A third generation of family hoteliers have begun the conversion of an old bank building into a new boutique hotel in Cheshire.
Brothers Phil and Ed Cowap have set about transforming the former HSBC building on Tarporley High Street into a five-bedroom boutique, due to launch in 2018, named 32.
They will draw on their experience running The Hollies Farm Shop and four-star boutique in the Scottish Highlands, Muckrach Country House Hotel, which they acquired in 2014, for the conversion.
The interiors will be inspired by the brothers’ favourite restaurants, bars and boutique hotels around the world and the menus at 32 will showcase fresh product from their farm shop and butchery.
Owner Phil Cowap said: “We are delighted to be coming to Tarporley High Street. Having grown up around here it is so exciting for us to be able to expand our business in this area and particularly in the High Street which already has so many fabulous businesses. The HSBC building has fond memories for me, having done my work experience there more than 30 years ago!”
The Hollies Farm Shop was established in 1959 as an honesty box at the roadside and now offers a farm shop, butchery, delicatessen, coffee shop, restaurant, gift barn and five-star self-catering forest lodges.
Muckrach Country House Hotel in the Scottish Highlands was bought by the Cowap family in 2014 and after 14 months of renovation, opened in 2015 as a 13- bedroom hotel and restaurant.