A new apart-hotel opened its doors in Nottinghamshire this month, in a new venture from operator Birchover Residences.
The new seven-apartment property is housed inside the Grade-II listed Bridgford Hall building and was supported by £1.5m funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £800k from Rushcliffe Borough Council.
The project took a total of 18 months to complete.
Owner Carl Bridges believes the new offering will fill a gap in the market, and has so far seen a good uptake from visitors to the city and locals.
The building now consists of seven suites – four of them are one bedroom, two are two bedroom and one is a large three bedroom. Six of the suites are on the second and third floors of the building.
The seventh suite is located on the ground floor, along with a new Nottinghamshire County Council run wedding venue.
All the rooms have been designed and refurbished by Bridges’ wife Lisa and friend Sheila Collington, who fitted out the rooms using furniture from Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, Laura Ashley and up-cycled antiques.
A competition was launched earlier this year to allow local residents to put forward names for the rooms.
As a result of this the seven suites have all been named with the local area in mind. One of the rooms has been named ‘Holmes’, having been named after a former caretaker of the hall.
Managing director of Birchover Residences, Kieran Howell, 40, said he was excited to finally open the doors of the new venue to guests.
He said: “I’m over the moon; it has been a lot of hard work and it has been such a special and memorable experience.
“It is a unique place, it is something different and a number of different people have been involved in making this work so we are really happy that it has finally opened. It is a really special place.”