The Grade-I listed 18th century mansion Hawkstone Hall in Shrewsbury has been acquired by The Distinctly Hospitable Group, making them the fourth owner in the property’s 550 year history.
A complete refurbishment is now being carried out at the Georgian property, after the new owners took over the business in June this year.
The property was originally built as a family home before being in the care of Catholic missionaries until the takeover in the summer.
The renovation project will see 12 suites in the main hall reimagined, with each one being named after characters from Jane Austen.
A newer wing, built in the 1960s, will also be redesigned to encompass a further 28 bedrooms.
The property also comes with its own private Havel with working bells and an organ and following the renovation will be looking to become one of the top wedding venues in the region.
The restoration project is being overseen by designer Kay Petrouis.
Hannah Whiting, group development director, says: “Since completing on Hawkstone Hall we are delighted with the progress we have made in restoring one of only two Grade I listed buildings in Shropshire. The gardens have proven to be a major project over the summer and we have thoroughly enjoyed uncovering some of the lost and hidden features, numerous pathways and a secret garden.
Martin Hirst, venues director, continued: “We were thrilled when the change of use permission was granted in such a timely manner and we’re currently in the process of working with architects to submit a sympathetic yet innovative proposal for the 1960s wing of the building. We are extremely proud to be playing such a significant part in the history of this magnificent Grade I listed building and we look forward to a very exciting future at Hawkstone Hall.”
The property’s north wing contains two offices and a library, along with a small gym in the basement. While the south wing contains a ‘winter garden’, a TV room at a lower level and the ‘Academy’ above.
In June 2012 the property was initially put on the market for £5m, but sold in June this year after the price was slashed to £3m.