The extensive £2.5m renovation of Braunstone Hall in Leicester is now complete, as the newly-transformed boutique hotel business opens its doors to guests for the first time.
The Georgian former stately home in the centre of Braunstone Park has been undergoing a refurbishment since it was acquired last year by Naresh and Kiran Parmar, owners of The City Rooms in the area.
Now the doors have opened to the new 19-bedroom boutique with two new ballrooms and a new restaurant, Black Iron Steakhouse which is due to launch on Monday.
The grand ballroom can hold up to 450 guests, while the small ballroom has space for 150 guests, with the larger room due to host its first wedding show this weekend.
Kiran Parmar said the hotel had already received ‘a lot of corporate interest’.
Muthar Al-Salloum, who runs Hinckley-based MAS Architecture, co-ordinated the building’s redesign and was inspired by the lines and floor-to-ceiling glass of the Barcelona Pavilion, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
The property has been named Winstanley House after the family who built it in 1775 and will welcome its first guests next week.
Prior to the acquisition by Parmar family, the Grade II-listed building has been abandoned for nearly 20 years after it closed as a school and it had often been targeted by thieves and vandals.