Manchester-based hospitality experts unveil £100k makeover at newest acquisition in Flintshire


The new owners of a historic mansion house and luxury wedding venue have unveiled a £100k refurbishment as part of an ambitious investment programme.

A makeover has taken place at Soughton Hall Hotel, near Northop, Flintshire, to ‘breathe new life’ into the property which was built as a Bishop’s Palace in 1714.

Manchester-based bar, restaurant and leisure experts Elle R Leisure took over the Grade II-listed venue in February.

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They have just completed extensive improvements to update the main guest areas with a revamp of the library, entrance hall, reception and residents bar.

They have also transformed the bridal suite, to include a new dressing room and luxury bathroom.

The hotel’s permanent marquee has been upgraded with new chandeliers, built-in fairy lights, new carpets and a remodel of the drinks terrace and bar area.

The decision has also been made to move the main dining area from the former Stables restaurant next to the building to the hall’s first floor rooms.

The hall’s original stable block will in future be used for exclusive events and parties when a separate space is required.

James Ramsbottom, owner of family firm Elle R Leisure said: “Every little thing we are doing at Soughton Hall, from revamping the website to moving dining from the Stables restaurant back into the newly-refurbished main hall, is about getting more people in to appreciate this stunning building.

“We want to open the doors and breathe new life into the building to secure its future as an architectural treasure and as a successful business so more people can enjoy coming here for many generations to come.”

Elle R Leisure is well-known for its successful Dukes 92 and Albert’s restaurants in Manchester.

Their popular Dukes bar and restaurant has just celebrated its 25th anniversary with a £1m refurbishment and the company also owns a luxury boutique hotel called Woodlands in Leeds which specialises in weddings.

He added: “We are a family-run firm and we have a track record of long-term investment rather than short-term profit.

“The latest work is the start of a programme of refurbishment we intend to carry out which will roll on to the other bedrooms at the hall.”




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