The Villa Group, owned by Fylde entrepreneur Simon Rigby has been granted permission for a flagship hotel conversion in the Lake District.
The project is being carried out in conjunction with Lancashire architects The Frank Whittle Partnership (FWP) which is also involved in the design for the proposed sports and science centre plus new stadium for AFC Fylde in Wesham.
The deal will involve converting Brettargh Holt, a Victorian country house near Kendal into a £3m hotel and wedding venue.
South Lakeland Council has approved FWP’s vision to transform the building just five minutes from the M6 motorway, into a four-star retreat to add to the expanding stable of Fylde-based hospitality provider, The Villa Group.
FWP’s masterplan will see the imposing house, once occupied by an order of nuns, turned into a 20-bedroom hotel with bar and restaurant.
The hotel would also have a chapel and a pavilion for weddings and other functions.
Preston-based FWP guided the blueprint through the planning process on behalf of Brettargh Holt’s new owners.
It is the latest in a series of projects FWP’s architecture, design and planning teams have carried out for The Villa, including masterminding a successful expansion at its flagship hotel in Wrea Green on the Fylde, aimed at strengthening its reputation as a top wedding venue.
David Robinson, managing partner at FWP, said: “The conversion of this striking Victorian property into a country house hotel will create much-needed jobs and boost the local economy.
“It is a major investment in the area, breathing new life into the property.
“There are many similarities between this site and The Villa in Lancashire and the aim is to create a similar type of high-quality country venue, utilising all the character of the Victorian building.
“The chapel attached to the house will be used to conduct civil ceremonies and will also become a function space for smaller parties.
“We’ve also looked at transforming the large detached hall on the site into the main function room, which can cater for up to 250 people for an evening event.
“The restoration of the building will be carried out sympathetically with features such as wood panelling, fireplaces and the original staircase all retained.”