The company has bought the 15-bedroom Swynford Paddocks hotel, near Newmarket, and plans to refurbish and relaunch it as Paddocks House. The property was previously briefly owned by Sparc Lifestyles, which rebranded the hotel as Manor 64.
Paddocks House will be the second hotel for The House Collection, which was launched last year by three former members of the senior management team at legendary golfing hotel the Belfry in Warwickshire - David Toulson-Burke, Ian Cross and Jonathan Baker. Its first property, the 21-bedroom Poet's House in Ely, is currently also being refurbished. Both hotels are expected to open in the spring.
Situated in the village of Six Mile Botton, between Newmarket and Cambridge, Paddocks House will feature The House Collection's signature style of intimate luxury and comfort with a stylish modern edge. Considerable redevelopment of the property will create a new 60-cover restaurant and two private dining rooms, with an extension to the existing conservatory providing an events space for around 150 guests.
Toulson-Burke, managing director of The House Collection, said: Injecting fresh investment into Paddocks House presents a wonderful opportunity to revive the property to its former glory. It will be a fabulous place for local people to enjoy and an asset that will strengthen the wider appeal of the mid-Anglia region, while also supporting local employment.
"Like Poets House in Ely, Paddocks House will be designed with discerning guests in mind, helping to meet growing demand for high-quality hospitality in mid-Anglia and the Cambridge area."
The House Collection is being backed with financial assistance from Eastern Counties Finance (ECF), which marks a diversification for the Cambridgeshire company from its traditional investments in agriculture.
Former Belfry managers launch boutique hotel group >>By Janet Harmer
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