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£5m insurance pay out gives Uphill Manor new lease of life after fire

Uphill Manor restoration team (2)

18 months after a devastating fire, the Grade-II listed Uphill Manor in Weston-Super-Mare has reopened after securing a £5m insurance pay out.

The gothic manor house B&B has been closed since 2016 following a fire that destroyed many of the historic parts of the building, including the dining room, library, smoke room, drawing room and octagonal halls and entrance halls.

The owners Craig and Tina Kennedy secured a £5m pay out from business’ insurer NFU Mutual to bring back the business to its former glory and carry out an extensive refurbishment project.

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Now the manor has reopened as a self-catering venue that can sleep up to 12 people, with exclusive use of the entire property for family groups and celebrations.

Craig Kennedy commented: “While the past two years have been a very difficult, peculiar time for us, all those involved in helping us get back on our feet couldn’t have been more delightful and we would like to thank NFU Mutual for being there when we needed them most.

“After much deliberation we decided not to open the manor in its previous capacity as B&B as after two years off the job, we’re a little out of practice and are also getting older. We’ll forever be grateful for everyone who helped with the restoration of our beloved manor and look forward to welcoming families to enjoy it.”

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