Close ties to village

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Bridge Place -

If the am­bi­tious scheme gets the go-ahead, it will be like a home­com­ing for hote­lier Robin Hut­son and his wife Judy.

They al­ready have close ties to Bridge be­cause Judy grew up in the village and is an ex-si­mon Lang­ton girl.

The cou­ple’s wed­ding was blessed 34 years ago in the church in the shadow of Bridge Place and her par­ents are buried in the ceme­tery.

They now live in Winch­ester but say they are look­ing for­ward to cre­at­ing a new fu­ture for the mag­nif­i­cent man­sion in the style of the other his­toric coun­try prop­er­ties they have trans­formed into suc­cess­ful ho­tels.

Robin, 60, said: “For the pro­ject to work and be vi­able as a ho­tel busi­ness, we need the ex­tra bed­rooms and the pur­chase of the build­ing is con­di­tional on get­ting plan­ning per­mis­sion.

“A huge amount of pre­plan­ning and dis­cus­sions with or­gan­i­sa­tions like His­toric Eng­land has al­ready taken place, which I hope will sat­isfy the listed build­ing au­thor­i­ties.

“In par­tic­u­lar, we be­lieve de­mol­ish­ing the ex­ist­ing sin­gle-storey ex­ten­sion, built in the 60s and not very sym­pa­thetic to the build­ing, and re­plac­ing it, will en­hance the house.”

Robin and Judy, 64, do all their own in­te­rior de­sign work, “down to the last stick of fur­ni­ture”.

“Judy is keen to work on this one, per­haps more than any other prop­erty we have done, be­cause Bridge is per­sonal to her,” Robin said.

“Peter is a lovely char­ac­ter and has al­ready done some very good work and re­ally taken care of the place us­ing the best ar­ti­sans. But if we get per­mis­sion, I guess it will take about a year to get the house how we want it.”

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