The hotel and holiday group, Christian Guild, has revealed plans to renovate a number of its heritage hotels in the next two years, providing a boost to tourism hotspots such as Cornwall, Devon, Cumbria, Gloucestershire and Derbyshire.
The group, which has been operating for over 100 years, now owns five period hotels and is looking to ‘sensitively upgrade’ each one.
The funds to make the improvements will be found from the company selling off land assets at the Treloyhan Manor Park in St Ives, Cornwall, which will also be renovated as part of the plans.
The 19th century building was originally developed by Cornish shipping magnate Sir Edward Hain in 1892, and then converted into a hotel in 1930.
The planned refurbishment will see a new Victorian-style conservatory created, as well as a new entrance, alongside enhancements to its interiors and the addition of five new self-catering hotel cottages.
Kevin Mantle, managing director of Christian Guild explained: “Christian Guild owns some of the UK’s best period hotels that sit in magnificent locations and grounds. As we gained our hotel portfolio way back, many of the properties are in exceptional locations with expanses of land, far larger than most country hotels. Our Treloyhan Manor Park hotel above the stunning blue waters of Carbis Bay is on around 9 acres so we have decided to sell off 3 acres of the park for residential, which will still leave extensive grounds for visitors to enjoy and look out at the stunning views. The sale of the land that has planning permission for 16 fabulous homes will provide investment to renovate this and other hotels.”
Planning for the site was granted in May 2015 ahead of the local referendum in St Ives this year, which means the plots could be some of the last new homes built that can potentially used as second holiday homes in St Ives.