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Historic Derbyshire hotel receives £3.5m revamp boost
Callow Hall Country House Hotel, near Ashbourne, Derbyshire (Image credit: Derby Telegraph)

Historic Derbyshire hotel receives £3.5m revamp boost

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Refurbishment is under way

Multi-million pound plans to refurbish and relaunch a historic country hotel on the edge of Derbyshire’s Peak District have received a major boost. Hive Hotel Group, which two years ago purchased Callow Hall Country House Hotel, at Mapleton, near Ashbourne, has been given planning permission by Derbyshire Dales District Council to build a garden room on the side of the Victorian country house. When it bought the property back in August, 2018, the firm pledged to invest £3.5 million to renovate public areas within the property, along with the 16 bedrooms. It also said it would create extra accommodation by converting outbuildings. The hall is set within 35 acres of private gardens and mature woodland where Hive Hotel Group also hatched plans to build self-catering accommodation. Since taking over, Hive Hotel Group has been honouring bookings taken by the previous owners of Callow Hall but the property has been closed to general guests. The refurbishment programme is now in full swing and the securing of planning permission for the garden room extension is the latest boost for the project. In the original planning documents, submitted to the district council by Tate Harmer, on behalf of Hive, it said: “The hall was first converted into a hotel in 1982 but has experienced little investment within the last decade. “This scheme, alongside a number of other areas of investment into the hall, will breathe new life back to this important house, and help to create a sustainable and viable future for Callow Hall.” “This project seeks to create a new single storey garden room extension connected to the west facade of the main house.”
An artist's impression of the garden room extension at Callow Hall, near Ashbourne (Image: Tate Harmer)

“The proposed extension would substantially improve the functionality and viability of Callow Hall Hotel.”

Callow Hall was built between 1849 and 1852 for John Goodwin Johnson. It opened as a hotel in 1982 and for 26 years it was run by the Spencer family until it was sold to Von Essen Hotels.

It then changed hands again in 2011 before Hive Hotel Group bought the property in 2018 for £2 million.

According to the firm, the new-look hotel is now on course to relaunch this year, possibly as soon as this spring.

The firm has said that the revamped hotel could create up to 80 jobs.

Credit for this article goes to Derbyshire Live.

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