Hire plans for historic house

Adele Yeomans and Roger Yeomans will be opening up Mains Hall as part of The Great Hall at Mains in Singleton.
Adele Yeomans and Roger Yeomans will be opening up Mains Hall as part of The Great Hall at Mains in Singleton.
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Historic mains hall is set to reopen its doors – as a private hire country home.

A former bed and breakfast, country house hotel and restaurant, the wedding venue is set to once again offer accommodation following a programme of refurbishment from owners roger and Adele Yeomans.

The building will reopen as an Exclusively Yours private hire country home from February 2012.

Mr Yeomans said: “When we traded as a hotel, even though we had only 12 letting bedrooms, we had a healthy business right from the start.

“We not only had business people staying in the week, we had a thriving restaurant, conference facility and, of course, we hosted weddings and events.

“In terms of the weddings, couples naturally prefer to stay at the place they get married.”

Following a fire in the hotel in 2002, the couple, who have owned the hall since 1989, began to rethink their strategy. The business was becoming more wedding and events-focused and the family moved into the hall, building an extension for events.

Now the owners’ children have flown the nest, Mrs Yeomans said: “Guests and couples alike asked us why we did not let the house out, being such a fantastically historic local gem. In the end, we had to concede it made good business sense to utilise the house as a private house party hire.”

The old hall is now undergoing refurbishment. The 12-bedroom hotel has been transformed into a seven-bedroom house. Alongside a honeymoon suite, with wet room, bath and feature walk-in dressing room, the revamped house still features open fires and Jacobean panelling inside its timber-framed walls.