One of the North-east of England's leading hotels has revealed a £4m expansion plan.
Planning permission has been granted for the redevelopment of the walled garden at the four-star, 25-bedroom Wynyard Hall hotel, near Durham. A cookery school will be built and a grand marquee for 400 guests erected.
There are also plans for a visitor centre to incorporate a café and delicatessen and a rose garden featuring the largest variety of roses in Europe.
The marquee will enable the hotel to host large conferences, events and weddings, while the whole development is expected to create 40 full-time and 20 part-time jobs.
Wynyard Hall, which is owned by the former chairman of Newcastle United Sir John Hall, was opened as a hotel by his daughter Allison in 2008. Built in the early 19th century, the grand stately home stands within a 150-acre estate in the Tees Valley.
"The new plans stay true to Sir John Hall's vision which is to create a wonderful space full of roses," said Paul Mackings, chief executive for Cameron Hall Developments, the holding company for Wynyard Hall.