Alnwick care home bids to become 20-bed boutique hotel


A former care home Alnwick is bidding to become a 20-bedroom boutique hotel, after a new planning application was submitted to the county council.

The plan would see the former Ravensmount care home converted into a 20-bed hotel, as owners of the freehold, Moorland Holdings believes there is a real gap in the market for a boutique hotel in the area.

The care home closed in December 2015 amid financial difficulties sparked by critical inspection reports by Care Quality Commission.

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Despite a new operator taking over after these reports, the business couldn’t recover.

Speaking on the boutique hotel application, David Ratliff from Moorland Holdings said:

David Ratliff, from Moorlands Holdings, said: “As freehold owners, our company considers a boutique niche hotel is an excellent added/other use, in an area requiring further tourism accommodation, following extensive consultations.

“This would provide many permanent jobs, not affecting the exterior aesthetics of the good building, aiding tourism and giving a further boost to the local economy. We believe the planners and neighbours would support such.”