic value wasn’t lost.  A key benefit for Rogerthorpe Manor was the Sigma approach to sustainability, with the team minimising the impact on the environment by minimising the need for waste disposal and working with local suppliers.

The end result pays homage to Sigma’s years of commercial fit out experience, you cannot help but feel like you’re in a high-end, boutique environment thanks to the choice of layout, fixtures and lighting.   Add into the mix, luxurious fabrics and textures, sumptuous beds to sink in to and carefully maintained gardens in view of every window, and it feels like every aspect of the way a guest will enjoy each of these hotel suites has been considered.

Rogerthorpe Manor is already a stunning estate with many reasons you’d want to visit; the awards collection on view as you walk in is testament to this.  The tasteful and thoughtful refurbishment of these two barns and the resulting collection of luxury suites are yet another reason that business and leisure travellers alike will select, and return to, this venue time after time.  And while it’s unlikely any of these guests could put their finger on it, the expert of eye of a commercial space transformation business is surely the secret key to success that will put many more awards into this hotel’s collection over the coming years.

With over 20 years’ experience of transforming commercial space, Sigma provide a true end-to-end service; from fixtures and GNFR consolidation, to construction, projects and M&E.

Best Western – Rogerthorpe Manor Hotel

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