Three former members of the senior management team at the renowned golf hotel, the Belfry in Warwickshire, are launching a group of boutique hotels in the east of England called the House Collection.
The 21-bedroom Poet's House in the centre of Ely will be the first hotel in the group, and will open in spring 2013, with a second property following in Cambridge. Finance is being provided by Cambridgeshire company Eastern Counties Fiannce.
The founders of the House Collection - David Toulson-Burke, Ian Cross and Jonathan Baker - intend to create a portfolio of high quality small hotels, each with no more than 45 bedrooms, based on the luxury house concept, where guests will be invited to make themselves at home. Each property will be unique, with the design highlighting its individual strengths and characteristics.
Poet's House is situated in three neighbouring Grade II listed houses built in the early 1900s. It will incorporate an all-day, 60-seat restaurant, a function room for 100 guests and a courtyard garden.
Toulson-Burke, managing director of the House Collection and former general manager at the Belfry, said the hotels will be designed with discerning guests in mind and will meet the growing demand for high-quality hospitality in mid-Anglia and the Cambridge area.
"A great deal of care is being invested into every aspect of the design of Poet's House. With the emphasis on style and attention to detail, we will offer our guests a very different experience to mainstream hotels.
"We are confident that the arrival of Poet's House - along with future House Collection hotels - will be warmly welcomed by the local community and visitors to the region alike.
By Janet Harmer
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