PLANS TO TURN FORMER DOWNSHIRE HOTEL INTO NURSING HOME
Planning permission is being sought to convert the former Downshire Hotel into a nursing home.
CDP Architecture, on behalf of Downshire Lodge Nursing Home Ltd and Downshire Place Independent Living Limited, are applying to develop the site on the Main Street in Blessington in to a 110-bed nursing home. Permission is sought to demolish and remove the single-storey extension on the Main Street adjoining Downshire Hotel, the shed to the rear of the site, a building to the rear of ‘Foleys House’ and the modern hotel structure to the rear of the Downshire Hotel.
The proposal is to construct a 110-bed nursing home, independent living one bed homes, accommodation for nursing home staff, office space, a café, a kitchen, a library, ambulance drop-off zone, 66 car parking spaces, cycle parking and associated works on the site.
The former hotel closed in 2005 and was sold in 2017. The building dates back to the 19th century and has long been a focal point in the town. The hotel was also the venue for the wedding of TV and radio presenter Gay Byrne and Kathleen Watkins in 1964.
The former Downshire Hotel in Blessington.