Pioneering young boutique brand Flat Cap Hotels to plough on with Courthouse conversion

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Young boutique hotel brand, Flat Cap Hotels, has announced it has been given full planning approval to bring to life a former crown court in Knutsford into its second property in the portfolio.

Run by Cheshire-born brothers Oliver and Dominic Heywood, Flat Cap Hotels has officially been given the go ahead to convert the historic building into 10-bedroom boutique, complete with 150-cover restaurant and bar.

The building’s two existing wings will be transformed into 10 bedrooms, with the development of a further 32 rooms in an extension to the rear of the site scheduled for 2018.

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The opening date for The Courthouse is due to be announced in the coming months, and once open, the property will join The Vicarage Freehouse and Rooms in the Flat Cap portfolio, which launched in 2015.

The Heywoods secured the former crown court building in February 2016, which had previously been closed since 2010.

For the new hotel, Flat Cap Hotels will be welcoming applications for 60 new jobs through recruitment and open days, looking to source an array of roles from the local area.

The wider strategy for the Flat Cap Hotels group is to acquire and have five assets in operation by 2019, all of unique style, history and character.

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