28-bedroom annexe plan for manor house hotel
Spa firm opens refurbished rooms and unveils next phase
The next phase of a multi-million pound transformation of a historic manor house and grounds has been revealed by developers.
Champneys took over Eastwell Manor, near Boughton Aluph, in October and the hotel was closed from January until March while refurbishment was carried out.
The first guests were able to stay in the renovated buildings over the Easter Bank Holiday.
Now the company has revealed further plans for the redevelopment of the hotel, which includes building a block of 28 rooms which will include four suites, 12 family double rooms and 12 double rooms.
Champneys has applied for permission to knock down the Manor Cottage and build the annexe and car parking spaces. It would also see the removal of three trees protected with preservation orders.
According to the company, the development is part of an £8m scheme. The hotel employs 140 people, but Champneys says many more jobs will be created. Former owner Turrloo Parrett was granted planning permission for a five-bedroom annexe in 1999, 2007 and 2010, but Champneys says these plans don’t meet its requirements for the hotel. A statement by Lee Evans Partnership on behalf of the company said: “That Eastwell Manor is a major asset to the district is not in doubt and it has successfully retained its position as a premier hotel and leisure spa in the region for more than 90 years.”
The plans are open to public consultation until Saturday, May 6. Council planning officer Kelly Jethwa aims to produce a report for the planning committee by Friday, July 7.
To view the plans visit the planning section at www.ashford.gov.uk and search for reference number 17/00548/AS.
Eastwell Manor and, left, the plans for the 28-bedroom hotel annexe