Planners have now approved two-Michelin-starred chef Michael Caines' plans to transform Courtlands House in Lympstone, Devon, into a luxury hotel and restaurant.
The decision had been delayed pending a site meeting at the Grade-II listed Georgian mansion by the development management committee on East Devon District Council.
Caines, who has been executive chef at Gidleigh Park in Chagford for more than 20 years, can now proceed with plans to convert the wedding venue into a 21-bedroom country house hotel and 60-seat fine-dining restaurant. The work will also include staff accommodation, kitchens and the landscaping of the 28 acres of grounds, including a nature trail, tennis court and croquet lawn.
The purchase was subject to planning permission, so Caines can now take possession of the property on 7 September as scheduled.
Caines said: "The next stage is to organise a programme of works. We are not going to rush at this. It is the realisation of my dream."
Work is scheduled to start on the renovation and extension of the property in October and the opening is planned for early 2017. It is believed Caines will remain at Gidleigh Park until the project is close to completion.
Funding is being provided by private investors, though Caines wouldn't reveal further details.
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