New boutique hotel approved at Liverpool ONE

A NEW fifty bedroom boutique hotel in Liverpool city centre has been given the green light.

Landlord Grosvenor Estates working with regeneration specialists YPG can now turn the six storey Russell Building in School Lane into the new Russell Hotel with fifty bedrooms, a first floor coffee lounge and a rooftop bar.

The applicant said in planning documents that “the proposed hotel will ensure that the Russell Building contributes to the vitality and viability of Liverpool city centre by enhancing the provision of tourist accommodation.”

The Victorian property at the corner of Peter’s Lane has been home to various companies since it was built in the 1860s but has been mostly vacant since the office space was modernised as part of the Liverpool ONE development.

A ground floor branch of Hotel Chocolat will be unaffected by the redevelopment above. Reports earlier this year said that YPG was in talks with an operator for the hotel which is due to open in Spring 2019.

21 bedroom country house hotel in Dumfriesshire on the market

A 21 BEDROOM country mansion hotel has come to market in Dumfriesshire, Scotland.

Offers over £1.25 million are invited for the Moffat House Hotel in the historic town of Moffat.

The hotel, built as a private house in the 18th century, is in two acres of grounds and comes with a two bedroom cottage located on the site.

Steven Fyfe, associate director in the hotels team at Savills, comments: “After 10 years of ownership this is a genuine retirement sale and provides an opportunity to acquire a successful business and attractive period property at a time when Scotland’s hotels and tourism industry continues to prosper.”

Moffat House was designed by notable Scottish architect John Adam who also designed Edinburgh City Chambers.

The purchaser will be required to comply with the relevant TUPE legislation in respect of present employees.

Guernsey boutique hotel on the market for £9 million

A CLIFFTOP boutique hotel on the island of Guernsey is up for sale with an asking price of £9 million.

With commanding views of the sea, neighbouring islands and even France on a clear day, the four-star Fermain Valley Hotel occupies an enviable position on the outskirts of St Peter Port.

The hotel has 45 rooms and boasts a private cinema, an indoor swimming pool and a large alfresco terrace.

Tim Coates, Commercial Director of owner’s Vista Hotels Group, commented: “The boutique property is in undeniably one of Guernsey’s most picturesque locations, within a short drive of both the airport and main town St Peter Hotel.”

He added: “The hotel offers a complete booking solution with ATOL licence able to book flights and hotel to ensure it yields some of the island’s highest occupancy and yields.”

Paul Barrasford, a director in the Hotels Agency team at Colliers International who are marketing the hotel, commented: “The hotel’s product offering is fantastic and supports an impressive trading performance, whilst the array of ancillary properties offers significant development potential. We expect to receive a substantial level of interest in this exciting opportunity.”

Historic 17th century country house in Edinburgh on the market

A STUNNING seventeenth century country house that was used by a French king in exile has come to market.

Baberton House in the Juniper Green area of Edinburgh, six miles from the city centre, dates back to 1622 and has been used as the head offices of a property company.

“Depending on planning consents, the building could be … a boutique hotel in a brilliant location,” commented Peter Lyell from Savills who are marketing the property.

The A-listed heritage property, available for sale or lease, was built by James Murray – King’s Master of Works under Charles I.

In 1830, France’s King Charles X – the last Bourbon king of France – spent three months living at Baberton House following his abdication and exile.

Notable design features of the historic 8,623 sq ft property include: 17th century vaulted rooms on the ground floor with stone architraved doorways; a fine geometric plaster ceiling depicting the national symbols of Great Britain; splendid fireplaces including those of carved timber and imposing stone; beautiful wood panelling; and ‘The King’s Room’ with a beautiful ceiling ornamented with a Fleur de Lys pattern in honour of the French king’s residence.

Savills say the property, which has 10.8 acres of grounds, is also a good candidate to be returned to residential use or broken up into smaller serviced offices.

New gin themed boutique hotel announced for Shepherd’s Bush

AN AWARD-winning pub company has announced it will be opening a new boutique hotel in Shepherd’s Bush.

The new hotel at the Princess Victoria pub is the second boutique hotel from Three Cheers Pub Co.

The company, founded by Tom Peake, Mark Reynolds and Nick Fox, is opening the new five bedroom hotel on 9th June to coincide with World Gin Day.

Each of the individually-designed rooms is named after a famous gin cocktail – The Negroni, Bramble, Vesper, Gibson and Bronx – while the pub itself offers a choice of over 100 gins.

The Princess Victoria is Three Cheers Co’s newest pub, joining a portfolio of seven other pubs in locations around Clapham, Balham, West Dulwich, Battersea, and Kennington which is home to their first boutique hotel the Tommyfield.

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