The owner of Babylonstoren in South Africa is planning to transform Hadspen House in Somerset into an upmarket hotel.
The 17th century mansion and estate was owned by the Ford family before being sold to the Hobhouse family in 1785. South African businessman Koos Bekker, who owns Babylonstoren, a preserved Cape Dutch farm estate in the Drakenstein valley with a hotel, spa, restaurant and winery, acquired the property in 2013.
The Grade II-listed house and estate are set to be restored and transformed into a hotel with around 30 to 35 bedrooms, a spa and a visitor centre, which will also feature an 80-cover restaurant using fresh produce from the kitchen garden, a 70-80-cover café, pool, farm shop and cider mill.
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