Cockliffe Country House Hotel in Nottinghamshire has begun work on an extensive £750k refurbishment following a two-year battle for planning permission.
Owned by independent hotel group Heritage Estates, the 11-bedroom 17th century former farmhouse in Burntstump Country Park will now undergo a transformation, with its bedrooms, restaurant and wedding and conference facilities all to go under the knife.
Director Jon-Paul Davies said the hotel worked hard with Heritage England and Gedling Borough Council to develop the plans, and is now confident the group has the investment and strategy in place to make the build a success.
The full refurbishment programme includes the build of a new 2,400 sq.ft, permanent multi-purpose space, which can seat up to 80 guests. There will also be a full refit of the main house, keeping its traditional values, with a modern a contemporary twist.
The project is expected to be completed in May 2017.
Davies explains: “When we first walked into Cockliffe we could see the fantastic potential of the building. The property is over 400-years old and is a heritage asset to the area so we had to do what was right by the property, rather than just seeing the commercial opportunities.
“The space will be perfect for people celebrating their wedding day, and I’m sure guests will really enjoy the comfortable ‘country lodge’ inspired environment. We can’t wait to restore this stunning building into something everyone in the local community can be proud of.”
Cockliffe Country House Hotel will also see an internal bar moved, a new bridal suite created and a secondary kitchen installed, with the entire design and build process will be facilitated by CBP architects.