A Devon mansion built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel is set to open as a hotel and gourmet restaurant after being bought by developers and undergoing a costly renovation.
New owners Paul Stone and Paul Yarnley, along with their families, have invested a “substantial amount” in a complete overhaul of the Welbeck Manor Pile in Sparkwell, on the edge of Plymouth.
Their new company Welbeck Manor and Golf Ltd bought the 19th century building and grounds in April, starting at a target price of Â£ 1.5million, and has been busy remodeling and modernizing the hotel of 13 rooms, catering, wedding and golf. create twenty jobs and others could follow.
A 52-seat bar and restaurant is expected to open soon, and the owners have teamed up with the team at the nearby Treby Arms, famous for their high-quality cuisine, to oversee the food offering.
The Treby Arms chef and his entire team will take over the Welbeck Manor restaurant and wedding catering, with the pub owners employing new staff in their kitchens.
The goal is to quickly earn accolades and AA Rosettes for Welbeck House food, and make the hotel a premier destination for visitors, weddings and golfers who want to use its nine-hole course.
“We will immediately open a boutique hotel,” said Mr. Stone. âThe bar will be ready by the end of this week, the restaurant and reception will be ready. We will have the bar open on Monday July 12 and the restaurant on July 19.
Work is also underway to build a large outdoor patio, which will accommodate another 52 people, with Mr Stone saying “a fortune” has been spent on furniture for it.
The company has also spent Â£ 100,000 on machines for the golf course and plans to convert a barn into two pavilions or a four-bedroom building containing a golf bar. And Mr Stone added, “We want to develop further, there is a building permit to expand the hotel.”
The Welbeck Manor Hotel and Sparkwell Golf Course on the outskirts of Plymouth entered the market as a going concern in late 2020 after being in the same family for around 30 years.
The business and property, which had a guide price of Â£ 1.5million and came with planning permission for additional accommodation, are set in around 55 acres of parkland, now used as land for nine hole golf course on the edge of Dartmoor.
The extraordinary bridge builder Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who designed the Royal Albert Railway Bridge over the nearby Tamar, built the mansion in 1847. Its golf course was established in 1993.
Mr. Stone and Mr. Yarnley have successfully collaborated to create six apartments at Sandon Court, in the gated community of Millfields in Plymouth.
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âWe had purchased land to develop behind the Welbeck Mansion,â said Stone. âWe then announced that the mansion was going to be put up for sale and decided to go. It’s a beautiful place, âhe added. âThe views are exceptional and magnificent and the building has all the original features.â
He said the new plans for the business had been well received and added, âThe response from the audience has been amazing, the number of people who said it was great to see something happening with the place. .
âMembership has already grown for the golf club, and we already have four weddings booked on an interim basis, and room reservations without even posting them online. “
Matt Littlechild, who purchased the Treby Arms in the village of Sparkwell in July 2019, said the goal was to build a solid reputation for the food at the hotel while maintaining the pub’s reputation.
âThe hotel restaurant will be open to non-residents,â he said. “We plan to do a lot of things, from breakfasts to late night snacks, afternoon teas, lighter lunches.”