The historic Braunstone Hall in Leicester is gearing up to open its doors as a new 18-bedroom boutique following a £2m renovation under new local ownership.
The building, which has been left abandoned for the last 20 years, has been acquired by Naresh Parmar, who also owns The City Rooms in Leicester, with work on converting the property into a new hotel expected to be finalised by September.
Parmar will also rename the property Winstanley House, after the family who built it in 1775 and will install a permanent exhibition paying homage to the family in the refurbished hall at the hotel.
The complete renovation project will see the former stately home in Braunstone Park into an 18-bedroom hotel, with conference centre and wedding venue. The redevelopment will also see a café open to the public.
Bedrooms will be named after the various Winstanley family members, who occupied the property until 1926.
The grade II-listed building has been abandoned for nearly 20 years after it closed as a school and it has often been targeted by thieves and vandals.
Parmar has a track record for refurbishing historic buildings. He restored The City Rooms, one of Leicester’s grandest city buildings, which he operates as a boutique hotel and events venue.
In 2002, he bought the derelict Western Park pavilion from the city council. After a major renovation, Parmar and his wife Sharon moved into the main building, a four-bedroom house.