County Down 12th century castle could become a boutique hotel

A CASTLE in County Down, Northern Ireland, could be turned into an eight bedroom boutique hotel if planning permission is given.

An application has been lodged with Ards and North Down Borough Council to convert Quintin Castle near Portaferry into a hotel with conference facilities.

The property can trace its history back to the 12th century although it was mostly restored in the 1800s after becoming little more than a ruin,

The Belfast Telegraph reports that the crisp company Tayto is behind the application and intends it to be used “exclusively by food industry high-fliers and employees and guests of the firm.”

Southwark council approves new boutique hotel on Borough High Street

LOCAL councillors in Southwark have given the green light to a new boutique hotel on Borough High Street in London.

The proposals will see the demolition of an existing two storey property at 153-159 Borough High Street to make way for a new 50 bedroom hotel.

The new hotel, designed by architects Squire and Partners and described as “bold and contemporary” by planning officers, will be seven storeys tall and include a roof terrace.

The properties being replaced date back to the early 20th century and neighbour a Grade II listed building. An 18th century “ghost sign” which can currently be seen on a neighbouring property will be lost from public view but will used as the inspiration for a new art installation on the hotel facade on one elevation.

The developer also plans a high quality restaurant the ground level. An operator for the planned hotel is yet to be confirmed.

Ghost sign on neighbouring property

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Soho boutique hotel serves up Wimbledon action

A BOUTIQUE hotel in London will be bringing all the action from the Wimbledon tennis championships to its Soho roof terrace over the next fortnight.

The five star Courthouse Hotel in Great Marlborough Street will be showing all the action from SW19 on a new 50 inch television on the Sky Terrace overlooking Soho.

A new Afternoon Tea menu with artisan sandwiches, delicate pastries and desserts made with dense, dark chocolate, fresh fruit and light, flavoursome sponges is being served up to coincide with the tennis screenings.

Beyond the Wimbledon fortnight, a series of spectacular sporting events will be shown on the screen throughout the summer at the hotel which is a former Magistrates court.

Afternoon tea can be booked by calling 020 7297 5555.

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Peach Pubs opens new High Field Town House hotel in Edgbaston

A NEW twelve bedroom boutique hotel has opened in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham.

The High Field Town House hotel from Peach Pubs has been created in a Grade II-listed mid-19th century villa.

Guestrooms have been sensitively designed with individual styling that features antiques, hand-painted wallpapers and top quality beds.

Powerful rain showers have been installed as standard with three of the new hotel’s premium rooms also offering roll top baths.

The property is in leafy Highfield Road, next to the company’s award-winning High Field gastropub. The pub opened in 2014 and is where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served for hotel guests.

One of the hotel’s premium rooms with brass bed frame, antique walnut furniture and a roll top bath.



Boutique rooms planned at new London gin distillery

PORTOBELLO Road Gin has announced plans for a new London distillery which will include a boutique hotel.

The fast growing company, founded just five years ago, plans the new distillery on the iconic London road in Notting Hill from which it takes its name.

As well as boutique guest rooms, the new distillery will also include a gin museum, blending rooms, bar and gin shop.

Ged Feltham, co-founder of Portobello Road Gin (pictured top), commented:

“We’re thrilled to announce the arrival of The Distillery on Portobello Road. Our roots have played an important factor in the success of the brand and it’s incredibly exciting to be able to grow and continue producing in Notting Hill. The Distillery will prove to be a mecca for all fans of the drink and will, we believe, become the finest address in gin.”

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