Listed stately home to become 4 star Contessa boutique


A multi-million pound deal to transform Haigh Hall and Country Park in Wigan into a four-star boutique has been announced.

Wigan Council has announced a £12m partnership deal with Contessa Hotels to turn the Grade II-listed building into a 30-bed boutique hotel with a spa and gym as well as wedding and conference facilities.

One of the most beautiful stately homes in the north west of England, Haigh Hall currently hosts events from weddings to sportsmen’s dinners, proms to food clubs featuring cuisine from across the world,

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The country park will be provided with new play equipment, a high ropes area and an innovative adventure golf course, with the whole project set to bring in around 80 jobs.

The local authority hopes the Haigh Hall and Woodland Park scheme will provide a £30m boost to the borough’s economy as well as securing the future of historic house.

Wigan Council deputy leader Councillor David Molyneux said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to deliver something fit for the 21st century and which allows one of the jewels in the borough’s crown to reach its true potential.”

It is hoped that guests will be staying at the hotel by Christmas 2015.

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