With a brand-new product to launch, we were looking for somewhere to take some photographs of our product in-situ. Somewhere that might do justice to our lovely wood cladding; somewhere with character, that espoused Herefordshire and all its virtues… somewhere that might reflect our own ColourGrain values… somewhere indeed that might even be enhanced by having a little ColourGrain treatment…


….and then we chanced upon the Verzon House Hotel, near Ledbury. Anywhere that serves ‘Wye Valley Asparagus Mousse with Salt-Baked Beetroot & Onion Caramel’ has got to be a place that might accept a little colour here and there, right?


In the heart of Herefordshire, close to Ledbury, but not far from the hills of Malvern and the grand Cathedral of Hereford and surrounded by the abundance of Herefordshire produce, the Verzons is warm, inviting, quirky and eclectic in its styling; a magpie’s nest of colonialism and contemporary Britishness; saddles hang from the walls in the dining room, there’s the odd stag’s head here and there, a pile of furry throws sits on the back of a baby elephant in the reception and a couple of hunting horns are propped in the bar.  More is definitely more at the Verzons and it works beautifully.


Not only has the Verzons created a reputation as a place of relaxed fine dining, but you can also learn how to mix a cocktail or two with their resident mixologist, Luke. Being ‘closely associated’ with the world-famous Chase brand, trips can be arranged to see the Chase distillery just up the road in the little Herefordshire village of Preston Wynne, and perhaps you might be tempted to bring home some Marmalade Chase Vodka or Chase Oak Aged Sloe & Mulberry Gin.

Whilst having an initial exploration of the hotel, we were given an exceptionally warm welcome by Verzons’ owner Kate Chase. We explained the Herefordshire provenance of ColourGrain Surfaces and without hesitation, Kate offered us the hotel for our use as a backdrop for our product launch photographs.


With the able assistance of General Manager, Russell Manning, on the day of the shoot and of course in large part due the brilliance of our photographer, Adam Hoskins, the 5 hour shoot ran like clockwork. Nothing was too much trouble either for the Verzon’s House staff, who were truly gracious to our intrusion in the live running of the hotel.  Of course, ColourGrain Surfaces creator and master joiner, Simon Davey, was on hand to fit the ColourGrain Surfaces sets to bar sides, bedheads and bathrooms.


We were delighted with the outcomes, and we’d even go as far as to say we think that ColourGrain has enhanced the already stunning interiors of Verzons House. But maybe we’ll let you be the judge of that….see our photo gallery below…..and let us know your thoughts.

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For more information about Verzons House and Chase Distilleries and to book a visit, go to:

Verzons House www.verzonhouse.com

Chase Distilleries www.williamschase.co.uk