Boutique hotel plans for Leicester medieval house

George Sell By George Sell
13 January 2014 | Updated 13 January 2014

UK: A medieval house in Leicester could be turned into a five-star boutique hotel.

Castle House, which is currently used as lodgings for High Court judges visiting the city and to host civic dinners, is owned by Leicestershire County Council.

Conservative County Hall leader Councillor Nick Rushton said: "We are looking at how we use our buildings and that one has real potential. It could be a fantastic five-star boutique hotel that would beat anything Nottingham or Derby could offer. Judges could still stay there if they wanted. It's in a cracking location. It is a large place but you would need some of the other buildings around the square outside the castle."

Rushton said the other buildings are owned by Leicester City Council and were largely unused, so he would discuss the hotel plan with city mayor Sir Peter Soulsby.

Castle House, which is made up of two separate medieval houses and a Georgian property, could be leased or sold to a hotel operator, said Ruston.

Soulsby said: "I would welcome the opportunity to discuss the idea. The county has that building but the city has responsibility for the nearby castle and has arranged for that to be opened up to the public after years of it been locked up and unforgivably inaccessible. It is an absolutely fantastic building and this is another opportunity for the city and the county to work together creatively to make historic use of its historic properties."

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