While Yorkshire most certainly isn’t short of stunning luxury hotels, the region is about to be blessed with a new swanky stay on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales – as planning has officially been approved to use the Grade-I listed Denton Hall, Ilkley, as a 28-bedroom hotel.
Lodging the idea after initially considering converting the stately home into apartments, the new hotel will allow owners Cal and Nick Bailey to showcase the “significance of the heritage assets”, while also allowing the public to experience the 18th-century mansion for themselves.
Sitting on a vast 2,500-acre estate, Denton Hall is home to not only the stunning stately home, but a deer park, working farms, woodlands, lakes, stables and more, which guests will be able to enjoy when staying at the luxurious spot.
The planning application reads: “Also of particular public benefit is that changing the use to a hotel will allow the public access into Denton Hall for the first time, so that everyone has the opportunity to appreciate the significance of the heritage assets.”
The plans for the new hotel – in addition to the planned 28 rooms – include a dining room, games room, bar, gym and a function space.
Former stables and a coach house will also be converted into suites as part of the conversion.
The stunning building has previously been used for weddings and private events only, so this will be the first time that guests will be able to visit for a night’s stay, and has the potential to rival other Yorkshire stately homes such as Aldwark Manor and Carlton Towers.
More details on the plans are yet to be revealed, including an opening date for the new hotel, but the owners are confident these new plans will help breathe new life into the Estate, while the funds raised from utilising the building as a hotel will fund the Estate’s maintenance.
[Featured image: Denton Hall]