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EXCLUSIVE: “New bedrooms will be impressive but at an approachable price” says Paul Milsom on Kesgrave Hall’s expansion plans

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Paul Milsom, owner of Kesgrave Hall, has told Boutique Hotelier that plans to almost double the number of bedrooms at the hotel will build on ‘thriving’ business levels at the Suffolk property.

The hotel group, which comprises five properties in Essex and Suffolk, has submitted plans to build a new two-storey building to house 27 new bedrooms, bringing the total room count to 50.

Speaking to BH, Milsom said that there was ‘plenty of demand’ in the area for Kesgrave Hall, with initial designs for the new additions to each have their own balconies, but will come at an ‘approachable price’.

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“There is still work to do before the bedrooms go through, as planning has just gone in,” explains Milsom. “If we get the go ahead, then we expect to start work on the new rooms in autumn 2021, and they should take around a year to build.”

“The restaurant will also have to be extended if that goes through.”

Commenting on how business has been for the group this year, Milsom says they remain positive about the next 12 months.

“2019 was a solid year,” he says, “it’s unlikely to be going down as the best year anybody, the country has been on hold somewhat. But we are positive about the year, and decade, ahead.

“East Anglia is a growing part of the country and a good place to do business. Essex and Suffolk are fairly buoyant places to do business,” he adds.

The company is currently constructing a £1.5m luxury spa, which is on track to open at the end of March.

“Anyone can open a spa,” Milsom says, “it’s keeping it open that’s the challenge. We are well underway with the recruitment process now, hiring key team members, but the hard work starts when it opens.”

Milsoms comprises The Pier in Harwich, Maison Talbooth, Kesgrave Hall, Milsoms and Idle Waters.

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