A BOUTIQUE hotel is set to give a new lease of life to historic buildings in the heart of Stratford.
International hotel operator Malmaison Hotel du Vin is looking to convert a pair of Georgian grade II-listed buildings in Rother Street into a 48 bedroom hotel and bistro.
The historic townhouses are owned by Stratford Town Trust which would lease them to the hotel group which has built a reputation over the last two decades of sensitively converting historic buildings into characterful hotels.
The project – which is set to be given the green-light when Stratford District Council planning committee meet on Wednesday (November 18) – would include a four-storey rear extension. The proposals also include the creation of a restaurant, bar, lounge and outside courtyard.
Built in 1798, the townhouses have in recent years been used as offices, before which they have also been a surgery, social club, day centre and beauty salon.
Helen Munro, Chief Executive of Stratford Town Trust, said: “The Trust has been looking for a way to enhance the Rother Street area, making the most of the beautiful buildings, independent businesses and bustling marketplace.
“Following the trust’s investment in the new Stratford ArtsHouse this will certainly go a long way towards rejuvenating Rother Street.
“We are confident Malmaison Hotel du Vin with its track record of individual prestige hotels in historic buildings will be a great addition to Stratford.”
If planning permission is granted, the hotel is expected to be open by the end of 2016, creating at least 60 jobs.
Paul Roberts, CEO of Malmaison Hotel du Vin, said he was excited at the prospect of opening a hotel in Stratford.
He added: “We are extremely excited about opening Hotel du Vin in the centre of Stratford.
“The hotel’s lifestyle brand is a perfect fit for those attracted to the stunning and thought-provoking Shakespearean sites that make Stratford-upon-Avon such a global destination. This development represents Malmaison Hotel du Vin’s significant growth prospects and commitment to deliver exceptional customers experience in stunning surroundings.”
* STRATFORD hotels and guest houses feature prominently in travel website Trivago’s inaugural Top Hotel Awards.
Stratford Limes Hotel was placed third in the Westmidlands. The top 20 also included Penryn Guest House (12th); QHotel The Stratford (14th); Church Street Townhouse (15th); and Hamlet House (16th).
The Manor Coach House in Worcester topped the list, followed by A Park View in Wolverhampton. The voting was based on feedback left by guests on more than 30 websites.
These historic townhouses are set to get a new lease of life with the opening of a boutique hotel and bistro. (s)