The team behind Watergate Bay Hotel in Cornwall and Another Place in the Lake District has acquired a new site in Hampshire to transform into its next hotel venture.
Amport House in Hampshire will become the brand’s second Another Place hotel, having previously been run by the Ministry of Defence as a British Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre.
The deal, which was won through a formal tender process, was completed on March 3.
CEO at Watergate Bay Hotel and Another Place, Will Ashworth told BH that he was ‘delighted to be the new custodians of the historic building’, which dates back to 1857 and also boasts vast listed gardens designed by Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll.
Following the planning stages and approvals from the local authorities, Ashworth said he hopes construction may begin in Q1 next year, with an early 2022 opening date penciled in ‘if things line up for us.’
The property will aim to have 50 bedrooms and two restaurants and bars, as well as facilities for which Watergate Bay and Another Place have become renowned, such as a Swim Club and an Ofsted-registered Kids’ Zone.
“It will be different from Another Place, The Lake through reflecting its heritage and making the most of the magnificent garden,” explains Will, “but with the same relaxed style of hospitality and atmosphere our brand is known for.”
“It’s a charming location, sitting in lovely rolling Hampshire countryside, close to Stonehenge,” he adds, “in a magnificent village.”
“Being on the A303, just an hour outside London, I feel we will be able to draw on a significant new market that we don’t currently reach.”
Watergate Bay Hotel has been owned by the Ashworth family since 1968, with Will taking over in 2000.
Another Place, The Lake in Ullswater opened in August 2017 after a transformation of the former Rampsbeck Hotel.
You can see Will talking about his plans for reopening the two businesses in our special Hotelier Hot Seat here.