Flat Cap Hotels have purchased The Vicarage Hotel in Cranage for an undisclosed sum, after occupying the property as tenants for six years.
The 17th century Grade-II listed building was saved from dereliction when Flat Cap Hotels moved in as tenants in 2015 and had been closed for five years prior to this.
Following extensive renovations, the building reopened in 2016, complete with an in-house restaurant which serves seasonal British cuisine made with locally sourced produce, from Cheshire farmers, butchers, and grocers, within a 30 mile radius.
The Vicarage sees itself as a hotel which champions the local community, focusing on employing from the local area and working with local colleges and universities to provide internships, NVQ programmes and careers through the Flat Cap Academy.
At the beginning of the pandemic when restrictions were introduced, The Vicarage supported the local community by providing accommodation facilities to the NHS and Leighton Hospital, as well as providing food boxes and a successful takeaway and delivery service to the local
There are plans for further investment into The Vicarage in 2022, including enhancements to the outdoor areas and terraces as well as adding more bedrooms and suites.
Flat Cap’s portfolio is currently completed by The Bridge at Prestbury and The Courthouse in Knutsford.
A spokesperson for the group said, “The Vicarage is an important piece of local architecture, steeped in local history. We are thrilled to be in a position to preserve and maintain it for years to come.”