The new owners at a hotel in Haslemere are bidding for a £2m renovation project to be approved by councillors to secure the ‘long-term future’ of the boutique business.
The Georgian Hotel was acquired by Lannister House, a local entrepreneur backed by five local families, from administrators in 2017, who has now put a new business plan in place to ‘reinvigorate’ trading at the property.
If plans are approved by Waverley Council, the 12-bedroom hotel would be transformed into a new boutique hotel to be managed by Cirrus, a company comprising 25 boutique inns set in traditional village locations around the UK.
The plan submitted to Waverley Borough Council includes replacing the modern building to the rear of the hotel with 16 apartments and three mews houses, which will generate £2m to invest in upgrading and enhancing the listed hotel on the high street.
The hotel would then join the Cirrus Collection of properties which includes the Jack Russell of the Faccombe Estate, The Museum Inn in Farnham, Dorset, The Mayflower at Lymington, and locally, The White Horse Inn in Chilgrove, which recently won the National Pub of the Year award.
Commenting, Richard Angel, chief executive, Lannister House said: “It has always been part of our plan to find a hotel operator with a track record of running and managing high quality, boutique hotels. With Cirrus, we have landed the best in the business.
“The operation and management of the hotel will be transferred to Cirrus, as will all our staff, who will be retained. As a local resident, I am passionate about preserving this historic building as a thriving hotel in the heart of the community and making this a Haslemere success story.
“To secure its future for the long term, the hotel needs significant investment and this plan will generate the £2m required to refurbish the listed building. It will transform it into a desirable boutique hotel, attracting visitors to Haslemere and providing a high-quality facility for local people.”