Multi-million pound Burnley boutique plan gets go ahead


 An 18th century former pub in Fence, Burnley is set to be given a new lease of life as part of a multi-million pound plan to convert the building into a boutique hotel.

The Grade-II listed Bay Horse has recently been acquired by the Fence Gate, owned by local businessman Kevin Berkins, who now plans to transform the building into a 25-bed boutique hotel with bridal suite accommodation and private dining rooms.

Planning permission granted by Pendle Council includes a project to build an extension to house 20 of the bedrooms as well as major conversion of the original building for the rest of the facilities.

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Berkins hopes that the hotel will be ready to launch by this time next year.

Speaking to the Burnley Express, Berkins said: “We have been short of rooms for a little while. The Bay Horse has been closed for around three years and the expansion will mean we can offer more rooms for weddings, functions, tourists and day travellers.

“The place itself is going to be 25 bedrooms with bridal suites. There will be no public bar but breakfast facilities and private dining rooms.

“This is a multi-million pound investment for us. I’m hoping that we will be open this time next year, we’re working to a 12 month plan and ready by mid summer.”