The ‘treehouses’ are being planned by Callow Hall Country House, which was taken over by new owners last Summer!
Plans for 11 “treehouses” in the ancient woods surrounding an historic Ashbourne hotel have been submitted.
The scheme, by the new owners of Grade-II listed Callow Hall Country House Hotel, has been lodged with Derbyshire Dales District Council as a multi-million-pound expansion and refurbishment to the site’s existing facilities.
If approved, the 11 stilted lodges would be built in the ancient woodland in the hotel’s grounds called Callow Wood.
The district council will decide on the plans in the next few months.
A report submitted with the application says: “The proposals are to provide unique and interesting holiday accommodation that will improve the overall scale and quality of the Callow Hall Hotel’s guest offer.”
The hotel has recently been purchased by Hive Hotels Limited which wishes to “improve its commercial viability as a country house hotel through a series of proposed alterations and extensions”.
The firm says that its intention is “to secure the long-term future of Callow Hall as a local business and important group of heritage assets”.
A further statement from the firm says: “The proposed new holiday accommodation would substantially improve the current hotel offer.
It is thought that eight full time jobs will be created through the expansion.
The treehouses would form the hotel’s Wild Hives expansion and would be built between existing trees and supported on timber platform structures.
Timber boardwalks would also be built throughout the wood to provide access to the lodges.
If approved, there would be a variety of different treehouses, each would include raised terraces with outdoor seating and large panelled windows.
Of the 11 treehouses, five would have three bedrooms, five would have one bedroom and one would have two bedrooms.
The developers intend to make the treehouses environmentally-friendly using low energy and through sourcing sustainable materials.
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