Ripon’s Old Deanery Hotel is to reopen with a focus on wedding receptions and events.
The historic property, which neighbours and is owned by Ripon Cathedral, closed in March after months of lockdown due to covid.
Now it is being prepared for reopening by new occupiers Layton Hill Hotels Ltd, which operates the Galtres Lodge Hotel close to York Minster in the city’s Low Petergate.
The company was formed in May 2018 by Christopher Layton and Rebecca Hill.
In a social media post announcing their plans for the iconic Grade II listed building, Ms Hill said:
“We’re going to run it as wedding/events venue.
“It has 11 bedrooms, a huge lawn and loads of public rooms – restaurant, function rooms, reception rooms etc.
“Seems we like cathedral cities and the Old Deanery is opposite the beautiful Ripon Cathedral.”
Having obtained the keys for the property, the two Layton Hill directors are organising a deep clean in readiness for an opening date that will be announced later.
Across Ripon, refurbishment work has begun at the Spa Hotel, which was purchased in June by The Inn Collection Group.
Headquartered in Northumberland, the group now owns four sites in Yorkshire in a portfolio of 24 locations across the north of England.
The company says that the Spa Hotel:
“Will remain closed while a major but sympathetic refurbishment is carried out to enhance and repurpose the venue and bring it in line with The Inn Collection Group’s award-winning ‘Eat, Drink, Sleep and Explore’ brand.”
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Sean Donkin, managing director of The Inn Collection Group, said:
“The Ripon Spa is a fantastic addition to our portfolio of properties. It has huge potential which we have an exciting vision to realise. We’re looking forward to starting that journey while expanding the group’s footprint in Yorkshire.
“The Inn Collection Group excels at revitalising classic, landmark sites like The Ripon Spa and realising their full potential with significant capital spend, detailed planning and care to retain the unique, historic character of landmark sites such as this.”
In a third boost to the city’s economy, café-bar-restaurant operator The Loungers Group has confirmed that its Claro Lounge, currently being fitted out on Market Square South, will open on September 15.