Council approves 28-room upgrade
A plan to upgrade Eastwell Manor has been approved by Ashford Borough Council (ABC).
The estate, in Eastwell Park in Boughton Lees, already features a 23-bedroom hotel, spa, restaurants, two swimming pools and a tennis court.
However, the company behind Eastwell Manor now plans to add 28 rooms.
The project, which was approved at ABC’s planning committee on Thursday, will involve the Mansion Cottage being removed in order to make way for more bedrooms.
The plans are for a two-storey building that will house four suites, 12 luxury and double family rooms and 12 double rooms, some of which will have wheelchair access.
The meeting heard that the annexe has been designed to blend in with the other buildings, while still having its own modern and individual look.
The project will also create an additional 55 car parking spaces and changes to the car parking layout with the turning circle outside the front of the hotel being restricted to a drop-off and collection only zone, along with landscaping, a fountain and the installation of estate fencing along the driveway.
The expansion received unanimous approval at the meeting.
Council leader Cllr Gerry Clarkson said: “I welcome this investment in the borough. We have plenty of developments in the town centre so it’s nice to see investment in the rural areas.”
An application for a 28-bedroom hotel annexe at Eastwell Manor, submitted by hotel owner Champneys, has been given unanimous approval by borough councillors